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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Inaugural quiz

Hey everyone. I know this blog’s been idle since its creation. I wanted it to officially begin after the second meeting. I know I did not turn up for the second meeting as well (ahem), but anyway this has waited long enough. 

As of now we could have one quiz a week or every three days. The person who posts the quiz nominates the person who should post the next and inform that person by email. I’ll put up a list of the users on the sidebar for this purpose. Be sure you don’t pick the same person. Please shoot whatever trivia you have about the questions that you read, in the comments section. 

This process will go on till our next meeting, and then, if everybody is O.K with this idea, we can have the same or change our plans. 

Nuff said.

I’ll start it off with a few questions that we took for an intracollegiate quiz this sunday afternoon.

Questions :


1. On 7 Jan 2004 , Toyota Canada announced the name of a new car, calling it “the new wave of bold style.” This Special Edition Celica is a high-performance car, and is available in two colours - red and thundercloud. The original name was dumped when the car was released in January 2005. It is now called the Celica Sports Package.What was the dropped name? 

2.It was introduced as an experiment covering a 40km radius with the support of the UNESCO, Philips and the US Govt. in 1959. The facility was extended to Bombay in 1972, followed by Srinagar , Calcutta and Madras . It was delinked from its mother organization in 1976 and given the status of an independent corporation. The corporation wentcommercial in 1982 and was raking in Rs. 10 billion in ad revenue by 1987. What ?

3. Relatively easy one. Complete the list.
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania

4. This appeared in a company’s annual report - “A billion hours ago, human life appeared on earth. A billion minutes ago, Christianity emerged. A billion __________ ago was yesterday morning”. Fill in the blank.   

5. Metro Goldwyn Mayer trademarked its lion’s roar way back. Which other American company has also trademarked another special sound integral to its business ? A different kind of growl I’d say.)

6. The climactic battle theme, named “Neodämmerung” (in reference to Wagner’s Götterdämmerung), features a choir singing extracts (shlokas) from the Upanishads. The chorus can be roughly translated from Sanskrit as follows: “lead us from untruth to truth, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to immortality, peace peace peace“.
Name the film

7. He wrote articles under the pen-name  H.A.Largelamb to National Geographic as he wanted the articles to be accepted because of their content and not because of his incredible fame. Who? (Mr.Ashok contributed this and a few others too)

8. Lt. Col. Douglas Kirkpatrick ( Prof. of Aeronautics at USAF Academy ) on observing something said : ___ has overcome the acceleration of the earth’s gravity by use of muscle power in the vertical plane, thusproducing a low-altitude earth orbit. about who?

9. Who is credited with contributing decisively to the independence of 6 nations? One of those six is named after him.

10. We all know SARS, but what is RAS syndrome? (WOuld it help you answer if I told•you that the S in RAs stands for syndrom itself?)

11. Put funda: Calcination -> Dissolution -> Separation -> Conjunction -> Putrification -> Congelation -> Cibation -> Sublimation -> Exaltation -> Fermentation -> Exaltation -> Multiplication ->Projection. What is this process?

12. identify

13. What is this fictional place called?

14. Which contry’s population curve is the green curve? And why did it dip?

15. What does this signify?

16. This is a name given to a false clue or an unimportant location that can waste precious time in a criminal case by throwing anunsuspecting investigator for a loop. What term do we use for it?

17. There have been many killings in the past. However someone is infamously credited with the distinction of having wiped out a quarter of the world’s population at his time. Who is he?

18. Connect lambhorgini, audi, volkswagen and porsche.

19. What is the Star Trek curse? (Wild guesses may just end up right.) 

20. Who is the creator of these fictional characters? He normally doesn’t write such books.

Answers :
1. Tsunami, following the dec 2004 tsunami that hit south east asia.
2.Our very own doordarshan.
3. It is the ivy league. and Yale is missing
4. Coco cola, hinting that they actually sell a billion cokes every day.
5. Harley davidson. The full throated growl of engines!
6. The song is asathoma sadhgamaya. and the movie? Matrix revolutions!!
7. A. Graham Bell. The H.A.Large lamb is an anagram of his name. He wanted people to accept his articles for their content and not his name.
8. Michael jordan. His hangtime is 0.92 seconds. And the maximum time a person can stay in air and land on his feet is at the maximum 1 second. Gravity is just too strong.
9. Simon Bolivar for Bolivia, peru, colombia, venezuela, Panama and ecuador.
10. RAS syndrome stands for “Redundant Acronym Syndrome syndrome,” and refers to the use of one of the words that make up an initialism or acronym as well as the abbreviation itself, thus in effect repeating that word. It is itself a humorous example of a redundant acronym.

Eg. PIN number
ATM machine
HIV virus
CNN network
DC comics
11. Alchemy. The supposed process to turn metals into gold.
12. The mobile OS android released by google.
13. Bikini bottom where spongebob squarepants lives.
14. It is ireland. And the reason you’d have got if you got ireland right, The irish potato famine.
15.MTV’s first video after it was launched, to commemorate man’s landing ont he moon.
16. A red herring. It features in Agatha christie’s novels.
17. Cain when he killed Abel. because there were only four people alive at that time. :)
18. Lamborghini owned by Audi owned by VW owned by Porsche
19. Only the even numbered movies work. The odd numbered one’s are all duds..
20. Stephen HAwking and Lucy hawking’s “George’s secret key to the universe”.
Well, that’s a few questions from the quiz. NExt week’s quiz will be done by Rajeswari. Anybody who has a set of qquestions ready can also post ‘em up here. No need to wait for a week. 

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