Monday, November 17, 2008

Houses, High Street and Head Servants...

1. Created by P.G. Wodehouse, his first name is Reginald. He is a "gentleman's personal gentleman"or a valet. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of many many subjects and is extremely skillful at a lot of other stuff to. He inspired one of the most famous valet's in internet history, one who "fetched answers to all questions asked". Who is this internets most famous valet?

2. This high street in London can be reached by taping a brick, found by counting three up and two across, three times, of the rear wall of a Bar on the Charing Cross Road. Which place am I talking about?

3. Connect: Knesset, Federalnoye Sobraniye, Diet, Jatiyo Sangshod, Cortes Generales

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cats, Colleges and Carnage

I am sorry about the slow rate of postings. Its getting pretty difficult these days to find new questions with exams killing me.. : ( .. Plus i have to prepare about 100 questions for a quiz is my school, for which i haven;t even started yet and neither do I have any idea as to how to go about it.Justify Full
Anyways, no more rants... here goes..

1. Born in 1974 in Chennai, he migrated to Australia and then to New York. He started off as a financial journalist writing for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Money. He subsequently moved on to TIME, where he worked as a South Asia correspondant. He now is a freelance journalist operating from Mumbai. Who?

2. The only colleges eligible to participate in this NCAA Division I athletic conference in the US are - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and University of Pennsylvania. The name of the athletic conference is now not limited to only athletics, but also used to represent the educational philosophy of these institutions. Which term ?

3. Located in Poland about 50 km from Krakow and established on May 20, 1940, this institution is the largest of its kind, with the motto " Arbeit macht frei" crowned on its gate. The attached photo is a horrific part of the institution. What am I talking about ?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sex, Semaphores, Sites and Semi-Cut Hairs

1. Connect : Troopergate, Juanita Broaddrick, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Paula Jones, Sally Perdue, Kathleen Willey... Also there is an extremely famous name missing. What's the missing name ?

2. First came "CQ", then came "SSSDDD", then came "CQD". "NC" was also used that time. But, then came "____" , something which became the international standard and is used till date. Fill in the blank.

3. Whats so special about this web page?

4. She holds the post of Chief Lizard Wrangler in an organisation. Who is she ?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pixel Prashnavali - IV

The Windows themed post has been postponed indefinitely due to lack of questions. A random question set is served for your consumption. Hopefully, they'll suit your taste... ; ) Also , on request, from now on, I'll put up the answers in the comments section.

1. What does this map and the various differently shaded regions represent?


2. What is this?


3. This judicial body has perhaps the largest jurisdiction in terms of geographical area. Which judicial organ?


4. This godman, associated with the Ayodhya Movement, passed away in 2003. He was the Chairman of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, the organisation in charge of construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed land in Ayodhya and the current owners of huge tracts of land in and around the disputed site. Who is he?


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Multitude of M's

Been a long longggggg time. I have missed the quiz but MUN took all the time. N now that it is all over. I don't know what to do. I miss it. For the first time in my life, hard work was fun.. :) .. The extent of my vella-ness can be gauged from the fact that it took me 2 days to make these 5 questions. I had first thought of a Windows Theme. But that din't work out. So, came up with the M's. But Windows theme par 1 post toh banta hai ..Hopeully, sooner than later. :).. Here goes!!!!


Myth has it that this creature pulls people's ears, strips off bedsheets and makes things disappear. Hanging a horseshoe at the gates keeps this creature away. In Harry Potter books, this creature appears as a " shape-shifter that takes the form of the worst fear of it's intended victim". Which creature?


Regarded as an incarnation of Lord Shiva, A film based on him is the only film made entirely in Sanskrit till date. He consolidated the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, which says that the Atman( Self ) and the Brahman ( The Universe ) are the one and the same. Which mystic?


The Greek hero Bellerophon tried to use this Mythical creature, the son of Poseidon and Medusa, to reach to the Gods. This immortal creature used to carry Zeus' thunderbolts. As a reward, he was transformed into a constellation by Zeus. Which creature?


The Norse god Odin and his hunting expeditions through the sky every year during the Germanic holiday of Yule, the patron saint of Amsterdam and Moscow who gave gifts to the poor in 4th-century Greece... These are a couple of inspirations for which Magical being?


