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Yet another quiz

  1. 1. Yet another quiz @8eardcules @nimhansboi
  2. 2. Obligatory rules slide - Quizmaster is God - Infinite bounce and Pounce. - Bounce - +10/0 - Pounce - +10/-5 - Since Fantasy Quiz is coming up, we’re introducing a GoT themed pounce; First team to pounce on a question has an advantage/ disadvantage. If they pounce and get the answer right, they get to choose a team and give that team a negative of 5 points. But if they pounce first and get it wrong, they get a -10.
  3. 3. Inspiration behind which immortal character? Mercury was used in the manufacturing of felt hats during the 19th century, causing a high rate of mercury poisoning among those working in the hat industry. Mercury poisoning causes neurological damage, including slurred speech, memory loss, and tremors. In the Victorian age, many workers in the textile industry developed CNS disorders. Many such workers were sent to Pauper Lunatic Asylums, Robert Lutwidge, X’s uncle. X was familiar with the conditions at asylums and visited at least one, the Surrey County Asylum, himself, which treated patients with so-called non-restraint methods and occupied them, amongst others, in gardening, farming and hat-making. Besides staging theatre plays, dances and other amusements, such asylums also held tea-parties.
  4. 4. Mad Hatter
  5. 5. fitb Melanogrammus aeglefinus is a saltwater fish found in the North Atlantic Ocean and associated seas. As X thought up this character and was looking for a name, he asked his wife what she made for dinner. His wife replied “a sad English fish—________” and thus the character was born.
  6. 6. Haddock
  7. 7. Id x Xism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like- minded people and with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Xs may or may not be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. This use of the word X first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. The term Xism emerged in France in the early nineteenth century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class, Romani neighborhoods. The Romani people were referred to as X since they were mistakenly thought to originate from the western part of modern Czech Republic.
  8. 8. Bohemian
  9. 9. Fitb Since 1991, Starbucks has had an incentive program for its employees where they recieve company stock upon completion of two years of service. The program is named _____ ______, homophonic to a certain plant from a fairytale that arises from magic ______ traded for a cow. What is the name of Starbucks’ program, named aptly as a nod to this fairytale and the company’s product line?
  10. 10. Bean Stock
  11. 11. ID XY The name XY is a product of Z’s corporate history and culture. Thomas J. Watson, Sr., had first introduced "X" as a slogan for Z in the 1920s. With every minicomputer and mainframe Z installed (almost all were leased - not sold), a blue plastic sign was placed atop the operator's console, with the "X" command on an aluminum plate. For decades, Z distributed small notepads with the word "X" emblazoned on a brown leatherette cover to customers and employees. The name "XY" was suggested by Z employee Denny Wainwright, who had a "X" notepad in his pocket. The name was opposed by the Z corporate naming committee as the names for Z computers were all numeric at that time. "XY" was kept due to praise from journalists and the public.
  12. 12. IBM ThinkPad
  13. 13. Fitb At the time the stories were published, addresses in __(2)__ __(3)__ did not go as high as _(1)_. __(2)__ __(3)__ was later extended, and in 1932 the Abbey National Building Society moved into premises at 219–229 __(2)__ __(3)__. For many years, Abbey National employed a full-time secretary to answer mail addressed to X. In 1990, a blue plaque signifying _(1)_ __(2)__ __(3)__ was installed at the X Museum, situated elsewhere on the same block, and there followed a 15-year dispute between Abbey National and Museum for the right to receive mail addressed to _(1)_ __(2)__ __(3)__. Since the closure of Abbey House in 2005, ownership of the address by the Museum has not been challenged, despite its location between 237 and 241 __(2)__ __(3)__.
  14. 14. 221b Baker Street
  15. 15. Funda Suryadeo Singh is an Indian politician and was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Singh was a member of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly from the Maner constituency in 1977 and Jharia constituency in 1980 and 1985 as Janata Party candidate. BP Sinha was a well respected labour leader in the coal labour unions.
  16. 16. Gangs of Wasseypur
  17. 17. fitb The _______ was the brainchild of Japanese Major (and post-war Lieutenant-General) Iwaichi Fujiwara, head the Japanese intelligence unit Fujiwara Kikan and had its origins, first in the meetings between Fujiwara and the president of the Bangkok chapter of the _________, Pritam Singh Dhillon. Fujiwara's mission was "to raise an army which would fight alongside the Japanese army." After the initial proposal by Fujiwara the _______ was formed in the second half of December 1941, and the name chosen in the first week of January 1942.
