Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pictures Galore...

1. Identify this logo..

Ans: WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION. Its the parent of Wikipedia, wiki answers, wikiversity and various other such projects.. All hail Wiki!!!:)

2. A sitter among sitters. Identify this star.


3. Identify either the man or the lady whos face has been hidden.


4. Identify this finally-I-get-to-rule Head of State.

Ans: RAUL CASTRO .. He became head of Cuba after Fidel retired a short while ago.

5. Identify this Indian Businessman. A bonus if you get the name of the lady correct.

Ans: A Toughie.. YASH BIRLA AND AVANTI BIRLA.... The youngest scions of the Birla Family. His group is worth Rs. 3,000 crore now.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Find Me The Answer..

1. The first of its kind was "Archie", created by Alan Emtage in 1990 . Then came "Veronica" and " Jughead". A new generation started with the beginning of Wandex. Among the other early products were " Excite " and " Northern Light " . What am I talking about? ( Those who get this... Please tell me which example gave the answer away.:-)...)


Dreams Unlimited...

1. What is this a picture of ?


2. I had to black out a lot of stuff on this model of an aircraft which will start testing later this year and hopes to be the first to do something. Name the aircraft. ( Hint : Santosh Kulangara).

Ans: VIRGIN GALACTIC, the first private spacecraft being built solely for the purpose of space tourism. Santosh Kulangara is the first Indian who will be on this flight. And the person hidden is , ofcourse, Sir Richard Branson

Clean Earth.. Green Earth

It is defined as the total amount of carbon dioxide(CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service.To reduce it, a voluntary market called the VER and a mandatory market called the CDM has been established and it has now grown into a multi-million dollar business worldwide. What am I talking about?

Ans: CARBON FOOTPRINT.. as defined by the IPCC

Thursday, March 27, 2008

An Era Begins..

1. This device is the first of its kind??.. What does this device actually do ?.. A bonus point if you can tell the name.


2. Founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, by two motorcycle enthusiasts, William Lyons and William Walmsley, it changed its name to SS Cars Ltd in 1934, before finally getting its current name in 1945. Cars made by this company has won the legendary LeMans 24 hour race many times.Which car company?


3. These people have made India Proud.. Which project did they successfully execute??One name has not been included in the list for simplicity reasons.

Anil Kakodkar, Satinder Kumar Sikka, M.S. Ramakumar, D.D. Sood, S.K. Gupta, G. Govindraj, K. Santhanam, Dr. R. Chidambaram

Ans: '98 POKHRAN BLASTS. The name missing is, ofcourse, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mixture n Menace..

1. Its earliest form was a mixture of powdered salt, pepper, mint leaves, and iris flowers. Even human urine ( yuck!) was used in it for sometime. Its current ingredients include sulphates, baking soda, enzymes, vitamins, herbs, calcium, calcium sodium phosphosilicate, hydrogen peroxide etc. and comes in multiple flavours. Which everyday product am I talking about?

Ans: TOOTHPASTE .. The romans used urine.. suckers!!!!

2. This event took place at the northern end of the range, between the towns of Carrizozo and Socorro, New Mexico, in the Jornada del Muerto in the southwestern United States . The device used here, a first of it's kind, was called 'GADGET'. After this event, the Director of this event said to the project head " Now we are all sons of bitches.".. Which event am I talking about?

Ans: The TRINITY NUCLEAR TEST. It was the first nuclear test and the project head was, ofcourse, Robert Oppenheimer.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Holi..

Firstly, A sincere heart-felt thnx to to those who take time to come here and put up answers..It feels really good.. :)

And this goes out to all the Baba's who come here and even to those who don't....


Pel ke rang khelna.. 2-3 tshirt toh faad hi daalna.. and jo bhaang pi ke out nahi uski toh Zindagi Jhand hai!!!..

Have a gr888888 time.. ppll...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Places for Padhai...

1. This institution began as Church High School in the President's Estate in 1941, was renamed to Naveen Bharat School in 1947 and finally moved to its present location on Mathura Road before finally getting its present name.. Which institution is being talked about here?


