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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Unbeatable

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The New England Patriots completed a 16-0 unbeaten season this year and this was the first time since 1972 that this had happened. Which team achieved this feat in 1972?



The Miami Dolphins

Friday, December 21, 2007

Claim to fame of Amrit Singh?

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Amrit Singh is a staff attorney at American Civil Liberties Union and has fought for the release of thousands of documents under the freedom of Information Act. She also handles the Immigrant Rights Project at ACLU . However she also has another claim to fame - What is it?


She is the youngest daughter of the Prime Minister of India - Manmohan Singh

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Scores and Answers to General Quiz - I

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Decent reply to the quiz. Here are the scores and answers to the quiz.

Suraj Menon - 1
Srinidhi Rai - Good Attempt!!
Rajiv D Silva - 2.5
Vinod Krishna - 1
Ninad W - 3
Hussain Poonawala - 3
Venkatesh S - 3
Shovon Chakraborty - 3
Kamal Rathi - 1
Batty Bryant - Good Attempt
Bhargav Raghavan - 3



1. Who is the third in the sequence?

A: - Chris Gayle - The first Pic is that of Charles Bannerman , second is of Dennis Amis. These are the first people to score centuries in Test matches , One day internationals and Twenty20.














2. The name of this island is believed to have been derived from the sounds of parrots that inhabited the island. Another theory for the origin of its name is believed to be from the sanksrit word for Lobster or Crab. One of the earliest mention of this island was in the map of Lucas Waghenaer The dramatic skyline in Edward Munch's The Scream is thought to be based on global optical effects caused by an event on this island. What island is this?
a. Krakatoa

3. Who are X and Y. On X's birthday on November 8 , 2002 , Y stated - "Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to X and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You're right, we did it. We're very sorry. But thanks to you, we won't do it again."
X- Milton FriedMan , Y- Ben Bernanke

4. What connects these three visuals

X- Connection is Seabiscuit. The horse was owned by a Buck car dealer and Tobey Mcguire acted in the movie Seabiscuit as Red Pollard. THe lady is Laura Hillenbrand - who authored the Book - Seabiscuit and American Legend on which the movie is based














5. He broke the 100m world record in 1968 and then ran an electronically times 9.95 seconds 100m the Olympics. He won the 100m race in the Olympics which had the first all black finals in the history of olympics. His record stayed for 15 years before it was broken. He also signed for the Miami Dolphins , but did not play any games for them. Who was this person?
A: Jim Hines

Friday, October 05, 2007

General Quiz - 1

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1. Who is the third in the sequence?















2. The name of this island is believed to have been derived from the sounds of parrots that inhabited the island. Another theory for the origin of its name is believed to be from the sanksrit word for Lobster or Crab. One of the earliest mention of this island was in the map of Lucas Waghenaer The dramatic skyline in Edward Munch's The Scream is thought to be based on global optical effects caused by an event on this island. What island is this?

3. Who are X and Y. On X's birthday on November 8 , 2002 , Y stated - "Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to X and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You're right, we did it. We're very sorry. But thanks to you, we won't do it again."

4. What connects these three visuals














5. He broke the 100m world record in 1968 and then ran an electronically times 9.95 seconds 100m the Olympics. He won the 100m race in the Olympics which had the first all black finals in the history of olympics. His record stayed for 15 years before it was broken. He also signed for the Miami Dolphins , but did not play any games for them. Who was this person?

Connect

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Connection is Vince Papale. Mark Wahlberg played the role of Vince Papale in the film Invincible. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1975 to 1978 under coach Dick Vermeil before retiring due to shoulder Injury. He also played in the World Football league for Philadelphia Bells before that and was called Rocky by his team mates after the Sylvester Stallone Character

Thursday, October 04, 2007

When they were Kings!!!

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During the 1806 Vellore Mutiny and the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny , the rebelling Indians tried to establish a King and proclaim a leader from the earlier ruling dynasty in the place. Who were the two people who were proclaimed as Kings during the Vellore Mutiny and the Sepoy Mutiny?

Fateh Hyder one of the sons of Tipu Sultan and Bahadur Shah Zafar were proclaimed Kings during the Vellore Mutiny and Sepoy Mutiny Respectively.

Joan of Orange Revolution?

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She was called the Joan of Arc of the Orange Revolution. Her daughter is married to the rock Musician Sean Carr. In July 2005 she was named as the third most powerful women in the world after Condoleeza rica and Wu Yi.Under the Perestroika initiatives , she founded and headed a video rental chain and then entered the Gas business to make her fortunes. Who is this person?

Yulia Tymoshenko. She is also know for her distinct hairstyle and wardrobe and has been dubbed as 'The Yuliya' by the London Times

Friday, September 14, 2007

Who played Roy Hobbs?

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Based on the book written by Bernard Malamud , The Natural is a baseball movie about Roy Hobbs , a baseball prodigy whose career is almost cut short by a bullet wound. Roy Hobbs starts of as a pitcher but changes into a slugger after the bullet wound and gets into the Major League. The movie deals with matchfixing and other aspects of the game as well. Simple question , who played the role of Roy Hobbs in the movie , which also starred Kim Basinger ,Glenn Close.


