Sunday, May 15, 2005

General Quiz - 1

Questions from an internal quiz "on the rocks". This particular quiz was done by Pingu's Poms Poms (the team, not the real ones), Pingu being Rohit Panikkar. Mail in your answers to him at If you Google, Pingu will #$%* you with his pom poms.

1. According to the 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary what word was defined as "a person employed to make calculations in a laboratory or surveying operations etc."

2. This phrase was borrowed by X from a friend, Father Didion, principal of the Arcueil College near Paris. Didion used the three superlatives to close a speech he gave after a school sports day, and X liked the sound and meaning of the phrasing. Identify X and whats the phrase?

3. Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906 ) was an advocate of women's rights. She was also very fashion-forward. She cut her hair short and wore bloomers (short but wide pants) in a time when that was unheard of for a woman. Some of Susan B. Anthony's causes were the right for equal pay, the right to vote, and women's suffrage. What is her claim to fame in the world of finance?

4. How do we better know Vincent Damon Furnier, born February 4, 1948, is a singer, musician, and composer best known for his stage performances, which are often theatrical and violent, utilizing make-up, electric chairs, guillotines, decapitated human heads, fake blood, and boa constrictors?

5. _____ is a British rock band formed in Oxford during the late 1980s, originally under the name On A Friday, a name referring to the only time where all band members were able to practice. Their current moniker a song by the Talking Heads. The band consists of Thom Yorke , Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, his brother Colin Greenwood and Phil Selway .Yorke and J. Greenwood are often regarded as being the two main artists behind the band, while the other members play supporting roles.

6. It is known as `Lynx' in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and UK; `Ego' in South Africa. How do we know it in India?

7. In 1954, this organization held an international competition to create an Anthem, and it was won by Polish composer Michael Spisiak. It debuted in Melbourne in 1956, but then the composer got greedy. He demanded a large fee for his composition, and he was refused . In 1958, the organization adopted a piece by Spiros Samaras that has become the official Anthem. Which organization/anthem?

8. Whose last words: "My instructor was Mr Langly and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I could sing it for you. It's called ' Daisy, Dai-sy, Dai-sy give me your answer true. I'm half crazy o-ver the love of you. It won't be a sty-lish mar-riage, I can't afford a car-riage". ?

9. Jean Baptiste Travernier wrote in 1650 about the 3 methods in which this was done. In Gujarat, Agra and Delhi, it happens in a 12 ft by 12 ft hut made of reeds and faggots. In the Coromandel it was done in a large hole of 9 ft depth. In Bengal it was carried out in the open on the banks of the Ganges. What is he describing?

10. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was the military dictator of Texas before being overthrown by the freedom fighters in the mid 19th century. He made a lasting contribution to modern society in the form of an innovation he introduced to ease the tension in his soldiers' camps. What was his innovation that is the basis of a multi-billion dollar business today?

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