2. It was set up by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in 1964 as a centre for higher learning. Aang San Suu Kyi was a fellow here form 1987 to 1989. This was the place where the decision to carve out Pakistan from India was taken. The Simla agreement of 1972 was signed here. Which institute??


Totally Mobile Area....

Q. Which city/town in India has the highest teledensity in the country with approximately 98% of the population having a mobile phone.???

Ans: MANIPAL.. O I love the Place!!!!

Cumbersome Connects...

1. Apart from the fact that they are all members of the cat family, what connects - Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard.

Ans: MAC OS X operating system names..

2. Connect: Chicago, Memphis, Whistler, Daytona, Blackcomb, Harmony, Symphony, Janus..( not exhaustive)

Ans: MICROSOFT PRODUCT CODES. Chicago is Win95, Memphis is Win98, Whistler is XP .. etc.

3. Connect: Methylbenzoylecgonine, 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, diacetylmorphine, Lysergic acid diethylamide, n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine

Ans: All are RECREATIONAL DRUGS. Cocaine, heroine, LSD .. methamphetamine..

High-Level Babagiri..

1. Connect: Fury, Banshee, Demon, Freedom Fighter, Hornet, Eagle, Tomcat, Seadart, Crusader, Cougar, Cobra, Tigershark, Raptor

Ans: US F-SERIES FIGHTER PLANES.. f-16 is Eagle, f-14 is tomcat, f-18 is raptor.. etc.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Babes.. With Beauty and Brains!!

1. Connect: Solitaire, Gala Brand, Tiffany Case, Tatiana Romanaova, Honeychild Rider, Jill Masterton, Judy Havelock, Lisl Baum, Liz Krest, Vivienne Michel, Dominetta Vitali, Kissy Suzuki, Marico Ichiban, Mary Goodnight, Solange. ( Not an Exhaustive list )


2. Connect: Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chirburdanidze, Sosan Polgar, Judit Polgar, Pia Cramling, Xie Jun , Zhu Chen, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Peng Zhaoqin, Hoang Thanh Trang, Kateryna Lahno, xu Yuhua... ( One more name would make the list Exhaustive)
( Hint: the last name in the list is koneru humpy)

And there is a question posted on 14.03.08 which hasn't been tried yet.. try that one too.. :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Random Stuff..

1. This is a social netwroking site launched by Yahoo! in September 2007 to compete with Facebook, Myspace etc. Its still in beta-testing stage and membership is by-invitation-only. It has got an unusual feature of allowing users to edit other user's pages.


2. This game, started by Alfred butts in 1938, is also called, Alfapet, Funworder, Skip-A-Cross, Spelofun and Palabras Cruzadas. It's trademark in the US is held by Hasbro Inc. One in every three households in US has one unit of it.


Slippery Turf....

1. It is a colloid hydrogel consisting of fine granular matter (such as sand or silt), clay, and salt water. It is a non-Newtonian fluid: when undisturbed it often appears to be solid ("gel" form), but a minor (less than 1%) change in the stress on it will cause a sudden decrease in its viscosity . The forces required to do this are quite large: to move a foot in it at a speed of one centimeter per second would require the same amount of force as "that needed to lift a medium-sized car." What is IT?

Ans: QUICKSAND ( ultimate answer Raad n Dadhi..)

2. Found in September 1960, the original members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Its current members are Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Ecuador. IT is currently headed by Abdallah Salem el-Badri. It exerts enormous political and economic influence across the world and its decisions have a major impact on world inflation. Which organisation??

Ans: OPEC ( surprised u cudnt get it evn after gettin the connection with oil.)

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Not my favourite topic.. But, something for change's sake. Here goes....

1. The English word first came to be used in the early- to mid-1600s, but early forms of the word date to the last decade of the 1500s.[8] It comes from an Italian word. This, in turn, was borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish kahveh, and the Arabic qahwa collectively. The origin of the Arabic term is uncertain; it is either derived from the name of the Kaffa region in western Ethiopia or by a truncation of qahwat al-būnn, meaning "wine of the bean" in Arabic. In Eritrea, "būnn" (also meaning "wine of the bean" in Tigrinya) is used.