Robert Redford.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Which Company?

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X was the pharmaceutical division of L'oreal before it merged with another French company in 1999. The Merged Entity in made a hostile take over bid for a company that was formed out of the merger of Rhone-Poulenc S.A and Hoescht AG. What is X?

Synthelabo

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Which Song?

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The song is reportedly about singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, with whom The lead singer and lead guitarist of the band were both infatuated. The song goes "They say she plays guitar/and cries and sings". The main vocal melody of this song , inspired Pearl Jam's song "Given to Fly". What is this song?

Going to California.

Which Element?

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Which chemical element gets its name from the Scandinavian term for ‘heavy stone’

Tungsten

Another description by Churchill

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What did Churchill describe in 1940 as “an enemy within gates doing more harm than good?

BBC

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

WhoItIZ?

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He was part of the only Asian band to be featured in the Iron Maiden tribute album - Children of the Damned. The bands song - Dine with the Devil along with a cover of The four Horsemen featured on the metallica Tribute album. On March 17th 2007, when Iron Maiden was performing for the first time in India (in Bangalore), Bruce Dickinson dedicated the song 'Wrathchild' in his memory. Who was this person?


Who else could it be. The Great Leon Ireland of Moksha.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Which place?

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It is a 262 room hotel located at 8401 , sunset Boulevard , West Hollywood , California. It opened in 1958 as the Gene Autry Hotel and is colloquially called the Riot House. Led Zeppelin rented six floors of this place and John Bonham is believed to have driven a motorcycle through the lobby. Robert Plant is believed to have shouted - " I am a Golden God" while looking over the Sunset Strip. This was also the basis of a scene in Cameron Crowe's movie Almost Famous. What is the name of the place now?

Hyatt West Hollywood

Which Song?

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This song is one of the most famous song of the band in which Jools Holland was a founding member. The lead vocals on this song was by keyboardist Paul Carrack and the guitaris - Glenn Tilbrook and Producer Elvis Costello also sang some of the lines in lead. This song was later covered by Sting , Joe Cocker and Rockapella. This song is extrememly famous in North america , having featured in a number of commercials. Heineken is one of the latest brands to use this song in their advertisement. Which song and band?

Tempted - by Squeeze

Ah! Dinosaur land

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The periods Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic correspond to which era of geological time chart?

Mesozoic

Friday, August 10, 2007

whoizzit?

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He was called Wa-Tho-Huk in the native Indian tongue. King Gustav V of Sweden told him, 'Sir, You are the greatest athlete in the world'. Not content with winning the Olympic pentathlon and decathlon, he went on to play Football, reaching the collegiate championship. Thence onwards to 6 years of Major League Baseball. Who?


Jim Thorpe

Which country?

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The Greeks called it Taprobane, the Portugese called it Ceilao. The Official prefix to the name of the place in 1972 was " Free , soveriegn and independent Republic" but in 1978 , it was changed to "Democratic Socialist Republic". The current name of this place is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning resplendent land. The English historian James Emerson Tennent theorized that a southern city in the country was the ancient sea port - Tarshish from which King Solomon is said to have drawn ivory , peacocks and other valuables. Which country is this?

Sri Lanka - also called Serendip by the Arabs


Album Name pls?

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This was the first album of the Band Van Halen without David Lee roth and the first one after ex Montrose Singer - Sammy Hagar joined the band. The name of this album is also the name of Eddie Van Halen's home studio and a reference to the Californian polic term for a mentally disturbed person. This was the first album by the band to hit #1 in sales.What is the name of the album?


The name of the album is 5150 ( a reference to section 5150 of the California welfare and Instituitions code)

What record?

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When India crossed the score of 524 in the Oval test in 2007 , they set a new record. The score at that point was 525/7 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni had just been dismissed. The earlier record was when India scored 524/9 in 1976 against the New Zealand Team. What record is this?


/* The highest Innings total without any batsman hitting a century */ --- Ouch!!! that's the problem of posting a question before the Innings is complete. Kumble managed to hit a 100 in the innings and the record is back to 524 against New Zealand in 1976.(updated at 11:17 CST)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

whoizzit?

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About who did Marechal Bertrand write: "Tears came to my eyes at the sight of this man, who had inspired such awe, who had given orders so proudly and positively, pleading now for a spoonful of coffee", when his companion pleaded for coffee produced by the East India Company?

Napolean Bonaparte at Mt.Helena

What are we talking about?

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Edward's considered the voice of the net generation. Back in 1989, Edwards's wife, Karen, was working in customer service for a little-known outfit in Vienna, Virginia. Karen overheard the company's CEO, describe how he wanted to add a voice to its user interface. Her advice: "I said, 'Hey, you ought to try Edward.'" And the rest is history. Which company and what are we talking about?


He is the voice in AOL's you have got mail voice message.

Answers and Scores to Biz Kwij - 1

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1.During World War 1, the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the Australian soldiers were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy. Most of these were lucky to maintain a speed of ten knots (18.5 kilometers per hour). Most had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to be able to remain edible after periods in excess of two months. A body of women came up with the answer - a biscuit with all the nutritional value possible. The basis was a Scottish recipe using rolled oats. These oats were used extensively in Scotland, especially for a heavy porridge that helped counteract the extremely cold climate. The ingredients they used were: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup o treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. At first the biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed .What was the new name?

