Published on March 4, 2014
Q.U.I.Z.(Prelims) Gursheel Singh
1. The term XY was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various UFOs or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific theaters of operations. Though it initially described a type of UFO reported and named by the U.S. , the term was also commonly used to mean any UFO sighting from that period. Formally reported from November 1944 onwards, witnesses often assumed that the XY were secret weapons employed by the enemy. Which famous band shares its name with the term?
2.What name is given to a planet that falls within a star's habitable zone, and is often specifically used for planets close to the size of Earth? Such a planet neither too close nor too far from a star to rule out liquid water on its surface and thus life (as humans understand it) on the planet. However, planets within a habitable zone that are unlikely to host life (e.g., gas giants) may also be referred to by this name. The best example is the Earth itself.
3.Paper in the A series format has an aspect ratio of 1:X , although this is rounded to the nearest millimeter . The geometric rationale behind having this aspect ratio is to maintain the aspect ratio after cutting or folding an A series sheet in half, perpendicular to the larger side. What is X?
4. During his visit to Paris, France, in 2005, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank was invited by Franck Riboud, the CEO of a French multinational corporation. They met in October that year. There Yunus proposed to form a joint venture between Grameen Bank and Franck's company with the objective of supplying nutritious food to poor children of Bangladesh. As proposed by Muhammad Yunus, Franck Riboud agreed to participate in the project to be styled a social business. The launch of the company received considerable attention and was attended by celebrities including French soccer player Zinedine Zidane of France. Id the French company in question.
5. A little known Indian pharmaceutical company, Kayem Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, found itself at the centre of a huge controversy in the United States in 2011 because of a drug (Sodium Thiopental) it supplied to certain customers in the US. Because of quality considerations a federal suit was filed against the US Food and Drug Administration to block overseas shipments of this key drug. All this started after Hospira Inc., the only firm in the US making that drug stopped production and the EU refused to supply the drug. Why was the drug so controversial?
Used in lethal injections given to prisoners.
6. University of Cumbria in northwest England recently became the first public university in the world to start something. However it is initially limited to only two programmes that will start in June 2014. Before that The University of Nicosia, the largest private university in Cyprus became the first university in the world to start the same practice. What are we talking about?
7. How do be better know “the Brubaker-Steichel theory of the sporadic infidelity pattern of the married male”?
Seven Year Itch
8. What'll happen next?
9. The ‘Dynamic Ribbon’ has been an integral part of the company’s logo since 1969. The ‘ribbon’ accompanies the company name in almost every advertisement and is a registered trademark of the company. Identify the company.
10. Which was the first public film company registered in India?
11. Zeishan Quadri was born in X. He worked in a call centre in Delhi before moving to Mumbai to pursue his acting career. Apart from acting his interest lay in writing. After coming to Mumbai he started working on a concept note for a film based on real life incidents. On May 30, 2009, he sold the concept Y , who he had been chasing for about a fortnight. Quadri’s deal was simple. He would write the script and play a key character in film. Y was so impressed by the concept note that he took up the project immediately. Identify X and Y .
12. Id his most famous pupil
13. Whose car?
Uri Geller An illusionist, well known internationally as a magician, television personality, and self-proclaimed psychic. He is known for his trademark television performances of spoon bending and other supposed psychic effects. The car is his cherished custom-built 1976 Cadillac encrusted with approximately 5,000 pieces of contorted cutlery painstakingly riveted to the car's body. Some of his treasured pieces were owned, used or touched by famous personalities.
14. Arthur C Clarke, the famous sci-fi author sent the following letter to NASA’s chief administrator. Why? "Dear Sir, on checking my records, I see that I have never received payment for this work. Could you please look into this matter with some urgency? Otherwise you will be hearing from my solicitors, Messrs Geldsnatch, Geldsnatch and Blubberclutch".
According to many conspiracy theories, the Apollo moon landings were fake. The video showing the astronauts landing on the moon was based on a script by Arthur C Clarke and was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Hence the letter.
15. The facility is located about 1300 kilometers from the North Pole and can very well be called a real life Noah’s Ark, albeit for plants. The entire cost of its construction was borne by the govt. of Norway. Primary funding for the facility comes from organisations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and from various governments worldwide It functions like a safe deposit box in a bank. The temperature in the bank is -18 Degree Celsius. It was 6th on the list of Time’s Best Inventions for 2008. I was mentioned in one of the Elementary episodes. Identify.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
16. X has trouble remembering Y's last name and has thus created many new names, below is a list: Capslock, Kapok, Bangkok, Bartok, Fatstock, Drydock, Hopscotch, Stopcock, Hammock, Paddock, Hassock, Havoc, Maggot, Bootblack, Balzac, Bedsock, Padlock,Hatbox, Stockpot, Harrock, and Hemlock.
17.Id the “Saviour”
18. This impossibly rare, Atari 2600 game(image next slide) was based on an Old Testament story. The primitive “run and jump” game was created by an independent designer named Steve Stack in 1983. Because of the game's theme it was advertised in religious magazines as well . The game was never sold in stores and was only available for $34.95 from the manufacturer. As a result, it’s one of the rarest Atari 2600 games, what’s been describe with tongue only partially in cheek as a “holy grail” for collectors. The game wasn’t even known to exist by the collectors market until one cartridge was found at a garage sale in 2007. That cartridge was auctioned off for over $10,000 in 2012. Which old testament story formed the basis for the game?
Crossing of the Red Sea led by Moses
19.Where would you find these instructions? “How to Leave the Planet” 1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (713) 483-3111. Explain that it’s very important that you get away as soon as possible. 2. If they do not cooperate, phone any friend you may have in the White House (202) 456-1414—to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA. 3. If you don’t have any friends in the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don’t have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), but they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try. 4. If that also fails, phone the Pope for guidance. His telephone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible. 5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it’s vitally important that you get away before your phone bill arrives.”
The Ultimate Hitch hiker's Guide to the Galaxy At the end of Adams' introduction, is the list providing a humorous explanation of how one might replicate Arthur and Ford's feat at the beginning of Hitchhikers.
19. Claim to fame?
20. This is a feminist and LGBT bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Why the name?
From the extended essay ‘A Room of One's Own' by Virginia Woolf.
21. Exhaustive connect.(Mool Chand Chowhan, IG and Jasdev Singh)
Indian Winners of Olympic Order The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement and is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement, i.e. recognition of efforts worth of merit in the cause of sport.
22. What is being talked about?
23. Inspiration for?
24. When MTV was launched in August 1981 which rather prophetic video was the first one they ever showed?
25. X is an Indian actress who has won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her debut movie. Not many people know but it was one of his ancestors who was the chief engineer of the Eiffel Tower,although many people think it was Gustave Eiffel who designed it. Id
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