Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Question - 680

What are these skeletons?

Answer: An artist's (Hyungkoo Lee) impression of the skeletons of various cartoon characters - Bugs, Roadrunner + Wile E Coyote, Donald Duck and Tom & Jerry. Arpit, Raghu, Rajesh K, Jaggi, Jamie, nice try, giantamoeba, Krithi, Matti, Mekie and Siddarth Pai got it. Well done.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Question - 679

Who is this?

Hint: Few attempts so far. She is the oldest scuba diver in the world and was diving well past her 90s. However, she is most famous for something she did all the way back in 1934.

Hint2: Still no further attempts :( She is considered one of the greatest in her field (not Scuba diving) despite having a very limited output. Also, tags are your friends.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Question - 678

Who really won the election?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Question - 677

Identify the one man common to both pictures.

Answer: Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven years in Tibet. There can't have been too many people photographed with both the Dalai Lama and Hitler. Matti, Krithi, Arpit, Krishna and giantamoeba got it. Well done.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Question - 676

Two popular traditions associated with a sport. Which sport and what traditions? Update: Forgot to add that this question is courtesy my brother Rajesh.

Answer: NASCAR traditions - kissing the brick and chugging the milk in Indy 500. Arpit, giantamoeba, Jamie, anon and Krithi got it. Well done.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Question - 675

Today's question is courtesy Matti. Whose POW card is this?

Answer: Gunter Grass,the German Nobel laureate whose membership in the Waffen-SS during WWII was revealed after almost 60 years. Arpit, Karthik, Krithi, Siddarth Pai and Deepanshu got it. Well done.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Question - 674

Where is the light coming from? The base is surrounded by plaques like the one shown on the right.

Answer: Imagine Peace tower that Ono erected in Lennon's memory in Iceland. The aurora borealis was hopefully a clue. As is the plaque in Tamil :) Raghu, Barry Belmont, Krithi, Ramki, Siddarth Pai, Krishna and Iam got it. Well done.

Question - 673

What is about to happen?

Answer: The man is about to slit the woman's eye in Luis Bunuel's surrealistic work "Un Chien Andalou" made in collaboration with Salvador Dali. Matti, Krishna, Jamie, Barry Belmont, Ramki, arpit, anon and Siddarth Pai got it. Well done.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Question - 672

Which company's headquarters? The building is supposed to reflect the company's motto.

Answer: Vodafone HQ in Porto, Portugal reflecting the company's logo "Life in motion". Question inspired by Apple's new proposed HQ. Siddarth Pai, Jamie, Ramki, Matti and Krishna got it. Well done.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Question - 671

What is this a map of?

Answer: Hogwarts. I blanked out Hogsmeade, Hagrid's house and the Quidditch field. NJ, Iam, Karthik, Siddarth Pai, Jaggi, Jamie and Raghu got it. Well done.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Question - 670

Identify the duo.

Answer: Cheech and Chong posing with their favorite plant. As a blogger in California, I should have asked this question long ago. vs, nice try, Raghu, arjun, Siddarth Pai, Jamie and Hasan got it. Well done.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Question - 669

A famous depiction of which practice?

Hint: Few hits so far. There is a famous Greek myth related to the animal in the sculpture.

Answer: Bull leaping. The statue is called the Minoan bull. Matti and Iam (but of course) got it. Raghu answered a lot closer to home. Well done.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Question - 668

Identify the person caricatured and also the blanked out word.

Answer: This is the cover of God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian by the inimitable Kurt Vonneghut. The good doctor himself passed away last week. Karthik, Raghu, Krishna, Mihir, Rajesh K, Matti, nice try and Krithi got it. Well done.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Question - 667

What is this?

Answer: The Wow signal - the most promising signature detected by SETI program yet which inspired the remark. I was about to cast aspersions on whether the signal is genuine since it came out of research at Ohio state but then I found out that the researcher (Jerry Ehman) graduated out of the University of Michigan. Oh Well!!! Matti, Karthik, Raghu, Barry Belmont, anon and Mihir got it. Well done.