Anzac Biscuits


2.The Metropolitan Motor Works was a short lived venture. It was started by an eminent Indian for his son. Though the father reached the pinnacle in his field, the son was a mostly unknown entity. Name this father-son duo.

Rabindranath Tagore and Rathindranath Tagore


3.When introduced, Fortune magazine called it 'a red splotchy circle'. Amused market watchers labeled it as 'a million dollar coffee stain'. What was it?

The Lucent Logo

4.Identify this famous Franchise from its logo
















The New Orleans Saints ( NFL Logo)


5.Which Company's Logo is this?
















Wa Mu- Washington Mutual





Scores of those who attempted this quiz.

subhasis Dey - 2
Nikhil Narayanan - 2
Shiv Das - 2
Shantanu Dey - 3
Partha Mukherjee - 4
Sourabh Chowdhury - 3
Ramakrishnan R - 3
Jaspreet swaich - 2
Batty Bryant - 1
Aditya Modi - 3
Anubhav chaterjee - 1

What is being described?

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This is an extract from an article published in TIME magazine, in the issue dated September 25th, 1939: “The battlefront disappeared, and with it the illusion that there had ever been a battlefront. For this was no war of occupation, but a war of quick penetration and obliteration - ________. Swift columns of tanks and armored trucks had plunged through while bombs raining from the sky heralded their coming. They had sawed off communications, destroyed stores, scattered civilians, spread terror. Working sometimes 30 miles (50 km) ahead of infantry and artillery, they had broken down the defenses before they had time to organize. Then, while the infantry mopped up, they had moved on, to strike again far behind what had been called the front.” What is being described and what term was coined in this article? –

GERMAN INVASION OF POLAND, BLITZKRIEG

WhoItIz?

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Born on the 9th of February , 1954 , in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , he is a self-made millionaire who during the 1980's struggled with homelessness while raising his son. His book ( sort of biography) was published in May 2006 by Amistad. His personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness is portrayed in the 2006 major motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring actor Will Smith. Who is this Person?

Christopher Paul Gardener.
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This man made city in Abu Dhabi would be the first carbon free cityu in the world , when construction of the city is completed. In arabic the name of the city means Transportation. What is the name of this city?

Masdar

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What Resulted out of this?

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Hercules dragged Cerberus up from the Underworld, while the dog turned his face away from the light, barking and depositing saliva along the path. The saliva hardened in the soil and produced its lethal poison in the plants that grew from the soil.What resulted out of this?

This was the greek legend behind the creation of Aconite.( recently in news because of the suspected use of this in Bob Woolmer's death)

Whats the Nick?

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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, popularly known as Sheikh Mujib, was a nationalist leader in the former East Pakistan and the founder of the independent Bangladesh. He was also given an affectionate nickname in recognition of his role in the country's struggle for emancipation from West Pakistani rule. What was the nickname?

Bangabhandu

Which Ship?

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This ship was built in the Harland and Wolff yards in Belfast and was the second of the Olympic class of ships and was named after one of the Greek Mythological races. It was the largest passenger steamship at the time of its building.It had a top speed of 23.5 knots ( 42.6 kmph) and was propelled by two bronze triple-blade side propellers and one bronze quadruple-blade central propeller.

RMS Titanic

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Which Company?

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August Horch founded a company called Horch but left the company after 5 years. He went and started another company which was in the same segment as Horch. As the company horch still existed he decided to settle for the latin translation of the word horch.which company?

Audi

Which famous road?

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This decertified U.S. National Highway is known as the Main Street of America. It was established on the 11th of November 1926. The original end points were , Chicago, Illinois and Los,Angeles California. The Buckingham Fountain in Chicago now marks the end point in Chicago. John Steinbeck in his book "The Grapes of Wrath" called this the Mother Road. A famous Petroleum company in the US , gets its name from the name of this road. How do we Better know this road?

US 66

Friday, August 03, 2007

Biz Kwij - I

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1.During World War 1, the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the Australian soldiers were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy. Most of these were lucky to maintain a speed of ten knots (18.5 kilometers per hour). Most had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to be able to remain edible after periods in excess of two months. A body of women came up with the answer - a biscuit with all the nutritional value possible. The basis was a Scottish recipe using rolled oats. These oats were used extensively in Scotland, especially for a heavy porridge that helped counteract the extremely cold climate. The ingredients they used were: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup o treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. At first the biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed .What was the new name?


2.The Metropolitan Motor Works was a short lived venture. It was started by an eminent Indian for his son. Though the father reached the pinnacle in his field, the son was a mostly unknown entity. Name this father-son duo.


3.When introduced, Fortune magazine called it 'a red splotchy circle'. Amused market watchers labeled it as 'a million dollar coffee stain'. What was it?

4.Identify this famous Franchise from its logo
















5.Which Company's Logo is this?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

WhoItIz?

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Whose surname was Harmenzoon van Rijn which translated as "son of Harmen, of the Rhine?

Rembrandt

Which Brand?

