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The short form ‘_________’ was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the original word into the phrase ‘we ________’ in 1999. This shorter word was quickly adopted universally as both noun and verb. What is it? 2. In 1992, a University of Pittsburgh administrator and first-time Hollywood writer named David Dalessandro got the idea for a movie plot from an article in a nature magazine about a real life incident which is supposed to have actually taken place during World War II. He then attempted to sell this plot in 1995 but was turned down by 30 major Hollywood studios. However in 1999, New Line Cinema stepped up to produce it and the movie was finally completed earlier this year. Which movie are we talking about? 3. The 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich were marred by an act known as the Munich massacre. On the 5th of September, Palestinian terrorists from the Black September terrorist group held 11 Israeli athletes hostage in their apartment in the Olympic village for almost 18 hours. Later, all Israeli hostages ware killed by their captors. A famous sportsperson from another country, who had done exceptionally well at the games, was also Jew. And after security fears arose that he would be the next target of the terrorist group, he was forced to leave Munich before the closing ceremony for his own protection. Who are we talking about? 4. The term _______ refers broadly to a number of historical movements orchestrated by the Roman Catholic Church aimed at securing religious and doctrinal unity through conversion, and sometimes persecution, of alleged heretics. Historians distinguish between four different manifestations of _______: the Medieval or Episcopal ______ (1184), the Spanish ______ (1478), the Portuguese ______ (1536) and the Roman ______ (1542). What are we talking about? 5. This is an extract from an article published in TIME magazine, in the issue dated September 25th, 1939: “The battlefront disappeared, and with it the illusion that there had ever been a battlefront. For this was no war of occupation, but a war of quick penetration and obliteration - _________. Swift columns of tanks and armored trucks had plunged through while bombs raining from the sky heralded their coming. They had sawed off communications, destroyed stores, scattered civilians, spread terror. Working sometimes 30 miles (50 km) ahead of infantry and artillery, they had broken down the defenses before they had time to organize. Then, while the infantry mopped up, they had moved on, to strike again far behind what had been called the front.” What is being described and what term was coined in the article? 6. Who holds the current world record for the highest individual score for a team batting second in a one-day international men’s cricket match? 7. ________________; a fish-shaped pen; a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington, which was nick-named ‘Knob-T’; a Coleman camp stove (with fuel); a Honda generator; ‘Instant Party’: an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the holder’s choice, and a neon Budweiser sign; a Ski-doo snowmobile; a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia in February 2006; a cube van; a recording contract with Metal Works in Toronto, Canada; a year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona; one afternoon with Alice Cooper; a KISS motorized snow globe; a role in the film ‘Donna on Demand’; a twostorey farm house in Kipling, Saskatchewan. What should be the first item in the list shown above?
8. During the third set of quarterfinal match at the 1988 U.S. Open featuring a
37-year old Jimmy Connors against a much younger opponent, a fan in the stands yelled to Connors, “He’s a punk, you’re a legend!” while the other spectators cheered, laughed and clapped. This was famously broadcast on national television. The ‘punk’ went to win the match that night. What was his name? 9. This city is said to have been founded by Parmara King Bhoj (1000-1055), who had his capital at Dhar. The city was originally known as ______, named after the king and the dam that he said to have constructed to form the lakes surrounding the city. Which city? 10. The upcoming film ‘Asterix at the Olympics’, directed by Frederic Forestier and Thomas Langmann, will be the most expensive production in European film history, costing close to USD $39m. Featuring Clovis Cornillac as Asterix and Gerard Depardieu as Obelix, the movie will also feature three international sportspeople in guest appearances. Two of them are David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. The third person is a true legend who has won the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award at the Laureus World Sports Awards twice, in 2002 and 2004. Who are we talking about? 