  18. 18. INA
  19. 19. Theories regarding what? The name of the roman god Jupiter was written as IVPPITER and the Romans feared putting part of a god’s name on a mortal instrument. The practice predates the adoption of subtractive notation in roman numerals and has therefore continued King Louis XIV liked it this way and ordered people to follow it, and it has continued It creates radial symmetry.
  20. 20. Watches and clocks having IIII instead of IV
  21. 21. What is blanked out?
  22. 22. Dunkirk
  23. 23. fitb The _____ awards, named after _______ are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.
  24. 24. Edgar
  25. 25. Which actor? So, ___________ got picked up in May and they could only hold off till 30 June. They had to give the contracts by then. By 29 June, I still hadn't got my contract and my visa was up. So, if I was going to stay in America, I either had to do ___________ or the other option was to come to India and do Bollywood. At that time, I had read the script of Delhi-6 and loved it. I was going to come back to meet Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. I'd read the English version of the script and loved it and wanted to audition for the lead. I am not sure if it was going to happen anyway. But, they had really liked my tape and I thought if _____________ doesn't work out, I would be back in India to meet Rakeysh Mehra. My contract arrived on June 30 and I ended up staying. Funny enough, after the first year of ______________, 3 Idiots came about and they were looking to cast someone from America. I flew to Bombay to meet Raju Hirani and had a wonderful time. But, things just didn't work out. So, the opportunities were there and if I had moved here and started early, things could have come through.
  26. 26. Kunal Nayyar
  27. 27. funda Kotak Mahindra bank has a zero service mobile banking ecosystem called Kotak Mahindra 811. They boast zero balance account service with returns upto 6% pa and most importantly, easy universal mobile banking. What is the name of the service an obvious reference to?
  28. 28. Demon etization
  29. 29. What event? In 1988, while the Afghan civil war was raging on between the Soviet backed communists and the mujahideen, a ceasefire was declared by both sides for a certain event in the month of January. Tens of thousands of mourners attended this event, marching through the Khyber Pass from Peshawar to Jalalabad, although it was marred by terrorist attacks killing 15 people. What was this event that would remind us of something that happened almost exactly 40 years before at the end of January?
  30. 30. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s funeral
  31. 31. Which term The term owes its origin to early radio enthusiasts who would use a piece of wood easily available in the household, often a bard used for slicing _____. These days it is commercially available, made of plastic with strips of copper inside.
  32. 32. Breadboard
  33. 33. ID X The circle topped with a two-bar cross in which the word X resides is a variant of the ____ logo, and either “an early European symbol for quality” or a Cross of Lorraine as carried by the Knights Templar into the Crusades. Continuing the Da Vinci Code-theme, the X’s geometric pattern of a dot with four triangles radiating outward is either a schematic drawing of a four-leaf clover or the cross pattee, associated with Knights Templars and Freemasons. What is X?
  34. 34. Oreo biscuit
  35. 35. fitb During the 18th and 19th centuries in England, recruiters for the English Navy would try to persuade men to join the military by offering them a King’s Shilling. If they accepted the shilling, it meant that they had consented to join the ranks at sea. In order to boost their recruitment numbers, some of the recruiters ran a scam that involved discreetly dropping a shilling into a drunk man’s beer when he wasn’t looking. Men wouldn’t notice the shilling until they’d finished their drink but by then it would be too late; the recruiter had already added their names to the draft list and they’d be hauled off to sea the next morning. Once bar owners discovered the scam, however, they started serving alcohol in glasses that had clear bases. They’d then remind pub visitors to check their pints for illicit shillings by saying “___________!” before patrons took a sip or shot.
