Wednesday, September 3, 2008

GK 001

1.The name of which versatile product was coined by US soldiers after World War II, as they couldn't pronounce its original name, "Offiziersmesser"?
# The Swiss Army Knife.

2.What does 'Al' in Al Capone's name stand for?
# Alphonse.

3.What are Cohíba, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo, Partagás, Romeo y Julieta and Quintero?
# Cuban Cigars.

4.John Harrison (1693 – 1776) was an English clockmaker who revolutionised the possibility of safe long distance sea travel by inventing the concept of what?
# Longitudes.

5.President John F. Kennedy welcomed forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962, saying, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when X dined alone." Fill in X.
# Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826).

6.Awarded to applicants annually since 1902, what are the world's oldest and arguably most prestigious international fellowship?
# The Rhodes Scholarship.

7."Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off." Whose famous words on May 28, 1953?
# Edmund Hillary to lifelong friend George Lowe, on returning from Everest's summit.
-While stressing team work, Tenzing Norgay disclosed that Hillary was the first to put his foot on the summit and concluded: "If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame."

8.Which word literally means 'journey' in Swahili language?
# safari.

9.What was the topic of the only official editorial that Time magazine has ever published was in 1974?
# Call for the resignation of Nixon.

10.Alexander Pope wrote the famous epitaph for Sir Isaac Newton: "Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night; God said 'Let Newton be' and all was light." to which Sir John Collings Squire later added "It did not last: the devil, shouting 'Ho. Let XXX be' restored the status quo." What/who is XXX?
# Einstein.

11.In phonetics, what is a sound in spoken language that is characterized by an open configuration of the vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure above the glottis?
# A Vowel.

12.In 1994 Bill Gates bought 'The Codex Hammer' at an auction for $30.8 million, making it the most expensive book ever. Whose writings does it contain?
# Leonardo Da Vinci's.

13.What is the world's first official adhesive postage stamp, which was issued by the United Kingdom on 1 May 1840?
# The Penny Black.

14.Which publication is nicknamed the "Gray Lady" for its staid appearance and style?
# The New York Times.

15.Launched on April 1, 1973 in India, what has become one of the most successful conservation ventures in modern history?
# Project Tiger.

16.Who is the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible?
# Methuselah,

17.Harald X Gromson was the king of Denmark in the AD900's who is regarded as having united Denmark, Norway, and Sweden under a single king. How is his name popular in the technological world (X in his name)?
# As Bluetooth.

18.What nickname was given to Jack Welch in the 1980's for eliminating employees while leaving the office buildings intact?
# Neutron jack.

19.What was the formal language of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and is the official language of Vatican City?
# Latin.

20.The name of which symbol means 'well-being' in Sanskrit, though it became associated with men of dubious repute in history?
# The Swastika (from Sanskrit 'svasti').

21.When did the Soviet Union officially cease to exist?
# 1st January 1992.

22.Who was the tenth and longest-serving Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, reigning from 1520 to 1566 and regarded as its greatest ruler?
# Suleiman the Magnificent.

23.What does the arrow indicates in this logo?

# The arrow was introduced to underscore speed and precision, which are part of the positioning of the company.

24.After the Olympics, what are the world's second-largest multi-sport event?
# The Commonwealth Games.

25.Where is the International tennis hall of fame?
# Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

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