According to Hindu Mythology, there are a total of 14 'Zones' in the Universe. They are: Paramapada, Satyaloka, Tapoloka, Janaloka, Maharloka, Suvarloka, Bhuvarloka, _______________, Atala, Vitala, Nitala, Rasatala, Mahatala, Sutala and Patala. Fill in the blank. ( Hint: Think below your feet! ;) )

See Comments for Answers

The Scores:

Bharath - 4
Husain Poonawala - 2
Nirad - 4
Prateek Rath - Nice Try :)
Cintom - Clean Sweep ! !
Anchal - 4 ( one of the few to get the Last question right )
Anand Babu - 2
Lokesh Gurunathan - 3
Prashant Mannur - 2
Aashish Agrawal - 3
Anand Shankar - 4

Saturday, September 20, 2008


1. Fill in the Blank: Suhuf Ibrahim, Tawrat, Zabur, Injil and ________ .

Ans: QURAN, the last in the list of holy books of Islam.

2. Identify this place.


3. Identify this 'secure' place.

Ans: FORT KNOX, the U.S. Govt. Gold Reserves are stored here.

4. Although its estimated that there are about 40 of these in existence, only 5 have been found and recognised. They are Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and _______. What am I talking off? (Fill in the Blank)

Ans: PLUTO. This is a list of dwarf planets.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pixel Prashnavali - III

Thnx everybody for the brilliant response.. 6 comments, 9 mails.. One of the best ever.. And as a result of that, after a very longgg time, a Pixel Prashnavali

1. In honour of whom was this memorial erected?...

ans: DODI AL-FAYED and PRINCESS DIANA. This memorial is within the store Harrod's

2. What is shown in this photograph by the black line??

Ans: MARIANA TRENCH, the deepest point in the sea

3. Which engineering structure is reflected off the raindrops?


4. Identify.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oodles of Ms - Mags, Masters and Machines

Here's Today's Set...

1. This question .. courtesy my college mate Shashank "Disgust" Saket ;)....

Started by Jann Wenner ( who is still its editor) in 1967, this magazine had a song dedicated to it when it was just 5 years old. The song itself, by Dr. Hook, went on to reach #6 on US charts. Two of the most regular features "Random Notes" and "Smoking Section" are the hallmarks of the magazine along with the "National Affairs" section. Which magazine?

Ans: ROLLING STONE... Thnx Disgust ( :p ).. for ur contribution..

2. This type of double-decker buses used to run on London roads till December 2005. Now they run on only 2 heritage routes. What are these buses called?

Ans: ROUTEMASTER.. The same models run in Mumbai too..

3. Apart from being Google's International Webmaster - which makes him responsible for all content on Google's international sites - one Mr. Dennis Hwang has a very interesting job. This job was first done by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in summer 1999. Then Dennis took over this sometime in 2000 and since then, he has been handling this extremely " visible " job. What is this job?


4. What is this?


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Coaches, Churchill, Cartoon and a Crusader's Sword

Long Time.. first the exms.. then an Amazing trip to Pune.. then thrice to the beach in 2 days.. n then to the riverside.. I hv been busy enjoying ;)

Here goes..

1. Mumbai - Ratnagiri - Sindhudurg - Goa - Kolhapur - Pune - Aurangabad - Ajanta-Ellora - Nashik - Mumbai.... Which Train's schedule?


2. This is a pair of extremely luxurious twin coaches numbered 9000 and 9001. Built in 1956, it was used frequently till 1977 after whch it fell into disuse for security reasons. It was used again on May 30, 2003 after 26 long years. What??


3. This is widely supposed to be named after Winston Churchill. Its designer, however, later confessed that it was actually named after a fictional character from the book " The Maltese Fiction". What am i talking about?

Ans: FAT MAN, the Nuclear Bomb dropped during WWII. And its actually "The Maltese Falcon". Thanks Dr. Jaya for your correction :)

4. In 1992, a student at the California Institute of Arts, created a short film “The Whoopass ___”
which was picked up by Hanna-Barbera as an innovative cartoon. They modified the name
“Whoopass” as it was considered inappropriate and then created what was considered to be a
combined spoof on American/Japanese superheroes, making heavy references to pop culture and rock bands of the 70s and 80s, especially the Beatles, along the way.


5. What is being described here ?

# Manufacturers: R.S.Owens, Chicago, Illinois
# Annual production : 40 units ( approx.)
# Height: 34 cm
# Weight: 3.85KG
# Made of: Gold-plated Britannium


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Champion's Club..

Sorry for less than the now-customary 4 questions. After all, this is a field about which i know next to nothing. Here goes..

1. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1985, this now-legendry sportsman was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He started this sport to provide an outlet to his energy. Once arrested for Drunken Driving, he is called 'Gomer' by his teammates and described as "the greatest athlete who ever walked this planet" by another legend. Some people say his disproportionate arm span and hyper-mobile ankles help him in winning. Who is he?