  36. 36. Bottoms up
  37. 37. fitb “Back in 2005, one lucky PC Pitstop customer won $1,000 by simply reading our ___________ We temporarily added a clause to our ____________ offering money to anyone who contacted us, but it took five months and more than 3,000 sales before the first person – dropped us a line asking about the clause. 7 years later — our experiment continues to garner attention in articles detailing the dangers of unread _____________”
  38. 38. EULA
  39. 39. Funda #kolstylz The tower of London has stood at its current location for over eight centuries now and is an iconic British landmark. Apart from the crown jewels and various other artefacts, The tower is currently home to seven individuals of a certain kind, named Hardey, Thor, Odin, Gwyllum, Cedric, Hugine and Munin. At least six individuals of the kind have been residing at the the tower since at least the late 1600s. Their continued residence in the tower is ensured by royal orders, due to a superstition said to have originated with Charles II It is said that if they leave, “The Crown will fall, and with it, the tower and Kingdom”
  40. 40. Ravens
  41. 41. Put funda
  42. 42. What Is X? #knowyourquizmaster CamSoda an entertainment company announced a new device called the Z. Which will be a WiFi connected button like Amazon's Dash Button that can fit on a X and will automatically order a large Domino's cheese pizza whenever it's pressed. "Y, while ultimately enjoyable, can be a strenuous physical activity during which an individual exerts a lot of energy and burns many calories. Inevitably, once finished, they feel lethargic and hungry," CamSoda's vice president, Daryn Parker, said in a press release. "Now, in order to enjoy your Saturday night, all you need is your Z. Get off and get stuffed, all with the quick click of a button."
  43. 43. X-Vibrator
  44. 44. Logon Ka Kaam Hai Karna Polonium-210 emits a type of radiation called alpha-radiation, which is very energetic and can seriously damage DNA. Thankfully, what alpha-radiation has in destructive ability, it lacks in penetrating power. Human skin is usually enough to stop it, but that’s of little consolation to people who inhale particles of polonium- 210. A certain class of people are regularly are thus exposed to polonium & lead radiation poisoning. The activity though has several other health warnings attached to it, people still are doing it. What?
  45. 45. Smoking
  46. 46. Back to 2014. The ingredients include water (~80%), butane gas (~17%), surfactant (~1%), and other ingredients including vegetable oil (~2%). The liquefied butane expands when the product is ejected. The butane evaporates instantly, forming bubbles of gas in the water/surfactant mixture. The surfactant(s) cause the bubbles to have stability and hence a gas-in-liquid colloid forms. The bubbles eventually collapse and the colloid disappears, leaving only water and surfactant residue. The working of which invention, invented in 2000, is being described here?
  47. 47. The Vanishing Spray used in football matches.
  48. 48. A Musical Orgasm. The picture you’ll see on the next slide is the Haʻikū Ladder or Haʻikū Stairs, is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaii. The total 3,922 steps span along Oahu's Ko'olau mountain range. What’s so special about this staircase?
  49. 49. The Stairs are called the “Stairway to Heaven”
  50. 50. God. I am God. Solar Lottery is Phillip K. Dick’s first published novel. It takes place in a world dominated by logic and numbers. Loosely based on a numerical military strategy employed by U.S. and Soviet intelligence called minimax (part of game theory), the X, head of world government, is chosen through a sophisticated, computerized lottery. X is a title. Name it.
  51. 51. Quizmaster
  52. 52. Kya? “Waqt news” is an anti-government news agency widely known for criticizing the incumbent party and promoting liberal views in ________. According to Alexa, it averages around 3000 visitors on its website every day and mostly covers news from the southern part of ________. What - associated with the channel - but never actually broadcast - makes it better known to us all?
  53. 53. Yeh Bik Gayi Hai Gormit
  54. 54. Fucking KolStylzz. What was the name of the world’s first cloned cat?
  55. 55. Copy Cat (CC)
  56. 56. FITB. Three morphs of lizards cycle from the ultra-dominant polygynous orange-throated males, which best the more monogamous mate guarding blues; the oranges are in turn bested by the sneaker strategy of yellow-throated males, and the sneaker strategy of yellows is in turn bested by the mate guarding strategy of blue-throated males. This phenomenon is popularly called the _ _ _ phenomenon among zoologists. FITB.
  57. 57. RPS- Rock Paper Scissors
  58. 58. RIP@ Adarsho Hindu Hotel The word _____ means handkerchief in many north Indian languages, and the name ___________ means handkerchief _____. During the Mughal period, the ____ was used like a cloth to wipe off the excess oil off the hands after the completion of an oil-rich food laden with meat and fat. What am I talking about?
  59. 59. Rumali Roti
  60. 60. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer. Frank Alexander de X VC (26 April 1887 – 25 November 1914) was an England recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the first person of the Jewish faith and the first Indian Army officer to receive the VC during World War I. What is X? (VC stands for Victoria Cross)
  61. 61. Pass
  62. 62. PG 13 Please. Facebook had blocked the accounts of all the subscribers belonging to X community of Assam thinking the names were false and fabricated. They were unknown to the fact that X is an ethnic tribe of Assam which has a rich historical background in the state history. What name are we talking about here?