(Hint: It is described thus by Wikipedia...

It belongs to a genus of 10 species of flowering plants of the family Rubiaceae. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that may grow 5 meters (16 ft) tall when unpruned. The leaves are dark green and glossy, usually 10–15 centimeters (3.9–5.9 in) long and 6.0 centimeters (2.4 in) wide. It produces clusters of fragrant, white flowers that bloom simultaneously. The fruit berry is oval, about 1.5 centimeters (0.6 in) long, and green when immature, but ripens to yellow, then crimson, becoming black on drying. Each berry usually contains two seeds, but from 5 to 10 percent of the berries have only one; these are called peaberries. Berries ripen in seven to nine months. )


2. This word is used to denote a sound in spoken language that is characterized by an open configuration of the vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure above the glottis. Which word?

Definitely one of the best questions that i have put up here.. answer is..


3. It comes from the Ancient Greek ἐτυμολογία , which comes from ἔτυμον (etumon), “‘true sense’” + -λογία (-logia), “‘study of’”, from λόγος (logos), "speech, oration, discourse, word". Which word 's origin is being described here? Believe me, the answer is not as difficult as you think it might be.:)

Ans: Etymology..

I guess I stretched the first question a bit too much .. But its just an exception not a rule. I just liked the answer a lot.Kindly bear.. :)

Friday, March 14, 2008


Sorry for not updating the blog regularly but i have hardly had time to sit in frnt of my laptop..I am damn sleepy now but still.. 1 question.. Hope its not THAT easy..

Renaissance, Baroque, Portugese, classical, Flat-top, Archtop, Dobro, Russian , Tenor, Harp, Attente. These are types of what? (This is not an exhaustive list.)


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

For the IT Jerks....:P

1. Born on 10 August, 1962 in Umreth, Gujrat. I worked under Shyam Benegal for 2 months (1977) as a spot boy before i became a CA in 1984. My passion was computer graphics which i learnt at Imperial College, London. I gave the famous slogan " Roti, Kapda, Makaan, Bijli aur Bandwidth".. Who am I???

Ans : Dewang Mehta, the deceased president of NASSCOM

2. This bus is used to transport passengers from the terminals to the airplane at the Honolulu International Airport. Gimme its connect to the Internet world.

(Hint: The name of this bus-service means " Quick")

Ans: Wiki Wiki.

3. This is a screenshot of probably the first Graphical User Interface in the world. However, it only managed to sell about 25,000 copies before others took over. Identify.

Ans: Xerox Star

4. What is this a map of ??..( This question has appeared in another blog.. but I cudn't resist.)

Ans: The world Undersea Cable Network

5. This phone is a prototype built to demonstrate which potentially revolutionizing software??

Ans: Google Android

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Catch Up Guy Microsoft. ...

1. What software has Microsoft bought out to compete with Google Earth?..


2. What software is Microsoft gonna bring out this spring to compete with Google Sky??


3. If Adobe makes Flash and Shockwave... What does Microsoft make???


Monday, March 10, 2008

Cash, Computers and.. umm.. No Hints!!!

1. What is described here: "On Charing Cross Road, a big bookshop stands directly beside a record store. Nestled between is this unobtrusive building.Inside it is dark and shabby, with a bar and a number of tables in the shadows of the corners. The barman is old and bald, resembling something like a gummy walnut, and goes by the name of Tom. In stark contrast to the grubby downstairs of the pub, there are some unexpectedly pleasant rooms upstairs where a passerby can spend the night."


2. Identify the logo of this huge huge worldwide program.

Ans: OLPC, One Laptop Per Child Program

3. The original _____ was was a silver coin weighing 178 grains (11.534 grams).The _____ has been used since then, even during the times of British India, and was defined as 11.66 grams at 91.7‰ silver by weight. Now it is defnied differently.What??

Ans: The Indian Rupee

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Hey ppl,

am goin outta town for the weekend.. so no posts.. catch ya on tuesday..


Friday, March 7, 2008

A Map n A Few Machines...