2. The shaft of this is abt 12 mm in dia. and abt 35-48 inches long. It was made of 'hickory' before 1935. Then came steel ones and now carbon fibre composite is used to make it. The grip, the hosel and the ferrule are a few other parts of this piece of equipment. What am I talking about?


3. whats special about this list?

Shahid Afridi
Ijaz Ahmed
Yousuf Youhana
Moin Khan
Saeed Anwar
Sleem Malik
Mushtaq Ahmed
Saqlain Mushtaq
Wasim Akram


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

East is East...

Quite a lot of non picture questions coming in these days.. I miss the picture days..But its not easy to find pictures all the time you see.. sigh..

Anyways.. here goes!!!

1. A combination of Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana and Romaji is used to do what ??


2. This company, started by Fusachiro Yamauchi, in 1889 produced handmade playing cards. However, today its moved on into a more modern form of entertainment. Amongst its initial products were The Love Tester, The Ultra Machine and the Laser Clay Shooting System.


3. There are multiple ways to lose a match in this sport. A few of these are failing to appear ( including injury ) and getting naked. Which sport?


4. Which famous place?


Saturday, August 2, 2008

No Pictures.. For a Change..

1. Major Shaitan Singh Bhagat, Commander of the 'C' Company of 13 Kumaon, led 123 Kumaonis and defended the post of Rezangla in the 1962 Indo-China war. In this battle, 109 Kumaonis died but took more than 800 Chinese with them. Major Bhagat was posthumously awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his heroics. Which moving-to-tears song was inspired by this incident ?


2. It started in a very limited form in 1948. It took place for the first time in its current form in 1960. This event takes place 3 weeks after every Olympics. Participants are categorized into 4 different groups, one of thembeing Les Autres. Which Event?

Ans: THE PARALYMPICS.. They r different from the Special olympic games, which are for those who r mentally challenged

3. Of which natural phenomenon are - partial, hybrid, total and annular- types of ??


4. What is this a specification list of :

# Crew: One
# Length: 13.20 m (43 ft 4 in)
# Wingspan: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
# Height: 4.40 m (14 ft 9 in)
# Wing area: 38.4 m² (413 ft²)
#Max speed: Mach 1.8
#Engine: GE F404 ( currently ) , 2 other engine variants..
#Current production variats - PV3 and PV4

Ans: HAL TEJAS, the indigenous LCA

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Long Time No See....

Hellooooooooooo Every1....

Vacations are over.. I have shifted out of the hostel.. where i have 24 hour net unlike the restricted version at the hostel.. Back with the same vigour.. if not more... QUIZ ON!!!!!!

1. A sitter after 2 months... Identify this ultra hot cudda-been-supermodel lady?

Ans: QUEEN RANIA, of Jordan... She is one B-e-a-u-tiful lady..

2.. This building is the inspiration for which fictional manor in a cartoon book series ?

Ans: MARLINSPIKE HALL, where Captain Haddock, from the Tintin comics, lived

3. Identify this father-of-a-phenomenon..

Ans: LALIT MODI, IPL Commisioner

4. The man on the right is Bal Thackeray... The man on the left is ???

Ans: DEVISINGH RANSINGH RANAWAT, The First Gentleman of India

5. According to old texts, this is the map of ..?


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pixel Prashnavali - II

1. Identify this soon-to-be-launched-into-space device?

Ans: CHANDRAYAAN - 1, India's first moon vehicle

2. A sitter. Identify.


3. This picture became synomous with which horrendous incident?
( I know its not the best of photos or questions.. but something which has deeply affected me. )

Ans: BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY... and to think tht the victims have not even been compensated fully. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING

4. This device, when invented, had buzz like no other. Billed as an "empowering device", what is this?


5. One from Polictics.. The leader of this party died a .. ahem.. dog's death. Which party?..

Ans: THE FASCIST PARTY. The leader Mussolini was hanged in a public square by the enraged people.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Baba Buildings!!

1. Identify this religious place.


2. This is one of the most high profile addresses in its city. Which ?

Ans. HOME OF LAKSHMI MITTAL, at Kinsington Palace Gardens, London.
Incidently, this home will soon reliquinsh its tag of the most expensive residential building. The new building will be owned by Aditya Mittal. At $230 million, its gonna be twice as expensive!!.. Still nowhere near Mr. Ambani.

3. A toughie.. Identify these two and figure the connect between these and Q.2.

Ans: pic1: Chateau Vaux Li Comte Grand.. and pic2: Palace of Versailles.. The places where Vanisha Mittal got married and engaged. Like him or hate him, the Man has got STYLE!!!

Wonders On Wheels.....

