Saturday, December 31, 2011

Question 1325: Tring! Tring!

Red Book : CD-DA
Yellow Book : CD-ROM
Orange Book : CD-MO/CD-R/CD-RW
White Book : VCD
Blue Book : E-CD/ CD+
Beige Book : P-CD
Green Book : CD-i
Purple Book : DDCD
Scarlet Book : SACD
________ : DVD/Blu-ray

Above are a set of certain standards. What are they collectively called? FIB.

Answer: Rainbow Books for CD standards. Interestingly no book is assigned yet for the popular DVD & Blu-ray formats.


Question 1324:

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Lunar mapping for certain data. 'X' and 'Y' were launched by NASA to study the anomalies in the mapping and were named accordingly. X? Y? Funda for their names.

These are the twin NASA lunar probes. GRAIL stands for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Question 1323 : Hmm Really..?

Connect :-
(1)  In 2003, ‏the BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose the ten most popular songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to the BBC, people from 155 countries voted "X" ninth in the top 10 songs.
(2)  "X" became famous in Indonesia, after Norman Kamaru, a policeman from Gorontalo, Indonesia recorded himself lipsync-ing it and uploaded the video to Youtube which went viral.
Answer: X is the song Chaiyya Chaiyya from the movie Dil Se, also used in the movie The Inside Man


Monday, December 26, 2011

Question 1322: Up, above the world so high ....

Team named after whom? What famous victory are they celebrating?

Answer: This is 'Team Hillary' after winning the highest cricket match played against 'Team Tenzing' at Mt. Everest base camp.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Question 1321

Identify the author.

Answer: Jairam Ramesh


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Question 1320

A Pakistan currency note. Identify the mountain peak

P.S. 1319 and 1318 are unattempted. Check them out.

Answer: K2/Godwin-Austen


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Question 1319 : What?


This dude's name means 'God will strengthen', literally 'to fasten upon,' figuratively 'strong,' and so figuratively 'The Almighty'.


This is usually reserved for the best sluggers in baseball.

Connect all the above.

The essence of C is "cutting" (kiru).This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words. The majority of kigo, but not all, are drawn from the natural world. This, combined with the origins of C , has led to the inaccurate impression that C are necessarily related to nature.
Name the distinguishing characteristic of C

Connect A,B and C

Answer: A: Ezekiel B: 25, they all have the number 25 assigned to them. C: 17, the Japanese Haiku always has exactly 17 syllabus. Connect: Ezekiel 25:17, Jule's Bible passage from Pulp Fiction.
"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."


Monday, December 19, 2011

Question 1318: And it was found!


Well here's a cryptic hint!

Answer: The Lost Man Booker Prize
Books published in 1970 were not eligible for the Man Booker Prize due to a rules alteration; until 1970 the prize was awarded to books published in the previous year, while from 1971 onwards it was awarded to books published the same year as the award. The prize was won by J. G. Farrell for Troubles.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Question 1317

Which English language phrase is referred to in this cartoon?

Answer: Comparing apples and oranges


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Question 1316

Which 2 much-similar computer programs were created by the cool dude in the middle? Identify both.

Answer: Jabberwacky and Cleverbot created by Rollo Carpenter.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Question 1315

Pretty obvious, but still, put funda.

Answer: The place with the shortest name(in Norway) and the place with the longest name(in New Zealand). Only identifying one does not have half points.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Question 1314: And so we shall go to war

In The Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, Sumbhajee Angria(in pic), one of the 9 Pirate Lords is portrayed as the Pirate Lord of the Indian Ocean and a Hindu Priest in a part of India, presumably Bombay. This fictional character was inspired by one of the most notable Maratha Navy Admirals who fought successfully against the British, Dutch and Portuguese naval interests in the Indian Ocean during the 18th century, and hence was alleged by them to be a pirate. Identify this Maratha Navy admiral.

Answer: Kanhoji Angre


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Question 1313

This is how a certain island looked in 1895. It's name literally translates to "Island of the Pelicans" in Spanish. Identify.