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Orphaned at birth in 1836 Olsson Smith was adopted and by the age of 14, he controlled One third of the business in his country. In 1879, Olsson Smith registered the trademark with his “___________Rent Brännvin”. The brand defines its approach to production as One Source. One Source is Åhus, the tiny picturesque town, near the birthplace of Lars Olsson. The face of Lars Olsson Smith, appears on the medallion with the packing .To cultivate its image, the brand forged partnerships with art and fashion icons. In 1985,pop artist Andy Warhol was commissioned to paint a picture of this. Warhol, enthralled by the artfulness, happily obliged. Other well-known artists such as Keith Haring and Kenny Scharff followed him. By1988, a number of noted artists had featured this on their works and the brand gained enormous amounts of unsolicited submissions from artists all Over the world. Which brand??

Absolut - Vodka

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Which cricket Ground?

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In which Indian city would you find a cricket stadium named after a hockey Player and one of the Bowling ends named after a Tributary of the Ganges?

Lucknow , The name of the Stadium is K.D Singh Babu Stadium and the bowling end was Gomati End.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Which Indian Author?

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Which Indian author’s first book was titled ‘Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard’?

Kiran Desai

Which Game?

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Which famous computer game is set in a remote area of New Mexico at the Black Mesa Research Facility?


Half-life

Which Leader?

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Which world leader is known for his fondness of Batik textiles and is often seen wearing Batik shirts, even on formal occasions?

Nelson Mandela

Answers to 5 Random Questions

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1. Chicago Bears
2. Dil Se
3. Yashwant Sinha
4. Miss World
5. Willt. T. Ribber

Questions can be viewed here

Which King?

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Which famous king’s name, means "without sorrow" in Sanskrit?

Ashoka

Expand EID

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What do the letters E, I and D in EID Parry stand for?

East India Distillers

Which FC?

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Which famous football club started off under the name ‘Dial Square’?

Arsenal

Sunday, July 08, 2007

5 Random Questions

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Answers to this Quiz can be found here

1. Which team's logo is this?











2.Sivaji became the first Tamil film to open in the UK top 10 a few weeks back. Which film however was the first Indian film to open in the UK Top 10?



3.The tagline of his book is - The confessions of a Swadeshi Reformer and is written by the Minister of Finance , who presented the interim budget in the Chandrashekar government. Who is the person?


4. Identify the organisation from the logo











5. Lewis Hamilton became the first Black person to start a formula 1 grand prix and win earlier this year . However he was not the first black person to test a Formula 1 car. Who was the first black person to test a formula 1 car.

Answers in a few days. Send in your answers to yagnyesh@gmail.com

Thursday, June 14, 2007

What achievement?

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Eddy Merckx achieved this in 1974 and Ireland's Stephen Roche achieved this in 1987. Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain are the only two other people who have come close to achieving this. What is the Achievement?

Winning the TripleCrown of Cycling ( Winning the Giro , Tour de France and world Cycling Championship)

Asterix and cycling

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Which cycling legend featured as a fast runner in the comic album Asterix in Belgium?

Eddy Mercxx

Which Bike Rider?

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Born in Lakewood , California , he was the first American to win the Tour de France. He is also one of the 8 people to have won the Tour De France 3 times or more. He won the Tour ede France for the first time in 1986 and was shot in a hunting accident in 1987. But he came back to win the tour in 1989 and 1990. Who is this person?


Greg Lemond --- Gregory James LeMond. He won teh 1989 Tour de France by the lowest margin ever - 8 Seconds.He used the novel aero bars to give him significant aerodynamic advantage in the final time trial on the last stage.

Whoitiz?

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Born as Lance Edward Gunderson on the 18th of September 1971, he was nicknamed Mellow Johnny ( which was a corruption of a French term to which he was closely associated).

Lance Armstrong - Winner of the Tour de France from 1999- 2005. Founder of the Livestrong foundation for cancer. Mellow Johnny is a corruption of the French Term Maillot Jaune ( Yellow Jersey).

Grand Tours - Which race ?

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The Tour de France, Giro d'Italia( Tour of Italy) and which other race in the UCI(Union Cycliste Internationale) calender make up the Grand Tours of Europe ?


Vuelta a Espana.

First held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain. The inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3411 km (2,119 mi.) course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240km (149 mi.) per stage. It was inspired by the success of the Tours in France and Italy, and the boost they brought to the circulations of their sponsoring newspapers (L'Auto and La Gazzetta dello Sport respectively); Juan Pujol of the daily Informaciones instigated the race to increase his circulation. (Source : Wikipedia)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Which god of the Pantheon of Hindu Gods?

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In ancient Hindu Art, He is represented as red , two faced with Black eyes and Hair , three legs and seven arms. He is depicted as riding a Ram or a chariot pulled by goats or rarely by parrots. His name is the first word of the first hymn of the Rigveda. Who is this deity of the Pantheon of Hindu Gods?


Agni. The first line of the first hymn of Rigveda goes this way


agním īḷe puróhitaṃ / yajñásya devám ṛtvíjam / hótāraṃ ratnadhâtamam

which means -- Agni I laud, the high priest, god, minister of sacrifice, The invoker, lavishest of wealth.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Which Company?

