Monday, March 30, 2009

FanIQ "social notworking" website uses spam to spread

FanIQ is a social notworking site, a website which makes sure you are not working by throwing ads and useless information at our face about various sports and games and what your friends are doing with them.

In fact, it is not that good compared to the other popular social networking websites like Facebook, Orkut, Hi% or even myspace.

But boasts of lots and lots of users. But are these users fans.

Obviously not. They are poor people who were tricked into signing up ofr this website with the false phishy information that their friend has send them a private message.

And they rummage thorugh your address book, and without explicitly taking your permission, steals your friends' list and spams them all.

And all this they do in your name.

Down with FanIQ and their ilk. Die spammimg website, DIE !!!

They mislead those who click the link by showing a page that looks like an invitation to pass some funny IQ quiz which allows comparing results. It might be tempting for a friend to do so. And again, the page contains the original e-mail address of a person who sent the invitation. Registration is also asking to provide the user’s favorite sport and the sport athlete, which looks exactly like password protection and restore questions at this stage.

Important note, the phrase: “Hey, this quiz was fun – do it so we can compare” looks as though it is the user’s wording. By sending a so-called “private message” and misattributing those words to the person on whose behalf the message has been sent, FanIQ is trying to convince the new member the original user said it. It is obvious misattribution.

Then it asks for your email password !
  • Username field is prefilled with the user Gmail account.
  • Checkbox right under "password" field is set by default.
  • Fine print near the checkbox and on the bottom could easily be overlooked.
  • No additional information is provided on the page regarding how exactly the invitation is implemented. (Looking ahead, FanIQ sends 2 messages on user's behalf to his contacts)
  • Safety note at the bottom states "We will only send invitations to the friends you select". In case you leave "Invite everyone on my contact list" checkbox enabled, no choice will be given.
The “quiz,” which can be found at right bottom corner, is a poll of sorts and nothing close to an “IQ” test.

They spam the user’s entire contact list and then spam their contacts and on and on -- type of viral spamming through social engineering. It is obvious, the site uses spam techniques to make a person believe he/she registers for one thing while he/she is actually fooled to become a source for sending spam to all people on her/his contact list.

After few days, every potential new user who received an initial invitation as part of the spamming, and did not register on that site, will receive another message, a warning, stating: Your private message from "friend" is about to expire.

FanIQ has developed a refined social engineering technique and uses a misleading quiz message to lure people in, then uses the email address book of new registrants to spam all contacts in the address book to gain new members. During registration, FanIQ does not present enough information to the user to inform them that all their contacts will be spammed by filling in their username and password. The emails sent to potential members originate from a trusted source, so these contacts are more likely to follow through with the registration and start the whole spamming process over. You might call this a “viral social engineering” technique.

All those who received spam from FanIQ and who had been victim of identity fraud by FanIQ, please file complaints wherever you can. <- the bad website
Places where u can complain (besides directly to fanIQ

Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

Complaints Board

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Would you like to geta disease called hyperthymesia ?

The protagonists of popular movies like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Memento” are characters who are respectively desperate to forget or struggling to remember. The memories we keep and those we lose are central to our perception of ourselves.

No one understands that better than Jill Price, a 42-year-old school administrator from Los Angeles, who has perfect recall of nearly every day of her life.

The researchers called her condition “hyperthymestic syndrome,” or “hyperthymesia,” which essentially means superior autobiographical memory: “thymesia” means memory in Greek.
Over the years, researchers have entertained many theories about the source of Price's incredible memory. Some studies indicate that the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with executive function and decision making, is active when subjects are trying to suppress information. Not surprisingly, Price performed poorly on tests of these functions. A New Scientist article reviewing the Neurocase study speculates that “[Price] may be better at storing memories than most while also being worse at blocking their retrieval

Eidetic memory, photographic memory, or total recall is the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory with extreme accuracy and in abundant volume. The word eidetic (pronounced /аɪˈdɛtɪk/) means related to extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images, and comes from the Greek word είδος (eidos), which means "form".Eidetic memory can have a very different meaning for memory experts who use the picture elicitation method to detect it. Eidetic memory as observed in children is typified by the ability of an individual to study an image for approximately 30 seconds, and maintain a nearly perfect photographic memory of that image for a short time once it has been removed—indeed such eidetikers claim to "see" the image on the blank canvas as vividly and in as perfect detail as if it were still there.

While many artists and composers such as Claude Monet and Mozart are commonly thought to have had eidetic memory, it is possible that their memories simply became highly trained in their respective fields of art, as they each devoted large portions of their waking hours towards the improvement of their abilities.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Quiz questions and answers for winning laurels in online quiz competitions

In which country is Geneva gin made?


Cognac can be made only in a specific area of France. Where can brandy be made?

Anywhere in the world

What do the letters VSOP on a bottle of brandy stand for?

Very Special Old Pale

Between 1740 and 1970 British sailors received a daily ration of grog. What is grog?

A mixture of rum and water

Where did the American whiskey ''Bourbon'' get its name?

It was first made in Bourbon County, Kentucky

A popular Yorkshire liqueur flavoured with herbs is named after the Bronte sisters. On which spirit is it based?


What is added to gin to make pink gin?

Angostura bitters

Which drink has been known as 'Dutch courage' and 'Mother's ruin'?


The fermented molasses left over from the sugar-refining process is used in the manufacture of which spirit?


What is the meaning of the Dutch word 'brandewijn' from which we take the word brandy?

Burnt wine


You can tell a _______ by just reading it. Famous tagline. Which brand?

Sunkist oranges

On discovering something in 1668, a blind priest exclaimed: Oh, come quickly. I am drinking the stars. What was he



Which is the most widely eaten fish in the world?


Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent what in Evanston, Illinois in 1875?

Ice-cream sundae

Who introduced noodles to Italy after a trip to China?

Marco Polo

In 1847, Hanson Gregory, a 15 year old baker's apprentice knocked the soggy parts off a fried confectionery, thus

creating what?

The first ring donuts

The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic). It got its name when he served it to two

Tahitian friends who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!" What does it mean?

Out of this world

What is traditionally made from the root of the blue agave cactus?


In the New Testament, St. John the Baptist survives on what foods while in the desert?

Locusts and honey

What new fad did the brand Wonder Bread introduce in 1930?

Sliced bread

What is the essential difference between apple juice and apple cider?

Apple juice is pasteurised and cider is not

Shoot a Waco was the original name of what product

Dr Pepper

The hamburger, invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen is called so because

It was invented in Hamburg

Natural vanilla flavouring comes from


In the Middle East, what is called the poor man.s food?


In 1853 in Saratoga Springs a chef George Crum retaliated to a patron.s complaint that his French fries were too

thick. How?

He invented Potato chips

The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was a food product. Which?


The Ladakhi gur-gur chai gets its name because

The tea is churned in pipes and makes a gur-gur sound

Which product gets its name from a Roman soldier who was a great wrestler during the Ancient Olympic Games?


In an open competition to select a name for this brand, a name was chosen which loosely translated from Latin as

Strength of Man. Which brand?

Hovis Bread

After his tomato crop failed, a certain gentleman dabbled in something else. It gave rise to a product which takes

its name from an American Indian word that means 'a place with fertile and humid soil'. Which brand?


Name the Japanese fish considered a delicacy, which if not cleaned carefully can prove fatal.


A Napoli baker designed the first pizza in the shape of the Italian flag using tomato, cheese and parsley. He

dedicated it to the visiting King Philip.s wife, thus naming the first ever pizza. The name?


What.s the name of the McDonald.s clown?


What.s the name of the dimpled cheese traditionally shown in cartoon strips/films?


What range of products are Messrs. Mahashiyan di hatti famous for?


Why is the drink Punch called so?

Traditionally has 5 (paanch) ingredients

Topic : trivia

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys never did this because he feared that: “Fire might come out – or gas—or snakes—or,

most terrifyingly of all, nothing at all.” What?

Taking a shower

This person created a written script for the Cherokee Indians. Who?


Every man of the Confederate Army had to carry this book, because its leader, Robert E. Lee. believed that it

espoused their cause. Which book?

Les Miserables

The smash-hit “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith was addressed to?

Vince Neal

Which company had its origins in a chartered train journey from Leicester to Loughborough, UK, in 1841?

Thomas Cook

According to Greek mythology, this creature was a she-goat with a lion’s head, goat’s body and serpent’s tail. It



“Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere is in the universe is that none of

it has tried to contact us.” Whose words?


“Beelzebub” is another name for the devil. What does it translate to?

“Lord of the flies”

A special material was used to clothe the kings of France. It literally means “clothing of kings”. Which of the





Topic : Innovations

The 'Lucifer' match-sticks devised by Frenchmen Charles Suria in 1830 came to be widely used. Name the igniting

substance used by these 'Lucifers'.

White Phosphorus

Ladislao Biro, a Hungarian artist and Journalist developed the ball-point pen in the 30's with his brother Georg,

a chemist. However, he had to flee Budapest at the outbreak of world war II. From which city did the Biro brothers

oversee the manufacture of ball-pens for the Allied Air forces?

Buenos Aires

Georges De Mestral, a Swiss engineer observed burrs sticking to his woollen socks. This natural occurrence

prompted him to look at burrs under a microscope and he used the Hook and loop arrangement with woven Nylon to

develop Velcro. The name Velcro was derived from two words. One was 'Velours' and the other is _____________.


Micro-encapsulisaton is a process used in manufacturing perfumed paper. Which U.S. based dcorporation poularized

this method in the 60's?


The 'Hookers 2' designed by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback in 1913, is exactly what?

The zip-fastener

The non-stick finish on modern kitchenware PTFE was developed after an accidental discovery by Dr. Roy Plunkett in

1938. Under what trademark did Du Pont market PTFE?


Elisha Graves Otis installed the world's first passenger lift in New York. Which building saw this implementation?

V. Haughwout & Co's China Store

This one's a little vague. Sonora, in Mexico is a quality production centre for which input in everyday industry?


A certain adhesive was rejected during research on a 'Superglue' in a laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota since it's

sticking power was negligible. However, Art Fry an employee used the disposed adhesive to make bookmarks for his

hymn book. Which conventional office stationery did he initiate with this?

Post-it Notes

The conception of the Voltaic cell by Allessandro Volta of Pavia University in 1800 was initiated by an experiment

using copper hooks, an iron hail and certain creatures hanging on them. Which creatures?


