Monday, January 31, 2011

Quizlexic completes 1000 days, and 1000 questions too!

When I started the blog on 6th May(yes, I remember the day) 2008, and posted my first set of questions on 20th May, I didnt have any idea I would go on to post a 1000 questions along with my friends Sanket, Rohit, Mihir, Alok, Siddharth, Aditya and Satyawrat. Nonetheless, it has happened.

Today i.e. 31st Jan '11 is the 1000 day of Quizlexic(get a calculator if you don't believe me). The final result is that we have posted, on an average, a question per day(though we have had some days when we posted as much as 5 questions and some months we have posted the same number of questions, check the blog archive to see our erratic posting periods). I had to reduce the number of posts this month so that we could have 1000 questions till the 1000th day, or else we could have easily surpassed 1000 till now.

We have always received a good response for our questions from you guys, but the questions which were answered the most was Question 954 with 22 comments followed by Question 997 and Question 887 both with 20 comments, the maximum we have ever received. So thanks for that too.

What's different from now on?
The current blog authors are now going on a self-appointed hiatus because of the burden on 12th grade studies(that reminds me, I gotta study!) and will resume duties from May(dunno when).
That does not mean Quizlexic is going on a break because we have found two very capable quizzers in Soumya and Rishi Raj(who are also from Pune) who will be the temporary blog authors during our absence(and if things work out, they will continue). They have contributed guest questions to Quizlexic a number of times and expect the same type of questions to follow from today.
We might butt in every once in a while if circumstances permit...

And guys, give Soumya and Rishi some time to get adapted to the blogging. Although they are hardcore quizzers, they are trying their hand at blogging for the first time. So, don't fuss if the answers are not posted regularly or comments are not moderated. Take it easy on them.

So thank you all.
Over to you, Soumya and Rishi.


Question 1000: Wretched imbeciles

Answer: Types of moustaches - Fu Manchu, Pancho villa, Dali, Horseshoe, Handlebar, Pencil, Toothbrush


Friday, January 28, 2011

Question 999


Answer: The connect is Joker. 1) The Joker's character in the Batman franchise was inspired by the movie "The Man Who Laughs", Akshay Kumar is playing the lead in an upcoming Shirish Kunder(Farah Khan's husband, if you are hearing his name for the first time. He has directed box office disasters like Jaan-e-man and is the story-writer for Tees Maar Khan(that wasn't much work coz TMK is a total ripoff of Peter Sellers' "After The Fox"), Novak Djokovic known as the "Djo-ker" and Raj Kapoor in and as "Joker". One more person who I forgot to add to the list is Alok, who acts like a joker.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Question 998


Answer: Kenny Daglish, KOP legend, once again to the rescue of his dying club. He will never walk alone!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Blog In The Wall

Hey all,
I have started a music quiz blog where I will be posting most of my music-related questions from now on along with Siddarth Pai from The Quizzard.
The blog is called Another Blog In The Wall. Do check it out.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Question 997

This question is thanks to Aditya Karve who brought the video to my notice. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin recently enacted a parody of a pathbreaking film at an awards ceremony. Identify this film which was the subject of this parody.

Answer: Paranormal Activity


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Question 996

A lot of elements in this question(making up for the hiatus)

_A_ better known by the title _B_, is a 1970 softcore film, which has the distinction of being _C_'s first film and also his first starring role, for which he worked two days and was paid $200. _C_ has said in interviews that he did the film out of desperation after being bounced out of his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days, sleeping in a bus station. In his own words : "It was either do that movie or rob someone because I was at the end - at the very end - of my rope. Instead of doing something desperate, I worked two days for $200 and got myself out of the bus station". The actor also called the film "horrendous" and commented "By today's standards, the movie would almost qualify for a PG rating.

The phrase "B" went on to be used as a nickname for one of the most famous screen characters "D" portrayed by "C" and is now always associated with "D" or "C".

Give me B, C and D. Pseudo-bonus for A.

Answer: A: The Party at Kitty and Stud's B: The Italian Stallion C: Sylvester Stallone D: Rocky Balboa


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Question 995

The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the gradual increase of the duration of the day. The shortest day of the year is around December 21–22, after which the days begin to get longer. The winter Solstice is on December 21 or December 22, which was also the actual date of a particular famous event too. But because of the Earth's tilt of 23.45 degrees and the precession of the Equinoxes, this event has slid further over the ages. A thousand years ago, it was on was on December 31 and five thousand years later, it shall be by the end of February, while in 9000 years it shall come in June.

What event? On what date does it occur in today's age?

Answer:Makar Sankranti, 15th January


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Question 994: Tell me why, I...

Explain what this graph is all about. (click to enlarge)

Answer: The graph shows the changes in time in the doomsday clock. The funda is that the closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is supposed to be to disaster. The closest it has been to midnight is 11:58, i.e 2 minutes to midnight.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Question 993

What does the sales guy recommend to the confused customer?

Answer: Mac OS X!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Question 992

The X after its construction, stood for only 56 years until Y was hit by an earthquake, when significant damage was also done to large portions of the city Y, including the harbor and commercial buildings, which were destroyed. The remains of X lay on the ground for over 800 years, and even broken, they were so impressive that many traveled to see them.

In November 2008, it was announced that X was to be rebuilt. According to the head of the project, rather than reproducing the original X, the new structure will be a, "highly, highly innovative light structure, one that will stand between 60 and 100 metres tall so that people can physically enter it." The project is expected to cost up to €200m which will be provided by international donors and the German artist Gert Hof.

X and Y?

Answer: The Collosus(X) of Rhodes(Y)


Monday, January 10, 2011

Question 991

A guest question from Abhimanyu, from Pune.

