Monday, September 8, 2008

GK 002

1.In the 18th century, the British East India Company in India introduced tonic water into the diet of the soldiers to prevent malaria, as contains it quinine. Because the tonic water was extremely bitter, what else was added to it to make it more palatable?
# Gin.

2.In Mexico today, the meat of which animal/bird with mole sauce (mole de guajolote) is widely regarded as the official national dish?
# Turkey.

3.If you are in Kashmir and are about to participate in a Wazwan, what are you about to do?
# Enjoy a feast.

4.In film language, what is a 'MacGuffin'?
# A plot device that motivates the characters and/or advances the story, but has no other relevance.

5.Which is the most watched TV show in the world of all time, with over 1.1 billion viewers?
# Baywatch.

6.According to an article in Vanity Fair in 1999, about which movie did Stanley Kubrick say "possibly the greatest movie ever made and certainly the best cast"?
# Godfather.

7.According to the British tabloid The Sun, which 1965 movie was selected by BBC executives as one to be broadcast after a nuclear strike, to improve the morale of survivors?
# The Sound of Music.

8.Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief of the U.S. edition of Vogue, was the main inspiration for the character of Miranda Priestly in which surprise hit film of 2006?
# The Devil Wears Prada (the character of Miranda Priestly was played by Meryl Streep).

9.Which epic 1960's film, a multiple oscar winner, is unique in the sense that the only female featured in the entire film is a camel named Gladys!
# Lawrence of Arabia.

10.The television channel TNT was launched on October 3, 1988 with a showing of which movie as it was the founder Ted Turner's favorite?
# Gone With The Wind.

11.The children's literature section of the publisher Penguin Books are distributed under what name?
# Puffin Books.

12.Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. What is the third (rearmost) molar in each group called?
# A wisdom tooth.

13.Which 1968 book that takes its name from a diamond is regarded as the first detective novel in English?
# The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

14.Who is the only person to have rejected Nobel peace prize?
# Le Duc Tho (1973).

15.He invented calculus independently of Newton, and his notation is the one in general use since. He also discovered the binary system, foundation of virtually all modern computer architectures.
# Gottfried Leibniz (1646 - 1716).

Identify the painter and also the name.
# Leonardo Da Vinci,The Last Supper.

17.Which famous singer was inspired by a hearing aid store in Dublin, Ireland.
# Bono (Paul Hewson). "Bono Vox" means "good voice" in Latin.

18.It's a palindromic acronym from the initials of the first names of the band members.

19.The band was originally called "The T-Sets" then later changes their name to The XY Sound, after blues musicians X Anderson and Y Council.Identify.
# Pink Floyd. X - Pink Y - Floyd.

20."Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough." - revolutionary,death-1883.Whose last words were these?
# Karl Marx.

21."Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." - composer, d. March 26, 1827.Whose last were these?
# Ludwig van Beethoven.

22.JFK is the name of which International Airport?
# Newyork.

23.Sanskrit for 'Lovely', Buddha was born in these gardens in Nepal.
# Lumbini.

24.Who has won the maximum number of grand slams?
# Margaret Smith Court.

25.Identify this famous personality.

# Benazzir Bhutto.

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