Specimens of Bombyx Mori are involved in the manufacture of which fiber?


Which ingredient is conventionally used to whiten a toothpaste?

Titanium Oxide

Which nation issued a plastic currency note in 1988 to mark it's bicentenary?


The disposable crown cork was the invention of __________.

William Painter

Experiments with alloys in order to build stronger gun-barrels led British Metallurgist Harry Brearley to discover

what in 1913?

Stainless Steel

'Blue Plains' is the location for the advance sewage plant serving which city in the U..S.?

Washington D.C.

The Raytheon Company based in U.S. brought about the use of which domestic appliance in the 1950's?

Microwave Oven

If USA's National Meteorological centre is situated in Wshington D.C. then where is Britian's Meteorological

Office located?


A certain book took 50 years for the compilation of its' 12 volumes with 252,259 entries before it's first

publication. Which book?

The Oxford English Dictionary

James Harrison,a Scottish immigrant in Australia devised refigeration using ether to cool down metallic

containers. He used the principle for the first time in a building in Bendigo, Victoria during the Gold Rush in

1851. What did the building function as?


Paul Neal Adair (Red Adair) the legendary firefighter(born 1915) has never failed in putting out a fire,whether it

lasted a few seconds or several months. His real-life story inspired a Hollywood film 'Hellfighters' in 1968. Who

played the lead part?

John Wayne

The Cullinan Diamond, discovered by a miner near Pretoria, South Africa was successfully cleaved by Joseph Asscher

on Feb. 10,1908. In which city was this commendable task performed?


The power-suply for coal mining operations in the Rhine Valley is mainly generated in a pressurized water reactor

at which German town since 1963?


The expansion and contraction of a rock is generally measured by a simple instrument which is laid out in the form

of thin ducts. Identify the instrument.


Dr. Denis Gabor is credited with the first successful demonstration of which process in 1947?


Early Bird, the world's first communication satellite was launched under the aegis of which organisation?


The first completely synthetic material was developed in 1907 by using Carbolic Acid, Formaldehyde gas and

Celluloid. Which momentous product is being referred to? The inventor's name would be a give-away.


The first artificial satellite to employ solar cells in 1958 was _________.


In 1851, British Photographic pioneer W.H. Fox Talbot attached a copy of The Times newspaper to a wheel, rotated

it rapidly and succeeded in taking a clear picture by illuminating the wheel very briefly with an intense spark of

light. Recent verifications have put the exposure-period for this experiment at what duration?

1/1,00,000th of a second

Which man-made fibre was invented by Wallace Carothers in 1935?


Topic : trivia

What orchestra chose "Moonlight Serenade" as their theme?

Glenn Miller Orchestra

What nationality is former tennis pro Vitas Gerulaitis?


Which group of sports participants had the highest Internet usage rate in 1999?

Tennis players

What's a capon?

A castrated rooster

Who was the first non-American to win the Masters golf tournament?

Gary Player

Infamous writer Clifford Irving was imprisoned for faking who's autobiography?

Howard Hughes

Name the science fiction writer who imagined "The Invisible Man" and "The Time Machine"?

H. G. Wells

What did the initials T.S. stand for in author T.S. Eliot's name?

Thomas Stearns

In what city was presidential candidate Robert Kennedy assassinated?

Los Angeles

What sweetener was discovered by Ira Remsen in 1879?


What American author was portrayed on-stage by actor Hal Holbrook in a one-man show?

Mark Twain

What is the height of the goal net used in soccer?

8 feet

Name the astronaut that remained in the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon?

Mike Collins

What sort of animal is a mandrill?

Forest Baboon

Christopher Jones captained what well known ship?


Entire families may be developing asthma thanks to the smog around this city, called the nation's smog capital by

the Associated Press?


Can you name the actress who is actor Warren Beatty's sister?

Shirley MacLaine

To what royal house did England's King Henry VIII belong?


Native American Pocahontas acted as a guide to the settlers of the Jamestown colony. Along what river is she



Name the actor who took best actor honors at the 1955 Oscars for the title role in "Marty"?

Ernest Borgnine

How many double centuries did Bradman score in his Test career?


The kaliyug is associated with which Hindu Text ?


Which of these cars in India has Korean Technology?

Hyundai Santro

In Greek mythology what do Castor and Pollux represent ?

The twins in the Gemini Constellation

Why was the clockwise direction chosen for the clock ?

Sundials ran clockwise in the northern hemisphere

Kohinoor Diamond was taken away by?

Nadir Shah

Which insect is the cause of most human diseases ?


Name the king who was commonly known as Raj Pithora, and is celebrated in several Indian ballads and poems?

Prithviraj Chouhan

Which of these is the correct chronological order?

The Gupta dynasty, The Chalukya dynasty, The Chola Dynasty

Which star is also known as the Dog Star?


What algorithm (as yet undiscovered) is called “God’s Algorithm”?

The shortest general solution of the Rubik’s cube from any configuration

What is the Nipper the dog’s claim to fame?

He is the dog from the HMV logo

This Greek goddess can run and fly at great speed. She is the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of

Cratos, Bia, and Zelus. She was represented as a woman with wings, dressed in a billowing robe with a wreath or



Which member of the Apollo 10 crew wore his Mickey Mouse watch into space?

Eugene Cernan

Whose middle name is “Fauntleroy”?

Donald Duck

Which of the following movies is named after a story by William Burroughs?

Blade Runner

This term, coined by Washington Irving in 1809, means a native of New York. Which?


Actor Tony Curtis said kissing what female co-star was "like kissing Hitler"?

Marilyn Monroe

Whose words are these: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away”?

Douglas McArthur

Which of the following is true of Wrigley’s chewing gum?

First product to have a bar code

This word literally means “talking to women”. Which word?


Born in India, she won two Academy Awards (1940 & 1952). Who?

Vivien Leigh

What is Occam’s Razor?

A rule of thumb that states that the better scientific theory is the simpler one

Something silly to end with. Whose words are these: "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

Mark Twain

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel called “Gadsby”. What is its claim to fame?

Not a single word contained the letter ‘E’

On whose epitaph would you find: S = k log W.

Ludwig Boltzmann

According to legend, the Gordian knot was an intricate knot, tied by Gordius, king of Phyrgia. Whoever cut it was

destined to rule all of Asia. Who supposedly cut it?

Alexander the Great

In Australian cricket slang, what is a 'Coughie'?

A bad umpiring decision

Who is the only Asura to have been spared by Lord Vishnu?


During the design stage, the length of the compact disc was changed from 60 minutes to 74 minutes at the

insistence of the head of the design team. Why?

Seventy-four minutes is the length of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Topic: Archeology

Of the genus Phaseolus, and with ancestor Vicia Faba, it was important to man from the beginning of food

production. What?


What is the capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia?


This island is referred to in Mesopotamian as “Dilmun”. What?


Hjortspring, Sutton-Hoo, Triremes, and Carracks are all types of what?


This place first reached prominence under Hammurabi. It was the ancient capital of Mesopotamia. Which place?


The religious writings of Essenes, a sect who dwelled in a monastery at Qumran has texts called what?

Dead Sea Scrolls

What is the Egyptian hieroglyph for “life”?


Which was the last of the Barbarian tribes to enter the Valley of Mexico after the collapse of the Toltec


The Aztecs

What is the name given to the single humped camels of Arabia?


What resulted when two races settled in the Ebbe Weser region of England after the breakdown of the Roman rule?


Assur, Nineveh, and Nimrud are all ancient capitals of which place?


What is the study of fossil remains of animals called?


Sir Arthur Evans named the people of Bronze Age Crete after their legendary leader. What did he call them?


Who was the God of the Sun and the city of Heliopolis?


Known as “The Holy Island”, after the Celtic Church acknowledged the supremacy of Rome, it was the center of a

cultural Renaissance in North Umbria in 700 A.D. Which place?


This figure is represented by the crook and flail, the uraeus and other symbols of authority. Crowns include the

White Crown, Red Crown and Blue Crown. Who?


Which ancient Egyptian God of death is represented as a Mummy?


What term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man’s development before the appearance of



What were the mudbrick superstructures over tombs in early Egypt, originally intended to copy the house of the

living called?


Topic : gentrivia

It’s ancestor is the guanaco, found in the Andes and it is related to the camel but lacks a hump. What?


Capra hircus aegagrus, found in S.West Asia was the ancestor of what?


76 miles is it’s running length from Tyne to Solway to defend the Northern frontier of Roman Britain. What?

Hadrian’s Wall

What is the cemetery region on the West Bank of the Nile opposite modern Cairo called?


The falcon God of Hieraconpolis in Egypt, believed to be the son of Isis and Osiris is believed to have

incarnation in the Pharaoh. Who?


What is the name given to the circular ritual monuments found only in the British Isles?


What is the name given in Mexico to any manuscript printed before the Spanish Conquest or written in the native

manner during the Early Spanish Period?


Who was the Sumerian equivalent of Venus, with jurisdiction over love and procreation?


A group of Quechua speaking tribes from the Cuzcoara of the S. Peruvian Andes whose ruler is called “Son of the

Sun” are better known as what?


Two of these confronting each other constitute a “T’ao t’ieh”. What?


Connect John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, apart from their all being Presidents of the USA

All died on the 4th of July

Which city is the backdrop of the shows “the Practice” and “Ally McBeal”?


Born in Peru, he lives in England at Windsor Gardens, 32, London. He has two birthdays, in December and June. He’s

appeared on a Japanese credit card and on a 1998 Gibraltar coin. Who?

Paddington Bear

The Maori fisherman have a legend that God’s fishing hook was placed in the sky and remained forever as something.



He played 2130 consecutive baseball games, and was nicknamed the “Iron Horse”. Later in his life, he suffered from

a debilitating disease to which he lends his name. Who?

Lou Gehrig

Why were Donald Duck comics nearly banned in Finland?

Because he doesn’t wear pants

What well known work was created by Sarah Josepha Hale?

The child’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

With respect to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what was “the sacred cow”?

His presidential aircraft

Before he was “stuck” with the then little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did James Cameron want to play the

lead role in the first Terminator movie?