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This company ensures that its products comply with ANSI Z87.i requirements for basic impact and high impact protection. The Frames used by this company are Acetate , c5 , Magnesium , O-Luminum , O Matter , Titanium , X Metal. Famous poker star Phil Helmuth is sponsored by this company and it is also the only company that has a life long deal with Lance Armstrong as they helped him during his cancer treatment. Which famous company is this?

Oakley

Connect the Three visuals

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Connect the visuals to a company














Endemol - The company formed by Joop van den Ende and John De Mol is the brain behind reality shows like Deal or No Deal / Fear Factor and Celebrity Big Brother among other programmes. Madhavan was the host of the Indian version of Deal or no Deal while Shilpa Shetty was the winner of the Celebrity Big Brother UK version.

Which Ship?

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The ship was named after a fictional character - an Erotic dancing witch in Robert Burns' 1791 comic poem Tam o' Shanter.It was designed by Hercules Linton and built in 1869 at Dumbarton, Scotland, by the firm of Scott & Linton, for Captain John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis, and launched November 23 of that year. It has also inspired the name of a brand of whiskey .What is the name of this ship?

Cutty Sark

Which famous Stadium?

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It is now the stadium with the second largest capacity in Europe and the largest roof covered football stadium in the world. Bon Jovi was the last musical act to play on the old stadium. The 1992 - WWE summerslam was also held in this stadium drawing crowds of more than 80,000 people. The Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert and the British Leg of Live Aid. Which famous stadium is this?

The Wembley

Friday, May 04, 2007

River name Trivia

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1. Which river is sometimes called the River Sea because of its vast dimensions?

Amazon River

2.Which river runs from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico and gets its name from the old Ojibwe word for Great river?

Mississippi River

3. This river gets its name for the Gwichin word for Great River and is also the name of a automobile created by Chevrolet. Which river?

Yukon?

4. This River flows to the North from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and is believed to be named after the Native American Word meaning "at the Neck". Another alternative origin for the name of the river is from the name of an Iroquis town called Ongniaahra meaning point of land cut into two.Which River?

Niagara

5. This river's name in Tibetian translates to Imperial Blood Purifier.The river is also believed to form the deepest canyon in the world and flowing at an average height of 4000m , it is the higest flowing major river in the world. Which river?

Bhramaputra ( called the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetian)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Idol Trivia #4

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This combination of the Paul Simon song - Bridge Over Troubled Water and Chris Braide's This is the Night was performed on a Season Finale of American Idol. This song was later released as a single and reached platinum status and was the fastest selling record since Elton John's Candle in the Wind(1997). Who was the singer?






Clay Aiken

Idol Trivia #3

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Which song replaced ,
Daniel Powter's " Bad Day"
, as the song that was played during the flashback of an eliminated contestant's journey?


Chris Daughtry's "Home"

Idol Trivia #2

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Which English singer, songwriter best known as "Herman" of the rock group Herman Hermit , performed the song , There's Kind of Hush, on the British Invasion night on American Idol 6?



Peter Noone

Idol Trivia

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Which song by The Zombies did Blake Lewis Sing during the top 11 show of American Idol 6 ?



Time of the Season

Friday, April 13, 2007

Which Track?

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Which is the only present day Formula 1 circuit that has a bridge running over a part of the track?

Suzuka - Japanese Grand Prix

WhoItIz?

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He played on the opening track of the album Euphoria, "Demolition Man", including a 10-second guitar solo.Def Leppard's lead singer Joe Elliott described his style as "a cross between the way Slash plays and Andy McCoy from Hanoi Rocks".

Damon Hill

WhoItIz?

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Born on January 17,1917 , in Nawalapitiya , Sri Lanka , he was the founder and Editor of Thai weekly magazine and Anna Daily Newspaper. He refused to accept a Padmashree from the Government of India as the wording on the scroll were in Hindi.He was the first donor to the Prime Minister's fund in 1962 during the war with China. Who is this Person?

M. G . Ramachandran

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Which Character?

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Which famous cartoon character, used in advertising, was created by Joanna Ferrone, who first developed the character in 1985 by drawing it on a napkin in a restaurant?

Fido Dido

Whozzit?

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She is the first woman to head the operations of a foreign bank in India and the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School. Who is she?

Naina Lal Kidwai

OK! Mag, Celebrity Big Bro .... and what else?

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Born in Tamil Nadu and hailing from the Bunt Community of Karnataka , her nickname is Silly Pooh. She is the Brand Ambassador for Romanaov Vodka in India. She was also on the first cover of OK! magazine in India and later featured in the UK version of the Magazine. She was also the first non - Briton to win the show Celebrity Big Brother. WhoITIZ?

Shilpa Shetty

Why did Frank Sinatra do this?

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After 1963 , Frank Sinatra always carried a roll of dimes with him . What was the reason?

Frank Sinatra's Son , Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped on the 8th of December 1963. The kidnappers would talk to Sinatra only when they were called form a public pay phone. He always a carried a roll of dimes during that time and it became a lifetime habit for him

WhoItIZ

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Jacques Villeneuve , Mario Andretti and this person are the only three people to have won the Formula 1 Drivers Championship , CART Championship and the Indianapolis 500 race. He was also the first brazilian to win the Formula 1 Drivers championship , before Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. Who was this person?

