General Quiz

July 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

1. Olympic, Britannic, __________.

ID the blank and put funda.

2. American Cotton Oil Company, American Sugar Company, American Tobacco Company, Chicago Gas Company, Distilling & Cattle Feeding Company, Laclede Gas Light Company, National Lead Company, North American Company, Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, U.S. Leather Company, United States Rubber Company, X.

Again, ID and put funda.

3. Prior to the release of the recent hit movie X, the producer Y was sued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This led to Y making an important change. What exactly happened?

4. Bernard Lagat (1500), Alberto Contador(Tour de France), Alain Bernard(Swimming 100m Freestyle), Usain Bolt(100m), Cat Link V(1998,westbound). What is common? <the list is non exhaustive>

5.  X is India’s largest company in it’s field. It’s products enjoy a 45% market-share in India and 5% of global exports. The company is currently growing at a steady rate of 10% every year. It has achieved the distinction of being the first Indian Company to break the monopoly of similar Chinese products in the US market, besides pioneering sales in countries such as U.K, Germany , Belgium , Holland etc. As of 2007, it had a turnover of over 1 billion rupees. Which company?

6. British-1599
Danish-1616
Dutch-1602
French-1664
Swedish-1731

What?

7. “If youth, throughout all history, had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and,possibly, do it practically; you wouldn’t constantly run across folk stoday who claim that “a child don’t know anything.” A child’s brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put amystic possibility for noticing an adult’s act, and figuring out its purport.”

Something special about this extract from a book. Whatitis?

8. X is a classic theme in world literature, art, and film. It was an archetypal character of medieval romances, where typically knight-errants would come to alleviate the situation. The Emprise de l’Escu vert à la Dame Blanche (founded 1399) was an order which had X as it’s theme. The movie Ingagi had X as it’s theme. What is the theme X?

9. The character X usually wears a snow suit with a tightly drawn hood. Hiss lines are all muffled, and he is often used to get words, including “shit”, past the censors. His death and resurrrection was a frequent theme of the series. Spontaneous combustion, Michael Jackson have been causes for his death. He has also died on numerous occasions for the good of other people like once for the sake of the Jews, once to stop satan etc. “Oh my God, they killed X!” “You bastards” is a usual catchphrase upon his death.  Who is X?

10. Abortion, Advocacy groups, Business and Economy, Drugs, Education, Entertainment, Gambling, Games, Government, Health, Illegal or questionable, hacking, search engines and portals, url translation sites, web hosting, tastless, racism, job search,shopping. Again, a non exhaustive list.
What is this..

11.  2007 – “Gerald began — but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them “permanently” meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash — to pee.”
2006 – “Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body said you’ve had your last burrito for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean.”
2005 – “As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.”

These 3 extracts have something in common. What?

12. If explanations about their achievements become too longwinded, the speakers are interrupted by the cries of Miss Sweety Poo (or Sweety-Poo), a little girl who repeatedly cries out “Please stop. I’m bored” in a high-pitched voice. Throwing paper airplanes onto the stage was a long-standing tradition but this was changed in 2006 due to security concerns. In past years, Roy Glauber has swept the stage clean of the airplanes as the official “Keeper of the Broom”. In 2005 however, he was not able to do his job because he was traveling to stockholm to claim an award. What are we talking about?

13. An experiment conducted at MIT gave the following result. Specific gravity of X – 1.0. Specific gravity of Y – 1.6. X<Y. QED. What?

14. From 1955 to 1979 (except for a six month gap in 1976), the first letter of the name had a number of stars printed in or around the letter. The legend claims that this was either a rating that the Chief creative officer of the magazine gave to the person on the cover based on certain criterion. Another rumor was that if the stars were inside the starting letter of the magazine’s name, the Chief Creative Officer was intimately involved, while if they were outside, he was not. In reality, the stars, which ranged in number between zero and twelve, were solely used to indicate the domestic or international advertising region for that particular printing.

Put funda.

15. Mercedes Gleitze was the first British woman to swim the English channel on 7 October 1927. Some doubts were cast on her achievement when a hoaxer claimed to have made a faster swim only four days later. To silence her critics, Mercedes Gleitze attempted a repeat swim on 21 October in the full glare of publicity. Although she did not complete the second crossing, a journalist for The Times wrote “Having regard to the general conditions, the endurance of Miss Gleitze surprised the doctors, journalists, and experts who were present, for it seemed unlikely that she would be able to withstand the cold for so long. It was a good performance.” He also found something and said, “Hanging round her neck by a riband on this swim, Miss Gleitze carried X, which was found this evening to be in perfect condition”. X was then launched in England and attained great success. X was taken to the Mariana Trench by Jacques Piccard at 1960 and was stil in working condition when it was brought back and also was carried by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their successful climb of Everest.  X?

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