Saturday, January 26, 2013

Question 1460: Qui ĂȘtes-vous ?

[sic]The name X, along with Y were regularly invoked in English legal instruments to satisfy technical requirements governing standing and jurisdiction, beginning perhaps as early as the reign of England's King Edward III (1312–1377).[5]

The Oxford English Dictionary states that X is "the name given to the fictitious lessee of the plaintiff, in the (now obsolete in the UK) mixed action of ejectment, the fictitious defendant being called Y.
This particular use became obsolete in the UK in 1852:
As is well known, the device of involving real people as notional lessees and ejectors was used to enable freeholders to sue the real ejectors. These were then replaced by the fictional characters X and Y. Eventually the medieval remedies were (mostly) abolished by the Real Property Limitation Act of 1833; the fictional characters of X and Y by the Common Law Procedure Act 1852; and the forms of action themselves by the Judicature Acts 1873-75."

The term 'X Injunction' (or X Order) is used in the UK to describe an injunction sought against someone whose identity is not known at the time it is issued:
"8.02 If an unknown person has possession of the confidential personal information and is threatening to disclose it, a X injunction may be sought against that person. The first time this form of injunction was used since 1852 in the United Kingdom was in 2005 when lawyers acting for JK Rowling and her publishers obtained an interim order against an unidentified person who had offered to sell chapters of a stolen copy of an unpublished Harry Potter novel to the media"
There are hundreds of variants and extended analogies of X, in different countries 
and legal systems and popular culture. What?

Answer: John Doe/Richard Roe


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Question 1459

This film personality was born in a mill-worker's family in Naigaon in central Mumbai on the auspicious day of Gokulashtami and hence was named Krishna. However, in the film fraternity he was referred to by a title that means 'big brother' in the native language. He also entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of films (9) that achieved silver jubilee (ran for 25 consecutive weeks). An award in his honour was introduced by the state government to recognise the best regional film every year.


Answer: Dada Kondke


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Question 1458

Referring to what did John Adams complain to his wife Abigail that, "My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."?

Answer: On being the US Vice President for 2 terms


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Question 1457

In a review of this film, Mihir Fadnavis, film critic for MidDay wrote:

"The disappointment is hard to mask, and unless the next two films offer something drastically different, I would be forced to believe what I feared: that X is now Y, Z's literature is his precious, and over the years it has consumed him and turned him into a disillusioned and slightly evil creature that feasts by stealing from your pockets."

Simple enough. Identify X, Y and Z.

Answer: X: Peter Jackson, Y: Gollum, Z: JRR Tolkien


Friday, January 4, 2013

Question 1456

This 2012 South Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk depicts the mysterious relationship between a brutal man who works for loan sharks and a middle-aged woman who claims that she is his mother, mixing Christian symbolism and highly sexual content. It has received high critical acclaim and won various awards at film festivals.

What is its rather apt name?

Film poster
Answer: Pieta


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Question 1455

This city situated in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat has historical significance. It was the capital of Gujarat for a brief period of time. Founded by Vanraj Chavda of the Chavda Dynasty, he named it after the name of his friend and general Champaraj. The Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada, attacked it in 1482. After defeating the local army, he spent 23 years rebuilding and embellishing the city, which he renamed Muhammadabad, after which he moved the capital there from Ahmedabad. Currently, it is the site of an archaeological park, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.

Why did this place rise to national fame in 2001?

Answer: Champaner, which featured in Lagaan.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Question 1454

It is generally accepted that this pattern is the pattern that appears on the body of the Death-Head Hawk moth. However, contrary to popular belief, the pattern is a portrait photograph by Philippe Halsman in collaboration with Salvador Dali, called "In Voluptas Mors". It is a surrealistic portrait of Dali beside a large skull, which is in fact a tableau vivant composed of seven nudes. Halsman took three hours to arrange the models according to a sketch by Dali.

What am I talking about?

In Voluptas Mors

Answer: It is the skull pattern which appears on the moth in The Silence of the Lambs Poster, thought to be the Death-Head Hawk moth. But in fact, it is the "In Voluptas Mors" piece of art.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Question 1453

Some analysts have argued that "slope" or "hill" would be more appropriate terminology for this phenomenon because while the cumulative effect over all would be substantial, it would not be felt immediately but rather gradually as the weeks and months went by.

What term which was popularized by Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in February 2012?

Answer: Fiscal cliff.