O.J. Simpson

The teary folliculitis disease is caused by:

Wearing tight jeans

Topic : General

Myra Gale Brown was 13 years old when she married her 3rd cousin in 1958. The marriage happened 2 weeks before his

final divorce from his first wife. The scandal affected his career so badly that it was several years before he

could make a comeback. Name him.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Which famous architect described a house as "a machine for living in"?

Le Corbusier

Helen Gurley Brown became famous as the publisher of a certain magazine and was also loosely portrayed in the 1964

movie ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ by Natalie Wood. Name the magazine.


In 1893, there was a case before the United States Supreme Court about importing this foodstuff from the West

Indies as fruits could be imported tax-free while vegetables couldn't. Since it was eaten with main dishes, and

not as or with desserts, the Court ruled it to be a vegetable. Name it.


In Christian terminology, what is a ‘Lady Chapel’?

A chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary

What is the claim to fame of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City?

Largest church in the world

The name of the main block in this prison was ‘Broadway’ and the other 2 corridors were named ‘Michigan Boulevard’

and ‘Seedy Street’. Name it.


In a pack of cards, which one is a copyright?

Ace of Spades

Featured in Joel Chandler Harris’s ‘Tales of Uncle Remus’, his voice was provide by Johnny Lee in the 1946 Disney

film ‘Song of the South’. Name him.

Br’er Rabbit

He was a tailor who dared to look at Lady Godiva as she rode through Coventry. In 1040, Lady Godiva's husband,

Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, agreed to rescind a tax on the town if Lady Godiva rode naked

through the streets. Godiva asked everyone to observe custody of the eyes - and everyone did, except him. This

gave rise to a phrase. Name it.

Peeping Tom

Topic : trivia

In which part of your body would you find a ‘gluteus maximus’?

Ans: Buttocks

Previously the governor of Georgia, he was the only US president to ever report a UFO sighting in October 1969.

Name him.

Ans: James Earl Carter

Medically speaking, anosmia is the loss of which of the five senses?

Ans: Smell

The first LP by a solo artist to sell over a million copies was a 1965 album called Calypso. Name the artist.

Ans: Harry Belafonte

This band originally called itself the ______ Transit Authority after the transit company of a particular place,

until they were sued by the company. Name it.

Ans: Chicago

‘The Cardinal’s Mistress’, written in 1909, was the only novel ever written by this person. Name him.

Ans: Mussolini

Dale Arden is the girlfriend of which famous comic character?

Ans: Flash Gordon

Fianchetto, j’adoube and zugzwang are all terms in which game?

Ans: Chess

In golf, what is a ‘waggle’?

Ans: To-and-fro movement of the golf stick before the swing

In June, 1978, a tropical storm was detected and named Bud. What was so unique about this?

Ans: First storm to be named after a male

Quinchua was a language spoken by which ancient civilisation?

Ans: Incas

Which famous astrological term was coined by Fred Hoyle?

Ans: Big Bang

His autobiography was titled ‘Memoirs of a Mangy Lover’. Name him.

Ans: Groucho Marx

Name the oldest national airline in the world.

Ans: KLM

He was an autodidact, and could not read music but almost everything he wrote was a success. He only played on the

set of black keys. He had a special piano built with pedals that could change the set from F sharp into other

keys. Name him.

Ans: Irving Berlin

High Yield quiz qestions for all major GK quiz competitionsHenry McKinney, an advertising agent for N.W. Ayer & Son, coined this word for a type of fo

Henry McKinney, an advertising agent for N.W. Ayer & Son, coined this word for a type of footwear. He named it

because of the rubber sole which made it quiet when worn. Name it.

Ans: Sneaker

In the Bible, how do we better know the ‘decalogue’?

Ans: Ten Commandments

Howard Carter was a Britisher who, in November 1922, made a famous discovery. He was later portrayed in a 1980 TV

fiction movie by Robin Ellis as well. What did he discover?

Ans: King Tut’s tomb

This word originally meant a round dance, a ring of people or a circle of pillars. It gets its present meaning

from the fact that choruses sang their songs while formed in circles or semicircles. Name it.

Ans: Carol

In Agatha Christie novels, who was Miss Marple’s writer-nephew?

Ans: Raymond Williams

Topic : explorers

What is the claim to fame of Alexander Selkirk from the island of Juan Fernandez?

Ans: Inspired Robinson Crusoe

What happened as a result of a discovery in the Bathurst Plain, Australia in 1851?

Ans: The Gold Rush

This person married a settler named Thomas Rolfe, sealing the friendship between the natives and the outsiders.


Ans: Pocahontas

This explorer once wrote to President Thomas Jefferson offering him a mammoth’s tooth that he had found in the

Andes. Who?

Ans: Humboldt

How do we better know the land of the Indians called “Father of all waters”?

Ans: Illinois

In 1535, Jacques Cartier sailed upto Hochelaga. There, a village was built at the foot of a mountain. What did he

name it?

Ans: Montreal

Who first propounded the theory of natural selection or “survival of the fittest”?

Ans: Charles Darwin

Which American President traveled with Brazilian Explorer Candido Rondon on an expedition to the South American


Ans: Theodore Roosevelt

The Spaniards called it a truffle, or “turma”, and the natives called it “toma”. What?

Ans: Potatoes

Who did the Spanish refer to as “the dragon”?

Ans: Francis Drake

In 1822, French archaeologist Champollion deciphered the meaning of these using the Rosetta Stone. What?

Ans: Hieroglyphs

What did Herodotus describe as “the gift of the Nile”?

Ans: Egypt

What is the claim to fame of Ferdinand Hayden on 1st March 1872?

Ans: Established Yellowstone National Park

Colonel Howard Bury was first to try. General Bruce was next. It was finally done by a Nepalese. What?

Ans: Climbing the Everest

What is the claim to fame of Marie Paradis, a villager from Chamonix?

Ans: First woman to ascend Mont Blanc

How do we know the ancient rocky PreCambrian platform that extends South of the Tropic of Cancer, bordered by the

sandstone and schistose formations of the Tassili?

Ans: Sahara

“The sun and the moon are the real cause of the tides”. First said by whom?

Ans: Pliny the Elder

John Hunt, Edmund Hillary and Eric Shipton collected substantial evidence of it’s existence in the Himalayas.


Ans: Yeti

For every unit of this that is recycled, enough energy is saved to run a television set for an hour and a half.


Ans: Soft drink bottles

This Portugese word at first designated pure-bred Portugese born in Goa. Later, it became a racial designation

term in India. Which word?

Ans: Caste

Topic : Trivia

Beagle 2 is scheduled to rendezvous with which planet early in the next millennium?

Ans: Mars

Name the only one astrological sign, which is not based on a living or mythological creature?

Ans: Libra

Some years ago, Benetton launched a product which had no connection to the clothing industry.What was it?

Ans: Condom

What was the nationality at birth of Mother Teresa?

Ans: Albanian

In which year did the first train run the stretch of 34Kms from Bombay to thane ?

Ans: 1853

What is the meaning of the word "Hi-Fi"?

Ans: High Fidelity

Which ancient work is known as the Vedas of the Tamil Land?

Ans: Tirukural

Who was the star of the movie `Enter the Dragon`?

Ans: Bruce Lee

Which modern state was formed from the unification of these 4 tribal provinces : Hejaz, Asir, Najd and Al Hasa?

Ans: Saudi Arabia

On the tenth day of Navratri Goddess Durga killed which demon ?

Ans: Mahishasur

Which country in ancient times was called Sri Vijaya?

Ans: Sumatra

Who are the 4th estate?

Ans: Journalists

In Hindu mythology, who was the first person to die?

Ans: Yama

Name the athlete who was called the Ebony Express?

Ans: Jesse Owens

Name the American professor, explorer and archaeologist, played by Harrison ford in 3 hit Hollywood films?

Ans: Indiana Jones

Morbi, a small town in Gujarat, has the world`s largest manufacturers of which household item?

Ans: Wall Clocks

Who is better known as Cristobal Colon?

Ans: Christopher Colombus

Who made her debut in the movie Aap Ki Seva Mein?

Ans: Lata Mangeshkar

Which famous cartoon figure, the mascot of a famous Indian corporate, was created by S.K. (Bobby) Kooka in 1938?

Ans: Air India

What is osculation?

Ans: Kissing

Topic : general knowledge

This Dutch chess grandmaster learnt to play chess at the age of six. Apart from being a professor of mathematics,

he was chess champion of the world from 1935 to 1937, after defeating the legendary chess champion, Alexander

Alekhine, in a closely played match in 1935.

Ans: Max Euwe

This Hungarian dancer and master of ballet was the inventor of the most widely used system of ballet. Who?

Ans: Rudolf von Laban

Which species of bear has a specially adapted mouth in order to enable it to feed on insect larvae?

Ans: Sloth bear

During WWII, this psychologist researched with pigeons placed in special enclosures and subjected them to “operant

conditioning” (rewards and punishments in order to teach them certain behaviours.) He used the results of his

research in other directions too – notably in the raising and instilling of creativity in his own children. Who is


Ans: B.F. Skinner

This American army officer was the chief engineer of the Panama Canal. Who?

Ans: George Washington Goethals

Which of these is a small species of wild horse, that is now extinct?

Ans: Tarpan

Which tribe of Mayan people lived in the present-day Yucatan peninsula of Mexico?

Ans: Itza

Although in his seventies, he made his acting debut in The Godfather Part II. Who is this actor, who is more

famous for his teaching of the acting “Method” based on the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski’s teachings?

Ans: Lee Strasberg

This brilliant comedian was sometimes called “the Great Stone Face” for his habitually deadpan expressions in

films. His contribution to cinema was finally acknowledged by Hollywood in 1959 when he received an honorary

Academy Award for his “unique talents which brought immortal comedy to the screen.” Who?

Ans: Buster Keaton

Which ancient Chinese dynasty is famous for its exquisite pottery?

Ans: Ming

The Battlecreek Tasted Cornflake Company, founded 1906, is better known as?

Ans: The Kellog Company

During WWII, this term was used by the Allies to describe the four-ton bombs dropped by the R.A.F. in 1942.

Ans: Block-busters

What/whom do the Chinese refer to as “One Lee Chang Che”.

Ans: The Great Wall

In 1970, aged about nineteen, he became the youngest head-of-state when he declared himself President-for-life of

Haiti. Who is this person, who fled the country for France in 1986 following three months of civil protest against

the government’s repression?