1. Identify this train service. The logo is beside it .

Ans: The EUROSTAR, the train connecting England and France through the Channel Tunnel.

2. Identify this WOW - car.

Ans: The ROLLS ROYCE DROPHEAD.. Its a convertible designed from the absolutely amazing PHANTOM. It can be personalised with an astounding 20 million combinations of interiors and accessories.

3. 0 to 60mph in 0.75 sec.. Theoretical top speed: 420MPH.. What is this?

Ans: THE DODGE TOMAHAWK, a concept motorcycle. Check up wiki on this.. Outta this world.!!

A Few Changes....

Hey all...

Firstly.. welcome back Kumar bhaiya.. its slightly less fun without u here.. aleast fr me : )

Thanx fr all the comments... but .. now the comments and the mailed answers are coming in in not-so-small numbers.. which means.. maintaining the score for a lazy bum like me is getting amazingly tough.. Also.. with my exms on.. i hardly get time for it. So.. I am not gonna maintain scores frm now on.. Hopefully, ppl will continue answering just for the fun of it ;)

And a request... I will be off for about one n half months from mid july till the last week of july.. o I request some1 to regularly update the blog in my absence.. and thereafter.. along with me when i am back .. Any1 .. who is vella enough.. plzz tell.. .author rights shall be yours :)

Quiz on!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Different Worlds - Under, Above n Beyond....

1. Identify the organisation whose 50th anniversary logo is shown here.


2. Identify this huge religious complex.


3. A question on music after a longggggggggg time. This is my favourite band currently. Which ?


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The ABC of Crime..


1. Identify.

Ans: AYMAN AL ZAWAHIRI, the No. 2 at Al Qaeda


2. Who is this arms smuggler?

Ans: PETER BLEACH, the main accused in the Purulia arms drop case.


2. A serial Killer. Who?

Ans: Charles Sobhraj... man!! he sure did live some life!! and take some too!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ruling Killers...

Boring one word questions... but i dont hv much time to dig up too many facts abt these guys.. Exms:(...

1. Identify.


2. Identify.

Ans: PRACHANDA... The chief of the Maoists in Nepal.

Cops - Kill, Control, Capture...

1. Identify this (in)famous cop.


2. Identify him. Kay Kay Menon played him in a movie.

Ans: RAKESH MARIA.. the head of the team investigating the Bombay Blasts in 92. The hint made it extremely easy.

3. Identify this ex-Director of the Prohibition Bureau. One of the victims he caught went to Jail for over 5000 violations of the Volstead Act.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Sorry ppl..

I havent been able to update this.. Exms ne meri - BEEP - -BEEP - rakhi hai!!.. :(

Will update on Sunday.. :) C ya all. n Pleaseeeeeeeeeee pray tht i get double digits in the few papers fr which i will sit..

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Totally Random.....

Hey all,

This is just a random one.. Just for fun.... I was searching fr stuff to put up here and came across this...

Fill in the blanks:

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Surakiart Sathirathai, Ashraf Ghani, Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Jayantha Dhanapala, ________, ________

Ans: Un Sec -Gen Candidates.. and the blanks are SHASHI THAROOR and BAN KI MOON.....

Prateek, Sands , Jolly.. all GODS.. and Jagriti... GODDESS!!!!!...... U PPL KNOW STUFF!!!!!! I BOW!

Sands.. Do mail me ur intro..:)

The Prayed and The Prayerhouses...

1. He was the king of a country and is considered as "the Returned Jesus" by people of a particular faith. Who is he?.

Ans: HAILLE SELASSIE.. of Ethiopia. He is considered God by Rastafarians, a group who use GANJA for religious purposes. :|

2. Identify.. ( Half if u tell only the place )


3. Identify this one-of-a-kind place of worship.


Lights, Camera.. Action!!!

Wuxia and Wyoming..
1. He is one of the only 2 directors to ever win the Cannes Golden Lion twice. He is also the first Asican to win the Best Director's Oscar. Who is he?

Ans: ANG LEE... and thnkx Sonjita . It is the Venice Golden Lions.. I apologise:)

...... phone home.
2. Although he had already received an honorary degree in 1994, he completed his BA in Film Production and Electronic Arts with an option in Film/Video Production from CSULB in 2002, 35 years after joining the college. He has set up the Shoah foundation, to archive video testimonies of the Holocaust survivors. Previously a creator of the Medal Of Honour series of games, he is now working with EA for an unnamed game a with Nintendo for a game called Boom Blox. (Hint: ) . Identify the director.


One Shot For The Luck...
3. Owner of Wingnut films , he started off as a "splatstick" movies director. He is now working on a new game with Bungee studios titled the Halo:Chronicles.

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