11. The ______________ Mouse Prize awarded for research into slowing and eventually reversing of cellular aging and breakdown in humans. The foundation awards prizes to researchers who extend the lifespan of a mouse to unprecedented lengths, and is named after _____________, a patriarch in the Bible said to have reached 969 years of age. The prize has been covered in many news sources, including the BBC, the New York Times, and Fortune Magazine, and doubled from $1.5 million USD in August 2005 to $3 million in November 2005. There are two prizes: the first for extending total lifespan, and the second focusing on rejuvenation therapy begun at older age. Who is the prize named after? 12. Earlier this year, Greg Cote, the sports columnist of the Miami Herald newspaper, wrote, “Wimbledon has started with Roger Federer as a heavy favorite. The last man to perform so well on grass was _________ in the late 60s.” Fill in the blank. 13. In Staffordshire, England, there is a lake named _________. It is an artificial reservoir two miles long and a quarter of a mile wide built in 1831 to feed the Macclesfield canal. Two lovers named John and Alice frequently met near the lake. They considered the lake to be so much a part of their courtship that they named their son after it. John was a teacher at the Jeejeebhoy School of Art. In fact, the house where he was born still stands on the campus of Sir JJ Institute of Art. Just name him. 14. David Yates is an English film and television director. He was trained at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield and has worked extensively in British television, mainly for the BBC, where he has helmed several high-profile drama projects. He also directed an Emmy award winning made for television movie called ‘The Girl in the Café’ in 2005. His directorial assignment is currently in production. What is it? 15. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, popularly known as Sheik Mujib, was a nationalist leader in the former East Pakistan and the founder of the independent Bangladesh. He was also given an affectionate nickname in recognition of his role in the country’s struggle for emancipation from West Pakistani rule. What was the nickname? 16. Which novel opens with these lines: ‘I started my count at one. By the time we got out of the car and began walking towards the sign that said Byerly Hall: Admissions Office, I was at nineteen. Reciting my prime numbers always
helped me relax. It was an old trick I used to get through important tests or presentations. It was what I did before every cello recital and Mathletes scrimmage. 23, 29.’? 17. ‘In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones’ was a 1988 Indian film about a group of architecture students in their final year of college. The person who wrote the screenplay was recounting her own experiences while studying in the School of Planning and Architecture, a leading architecture institute in India. Who was this person? 18. When this writer met Abraham Lincoln in 1862, during the American Civil War, he reportedly greeted her by saying, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that stated this Great War!” Who was she? 19. The tradition was started by Charles Merivale, and his school friend Charles Wordsworth. This has since become an annual event, with the loser challenging the winner to a re-match. The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6,779 m) from Putney to Mortlake, passing Barnes and Hammersmith. What are we talking about? 20. The ______ Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. They are the approximate Australian equivalent to the Emmy Awards. The awards are decides by the readers of TV Week magazine who send in coupons with votes in various categories. Who are the awards named after? 21. A certain musical instrument, which is a member of woodwind double reed family, derives its name from the French term ‘haut bois’, meaning ‘high wood’. It is still, on rare occasions, called haut boy in English. Just name the instrument. 22. The biggest wax model at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in New York is a 15ft tall, 7ft wide model of the comic book character. The model was so large it had to be airlifted by a crane to an access point at the top of the building by a team of 32 people. And then it was bought down through the roof because it was too big to go through the doors. It is the centerpiece of an interactive attraction that will provide some unexpected features and special effects. Visitors will feel the floor beneath them vibrate and see themselves turn green when they approach the statue. Which comic character is it the model of? 23. At Virender Sehwag’s restaurant in New Delhi, ‘Sehwag’s Favourites’, the most expensive dish in the menu is called ‘Multan ke Sultan Ki Tidki’. What is it’s price? 24. In ancient times, this city was part of Kosala kingdom, ruled over by Ikshavaku dynasty to which Lord Rama belongs. It is believed that he gave the territory comprising of this city and it’s surrounding to his devoted brother Lakshman. Therefore, the original name of this city was Lakshmanpur, popularly known as Lakhanpur or Lachmanpur. How do we know the city now? 25. Earlier this year, there was a novel released called ‘The Life and Times of an H-Bomb’ authored by an Indian film journalist named Jerry Pinto. Who/What was the novel about?
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