Emerson Fittipaldi

Who is this?

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He is the only person to have won a Formula 1 Grand Prix in a 6 wheel Car. He is also one of the two people to have had the number 0 on his car during a racing season.His son Tomas was a Jaguar Formula One Test Driver. He is the founder of FATS , inc ( Firearms Training Systems). He was also the last person to win a Driver's Championship with Ferrari until Michael Schumacher did so in the year 2000. Who is this person?

Jody Schekter

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Which Organization?

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Which Multibillion Dollar organization started its operations in 1920 at a HupMobile dealership in Canton, Ohio and had Jim Thorpe elected as its first president?

NFL( National Football League in the US)

Who is this?

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He suggested that the US could reduce the National deficit by placing advertisements in the one dollar bills. He was one of the people responsible for the building of the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway. He died in an aircrash in the early 1970's. He made a fortune out of racing cars, lost it and then remade a fortune out of lumberjacking. He used to sell Moonshine during the prohibition days and he said that he got all his racing talents from avoiding cops during high speed chases when he was transporting illegal liqour. Who is this flamboyant person who was billed quite often as the Blonde Blizzard from Virginia?

Curtis Turner

Which Financial Daily

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Which Financial Daily , launched in 1961 , is the worlds 2nd largest financial daily , after The Wall Street Journal and has a person named Rahul Joshi as its current Editor?

Economic Times

Which car

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Which popular Sports car model from a Japanese car manufacturer , gets it name from the Latin word meaning "from the heavens" ?

Celica - Toyota

Cricket Ground

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Which is the only Test Match Stadium and World Cup hosting Stadium in India to have a number in its name?

Sector 16 Stadium

Whatizzit?

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What activity is defined as the act of staring intently at your Blackberry while furiously flicking the thumbwheel in search of information.

MasturBerrying

Identify the Song

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The song is a Mexican song written by Consuelo Velazquez before her 16th birthday. Velazquez said that she had been inspired by an Aria from a Spanish opera by Enrique Granados. The Beatles played this song along with 14 other songs in their unsuccessful audition for Decca Records. What is the Song?

Besame Mucho.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Cricket World cup Trivia Tidbit #4

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This country played their first match in 1891 against the Philadelphia Zingari. They are also one of the four, ODI cricket teams to have won their first ever ODI match. The other three teams are Australia , New Zealand and Zimbabwe.The captain of the 2007 world cup team is a person named Irving Romaine , who also happens to hold the record for the highest individual score by a batsman for this team. Which team are we talking about?

The team is the Bermuda Cricket Team which made their debut as a world cup team in the 2007 ICC World Cup. The Flag is the national flag of Bermuda.

Cricket World cup Trivia Tidbit #3

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Whoitis?

He is a right arm leg break Bowler and a Right handed batsman who became a celebrity in his country when he scored a 62 against India in the 2003 world cup. He hit the record books in 2004 when he scored a 38-ball century - the fastest in the history of MCC Young Cricketers. He will however be remembered for a totally different reason. Who is this player and what is his infamous claim to fame?


Daan Van Bunge of Netherlands. He is the first bowler to concede 36 runs in an over with 6 sixes in one single over to Herschelle Gibbs.

Cricket World cup Trivia Tidbit #2

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The first ball of the first ICC cricket world cup was bowled by the Indian , medium paced bowler , Madan Lal(pic). Who was the batsman , who faced the first ball of the first ever cricket world cup?


John Alexander Jameson. Incidentally , he was born in Mumbai and played for England.

Cricket World cup Trivia Tidbit #1

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What links Garrard and Co , a company founded by George Wickes in London in 1735 to the ICC Cricket world cup?


Craftsmen from Garrard and Co, created the ICC world cup trophy which has been permanent since the 1999 tournament

Trivia Tidbit

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It was created by Simon Fuller (former manager of the Spice Girls and S Club 7). It was developed by Simon Jones. The directors are Bruce Gowers( from the Bohemian Rhapsody video fame) ,Nigel Lythgoe , Simon Fuller and Ken Warwick. The three major known faces of this are

1. A Record producer and a bass Player
2. A former pop star
3. A music Producer and Manager.

What is this?

American Idol. The Record Producer and Bass Player -- Randy Jackson. Former Pop Star -- Paula Abdul , Music Producer and Manager -- Simon 'oh - so rude' Cowell.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

HTNI #3

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1. This is the logo of an Airline company. Name the company







2. This famous scene was derived from a 1953 classic western named Shane. The dialogue that inspired this famous scene , was enacted by Ben Johnson and Alan Ladd. The person who made this scene famous is believed to have improvised this scene. Who is the person , and what is the scene?

3. Connect
Naachiyaar Thirumozhi composed by Aandal, Photon Factory, Studio Green

(Acknowledgement : - The Crux of the question is stolen from a trivia posted in Trivia Pettai. I hope the folks at Triviapettai , dont mind this!!! )

4. This album gets its name from the fact that it traces the major works of the artist from 1966 to a recording done at the Festival of The Desert in Mali. It was released in 2003 and is considered a compilation of the greatest hits. Which album and who is the Artist?