Ans: Jean Claude Duvalier

In urgent need of a secretary, this closely-knit society admitted Rudyard Kipling as a member in 1885. Which


Ans: Freemasons

Who wears the “Fisherman’s Ring”?

Ans: The Pope

Which flower’s name is Latin for ”little sword”?

Ans: Gladiolus

Which ruler of Portugal (1495-1521 AD) sponsored Vasco da Gama’s 1498 voyage to India?

Ans: Manuel I

Which journalist and author wrote, among other things, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and other children’s stories?

Ans: Ian Fleming

This movie in the 1920s, which was a huge success, revolutionized both Warner Brothers and Hollywood, which movie?

Ans: The jazz singer

If you had a perorbital hematoma, you would have _________.

Ans: A black eye

The Arab chemist who first isolated Sulphuric acid wrote in an indecipherable code. Which word in English stems

from his name?

Ans: “Gibberish”

In the Mahabharata, from what material were Shakuni’s invincible dice made?

Ans: Sage Dadhichi’s bones

In Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, what was the “Aigyptos”.

Ans: The river Nile

What did Robert Louis Stevenson bequeath to his friend Annie Ide under the condition that if she didn’t use it

properly, it would be given to the President of the USA?

Ans: His birthday

Ludmilla Hubel, an Austrian singer and actress, was the inspiration for which fictional character?

Ans: Irene Adler

Lytta vesicatoria is an insect more familiar to us as?

Ans: Spanish Fly

“Ectoplasm!”, “Bashi-bazouks!” and “Sea-lice!” are choice invectives used by which comic character?

Ans: Captain Haddock

According to Norse mythology, what joined Asgard to Midgard?

Ans: The rainbow

Referring to a certain book, Albert Einstein said that “anyone who was not transformed by this book in youth was

not born to be a theoretical researcher.” Which book?

Ans: Euclid’s Elements

What's the common name for hydrogen hydroxide?

Ans: Water

What film about World War II won the Oscar for best picture in 1942?

Ans: Mrs. Miniver

What city dug the first subway?

Ans: London

Who was the first artist to have his work displayed in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Paris while still alive?

Ans: Pablo Picasso

The royal house of Russia suffered from this genetic affliction which is now known as "The Royal Disease"?

Ans: Hemophilia

What city is the capital of Alaska?

Ans: Juneau

Who flew for 43 years without a pilot's license?

Ans: Orville Wright

When you hit a home run in baseball what distance do you run to traverse all the bases?

Ans: 360 feet

Born in India, she won two Academy Awards (1940 & 1952). Who?

Ans: Vivien Leigh

Who is the only Asura to have been spared by Lord Vishnu?

Ans: Mahabali

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel called “Gadsby”. What is its claim to fame?

Ans: Not a single word contained the letter ‘E’

Something silly to end with. Whose words are these: "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

Ans: Mark Twain

This word literally means “talking to women”. Which word?

Ans: Ghazal

In Australian cricket slang, what is a 'Coughie'?

Ans: A bad umpiring decision

What is Occam’s Razor?

Ans: A rule of thumb that states that the better scientific theory is the simpler one

According to legend, the Gordian knot was an intricate knot, tied by Gordius, king of Phyrgia. Whoever cut it was

destined to rule all of Asia. Who supposedly cut it?

Ans: Alexander the Great

On whose epitaph would you find: S = k log W.

Ans: Ludwig Boltzmann

During the design stage, the length of the compact disc was changed from 60 minutes to 74 minutes at the

insistence of the head of the design team. Why?

Ans: Seventy-four minutes is the length of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Topic : General quiz

Why did Francis Bacon, who published his Advancement in Learning in English in 1605, have it republished in Latin


Ans: English was spoken and read by only a small nation. Latin was used by many nations and was the international

language of the time

Who was it that once wrote, “If all knew what others say about them there would not be four friends in the world”?

Ans: Blaise Pascal

Whose plays fall into two categories, ‘pieces noires’ and ‘pieces roses’?

Ans: Jean Anouilh

The Greeks explained the annual return of spring by the story of a rape. Who was the victim?

Ans: Persephone

Madrigals are associated with Elizabethan England, but from which language did the English borrow the word?

Ans: Italian

There are several river Avons in England. What did the name ‘Avon’ mean originally?

Ans: Water

Born in Stockholm, this famous actress first won fame in a Swedish film Gosta Berling in 1924. Who is she?

Ans: Greta Garbo

What was Paris, prince of Troy, doing when the three goddesses, Hera, Aphrodite and Athena asked him to judge

which of them was the fairest?

Ans: Tending his father’s sheep

If you were in a hummum, in all likelihood, what would you be doing?

Ans: Having a bath (hummum is the actual name for a Turkish bath)

What is the name given to the art and practice of bell ringing?

Ans: Campanology

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were a very famous theatrical company. Who was their most famous member?

Ans: William Shakespeare

From the realms of literature and mythology: who were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos?

Ans: The Three Fates

In 1572, who observed a nova in the constellation of Cassiopeia?

Ans: Tycho Brahe

Of the three Gorgons in Greek mythology, which was the only mortal? (This one is easy to figure out: combine logic

with myth)

Ans: Medusa

‘Arnolfini and his Wife’ is a famous painting by whom?

Ans: Jan Van Eyck

What is the mark called that fixes the maximum load line of a merchant vessel in salt water?

Ans: Plimsoll Line, named after Samuel Plimsoll, MP

Who said, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested”?

Ans: Francis Bacon

Who, according to Greek myth, created Pandora, the first mortal woman?

Ans: Hephaestus

Which famous bank collapsed in England in 1890?

Ans: Barings

Why did the women of Lemnos live without men when the Argonauts arrived?

Ans: They had killed them

Topic : Trivia

Which brand of shirts does James Bond wear?

Ans: Sea islands

Which popular indoor game was originally called LEXICO?

Ans: Scramble

The first magazines of Disney were published in which language?

Ans: French

The first supersonic aircraft was launched in 1969, in a co-operative venture between two countries. Name them?

Ans: Britain and France

What has `Enquire`, a program written by Tim Berners-Lee in Geneva grown into?

Ans: World Wide Web

Who was the first man on the moon?

Ans: Neil Armstrong

Of which dance form are these various parts - Tatkar, Paltas, Thoras, Amad and Parans?

Ans: Kathak

Which word in common use now originally meant ‘Water of Life’ in gaelic?

Ans: Whiskey

Who made his debut in the film ‘Steamboat Willie’?

Ans: Mickey Mouse

Who has been an assistant director under Shyam Benegal, a carpet cleaner and a popular singer of Indipop songs?

Ans: Lucky Ali

General trivia

Quinchua was the language of which ancient civilisation?

Ans: Incas

In most shoes, which part is called an ‘aglet’?

Ans: The plastic end of the shoelaces

In fiction how do we better know Phil Fairbanks of Her Majesty’s Secret Service?

Ans: Agent 002

The ‘501 Blues’ was the original model for which famous item of clothing?

Ans: Levis jeans

‘One world, one language’ is the motto of which group of people?

Ans: Ham radio operators

In film versions of ‘Frankenstein’, the monster generally goes unnamed; but in the book, Victor Frankenstein

refers to him with a particular name only once. What is the name?

Ans: Adam

Joy and George Adamson raised a lioness called Elsa birth in 1956 till they set her free. Their story has been

portrayed in several TV series and a famous movie as well. Name the movie.

Ans: Born Free

‘Agent’ was the Allied code name for whom during WW2?

Ans: Churchill

If Indian Airlines is IA, what is PF?

Ans: Vayudoot

On May 28, 1959, Abel and Baker were shot into space from Cape Canaveral and they subsequently returned to earth.

What was so unique about them?

Ans: They were chimpanzees

What are the alcoholic ingredients of the drink ‘Cowboy’s Cocktail’?

Ans: Neat whiskey

He recorded songs like ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘I am the Greatest’ and starred as himself in movies like ‘Requiem for a

Heavyweight’. Name him.

Ans: Muhammed Ali

Name the oldest national airline in the world.

Ans: KLM

One country’s Intelligence and special Operations Bureau’s motto is "By dececption, we shall do war." Name the


Ans: Mossad

This was the opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to commemorate a particular occasion and it was first performed in

Cairo on December 24, 1871. Name it.

Ans: Aida

He had the title Field Marshal Doctor President before his name and he has been portrayed in movies like ‘Victory

at Entebbe’ by Julius Harris and ‘Raid on Entebbe’ by Yaphet Kotto. Name him.

Ans: Idi Amin

She was the first real woman to appear on a US coin when she was depicted on a $1 coin. The portrait on the coin

is of her at the age of 48. Name her.

Ans: Susan B Anthony

Parsis squeeze the juice of this fruit into the mouth of a dying man. Which fruit?

Ans: Pomegranate

Al Brown was the pseudonym used by which famous criminal?

Ans: Al Capone

Name the first US Secretary of State.

Ans: Thomas Jefferson

Topic : General quiz

Every year, the ‘Harvard Lampoon’ confers an award on the worst supporting actress in Hollywood. Who is this award

named after?

Ans: Ava Gardner

Who was described by Nehru as ‘The Greatest Dictator in the World’?

Ans: The Viceroy of India

Which US President’s presidential campaign plane was called ‘Air Elvis’?

Ans: Bill Clinton

Name the famous multimillionaire businessman who sank with the ‘Titanic’?

Ans: John Jacob Astor

Robert Baden-Powell served in WW1 as a British spy against both Russia and Germany and in 1908 went on to form a

famous organisation. Name it.

Ans: Boy Scouts

This Oscar Hemmerstein Richard Rogers musical was based on Lynn Rigg’s book ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ and was

originally titled ‘Away We Go’. Name it.

Ans: Oklahoma

If you are drinking from a ‘Diogenes Cup’, what are you drinking from?

Ans: The hollow of your palm

Who provided the voice for Bambi in the 1942 Disney cartoon movie of the same name?

Ans: Never been revealed

Born Betty Joan Perske, she made her movie debut at the age of 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart. She was nicknamed ‘The

Look’ and one of her 2 husbands was Jason Robards Jr. Name her.

Ans: Lauren Bacall

On August 16, 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. What was

unique about this performance?

Ans: First white band to perform there

Which musician uttered the following lines: “I don’t believe in randomness. I believe in random order”?

