IISc. Quiz Club General Quiz - 22nd February 2009 V.Srinivasan (ECE) Bhaskar (CPDM) 1. Let us begin the quiz with some Oscar Trivia. The movie Slumdog Millionaire, if it goes on to win the Oscar for the best movie, will join the following movies for a unique reason. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Braveheart (1995), The Last Emperor (1987), Gigi (1958), Around the World in Eighty Days(1956),The Greatest Show on Earth (1952),An American in Paris(1951),Grand Hotel(1932),All Quiet on the Western Front(1930) and Wings (1927). What are we talking about? 2. Connect Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and the Oscars. (very specific connection) 3. A sitter to end the Oscar Trivia section. The movie Curious Case of Benjamin Button was inspired by a Scott Fitzgerald short story written in 1920. Who/What inspired Scott Fitzgerald to write this story? 4. X started as a vegetable oil company in 1947 from an old mill founded by Y's father. When his father died, Y took on the leadership of the company and transformed X into a consumer goods company that produced hydrogenated cooking oils, laundry soap, wax and tin containers and later set up to manufacture hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in 1975. But we associate X with a totally different domain today. Identify X and Y. 5. It wasn't the first time the No. 9 batsman was using this brand in a Test match. It was, in fact, the second time! But it came under close scrutiny from rivals England during a Test match at Perth in December 1979. The batsman would later recount in hi s autobiography Menace that he was merely marketing the product. The No. 9 batsman was the business partner of Graham Monoghan, who is said to have developed the product for recreation use. Which product or brand are we talking about? 6. She was found, roaming about in darkness, by an American on Feb 18, 1930. Though he wished to name her Minerva, she was finally named X, after the suggestion given by Venetia Burney, a eleven year old schoolgirl. She enjoyed being part of a big family, until on August 24,2006 she was unceremoniously banished from the family. Identify X. 7. When Carl David Anderson (1905-91) discovered a new particle in the cosmic radiation with a mass between that of electron and the proton he named it 'mesoton' which was subsequently changed by him to mesotron presumably at the advice of Millikan. But X through a short note to the Nature magazine, got the name changed to 'meson'. Identify X, and the reason for the change of name. 8. A boat, beneath a sunny sky Children yet, the tale to hear, Lingering onward dreamily Eager eye and willing ear, In an evening of July - Lovingly shall nestle near. Children three that nestle near, In a Wonderland they lie, Eager eye and willing ear, Dreaming as the days go by, Pleased a simple tale to hear - Dreaming as the summers die: Long has paled that sunny sky: Ever drifting down the stream – Echoes fade and memories die: Lingering in the golden gleam Life, what is it but a dream? Autumn frosts have slain July. Still she haunts me, phantomwise, Alice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. From which book has this poem been taken? 9. Complete the list: 1. Charles Bannerman 2. Billy Murdoch 3. Andy Sandham 4. ? 10. There is a human-computer interaction research experiment in which subjects interact with a system that they believe is autonomous, but is actually operated by an unseen human being. The name of the experiment comes from a famous story, in which an ordinary man hides behind a curtain and pretends, by use of "amplifying" technology, to be someone powerful. What story? 11. Gunter's Chain is a measuring device used for accurate land survey by triangulation. It consists of a chain formed of 100 long wire links, with brass tags along the chain for intermediate measurement. One of its lasting legacies is as a very well-known length. Of what? 12. A company called De La Rue Identity Systems, based in Basingstoke, UK, makes a lot of money periodically out of a product called ES/A Purple, containing silver nitrate and tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol. The product has been marketed as far afield as India, Burundi, Rwanda and Bosnia. What is ES/A Purple used for? 13. The origin of this phrase, meaning “to make up one's mind to go through with an unpleasant situation”, dates back to the days when the wounded had to be seen to without the benefit of anesthetics or painkillers. The victim would be given an object that would help him brace himself against the coming pain. What phrase? 14. What is the nickname of the project undertaken by the Chinese Govt. to censor websites? Google has also been blamed of aiding the Chinese Govt. in this venture. 15. “We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes." Who said it, and in what context? 16. Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the largest automakers, was originally named “Toyoda”, from the family name of the company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda. Why was the name changed later? 17. X had decided to relinquish his opening position and come in at no 4 for that test. But, Y fired out the first two wickets for ducks, setting the stage for X to walk in at 0/2. At this juncture, Z, a teammate of Y said to X, "Man, it doesn't matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero." Identify X,Y,Z. 18. Contrary to popular myth, the deciding factor that won him the prized seat ahead of five other candidates was not his physical toughness, his psychological resilience or his credentials. Instead, it was the fact that he took off his shoes when visiting a prototype for a look around that earned him the coveted position. Who was the man? 19. During Beijing Olympics 2008, an Israeli team comprising of Katerina Pisetsky, Veronika Vitenberg, Rahel Vigdozchik, Maria Savenkov and Olena Dvornichenko, got a lot of media attention in India, inspite of not having won any medals. Why and which sport did they represent Israel in? 20. Australian Cricketer Brett Lee has the nickname Oswald. What is the origin of this nickname? Put Fundae. 21. The reasons given for selecting this logo for the organization are that it was recognizable across barriers, was a universally loved symbol and because it "had an impact in black and white to save money on printing costs." What organization and what is its logo? 22. He was one of the nominees for the “Best Beard of the Year” in 2006. The award was eventually won by Monty Panesar. He had earlier made his fortune by launching an adult site called BOMIS in 1996. The money earned thus helped him set up his pet project. That project is a household name today. Who are we talking about/ what is this project? 23. The city of Philadelphia is supposed to be suffering from the Curse of William Penn, since March 1987. Why and what is it attributed to ? 24. In 1925, a young American physicist was doing graduate work at Cambridge University. He was depressed as he had just broken up with his girl -friend. In addition, he had been asked to make thin films of beryllium although his interest was really in theoretical physics. In the fall of that year, he dosed an apple with toxic chemicals and put it on the desk of his tutor, Patrick Blackett. Blackett luckily did not eat the apple but the authorities found out about this and put the student on probation. He left at the end of the academic year and joined the University of Gottingen where he made significant contributions. Which famous scientist? 25. Palmiers are a traditional French puff pastry made from rich, buttery dough. Their name, derived from the French word for the palm tree, refers to a supposed resemblance to palm fronds. They are also called Elephant-Ears on account of their shape. Under what name are they marketed in India? 26. General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a telegram requesting 10 ____ plants for the troops overseas on June 29, 1943. At the beginning of the war, Robert W. Woodruff, president of ____, issued an order to "see to it that every man in uniform gets ____ for five cents wherever he is and whatever it costs the Company. Fill in the blank. 27. One of the earliest descriptions of encryption by substitution appears in a text written in the 4th century AD (itself based on manuscripts dating back to the 4th century BC.) The text recommends that women should be well versed in various arts including conjuring, chess, bookbinding and carpentry. Among the arts is mlecchita-vikalpa, the art of secret writing. One of the recommended techniques involves randomly pairing letters of the alphabet, and then substituting each letter in the original message with its partner. This cipher is known by the name of the book or by that of the author. What cipher is this? 28. We know that the Great Wall of China, is the only man made object visible from the moon. What is the only living organism on earth, visible from outer space? 29. In 2003, the then US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld said in a press conference “Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know.” What did this quote fetch him? 30. FIVE SECONDS RULE – Put Fundae. 31. Connect: Quidditch, Asian paints and an Indian TV entertainment company 32. Which Hollywood movie uses the “Dil Se” soundtrack “Chaiyya Chaiyya” as its intro song? 33. K N Vasudeva ------- Connect!!! 34. Connect!!! 35. What is the significance of this coin? 36. 37. Panels from different versions of “Tintin and the Picaros”. Comment. 38. Connect !!! 39. 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