5. Identify this tall Black Building.(Pic 2)




Answers and Scores to HTNI II

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Decent response to the quiz. Will post another one shortly

Suresh Ramasubramanian - 4
Arindam Sanyal - 1
Shiv_Das - 2
Sumanth Srivathsan - 5!!!
Jeevan D - 3.5
RajaGopal P.S - 2.5
Husain Poonawala - 1
Anubhav Chaterjee - 3
Sachin Maheshwari - 3
Balaji Varma - 1
Kamal Rathi - 4
Gopal Kidao - 5!!!
Prateek Vijayavargia - 1
Karthik Iyengar - 3
Arijit Mukhopadhyay - 4
Ashok(SCM) - 4
Anantha - 4


1. What movie was inspired by the 2003 memoir by Robert Baer -- See No Evil : The True Story of a ground soldier in the CIA's War against Terrorism ?

This is the wonderful movie Syriana


2. What is this? and who use these ? (Pic 1)

This is Xistera or Cesta. This is used in the game Jai Alai. ( Anything related to pelota also gets points)

3. Since the budget - seems to be the flavor of the business world , this week -- Who presented Independent India's first Budget?

This is R.K.Shanmughan Chetty

4. The Song , Adikithu Kuliru in Mannan , was his first attempt as a singer for a movie.He never sung in movies after that. But now this person has decided to sing in a movie expected to be released on Tamil New Year's day. Who is this person?

Thalaivar Rajinikanth

5. The picture shows a restored 1965 Honda Ra272. What first did this car achieve with respect to Formula 1?

This is the first japanese car to win a formula one race.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

HTNI part II

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HTNI part #2.
Encouraged by the responses to the first quiz, the second edition rolls out.



1. What movie was inspired by the 2003 memoir by Robert Baer -- See No Evil : The True Story of a ground soldier in the CIA's War against Terrorism ?

2. What is this? and who use these ? (Pic)



3. Since the budget - seems to be the flavor of the business world , this week -- Who presented Independent India's first Budget?

4. The Song , Adikithu Kuliru in Mannan , was his first attempt as a singer for a movie.He never sung in movies after that. But now this person has decided to sing in a movie expected to be released on Tamil New Year's day. Who is this person?

5. The picture shows a restored 1965 Honda Ra272. What first did this car achieve with respect to Formula 1?

Answers and Scores to HTNI I

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Thank you to all those who replied to the quiz. Here are the Scores and the Answers.

For all those who had asked , who the dedication was to -- It was Illayaraja. One of his album names was How To Name It.

Anubhav Chatterjee -- 3
Sudipk Dey - 5
Sangeetha Banerjee - 5
Sumant Srinivasan - 5 ( not many people saw the name of the pic. Nice Observation)
Gopal Kidao - 2
Karthik Narayan - 1
Yashasvi Arun - Nice Try
Anant Singhania - 1
Vishal Subramanian - 4
Ashok (SCM group) - 4


Answers --

1. Shoeless Joe Jackson - one of the 8 players to have been kicked out as a part of the Match Fixing scandal that rocked the Chicago White Sox in 1919.

2. These people are better known as Black Eyed Peas. Not a major fan of hip hop , but these guys came into my radar , because , they sample some of the old songs of Illayaraja in their songs.

3. This is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland , Ohio. The name of the picture ,actually said rrhof. So there was a clue there.

4. you can find this plaque in the Complex that was built for Apollo 1 and was partially destroyed due to the fire that broke out. I have given points to anyone who has said , anything about Apollo 1 :)

5. A.R. Rahman -- Born as Dileep Kumar , he later changed his names when he started following the Tenets of Islam.

Monday, February 19, 2007

How To Name It #1

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For want of a better name and as a tribute to a musical genius , I'm naming this quiz as HTNI ( How to Name it). Send in your Brickbats and Bouquets as well.





1.Identify this person. (pic 1)

His last words before his death were reportedly "I'm about to face the greatest umpire of all and He knows I am innocent." D.B Sweeney played this person in the movie Eight Men Out and Ray Liotta portrayed this person in the movie Field Of Dreams. Who is this person?







2.How do we better know Will.I.am ,Taboo , Fergie and apl.de.ap ?

3.Identify this building (pic 2)











4. Where would you find these words , etched on a plaque?
IN MEMORY
OF
THOSE WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
SO OTHERS COULD REACH FOR THE STARS


AD ASTRA PER ASPERA
(A ROUGH ROAD LEADS TO THE STARS)
(Hint : Armageddon)

5. He is the only son of R.K Shekar Mudaliar and Kasturi ( a.k.a Kareema Begum). How do we better know this person?

Send in your answers to trivia.blog@gmail.com. Scores and Answers will be posted in a week

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Which Book and Who is the author?

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The books title was announced on the 21 December 2006 via a Christmas-themed Hangman puzzle on the Author's Website.The author left a signed statement on a marble bust of Hermes in her room at the Balmoral Hotel saying ' X(author Name) finished writing ( book name) in this room (652) on 11th Jan 2007' , Which book and who is the author?