  63. 63. The Chutiya Community of Assam
  64. 64. MMORPG FTW! #knowyourQM World of Warcraft released its first expansion pack in 2007, named The Burning Crusade. This introduced certain ‘dances’. Each gender of each race has a different style of dance. The dances were supposedly inspired from famous dance videos, e.g. The male Night Elf’s dance resembled Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean dance. The male Draenei’s dance was inspired from a Indian dance song X, by Y. Put one X and Y.
  65. 65. Tunak Tunak Tun - Daler Mehendi
  66. 66. USofA. Put Funda. At 5:34 a.m. Baghdad time on 20 March 2003 (9:34 p.m., 19 March EST) the surprise military invasion of Iraq began. There was no declaration of war. The 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by U.S. army General Tommy Franks, began under the codename "Operation Iraqi Liberation”, the UK codename “Operation Telic”, and the Australian codename “Operation Falconer”. The US operation was later renamed “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Why?
  67. 67. Operation Iraqi Liberation happens to be the abbreviation for “OIL”. Led to the US invading Iraq for oil wala conspiracy theories.
  68. 68. Kaun Hai? At the end of 2016, Google published their list of the “Top 10 Trending Personalities” for India in the year 2016. The first spot was taken by Donald Trump. The second was taken by PV Sindhu. The 3rd spot was taken by an Indian “personality” for her presence in the social media sphere, and her activity in the month of November of 2016. Whom am I talking about? Put Funda.
  69. 69. Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai
  70. 70. April Fools! As a part of an April fool’s prank, X added 3 new items to their collection which were “Fish and Chips”, “Sunday Roast” and “Chicken Tikka Masala”. Identify X, which made the introduction of these 3 items a hilarious act.
  71. 71. Durex Flavoured Condoms
  72. 72. What was trending?
  73. 73. Stephen Hawking
  74. 74. Put Funda. Early in the development of this company's new brand identity, Pentagram's Paula Scher asked: “Your name is _______. Why are you a flag?” What did this result in and what has been blanked out?
  75. 75. Windows
  76. 76. ID X. X had a very bad career in journalism, even by his otherwise high standards. He was too lazy, so he always sold his articles to other reporters, and the only time he actually completed an article was during a trip to the Soviet Union in 1929, where he decided it was too much of a bother to go and post it, so he decided to chuck the idea. Put one X.
  77. 77. #stillthebest
  78. 78. Tintin
  79. 79. ID X. In 2015, MP Jay Panda tweeted this image. Put funda. (Bonus points if you can explain the funda perfectly)
  80. 80. No seat numbered 420 in the Lok Sabha. The seat 420 is said to have a superstition surrounding it, considering that section 420 of the IPC is related to cheating and dishonesty, something politicians wouldn’t like to be associated with.
  81. 81. Ding ding. What you’ll see on the next slide, will be a map of Japan. What is marked in red and blue are areas which almost all of us would have surely heard of in some way or the other. Identify these two areas. As per the International _________ Society, for most years the people of X were dominant in _______ , however later in the Sengoku era, groups rose all throughout Japan and within all these groups, finally developed two super groups – those of X and Y. It is believed that group X met its fate because its General was misinformed and in a 1581 attack had its people slaughtered in a ten-to-one battle – a typical tactic used in ______ warfare to forestall an attack – leaving not a very large number of X people. Y too was threatened that time however they escaped the fate of X. After WW2, the world was free and open to travel around and thus X and Y people spread themselves across, with most of these people working like ordinary people however passing on their extraordinary skill to those who felt were worthy of learning them. Identify X and Y, two areas you’d have surely heard of in Japan if not any others.
  82. 82. The regions of Iga and Koga- the home of Ninjitsu. (You may have come across it through Ninja Hattori xD)
  83. 83. Put one identify. For a certain purpose, the countries below have adopted the following convention. ● Argentina uses “R”. ● The Bahamas use “Z”. ● Scotland, Hong Kong and Mongolia use “ZZ”. ● Singapore uses “Z/1”. ● Sri Lanka uses “Z”. ● Indonesia uses “X”. ● Iraq uses “Letter/99”. ● Zambia uses “X3”. ● Malaysia uses “Z”. ● Thailand uses “5 OS”. ● Serbia uses “ZA”. What am I talking about? (Bonus if you can tell me what India uses for the same purpose)
  84. 84. Replacement Bank Notes. India(RBI) uses an asterisk (*). These are notes printed by the central bank to replace damaged notes and are marked specially to keep a count of the number of notes printed.

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