1. A veryyyy fast question.. Identify.

Ans: TATA EKA, the world's 4th fastest supercomputer

2. A sitter. Identify the device....


3. Another Sitter... Identify the area depicted by this Map...


Cars, Cartoons and Condos..

1. This is going to be the most expensive residential building in the world when ready. Guess whom is it being built for... An extra point if you can name the building..

(@ motu.... This time, I HAVE changed the name of photo :p..)

Ans: This is the Antilla, a house being designed for Mukesh Ambani.. An interesting fact abt it is that there will be abt 6 family memers and 600 support staff .:).. Also the architectecture firm which is designing it ( Perkin + Will) doesn;t show it on their site as an official project..

2. This planet was approximately the size of earth and orbited a sun called Rao, 50 light-years from our solar sstem.. The residents were a technologically advanced lot having developed multiple super weapons, Eradicator and Destroyer. Both of these eventually led to the destruction of this planet... Which planet ??

Ans: The planet is Krypton from the cartoon series Superman...
3. 2. The logo of this legendary company is officially called the " Cavaliano Rampante". However, it is commonly known by its English name. This logo was once used by Ducati too. Avanti, a chain of petrol pumps in Austria, still uses a near identical symbol. Give the name of the logo or the name of the company...

Ans: The company is Ferrari...

I gave the hint to all the questions in the name .. Cars, Cartoons and Condos( apartment house)..

Hope u liked these.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Upon Special Request...

1. In the picture(above).. many torturing instruments of the medieval era can be seen.. wats the vertical box on the right most corner of the pic called??..( hint: think music )

2. Identify this modern indian megastructure... It was recently inaugurated..(Pic above)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A First...

Thot id give only 1 question a day.. but I was able to make up quite a few.. so i thought y not post a few of em..

1. What is Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia a phobia off??

Ans: It is the Fear of the number 666.. :)

2. Connect : Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Canada, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu --

( hint: there is just 1 more name which wud make this list exhaustive)..

Ans: They r all ruled by the same monarch, Queen Elizabeth II... The last item to make this list complete is UK.

3.Connect the following two gentlemen. ( Think World Politics). .The right one is a toughie but if u guess the left one.. u'll get pretty good hint.
Ans: They r the only Asian Sec. Gen. of the UN. Left one is Ban-ki-Moon of Korea ( current ) and the right one is U Thant of Burma

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Over The Years....

The asnwer to the last one is a "BLOG".. :).. btw.. rec.humor.funny has changed its name to check it out..

2 ppl responded which is 2 more than wat i had expected. so i am happy with it.. hopefully.. this time the response wud rise exponentially:)..(matlab atleast 4!! )

Today's question..

1st generation -- 1972-1977 -- Pong , Coleco Telstar etc.
2nd generation -- 1976-1984 -- Fairchild Channel F, Atari 2600
3rd generation -- 1983-1992 -- Famicom
4th generation -- 1987-1996 -- Super Famicom, Genesis, Turbografx-16
5th generaton -- 1993-2002 -- Saturn, 3DQ, Amiga CD-32
6th generation -- 1998-2006 -- Dreamcast
7th generation - -2004-till now -- DS, _____________

this is not an exhaustive list..
What r these generations of.. and fill the blanks.. u get one. u get the other one automatically...
(hint: there are more than 1 items that can fit that blank..)

Abt the comment sextion

I have moderated the comment section so that others dont see the answers.. so it might take time for ur comment to be visible on the blog... ill publish all the comments once i give out the answer fr the question..

happy quizzin!!

Satanic Queries

Hey ppl...

My first quiz blog.. My first post..I won't describe things much coz I ain't good at at talking and when i do start talking.. well its a story best not told in public!!

So i start with my first what hopefully will be a series of many questions read and liked by many for a long time to come.... with the hope that some1 someday will say " Kya babapanti diya hai !!!".. ;) I think ill stop the chatter now.. See wat i mean when i said I shud stay silent...:D

Here goes..

There are more than a 112 million of its kind today. It was given its current name by Peter Merholz.. People working on it used to call themselves "escribitionists" before another term became more popular. Its longest existing sample is 'rec.humor.funny'. What am I talking about???

Answers soon enuf.. leave the answers in the comments section.

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