Answer: Alcatraz island.


Question 1312

The most famous reference to X in the Bible does not specify any peak, but instead a mountain range within the region of X, which was the name of an ancient proto-Y-ian kingdom also known as Urartu. The vast plain directly north of X got its name after King Ara the Handsome.

X is featured on the coat-of-arms of Y. Also, in Y-ian mythology, X is the home of the Gods.

Identify X and Y.

Answer: X: Mount Ararat Y: Armenia


Question 1311

Which scientific device is named after this German physicist?

Answer: The Geiger counter.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Question 1310: To Be Or Not To Be!!

What is this Tee depicting? Where would you find the first use of this T-shirt design in popular culture?

Answer: Schrodinger's Cat experiment. Sheldon Cooper wore the tee in 'The Big Bang Theory'.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Question 1309: 'Kings'

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Which team are all these affiliated to?

Answer: Raj Comics


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Question 1308

When the University of Heidelberg hired Robert X in 1852, the authorities promised to build him a new laboratory building. Heidelberg had just begun to install coal-gas street lighting, so the new laboratory building was also supplied with illuminating gas. Illumination was one thing; a source of heat for chemical operations something quite different.

Previous laboratory lamps left much to be desired regarding economy and simplicity, as well as the quality of the flame for the lamp, for it was desirable to maximize the temperature and minimize the luminosity. While his building was still under construction late in 1854, X suggested certain design principles to the university’s talented mechanic, Peter Desaga, and asked him to construct a prototype. By the time the building opened early in 1855, Desaga had made fifty of these devices for X’s students. X published a description two years later, and many of his colleagues soon adopted the design.

Identify X and his device.

Answer: Robert Bunsen and the Bunsen burner.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Question 1307: Did you mean potato?

The first of this type of custom built vehicles was a 1964 Lehmann-Patterson. Today the purpose is served by a Mercedes M class or 600. Sometimes even a ML 430 is used.
The FSC Star is used in Poland, the Seat Panda in Spain, a Ford D series in Ireland and the Mercedes Benz 230G in Germany, all doing the same job.
All of them follow a colour code. Their performance is cut down considerably due to lack of aerodynamic give and addition of polycarbonate and thermoplastic among other things.
Give me the collective name for the vehicles.

Answer: Popemoblie, the Pope's car.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Question 1306: What you looking at?

 From one of the Asterix and Obelix comics: This pic derives inspiration from which iconic work of art?

Answer: The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Question 1305: Not one step back

Question contributed by Pushkar R.

Snapshots from the game 'X'. Which is the building in the pics? Funda behind it's name? X?

Answer: Call of Duty, building is Pavlov House, after Sergeant Pavlov who defended it in the Battle of Leningrad, the leader in this mission in the game is called Pavlov too.


Question 1304: Smarter? Yeah, right

Which company produced these two firearms during World War II?

Browning Automatic Rifle

M1 Carbine

Answer: IBM


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Question 1303: Not so Smooth, eh?

A old mug-shot of a certain individual who is currently in deep trouble. Identify.

Answer: Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Question 1302: Not beep beep

 Apologies for the late post...

What 2 words connect 1 and 2?



Answer: Connect: Blade Runner
1. The book "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" which is the basis for the Ridley Scott film "Blade Runner".
2. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who is also known as Blade Runner.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Question 1301

The company 'X' was initially set up by M H Hasham _____ as a vegetable oil manufacturer in 1945 in Amalner, Maharashtra producing sunflower Vanaspati oil and soaps. At that time, the company was called _______ _______ Vegetable Products Limited possibly based on it's geographical location. The name was abbreviated to 'X' later.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the company shifted its focus and began to look into business opportunities in a completely different field, which was at nascent stages in India at that time. Consequently 'X' went on to become the first company to market the first indigenous homemade range of certain product from India in 1985.

Interestingly it's initial 1945 business venture still reflects in it's branding today!

What am I talking about? FIB (all blanks different).

Answer: WIPRO. It's logo still contains the iconic 'sunflower'.