Friday, January 26, 2007

Complete the list

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Ebbe Schwartz , Gustav Wiederkehr, Artemio Franchi, Jacques Georges , Lennart Johansson , ---------------------------


Michel Francois Platini - These are the UEFA presidents till date

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What is Number 2

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Number 1 : Eris
Number 2: -----
Number 3: Ceres


Number two is Pluto -- These are the three Dwarf Planets of the solar system listed according to their size. Eris is the largest and Ceres is the smallest.

Connect

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The guy on the left is Joe Rosenthal. The picture on the right is the poster for the Clint Eastwood film - Flags of our Fathers. It is about the Battle of Iwo Jima. The poster features a small photograph of people raising the American flag. This Picture was taken by Joe Rosenthal who was with the US Army during the War.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Identify the company from the Logo

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This was the symbol used by a company before it merged with a Dutch company and adopted a new name. What is the name of this company?

British Steel PLC

Sunday, January 14, 2007

WHOITIS?

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Born as Gouranga Charaborthy , he was born in Kolkatta and was educated at the Scottish Church College in Kolkatta. He is accomplished in the field of marshals arts and was a Naxalite in the early part of his life. He later gave up the life of a naxalite and is known for other reasons. He was the highest taxpayer in India during the years 1994-99. Who is this Person?

Mithun Chakraborthy(i personally was surprised to see the piece if Trivia on Wiki)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Which Person wrote the foreword?

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Which famous person wrote the foreword for the book Alchemy Of Finance : By George Soros?









Paul Volcker

Which Company's Logo?

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The Initial Logo consisted of two Milanese Symbols : The Visconti Serpent on a pale blue background ( the idea for which came to a young designer from the Technical office of this company , when he noticed the serpent on the Filatere Tower while he was waiting for the Tram in Plazza Castello) and a red Cross on a white Background , enclosed in a mettalic circle with the Abbreviation for the words( Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) and Milano seperate by two Savoia dynasty Knots. Which Company's Logo?

ALFA ROMEO

What was Created?

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The Brain child of Australian –Born British Army Officer , Major General R. Cawthorne, this was created as a result of the weak performance of the MI( Military Intelligence) in sharing intelligence between the Army , Navy and the Air Force during the Indo- Pakistan war in 1947. What was this?

ISI ( Inter Services Intelligence)

Boxing

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Who was the first Olympic Gold Medallist to win a heavyweight title in Professional Boxing as well?

Floyd Patterson

Type of Literature

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What is the phrase that is used to describe a novel describing real-life events behind a façade of fiction?(Hint: It is French for Novel with a key)

Roman a clef

Who Am I?

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  • I was the first Indian to score a ODI century against Australia in Australia?
  • I have the most number of Runs and centuries in a single edition of Champions trophy?
  • I am the only player to get 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs?
Who am I?

Saurav Ganguly

Which Bird?

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the people who opposed to the eagle being the national symbol of America. Which bird did he want as the symbol of America?

Turkey

Spanish Word?

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What is the Spanish Word for Committee ( specifically a board of directors) ?

Junta

Which Dictator?

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Which Dictator's last words were “Lucy” ?


Augusto Pinochet

What is this?

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It was a part of the Original Silk Route and means Listening Ears in Tibetian. During the 2,500th Birth Anniversary celebration of Gautam Buddha in November 1956, Dalai Lama used this to travel to India, and returned back to China from it in February 1957.What is this?

Nathula Pass

Which Famous Supermodel?

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Which famous supermodel makes an appearance as Serena in the movie Devil Wears Prada ?


Gisele Bundchen

Arabic word/

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What is the Arabic Word for “ One who Confronts?”


Saddam

What was this Stratergy?

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On 12 October 2006, Floyd Landis via Box.net made public many documents in support of his claim of innocence. In addition to being a public relations strategy, the dissemination of these files over the Web is an attempt "to draw on the collective resources of cycling fans, using the Internet to allow widely distributed review of evidence in his case and he encourages Internet users to find the mistakes that the legal team has not noticed." What was this defense strategy called?

Wikipedia Defense Strategy

Identify These Two People

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Analjit Singh and Asim Ghosh ( In news because of the Hutch takeover)

Who owns this Company?

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This company provided a rapid-turnaround network solution to support Bahrain's first ever Grand Prix. Their specialization is in underwater cable laying( Fibre - Optics) for IP, Bandwidth supply. Who owns this company?

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani ( Reliance Group)

Identify the product being endorsed

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Colman Mustard

Identify the Mascot and the Team he represents

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Mr. Met of the New York Mets

Which Band?

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In 1988, this band transformed the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, into a giant set and treated their Italian fans to a free concert. It was initially feared that the sound generated would damage the city’s foundations. It was not universally well received. Described as “The rape of Venice," the event prompted the resignation of the Venetian mayor and the entire city council. Which band?

Pink Floyd

Name of the Person and the Character

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Sunanda Murli Manohar will produce this movie while Jagmohan Mundhra will be directing it. Aishwarya Rai and Priety Zinta were considered for the role. Finally, X (an Italian actress) was selected for this role. Now, give me X and the character she is going to portray.


Monica Bellucci playing Sonia Gandhi

Identify the Two People

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George Eastman and Thomas Alva Edison