Ans: Billy Corgan (from Smashing Pumpkins)

Aphrodite Terra and Ishtar Terra are the two major landmasses on which planet?

Ans: Venus

In Greek mythology, which goddess sprang from chaos and became the mother of all things?

Ans: Gaia

Which Central Asian capital city literally means ‘Red Hero’ in the native language?

Ans: Ulan Bator

The fictional character, Humpty Dumpty, makes an appearance in which one of Lewis Carroll’s works?

Ans: Through the Looking Glass

What was the sum of the yearly rental for which the British crown leased Bombay to the East India Company?

Ans: 10 pounds

What was the ancient Greco-Roman name for Britain?

Ans: Saxon

Steven Soderbergh won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 11 years ago, aged only 26, the youngest movie-

maker ever to win the honour. Name the movie that won him this coveted accolade.

Ans: Sex, Lies and Videotape

Which West Indian Test Cricketer was nicknamed the “Black Bradman”?

Ans: George Headley

“Sadness isn’t sadness it’s happiness in a black jacket …” Who is the purveyor of these lines?

Ans: Paul McCartney

Topic : General

Which Southern state was sold to the USA by France in 1803?

Ans: Louisiana

In Norse mythology, what name is given to the home of Gods and heroes killed in battles, which could be reached by

crossing a rainbow?

Ans: Asgard

Which 1976 Nobel Prize winner for Economics coined the phrase, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”?

Ans: Milton Friedman

What was John Lennon’s middle name? It was inspired by a British Prime Minister.

Ans: Winston

How do we better know the popular Hindi film singer M. Zoravar Chand Mathur, who died in Detroit in 1976?

Ans: Mukesh

In 1962, which film star produced and also won an Oscar for his role in the film To Kill a Mockingbird?

Ans: Gregory Peck

Which was the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Trade paperback bestseller lists, where

it remained for more than five months?

Ans: The Sword of Shannara

Which was the first capital of Pakistan?

Ans: Karachi

How do we better know the Cockney actor Maurice Micklewhite? To give you a clue, he got the idea for his new name

after watching a certain Humphrey Bogart film.

Ans: Michael Caine

Which famous poem, monumental in its scope as far as style, technique and content went, written by T.S. Eliot

opens with the lines “April is the cruellest month”?

Ans: The Wasteland

Indian musical lore is said to be derived from which of the Vedas?

Ans: Samaveda

When Hanuman leapt up at birth to eat the sun, which God stopped his progress by breaking his jaw?

Ans: Indra

In 1950, who became the first Indian player to be seeded at Wimbledon?

Ans: Dilip Bose

Why Not the Best and Keeping Faith are the biographies of which twentieth century U.S. President?

Ans: Jimmy Carter

Which Sikh guru compiled the Guru Granth Sahib in 1604 A.D.?

Ans: Guru Arjun Singh

Which British passenger vessel was sunk by a U-boat taking down over 1100 passengers, within two days of the

commencement of World War II?

Ans: Athenia

What name is given to a person who has learnt the Koran by heart?

Ans: Hafiz

What is the name of the silver salver awarded to the Ladies Singles’ winner at Wimbledon?

Ans: Venus Rosewater Dish

From which Shakespearian play did Alfred Hitchcock borrow the title for the film North by North West?

Ans: Hamlet

Name the man made fibre invented by Wallace Carruthers.

Ans: Nylon

Hammerhead, hog-nosed, slit-faced, mouse-tailed, sucker-footed are all types of what?

Ans: Bats

How was Earth defined, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?

Ans: “mostly harmless”

Grigori Potemkin took the name “Rasputin”, which, in his mother tongue (Russian) means:

Ans: “Debauched one”

What was the Biblical name for the region of Saudi Arabia that includes modern-day Yemen and a region called


Ans: Sheeba

How does James Bond like his favourite Vodka Martinis?

Ans: Shaken, not stirred

Who was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall while playing poker in a saloon in the town of Deadwood in


Ans: Sherrif “Wild Bill” Hickok

What does the Campbell-Stokes recorder measure?

Ans: Sunshine

Marcelle Duchamp painted a copy of the Mona Lisa, except with a moustache! He titled it “L. H. O. O. Q.” Spell

that out quickly and it sounds like French for...?

Ans: “she has hot pants”

Henri Donat Mathieu took over Christian Dior’s fashion house after his death in 1957. We know him better as…

Ans: Yves Saint Laurent

In the movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, what was the futuristic villain band called?

Ans: Aerosmith

Which popular TV series is telecast in France as Aux Frontieres du Reel?

Ans: The X-Files

Redback, funnelweb, wolf, hunstman, Brown Recluse, Mouse, Ladybird, St. Andrews Cross, Cardinal and Trapdoor are

all types of...

Ans: Spiders

Which organisation founded by Arthur Griffith in 1905 translates to “we, ourselves”?

Ans: Sinn Fein

Which famous personality owns The Really Useful Company?

Ans: Andrew Lloyd Webber

What makes knuckles (and other joints) “crack”?

Ans: The sound of bubbles in the synovial fluid popping as the pressure is decreased

Discovered by Pance De Leon in 1513, it was named “shallow water” in Spanish. What is it in English?

Ans: Bahamas

In the childrens’ series Thomas the Tank Engine, who lent his voice to Thomas?

Ans: Ringo Starr

In 1940, according to the Department of Fine Arts, University of South California, who had the “most perfect body

in Hollywood”?

Ans: Ronald Reagan

The first woman golfer in recorded history was...?

Ans: Mary, Queen of Scots

How is Sildenafil Citrate better known?

Ans: Viagra


On which planet is it so cold that the atmosphere freezes and it snows methane?

Ans: Pluto

In the Oral-B brand of dental care products, what does the B in Oral-B stand for?

Ans: Brush

In the Mahabharata, who was killed with the Anjalika astra?

Ans: Karna

Which city in Sudan is at the meeting point of the Blue and the White Nile?

Ans: Khartoum

Who discovered electricity?

Ans: Benjamin Franklin

Which popular snack gets its name from the phrase 'Baked Twice'?

Ans: Biscuit

Who is the music director who acted in two movies - Bhoot Bangla and Pyaar Ka Mausam?

Ans: Rahul Dev Burman

Who wrote Jana Gana Mana - the Indian national anthem?

Ans: Tagore

Which is the largest island in the world?

Ans: Greenland

Which is the largest ocean on Earth?

Ans: Pacific Ocean
Topic : Mortal Kombat

Who is the cop in the game?

Ans: Stryker

Who developed Mortal Kombat?

Ans: Midway

Who is the hidden fighter in the game Mortal kombat3?

Ans: Smoke

What is the highest form of the fighters?

Ans: Warrior

Who is the only character in the game that can fly?

Ans: Sindel

In the final game, who is Shao Khan related to?

Ans: Raiden

Who is the “God of thunder”?

Ans: Raiden

Who was the first person to win the tournament?

Ans: Shan Sung

Who is Milena’s sister?

Ans: Kitana

Who is the main hero of the game?

Ans: Lui Kang

Topic: DJ

Which DJ was known as the Mad Stuntman in the band Real 2 Reels?

Ans: Eric Morillo

Which famous German dance producer remixed Tom Jones recently?

Ans: Mousse T

How long was the world’s longest dance party that took place at the Fireball in Delhi?

Ans: 48 hours

If a DJ is a Disc Jockey, what is an RJ?

Ans: Radio Jockey

Who is the driver in Madonna’s music video 'Music'?

Ans: Ali G

Who is the ''Queen of Miami''?

Ans: Gloria Estefan

What is the Macarena?

Ans: A dance

Drum 'n' bass originated in...

Ans: UK

Pop up lights, slipmats and cartridges are associated with...

Ans: Turntables

EP stands for...

Ans: Extended Play

Who replaced Michelle Stephenson and certainly has every reason at present to consider herself extremely


Ans: Emma Bunton

Graham Greene was once on a two year contract with MGM , and wrote for them a story in 1944 which lay in their

archives , unused and forgotten . It was recovered in 1983 , revised by Greene and published in 1985.. Which is

the novel ?

Ans: The Tenth Man

Who said of Everest that he liked to climb it because it was there?

Ans: Eric Shipton

What did Henry Ford call as the worst thing that ever struck earth?

Ans: Labour Unions

This person obtained his PhD. thesis in The life and works of John Keats and emphasised the concept of return to

childhood in a unique fashion. Who?

Ans: Harivansh Rai Bachhan

In 'North by Northwest', Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, claims that the O in his name stands for nothing. Who

was Hitchcock spoofing through this funda?

Ans: David O. Selznick

Portions of this book appeared in England in the magazine Egoist, as it was being written, until the post office

confisticated 3 issues of it and fined the editor hundred pounds. Name the book.

Ans: Lady Chatterley's Lover

What's your real name now ? George Peters , mum . Well , try to remember it , George . Don't forget and tell me

it's Alexander before you go , and then get out saying it's George Alexander when I catch you . . Where does this

famous dialogue occur ?

Ans: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Don Juan, the proverbial heartless seducer has been celebrated by poets, dramatists and musicians like Byron,

Browning, Pushkin, Shaw and Mozart among others. Don Juan, however had a much injured wife. What is her name ?

Ans: Elvira

According to J.R.R. Tolkien, he helped slay a dragon and recovered treasure in the company of the wizard Gandalf.

Ans: Bilbo Baggins

Fagin was a well known character from Oliver Twist.He was an old Jew who made his money by training a host of 12-

13 year olds to pick pockets and cashing in on the booty. Dilip Singh once described Queen Victoria as Lady Fagin.


Ans: For having taken the Kohinoor

What is common to Abraham Lincoln , Lord Mountbatten , Jawaharlal Nehru and Giani Zail Singh ?

Ans: They are special types of hybrid roses grown only in the gardens of the Indian Parliament

Which rishi consoled the exiled Pandavas at Kamakya forest by telling them the story of Nala and Damayanti?

Ans: Vrihadaswa.

If you bought a bottle of Mescal what would you look for in the bottle as a mark of authentification?

Ans: A worm

A particular childrens drink is made with ginger Ale or 7up with a dash of Grenadine or Cherry . What is this

drink called?

Ans: Shirley Temple

If 10 to the power minus 3 is milli, what is 10 to the power minus 21 and 10 to the power minus 24?

Ans: Yacto and zepto, no one got this !!!