What sporting feat is credited only to these 3 world leaders?

Answer: Adolf Hitler-Germany, Giovanni Gronchi-Italy and Emperor Hirohito-Japan the only people to open both Winter as well as the Summer Olympics of their nations.

If you want to contribute questions to Quizlexic then mail them along with the complete detailed answers to along with your name.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Question 990

Following is a list of various nicknames for which sportsperson?

"The Montster", "The Python", The "Sikh of Tweak", "Montastic", "Parmesan Tony", "The Beard to be Feared".

Answer: Monty Panesar it is!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Question 989

Henry X(1827–1861) was an English anatomist and surgeon most notable for publishing the book X's Y. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) at the age of 25. He was born in Belgravia, London in 1827 and lived most of his life in London. In 1858 X published the first edition of Y, which covered 750 pages and contained 363 figures. A second edition was prepared by X and published in 1860. He was struck by an attack of confluent smallpox, which he contracted while looking after a nephew who was suffering from that disease. He died on June 13 at the age of thirty-four. The book is still published under the title X's Y and is still widely appreciated as an extraordinary and authoritative textbook for medical students.

Why did X's Y become so famous in 2005?

Answer: Henry Gray(X) who wrote Gray's Anatomy(Y) the title of the now famous TV show.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Question 988: Daddy Day Care

Which distinct feature, not seen in other marsupials, can be seen in the following marsupials?

1) earlier native to the Australian continent(now extinct):
2) found in Central & South America

Answer: The Tasmanian Tiger/Thylacine(1)and Water Opussum(2)are the only 2 marsupials in which both males and females have pouches.


Landmark Quiz '11 - Pune

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Question 987

Simple, inspiration for which upcoming film?

Answer: The 4th installation of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Question 986

X Devi(=goddess) Temple is an old Hindu Temple in the city which is named after X. While Hindu sects devoted to the goddess X devi are attested to as far back as the 15th century, it is said that the temple was built in 1675 by a Hindu woman also named X.

The goddess X was patron of the salt collectors and fishermen, the original inhabitants of the city. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship for Hindus and is thus visited daily by hundreds of people. It is not uncommon for visitors of the city to pay their respects at the temple and is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.

This is how the place looked 300 years ago:


Answer: Mumbai named after the goddess Mumba Devi


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Question 985

X has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical (and utter social ineptitude). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Although his ideas are typically sensible and occasionally even revolutionary, they are seldom carried out because of his powerlessness. He is easily frustrated by the incompetence of his co-workers(most often his boss) and is often sarcastic and snide. He has a strong immune system and is therefore less likely to get sick than his co-workers. While in most respects weak and unathletic, he is a skilled badminton player.


Answer: Dilbert


Question 984: Wassup Bro?


Well I know this question is pretty trivial, but some guys taking interest in sports especially cricket would crack it! Note that the pics are purposely paired together!
(Question couldn't have been formed without valuable inputs from Tejas Gokhale!!)

Answer: Sets of brothers who have played international cricket for Zimbabwe.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Question 983

Identify this guy and his claim to fame. He suddenly became a YouTube sensation in early 2007.

Answer: Dwayne Leverock, ex-Bermuda cricketer who took an awesome catch in the slips to dismiss Robin Uthappa during the India vs. Bermuda group stage match of the ICC 2007 Cricket World Cup. Youtube him.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Question 982

Explain: (click to enlarge)

Answer: The reported disappearance of the crew of the ship Mary Celeste, which led to the discovery of the Bermuda Triangle.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Question 981: His son sings the Eminem song

Starting of the new year with a wacky question. Here goes:

In 1997, a 17-year-old student recorded himself impersonating the noises produced by internal combustion engines. He posted this on a website and caught the attention of a Swedish television researcher, who convinced him to perform the sound live on air. After it debuted on television, recordings of his performance began appearing on file sharing networks and various websites.

In late 2003, another Swede encountered the sound effect and, not knowing about the previous incarnations of the sound, was inspired to create the animated character "The Most Annoying Thing"(as it called then) to accompany it. He worked on the first animation in his spare time and posted it on his website and on the CGTalk forum.

What animated character was created as a result?

Answer: Crazy Frog


Great Expectations

What to expect from us in 2011:

Firstly, wishing you all a very very happy new year! To all those quizzers who have followed Quizlexic, thanks a lot, to all those who are new, keep following.

It's been a great 2010 for Quizlexic, we had 438 posts for the year, considerably surpassing the question-a-day policy which we generally abide by. Got ourselves a cool logo(designed by Amogh Kinikar, thanks mate!), got a tagline. There were some really awesome questions, and some boring ones, but overall better than 2009.

In 2011, we decide to take Quizlexic to a whole new level.

What we plan to do in 2011(an overview):
1. All blog authors are in 12th and are going to give IITJEE, AIEEE, BITSAT, MH-CET and some other competitive exams all lined up till mid-may. Hence, to keep the blog going strong through this difficult period, we have decided to go with your opinion(through the poll) and decided to add 2 more blog authors who will keep the blog regularly updated.
If you have been following Quizlexic regularly, you would be familiar with guest questions from Soumya(a.k.a. Saudamini) and Rishi Raj, who are going to be the new blog authors from February. Both are seasoned quizzers from Pune itself, and are a year junior to us.
2. A scoreboard will be started in May, to generate a more competitive spirit in answering questions(I am working on it.)
3. We will be introducing Theme Rounds in May.
4. Anymore developments will be posted on Quizlexic as they fall into place.

So look forward to the start of the new decade with Quizlexic.
Keep Quizzing
Rohan and the Quizlexic team.