Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Question - 334

Famous picture that lead to the origin of a term. What?

Answer: Stockholm Syndrome. These folks were imprisoned in the bank vault and developed sympathetic feelings for their abductors

Answered by:Srivats, Dinky, Keshav, Mekie, Kamal Rathi, and Ramki

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Question - 333

What are these collectively? Or what is this collection used for? (Question by: Swapnaa)

Answer: Psychotropic drugs to get H-I-G-H! Ecstasy pill, mushrooms, marijuana, etc.
(PS: Contact Swapnaa for details)

High five! Rajesh K, Rajesh, Srivats, Paddy and Jaggi.
Valiant attempt by Iam who lives in an alternative universe at times.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Question - 332

Connect the man and the logo

Answer: John Muir and the Sierra Club. He also was instrumental in the founding of the National Parks. See the currently running Ken Burn's 12-hr TV series on National Parks: America's Best Idea.

Answered by: Mekie, Srivats, Ramji, Dinesh, Swapnaa, Raghu, Iam, NiceTry

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Question - 331

Q: Who are the parents of these beautiful girls?

Answer: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. The Federer twins.

Answered by:
Anand, Anonymous, Mihir, Karthik, Iam, Anonymous - II, Ramji and Dinesh.

And who doesn't like babies? See you folks on Monday.  Feel free to write in with questions.

We shall have a quiz at 3pm on Sunday in EECS 1311.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Question - 330

First few bars of which piece of music? and composed by?
Answer: Jana Gana Mana composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

Answered: Iam and Rajeev. Good guesses by the rest; Beethoven's 5th is in C minor.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Question - 329

Identify the author and his book (Question by Manix)

Answer: Carl Jung's Red Book that is being published years later with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Jung.

Answered by: Srivats, Dinesh, Trevor and Anonymous. Extra credit to Trevor for finding the source!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Question - 328

Two soccer captains celebrating what?
Oblique hint: A striped lion

Answer: Puma and Adidas buried their differences in friendly soccer match with the CEOs participating. You can see the two logos on the sleeves. The companies were founded by two brothers who were at loggerheads since World War II.

Answered by the trio: Karthik, Raghu and Major Shankar

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Question - 327

What or who is/are shown in these pictures (Question: by Ramji)

Answer: I was looking for 'Dervish'. The top shows the famous Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.

Answered by: Karthik, Mohan, Vetti, Raghu, Mekie, niceTry, Ramanand, Keshav, Paddy, Manix, Sinndhuja, Trevor, Srivats, Iam and Jaggi.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Question - 326

Identify the duo.

Answer: The philosophers - John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes. A pictorial pun on the famous Calvin and Hobbes cover by Nina Matsumoto. (Question courtesy: ShafeekM)

Answered by: Karthik, Iam, Adi,nicetry, Rajesh, Raghu, Dinesh, Jaggi,Major Shankar, Anirudh, Hasan, Ashwin, and Raklodrama, and Ramji (if we trust him!)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Question - 325

Addressed to Dear  ______ by _______?
Fill in the blanks.

Hints: Hints??? No hints. This is easy-peasy Japanesey.

Hint: I take it back. Try to read the letter.

See you folks Monday bright and early (~3AM). Feedback on questions welcome.

Answer: To Dear Kitty by Anne Frank.

Answered by: Manix, Anonymous, Ramji, Raghu and Adi.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Question - 324

Views of what famous building?

Answer: Antonio Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Yeah! The question was a repeat from Q 275. I going to go with Raghu's Defense of the Repeat: Those who are regular will be rewarded with repeats.
Re-answered by: Mohan, Karthik, RaklodramA, Vetti, Anonymous,  Iam, Raghu, Dinesh, niceTry, Ramji, Adi(smart ass!), Hasan, Rajesh, Jaggi and Keshav.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Question - 323

Connect the four pictures (Looking for a very specific answer)

Update hint: People are on the right track, but this is a specific set.

Answer: French Laundry (Bay Area), Per Se (NYC) and Joel Robouchon (NYC) are the only Michelin 3-star restaurants in the US. The Michelin man is mascot for the company which also publishes the famous Michelin food guide.
Visit to reserve a nice-course meal for $275 (tax/tip/not included) and forget about eating for the rest of the month. Their cheap lunch is $175.

Answered by: Rajesh was only one to get the answer perfectly correct. Others were pretty close.
Asides: Raghu has a rather high opinion of Michigan cooking. Also see Keshav's 'A Desi's guide to Michelin Ratings'.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Question - 322

What is the man helping his son do? Why?

Answer: Kissing the Blarney Stone. It is supposed to confer upon the kisser the gift of gab (also see Mohan's conclusion).

Answered by: Dinesh, Raghu, Mohan and Keshav.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Question - 321

Connect the four pictures
Answer: Lance Armstrong's sponsors for the Tour De France (including Astana).