Which Indian newspaper claims on its masthead along with the price One paise goes to charity for every issue sold?

Ans: The Afternoon Despatch and Courier

Who is this person? B.Tech.,Chemical Engineering ,Osmania University; MBA- IIM Ahmedabad; Member of the Rohinton

Baria award winning Osmania Univ. team; Biographer for Mohammed Azharuddin; Worked for sometime at the Clarion ad

agency; researcher for Sunil Gavaskar presents on Doordarshan.Now a scribe in his own right?

Ans: Harsha Bhogle

Frank and Tony , members of Royal Statistical society and lecturers in Computational studies in Mathematics dept

in the University of West England have become household names for their mathematical proposition . Which one ?

Ans: Duckworth Lewis ratings

The name of the Kit Kat club was derived from Christopher Cat's mutton pies, and it was at his shop that its

members, poets, dramatists and essayists assembled. Who were these members?

Ans: Pope , Steele , Addison , Congreve

Which is the official advertising agency of the government of India?


Complete: Gigantic, Oceanic, _______

Ans: Titanic

Quiz questions - high yield for scholarship exams

1. * " Some day they will go down together, And they will bury them side by side. To a few it means grief, To the law
its relief, But its death to ________." Fill in the blank.

Ans: Bonnie and Clyde.

2.This person as a cub reporter of the Times of India in 1944 had the memorable assignment of interviewing
Mahatma Gandhi which he says was the most inspiring moment of his life. Who?

Ans: K.R.Narayanan

3.* ‘Pheri Betaunia’ was the first movie of which Bollywood actress?

Ans: Manisha Koirala. It was a Nepali movie

4.The first person from Harvard University to be knighted has a street in London named after him. Who?

Ans: Sir George Downing and Downing Street.

5.* This phrase, originated from the name of a British clothes shop, where men could buy their suits and everything
else required for their outfits. It originally meant just the opposite of what it means today. What phrase?

Ans: The Full Monty. The name of the shop was Montague-Burton’s.

6.* The film ‘Bobby’ which resurrected Raj Kapoor after the mega debacle of Mera Naam Joker was based on a script
originally written in Tamil by whom? Ans: Murasoli Maran

7. Tazio Secchiaroli, a photographer died in June this year. What is his claim to fame?

Ans: He was the original paparazzo who inspired the Paparazzo in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

8. * Minutes before his death, he had his will testified in which he said, "My ashes may be sunk in the holy Sindhu
river, when she will again flow freely under the aegis of the flag of a unified Hindustan. It hardly matters even if it took
a couple of generations for realising my wish. Preserve the ashes till then.." Who?

Ans: Nathuram Godse.

9. This French company started publishing a road guide. As it became popular it soon started reviewing the hotels and
inns on the major routes. Name this company and what was the outcome of this practise?

Ans. The company was Michelin Tyres and The Star Ratings came out of it.

10. M.M.Hasham’s family business of Rice exports was lost when the Government nationalised it in 1941.
Undeterred he plunged into the oil business and founded Western India Vegetable Products. In 1947, during
partition he was offered a ministerial post by Jinnah if he went to Pakistan. But he chose to stay on in India. At the time
of his death in 1967 his company had done reasonably well had two popular oil brands Sunflower and Camel. His son
took over the business and entered a new field in which it is the leader today. How do we know this company?


11. * All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes him a ___ ___. Fill in the blanks.

Ans: a mere toy.

12. Which term was coined by Don Hoeffler in 1971 writing in "electronic News’ describing a particular area of the

Ans: Silicon Valley.

13. * Gandhiji’s ashes were carried on a scheduled train from Allahabad to Delhi for immersion. But something was
different about the train on that journey. What?

Ans: There were no first and second class coaches since Gandhiji always travelled by third class.

14. Which Indian musical instrument’s name when translated into English means Royal Flute?

Ans: Shehnai

15. According to Islamic lore , two lumps of clay were left after God created the universe. One was fashioned into the
camel. What happened to the other?

Ans: It became the date palm tree.

16. * Which invention of confectioner George Smith was named after a famous race horse of the early 20th Century?

Ans: Lollipop

17. Dwight Davis was the secretary of war during the regime of Edgar J. Hoover. What is his claim to fame?

Ans: The Davis Cup is named after him.

18.Why are Bill Clinton and Pamela Anderson in the Guinness Book?

Ans: Most mentioned male and female names on the Internet.

19. * The oaths in Christianity were always taken by the name of the Lord’s mother. Hence all agreements were taken
to be true and definite when this phrase was uttered. Which word came from this practise?

Ans: Marry from Virgin Mary

20. What was originally built by King Joonkar as a wedding gift for his wife Sheba, queen of Tigra so that he could
spend the first night of his marriage with her, there?

Ans: The Jade Hut at Keela Wee in Phantom

21. * In feudal times peasants were not allowed to climb trees or cut them down for firewood by the landlords. They
could use only branches lying on the ground or those that they could pull down. How do we remember this practise?

Ans: By the phrase ‘By hook or crook’. The peasants used a hook to pull down branches and a crook to gather those on
the ground.

22. The Houston Astrodome was the first place where it was tested and was appreciated by the teams who took part
in a local baseball match. What?

Ans: Astroturf

23. * The HAM operators creed has been now adopted by a product as its ad-line. Product and line?

Ans: ‘One world. One Language’ and Durex Condoms.

24.Whose advertisement in the London Times read "Are you happy? If not consult _____ , 17, Richmond Street"?

Ans: Parker Pyne

25. Connect Boardwalk, Rue de la Paix, Schlossallee, Paseo De L Prado and Mayfair.

Ans: The costliest properties in different language versions of Monopoly.

26. This magazine was the first to feature a nude male in the centrefold under the editorship of Curly Brown. This
model posed for the April 1972 edition. Model and Magazine?

Ans: Burt Reynolds and Cosmopolitan.

27.It was originally made of wood. The revised version was initiated by Sir Peter Colechurch. and was finally
completed in 1831. It was designed by John Rennie and cost 1,458,000 Pounds. What?

Ans: The London Bridge

28. What is the Celtic word for ‘bush’?

Ans: Perth

29. * Fill in the blank in this work of John Derrick(1593) -" ……. free school of Gulderforde, he and his fellowes did
runne and play there at ________ and other plaies."

Ans: Cricket. The first recorded use of the word.

30. She made her debut in ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat’ and was suppose to play Priety Zinta’s role in Dil Se.. . Who?

Ans: Rani Mukherjee

31. 22 of the world’s best cricketers battled it out at Lord’s in the one-dayer between the MCC XI led by Mike
Atherton and the Rest Of The World XI led by Sachin Tendulkar on July 18, 1998 ( Diana Memorial Match). Why
that particular date?

Ans. It was the 150th birth anniversary of W.G.Grace

32. It comes in two types - The English type and the Indian type. The English styled one is made of ashwood and the
semi-circular extension is smaller than its Indian counterpart which is made of mulberry wood. What are we talking

Ans: A hockey stick.

33. A graduate of SSG Medical College, Baroda, he got his PhD. From Mumbai University in 1987 where his
Doctorate thesis was "Anatomy of human body in Dance’. Later he got an Honorary doctorate from Zoroastrian
College, Mumbai in 1990. He writes for Science Express and conducts gym classes for Bollywood Elite. Who?

Ans. Dr. Ali Irani, former physiotherapist of the Indian Cricket team.

34. It comes from the Phoenician word meaning ‘house’. It is said to have had its origins in a Hieroglyphic sign for a
ladder and others continue to insist it comes from the sign for the crane. What?

Ans: The letter ‘B’.

35. If ABCDs are American Born Confused Desis, what are BBCDs?

Ans: Bombay born Confused Desis

36. This music group’s name is a direct dig at the British scepticism of the India Business scene in London and has its
origins in an old British joke about an Indian’s attitude in setting business establishments. Name the group.

Ans: Corner Shop

37. On the banks of which river does Jammu stand?

Ans: River Tawi

38. Herodotus wrote his first book on History in the V Century B.C. Name the book.

Ans: History. That’s why History is called History.

39. * Poor Anglo-Indians during the Raj could not afford Fowl for their Christmas dinner and instead came up with a
cheaper substitute. This when blended with Indian spices tasted exactly like Fowl thus getting its English name. What?

Ans: Bombay Duck

40. * Fill in the missing words in this epitaph found on a grave in Kirklees, Yorkshire near Halifax. – "Here
underneath this Latil Staen, Laiz ______________________, Nea Arcir Ver Az Hae Sae Geud, An Pipl Kauld
Him __________ , Sich Vtlaz Az He And Hizmen, VII England Nivr Si Agen"

Ans: The Earl of Huntingdon And Robin Hood.

Quiz questions for HDFC meritus scholarship program - Top Secret questions leaked

1. About which music group did the legendary Phil Spector remark “ The only difference between a pornographic movie and them is that the pornographic movie has better music”?

The Spice girls

2. Who is also known by the title ‘Guardian of the Eastern Dark’?

The Phantom

3. The Leonid showers were meteors formed due to mass shed by which comet?

Temple Tuttle

4. His wife said of him “he is frightened of the titles and degrees on peoples visiting cards” and his card reads ‘ senior shoe salesman’. Who?

Thomas J. Bata

5. It is called ‘deuce’ in English, ‘egalite’ in French. What is it in German?


6. So sure were the distributors of the success of this film , that they split up the film into 20 minute segments for a kids morning show. Which film?

Star Wars

7. If you were engaged in an altercation with a friend and he gave you a ‘circum orbital Hemotopo’ what would you have?

A Black Eye

8. What is referred to as ‘blue sky research’ ?

Wasting money on research to find out why the sky is blue etc. etc.

9. What do psychologists define as ‘a disorder in which strongly felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longing often of a perverse nature’ ?


10. Locals affectionately refer to it as ‘bobby’. It is 90 ft long, has a sinuous body, tail, snake like head and a long neck. What?

The Loch Ness Monster

11. According to legend Allah has 1001 names. To be good men, men need know only 1000 names. Who is the only one to know all 1001 names?

The Camel

12. What contribution did a vague movie by name ‘Rooplekha’ make to Indian cinema?

First movie to feature a flashback sequence

13. The word ‘stadium’ comes from ‘stade’ a unit of distance. What distance was the unit equal to?

The distance that Hercules could run in a single breath

14. In Asterix comics Unhygienix buys a plot of land from Obelix. How do we supposedly know this land today?

The Stonehenge

15. It was believed that the devil was present at all important occasions during the medieval period. What practice arose from this?