Answered by: Anonymous, Srivats, nice try, Raghu, Swapnaa, Rajeev, Vetti, Anonymous, Rajesh, Krithika, Riskit, Hasan, and Prachi.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Question - 320


Answer: A Joshua Tree. Specifically, this one was used on the U2's eponymous album and has since died.

Cracked by:  Anonymous, Mekie, Raghu, Rajesh, Dinesh, Paddy,  Iam, Riskit, Hasan, Krithika, and Karthik.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Question - 319

Connect the three pictures.

Lateral/Oblique hint: Fibonacci series!!!

Answers will be posted tomorrow. No questions tomorrow - in the spirit of the Rose Parade - "Never on a Sunday".  See u folks Monday.

Answer: Playboy. Monroe and Peter Sellers were the first woman and man to grace the cover of this venerable magazine. The map shows the locations were the magazine has editions and can be legally obtained.

Note on hint: I thought it wasn't too much of a stretch to go from Playboy - bunnies - rabbits - multiplication - Fibonacci.

People with rather catholic reading tastes: Dinesh, Anirudh, Iam, Anonymous, and Keshav.
Honorable mention: Very interesting attempt by Major Shankar.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Question - 318

Cartoon shows a historical incident (some text erased)
Identify the two people in the picture?

No cracks so far!
Hint #1: See second picture
Hint #2: Only one correct answer so far. Those sandals are homemade.

Answer: M.K. Gandhi and Jan Smuts. The cartoon was drawn when Gandhi was in South Africa, a time where he had a lot more hair!
Gandhi sent Jan Smuts a pair of sandals he had made whilst in jail. On the occasion of Gandhiji's 70th birthday, Jan Smuts returned the sandals to Gandhiji saying, "I have worn these sandals for many a summer since then even though I may feel that I am not worthy to stand in the shoes of so great a man".

Only Rajesh got this correct. Awesome.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Question - 317

What process is being shown in the first picture? The second picture is a famous example. What is going on here?

Hint: George Bernard Shaw

Answer: The Great Vowel Shift. The second picture showed Chaucer's General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales which is written in Middle English. No one really knows how Middle English is pronounced but end vowel sounds are not dropped which makes delightful reading. The Vowel Shift occurred after the Tales were written which resulted in some really un-phonetic pronunciation of words in Modern English. The hint to GBS was in reference to the disconnect in orthography and pronunciation.

Correctly answered by: Iam, Karthik, Srivats, and Dinesh

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Question - 316

Where was this picture taken? 


Answer: Rishikesh at Maharshi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. The Fab Four were whited out. Today on 09/09/09, the complete remastered Beatles catalog was released.

Cracked by: Hasan, raklodrama,Prachi, mekie, nicetry, Raghu, Iam, Rajesh K, Manix, Karthik, Rajesh, Krithi, Rajeev, Adi, Swapnaa, Ramji, Mohan and Dinesh.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Question - 315

 This famous gate leads to what?

Hell. Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Gates of Hell" inspired by Dante. You can also see his 'The Thinker' on the middle panel.

Correctly cracked by: Raghu, Trevor, Anand, Mekie, Major Shankar, Karthik. Extra credit to Iam for creativity.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Question - 314

What connects the 4 dishes in the image above?
More hints: The names for these 'dishes' are connected to a common theme (Hint: Quizzes)

Update: Most people who attempted the Q are on the right track, but I am looking for a connection across the pictures. Answer tomorrow!

Clockwise from the top the dishes were: smorgasbord, salmagundi, potpourri and gallimaufry. All these words also mean an assortment, mixture, etc. So what I was looking for was a 'mixed bag' or words to that effect. A lot of quizzes are named after these words.
Most people got the general idea: Prachi, Iam, Anshul, Rajesk K, Rajeev, Karthik and Mekie.

I will be running the questions for the next week or two. Feedback is welcome (achilles removethis at gmail removethis)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Question - 313

Where is this viewpoint (the ridge in the foreground) located? Who is it named for and why?

Answer: This is the John Ford overlook point in Monument Valley. It is named after the American director John Ford who set many of his westerns (The Searchers for example) here. Karthik, Iam, Rajesh, Krithi and Mohan got it. Well done.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Question - 312

After yesterday's lack of updates, Iam has a few choice words for the QM and also this question. Give me a person who connects the visuals.

Answer: The connect is Eratosthenes, a Greek mathematician whose contributions to science include (among others) a way to measure the circumference of earth, a sieve method to generate prime numbers and a map of the world based on then known geographic facts. Karthik, Mohan, Kr!sh, mekie, nice try, Major Shankar, Hirak, Anindya, Adi, Manix, Hasan, Rajesh and Srivats got it. Well done.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Question - 311

When and where has this picture been taken?

Answer: This is the Trinity test site in New Mexico after the explosion of the first ever atomic bomb. The people looking on include Robert Oppenheimer (the one in the hat) and General Groves (the one in the far right). Karthik, Srivats, Mohan, Raghu, Iam and Hirak got it. Well done and apologies for denying you your daily fix (as Hirak puts it).