The practise of toasting a drink, since it was believed that the clinking sound of glasses resembled a church bell’s ring and that sound would drive the devil away.

16. When King George first met him he asked him ‘Tell me , how did you pee’? Who are we talking about?

Sir Charles Lindbergh

17. What is common to hearty, Patiala, silent, cocktail, open heart, dancing and round?

All types of Laughter

18. In medieval times, in Europe, 1/3 of taxes went to the King, 1/3 to the nobility and 1/3 to the common man. How is this immortalised?

By the nursery rhyme ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’

19. Born with the body of a mastiff, looks of a lamb, teeth of a bunny rabbit and is one of those mutations that happen when God plays dice. Who or What are we talking about?

Ronaldo, the footballer

20. This bird has the unique distinction of being called by the names of two different countries in different parts of the world. Give both names.

As the Turkey in the rest of the world and as Peru in Turkey

21. “There was neither non-exist nor exist. There was neither the realm of space nor the sky beyond”. Opening lines of what?

The Rig Veda

22. In February 1935, the superpolyamide formed from hexamethylene diamine and adipic acid was made by Du Pont. How do we know this compound better?

As Nylon

23. This person wrote about himself thus :"Principal virtues : keeps his nails clean. Principal faults : that he has no family, is bad tempered and has a poor digestion. One and only wish : Not to be buried alive. Greatest sin : that he does not worship Mammon. Important events in his life : None". Who?

Sir Alfred Nobel

24. There's a story that, around 1600, two children were playing with lenses in a shop in Middleburg. What resulted, according to the story, from the game?

Hans Lippershey who observed these children was inspired to invent the Telescope.

25. What was patented by Hippolyte Mege Mouries in 1869, after he was commissioned by the Victualing Department of the French Navy to find an alternative for butter at a time of acute butter shortage?


26. They began to appear in quantities in the 1860s. "I hate those redbreasts", cried "Punch" in 1869. In 1877 "The Times" magazine declared them a great social evil, and it was following difficulties with them in 1879 that the London Post Office in 1880 cried out "Post Early". What are we talking about?

Christmas Cards

27. His first voyage, in 1607, was intended to find a quick way to China by way of the North Pole, but resulted instead in the establishment of the Spitzbergen whale fisheries. In 1608, in the service of the Dutch East India Company, he sailed 150 miles past the site of New York, but returned back. In 1610, he explored the site that is now known by his name and was frozen in it. Who?

Henry Hudson after whom the Hudson Bay is named

28. A man by name Friedrich Froebel, walking with two of his disciples over the Steiger Pass on the way to the village of Blankenburg, scratched his head for the right name to give the institution, and then suddenly shouted out "Eureka ! I have it ! It shall be called _______________!". Fill in the blank.


29. Back in 1890, Johnson & Johnson put together the first of its kind in response to a plea from railroad workers who needed treatment on the scene as they toiled to lay tracks across America. What?

First Aid Kits

30. To the Hopi Indians, who feared it and filled it with frightening myths, it was the trail made by the God Ta-Vwoats when he took a mourning chief to find his wife in the other world; the river associated with it, according to them was an addition to hold back the unworthy. What?

The Grand Canyon

31. An author, as a sign of gratitude to the nurse who had cared for his firstborn child, gave a script and asked her to sell it when she was in need of money. Years later, when the nurse was really in want of money, she sold it and lived in comfort for the rest of her life. The manuscript was the first part of a famous work of this author Name the book and author?

The Jungle Book and Rudyard Kipling

32. Though Magellan is regarded as the first person to circumnavigate the world, technically he was not, and it was a person by name Juan Sebastian del Cano, who is technically the first circumnavigator. Why ?

Because Magellan died halfway through the voyage, killed by the natives

33. In the United States, currently a small stock of this exists at only one location - at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Some additional stocks are available in Great Britain, Russia and China. Stocks of what ?

The Small Pox Virus

34. Masaru Ibuka, after graduating in engineering, failed the entry examination for lifetime employment at Toshiba, and decided to start his own small business. He was fortunate to find a partner who had a flair for finance and salesmanship. Who was this partner ? What did they launch?

Akio Morita and Sony

35. He made his debut as a hero in Shah-E-Nissar and then starred in Durbar with Naseer Banu, Saira Banu’s mother but his carer never took off. His first wife was a woman by name Gwendolyn Rita de Monte. His father was a Pathan and had been honoured for his bravery by Queen Victoria in the Afghan War. His screen name was given to him by K.Amarnath with the release of Bekasoor opposite Madhubala. Who?

Ajit alias Hameed Ali Khan

36. This person signs his paintings using the corruption of the word ‘Au Fait’ meaning ‘its done’. The name was suggested to him by Frank Dudley Wright. He replaced Gina Lollobrigida as the Guest of Honour at the Carnival celebrations at Rio in 1965 and is the lead singer of the band ‘The 3 quarks’ with Ralph Leighton laying the drums and Tom Rutishauser playing the guitar. Who?

Richard Feynman

37. Whose epitaph in Newsteed reads ‘To mark a friends’ remains these stones arise, I never knew one and here he is’?

Botswain, Lord Byron's Dog

38. He created the first universe(different from the present world) and his personal scribe is Weneg. His eternal enemy is represented by a giant serpent. He is always represented with Uraeus the asp who spits flame and destroys god’s enemies. Who?

Ra, the sun god

39. “My debts amount to 3000, 300 to the Jews, 800 to Mrs. B of Nottingham, to the coachmaker and the other tradesmen a 1000 more and these must be increased before they are lessened.” To his lawyers he wrote on April 26, 1809. ‘The whole of my wishes are summed up in thes procure me, either of my own or borrowed of others , 3000 pounds,…. Allow me to depart from this cursed country and I promise to turn Mussalman rather than return to it.’ Whose words?

Lord Byron

40. The Teary Folliculties disease is quite prevalent among the youth of this generation. If you were suffering from it what would be the cause of this disease?

Wearing tight jeans

41. Born in Pasadena, he was arrested for a minor offence when he was 20. In prison he wrote a book about these experiences called ‘They tortured me to hell’. After release he went back with the name James Clark because he was afraid that the KGB would assassinate him. Who?

42. The publication of the first supplement of the Oxford Dictionary was postponed for one particular reason. What?

To include the word Bodyline

43. What instigated Paul Delaroche to quip, ‘from today paintings are dead’?

The invention of Photography

44. What is the claim to fame of Marcel Marceaus’ utterance ‘Non’ I the history of cinema?

Only spoken word in "The Silent Movie'

45. An author was reading the Times Literary Supplement which carried a review of ‘Human Bondage’. The author, impressed by the review took the name of his next book from it. Who and book?

Somerset Maugham and ‘The Moon and Sixpence’

46. An illegitimate son of a nobleman he craved for the Royal recognition he could never get from the upper classes. Trained as a chemist and a mineralogist his achievements include analysis of Zinc ores one of which, ZnCo3 is named after him. Who?

Jjames Smithson of Smithsonite fame

47. In the old theatres a mixture of CaCO3 and Phosphorous was used to produce effects on stage. Which phrase originates from this?

The term ‘In the limelight’

48. This person was almost exchanged at birth with a Koli fisherman’s family. Fatefully he was reunited with his mother when the resident doctor cracked the case of the missing mole on the bottom. He recalls the incident and muses on the possibilities of fishing in Mahim, if not for the doctor. Who?

Sunil Gavaskar

49. A particular hill range in Orissa is a haven for Botanists and home of some of the rarest herbs in the world and attracts experts from all over the world who conduct research there. How do we know this hill?

The Gandhamadhana Hill from where Hanuman obtained the Sanjeevani herb

50. What did Oliver Pollock create to be first used by the US on 1st April 1778?

The '$' sign

51. The Chinese have ideograms to represent ideas. What does the one with ’two women under the same roof’ represent?


52. Why were Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books banned in the USA for a large part of their published life?

Because tarzan and Jane were unmarried and therefore living in sin

53. ‘I don’t know who you are or what you do, but I ‘am gonna get you’. Who to whom?

Deep blue to Gary Kasparov.

54. In cyber lingo what does ‘PEFKUSH’ stand for?

Push Every Fucking Key Until Something Happens

55. The walk of this animal is supposed to be sensuous to look from behind that there are instances in ancient Hindu literature asking women to follow the walk of this animal. Who is the latest woman to join this bandwagon?

Madhuri Dixit (Gaj Gamini)

56. ‘She is older than the rocks among which she has been dead many times and has learned the secrets of the grave and has been a diver in the deep seas and keep their falling days about her’. Mark quoted about her saying “She has the look of a woman who has had just her husband for dinner’. Who?

The Monalisa

57. The MIT students calculated my speed to be around 1046 km/sec, bout 3000 times the speed of light. The total load weight involved in my transfer is 321000 tonnes. 214000 living organisms of the same species are involved in my transfer. I have 918 million destinations to reach in 31 hours across 24 time zones visiting 822.6 destinations per second. Who or what am I?

Santa Claus

58. Who were the models for the campaign for safe sex initiated by Johnny condoms, the adline being ‘Appearances can be deceptive. Use Johnny condoms’.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

59. What instrument was originally invented as a torture device to pull out nails?

The Screwdriver

60. Many objects in India are trademarked with the ISI stamp. What is trademarked ISI No.1?

The National Flag

61. ‘There is no God and Mohammed is the Prophet of God’ Where would you find this inscribed?

On the Saudi Arabian National Flag

62. 50 colonials and members of the committee of correspondence met at the home of a printer named Benjamin Edes at but 4 P.M. on Dec. 16, 1773. Later that evening they drank from a massive punch bowl of rum concoction which Peter, Edes’ son kept filled. After that they left to do what?

They attended the Boston Tea Party

63. A New York stock broker Bill W on a business trip to Akron met Doctor Bob in a pub on Jun 10, 1935 and discussed the horrible brawls they had in pubs. They decided they should do something sand about it. What id they do the next day?

Founded Alcoholics Anonymous

64. A total of 321,360 persons viewed his body as it lay in state at Westminster Hall for 3 days. Crowds stood 5 to 10 hours in bitter cold to see the procession to St. Paul’s Cathedral for the first ever state funeral accorded to a commoner in 50 years. Who?

Winston Churchill

65. On Aug 9, 1945 the US Army Air Force HQ radio station received a message from a 25 year old major in the force. It said ‘What have we done’? Who sent the message and why?

Paul Tibbeths who bombed Hiroshima

66. The result of an experiment at MIT went - ‘Specimen X had a specific gravity of 1.00 Specimen Y had a specific gravity of 1.06. Specific gravity of XLY. Hence QED’. What did the experiment prove?

That Blood is thicker than Water

67. The Texas theatre was featuring a B grade war movie ‘War is Hell’ starring Tony Russell. A man ducked into the theatre without paying the admission and drew attention from the staff. He was arrested for this. who?

Lee Harvey Oswald

68. The novel begins in 1648 and tells the story of Carl Emannuel Madruzzo who is the Archbishop of Trent and Prince of Trentino and of his mistress of 20 years Claudia Particella whose father is the Archbishop’s closest friend and counsellor. The peasants and priests hate Claudia and want them banished. They feel that this would make Madruzzo a better man but Madruzzo is hell bent on marrying Claudia. Name the novel or author.

Mussolini - 'Cardinal's Mistress'

69. His main foe was sexual passion. He tried various methods of restraint. He devised various methods, the most used amongst them being the ‘earth treatment’. Consisting of application of clear earth moistened with cold water and spread on fine linen on the abdomen and at bedtime and removed it in the day, supposed to be a radical care. Who devised this method?

Mahatma Gandhi

70. What was begun on 19th June, 1969 in a flat by 6 like-minded people in Bombay?

The Shiv Sena

71. The SB company is marketing the Bengali version of Paul Robson’s ‘We are in the same boat brother’. Who has rendered this version?

Saurav Ganguly

72. The Andhra Bank is the only bank in the country licensed to sell food products. Funda?

It sells Tirupati Laddoos

73. What connects Calcutta, San Fransisco, tennis courts and Apache Indian?


74. How does the popular pharmaceutical brand Disprin get its name?

Dissolvable Aspirin hence Dispirin

75. Built in 1920 by Count Zborowski on his estate near Canterbury ,England, she had a pre 1914 war chain drive, 75 horsepower, Mercedes chassis which was installed with a 6 cylinder Maybach Aero engine, same type as used in Zeppelins. She had a gray steel body with an immense polished hood 8 ft in length and weighed over 5 tons. In 1921 she won the 100 mph ghost handicap at Brooklands and again in 1922, the Lightning Ghost handicap. But in that year she met with an accident and she never raced again. What?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

76. The abode of the gods was the summit of Mt. Olympus in Thessaly. A Gate of clouds was kept by a set of goddesses who opened the doors of celestials to earth and welcomed them on return. Name them.

The Seasons

77. Callisto was converted into an Animal by Juno as Jove was captivated by her beauty. One day she was espied but a youth whom she recognised as her son. She was inclined to embrace him but the youth seeing the animal rushing towards him took position to kill it. Jove saw this situation and prevented it. How?

He converted them into the Little Bear and the Great Bear

78. The Greeks believed that was a circular disc divided into 2 equal parts by sea. They also assumed that around the earth flowed a river its course being from South to North. Which sea?

The Mediterranean

79. “ A computer program is like a henchman of a ship charting its course through unknown waters”. This statement gave rise to a word. Which word?


80. What word was derived from Latin for “To put away or remove flesh’ referring to the abstinence of meat during Lent.


81. The Maha Kumbh Mela occurs 4 times every 12 years in 4 places Hardwar, Ujjain, Prayag and Nasik. Why these four places?

The four places where Garuda spilt Nectar while bringing them from the heavens

82. The King Daksha had a daughter who committed suicide as she was unable to bear the fact that her husband had not been invited to the great sacrifice when all other Gods were. Who is this and what practice takes its name from her?

Sati and Sati

83. King Janaka is said to have been the only King to have coined a shloka. Why did he do this?

The shloka recited during Kanyadaana

84. The sage Bharatha is the author of Natyashastra. But he is believed to have been taught the art by a sage who watched Shiva’s cosmic dance. Name the sage?

Sage Tandu (Therefore Tandava Nritya)

85. It is composed of 3 parts. Each is made up of 9 twisted strands. It can be made only from cotton, hemp or wool depending on strata. What?

The Sacred Thread or ‘Poonal’

86. In 1456, the first known book to be printed movable type in Europe was brought out in Mainz, Germany. Which book?

The Gutenberg Bible

87. This French princess was slain by her incestuous father and is the patron saint of the insane. Who?


88. What first appeared in the newspaper ‘Belle life in London’ in 1835?

The first Chess column

89. It was created by Ub Iwerks who gave its voice too. Later its voice was given by James McDonald. It first appeared on Jan 13, 1930 with Floyd Gottfredson as writer of the column. Bob Lampett designed the doll version of it. What?

Mickey Mouse

90. Which instrument meaning ‘3 stringed’ in Persian was introduced by a resident of Etah district in UP. He was called Hindu Turk in his home town. Who?

Amir Khusro

91. How do we know Atah Mohammed Khan, husband of Hussaini, a maid in the service of Queen Mriganayanee, the widow of the king of Gwalior better?


92. In the world of comics what is the Mabel Syrup’s claim to fame?

Author of Calvin's favourite book ' Hamster Yoiee and Goeey Kablooie'

93. In the 18th century, wealthy visitors thoroughly enjoyed the mineral springs and baths in a village in South East Belgium near the German Border. What was the village called?


94. This book originally came out with the adline “ A full vacations’ reading for $3” but didn’t sell because $3 was considered too expensive for it. Then it became a best seller with its alternative adline. Book or new adline?

Gone with the Wind

95. Who was the first sportsman to be given a memorial service at the Westminster Abbey?

Sir Frank Worell

96. ‘If you understand ______ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise few more questions than we answered. ‘
Who about what?

Arthur C. Clarke on 2001-A Space Odyssey

97. He was the first sportsman to have ever modelled for any product. The product was Coleman’s Mustard. Who?


98. She began studying drama at the age of 11 and her first acting job was dancing with the Honey monster in a commercial for Sugar Puff cereal. Who?

Kate Winslet

99. This singer. For $8 an hour used to smoke cigarettes for a scientific experiment at UCLA. Who?

Axl Rose

100. In 1969, a world famous personality challenged Broadway in a musical version of ‘By time Buck White’, a play which described the turmoil that ensues when the militant dynamic hero arrives at the address of the beautiful Allelujah Day Soe. It flopped after running for 7 days. Who was the hero?

Mohammed Ali

101. Her ashes were scattered by plane over Marvin County and in her will she left $2500 ‘so that my friends can get blown when I am gone’. Who?

Janis Joplin

102. The legend of Romulus and Remus being suckled by the wolf has inspired two literary characters of the present day. Name both.

Mowgli and tarzan

103. This phrase comes into the language during medieval times where signatures in a petition were placed in a circle so as not to reveal the order in which they were signed. Which phrase?

Round Robin

104. Maine Pyar Kiya was released as “When Love Calls’ in English. What was released as ‘Me stud, you dud’?

Main Khiladi Tu Anadi

105. Hayby Mills who played twins in the ‘Parent Trap’ is the parent of musical son Crispian Mills. Which band?

Kula Shaker

106. It was banned in Iran for 2 reasons, one that it runs counter to Islamic spirit. The other that it damages the hips. What?

Rock and Roll

107. What was started as a result of a discovery made by Mackay, Fair O’Brien and Flood.?

The Gold Rush

108. During the American Civil War, temporary Telegraph wires were set up on trees for speedy processing of info. Which phrase came as a result of this?

From the Grapevine

109. Which consumer good gets its name from the Latin word for ‘Vigour’?


110. The poem “The old man’s daughter’ and how he gained them by Robert Southey has been parodied by a famous author. The parody being more famous than the original. Which one?

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

111. Whose motto is ‘Best Care Anywhere’?

MASH 4077

112. Which magazine’s first issue carried a special message from the editor on the cover saying “Please buy this magazine’?


113. IN 1932, Japan planned to kill 2 Americans with a view of provoking them to war. One was Joseph Curran, the American Ambassador. Who Was the other?

Charlie Chaplin

114. The title of which music album was inspired by a series of paintings by Hiroshima survivors?

U2's Unforgettable Fire

115. Which music group gets its name from a sadomasochistic novel by Michael Leigh?

Velvet Underground

116. During the Gulf War, all low brow condom manufacturing companies in the US received major bulk orders resulting in a great financial rejuvenation. Why were these bulk orders placed all of a sudden?

To prevent sand from getting into the nozzles of Guns

117. Which English word comes from Cambridge slang for room or chamber mate?


118. ‘He who paints the sky Green and the grass blue must be sterilised’. Who on whom?

Hilter on Picasso

119. His autobiography is ‘My Story’ and he starred in the movie ‘Le Boheur est dans le pre’. Who?

Eric Cantona

120. Recitation of Rig Veda, Music of the Sama Veda , mime of the Yajur Veda and sentiments of the Atharva Veda came together to form what?


121. The first Pestilence rode a white horse and carried a bow ready to conquer, war rode a red horse carrying a sword. Famine rode a black horse and then came a grey horse with death on it. How do we know them better?

Horsemen of the Apocalypse

122. Whose epitaph ‘The philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways, the point however is to change it. Workers of all lands unite.’?

Karl Marx

123. What was first advocated in a booklet by the name of ‘A memory of Solferino’?

The Red Cross

124. Aware of the unpopularity of his job, a German tax collector of Apolda in Thuringia developed in the 1880s an especially fierce breed of dogs to help him on his rounds and this breed takes its name from him. Which one?


125. Which comic character is also known by the name Marquis De Gorgonzola?


126. Who translated the ‘Jabberwocky’ for Alice in ‘Through the looking glass’?

Humpty Dumpty

127. Darrell Waters first’ book was ‘A Child Whispers’, a book of poems. How do we know her better?

Enid Blyton

128. John Bunyan once said’ Sin will prevent you from reading this book or this book will prevent you from sinning’. Which book?

The Bible

129. Whose said ‘There, where I have passed, the grass will not grow again’ ?

Attilla the Hun

130. Who advertised with the line’ Only the umpires have a closer view’?

Channel Nine

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