General Quiz Archives – I

This Broadway musical was inspired by the classic Don Quixote, by Cervantes?
Ans: Man of La Mancha

What does the weather service call the boundary between two air masses?
Ans: A front

Name the writer/director of the film “American Graffiti”?
Ans: George Lucas

Rembrandt’s ground breaking painting The Night Watch hangs in what city?
Ans: Amsterdam

Name the statesman that declared, Peace is at hand?
Ans: Henry Kissinger

What country provides the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth?
Ans: Scotland

What is Canada’s largest city?
Ans: Toronto

Name the man who invented the stock ticker in 1870?
Ans: Edison

What is the name of the rock that has a black shiny appearance?
Ans: Obsidian

A perfect game in tenpin bowling is?
Ans: 12 strikes

Topic: Apple

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and he found Apple Computer. He renounced his stake in the company two weeks after it was founded. Who?
Ans: Ron Wayne

Another easy one to end with! Who directed the 1984 Apple Mac ad?
Ans: Ridley Scott

Steven Levy titled his book about the development and history of the Mac, “Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything.” Why?
Ans: It was a catch phrase that Steve Jobs used.

A supposedly biographical movie was made movie on the lives of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. What was it called?
Ans: Pirates of the Silicon Valley

This machine came in 1983 with an unprecedented 1MB of RAM (the Apple II has shipped with 48K and the popular Commodore computers of the mid-1980s only shipped with 64K or 128K). It featured a built-in screen, two floppy drives, a menu bar, windows, the ability to run multiple applications at once, a universal copy and paste feature (something that some operating systems don’t even have fully implemented today), a hierarchal file system complete with icons and folders, and a completely new device in personal or corporate computing called a mouse. It also had a price tag of $9995, which placed well out of the range of most companies. Just name it!
Ans: Lisa

The project was codenamed Macintosh. It was intended to produce a low cost computer aimed at home users (funny how that sounds like a description of the iMac all these years later). Who envisioned it?
Ans: Jeff Raskin

Simple! Who replaced Jobs At Apple?
Ans: John Sculley

The Apple 1 is introduced and sold at a computer store called the Byte Shop. It sold with no case, monitor, keyboard, or other “enhancements” and was little more than the basic motherboard. How much did it cost?
Ans: $666

It was the first laptop to offer the array of power saving and management features that we find commonplace today. It was also the first laptop that could be docked to a desktop and appear as an external hard drive for easy and fast file transfers.
Ans: The Powerbook

HP, Commodore and this company were all offered the chance to purchase the Apple I and all rejected the offer. Name this company.
Ans: Atari

SAAB-Viggen the car manufacturer cum aeroplane company belongs to which country?
Ans: Sweden

Topic: Airlines
What is unique about Blue Dart and Elbee Express services apart from being popular courier services?
Ans: Services operating Airlines specifically for courier service

What type of aircraft is the SOKOL-3?
Ans: Hang-glider

Which Russian made combat plane has been assigned the suffix ‘Fishbed’ by the USAF?
Ans: MIG-21

India’s first regular passenger flight on Nov. 26,1935 carried two passengers between which cities?
Ans: Bombay-Trivandrum

A certain arcade game by Novalogic Inc. has given the Russian KA-50 strike helicopter a unique name. What?
Ans: Werewolf

What has the Indian Air Force(IAF) rechristened the MIG-29 as?
Ans: Baaz

Coming to fundamentals now. The burning of additional fuel for a short duration in the jet pipe to provide for additional thrust,is assigned what common term ?
Ans: After-Burners

In the Falklands war(1982) British Sea-Harriers accounted for shooting down 38 Argentine aircraft. What is the salient feature of these combat aircraft?
Ans: Vertical Take-off and landing(VTOL)

The first flight of FLYER I in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina(1903) by the Wright Brothers lasted for what duration?
Ans: 12 seconds

Which Commercial Airlines does not operate on Saturdays?
Ans: El Al

Which Indian tycoon was the first to make a solo flight to the UK by flying from Karachi to Cryoden?
Ans: JRD Tata

In Naval aircraft, what is the Steam-catapult employed for?
Ans: Launching Aircraft from Carriers

Expand BCAR (Hint:Something to do with regulation of Aeronautical manufacturing standards).
Ans: British Civil Airworthiness Requirements

What type of aircraft was ‘Enola Gay’, the plane that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima?
Ans: B-52 Statofortress

The F-16 Fighting Falcon featured prominently in which of these Hollywood flicks?
Ans: Iron Eagle

Thomson-CSF are reputed manufacturers of which essential component in modern aviation?
Ans: Radars

The TU-142M is used for what purpose?
Ans: Long Range Maritime Reconaissance/Anti-Submarine warfare

Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to fly past the sound barrier on a Bell X-1 on October 14,1947 named his plane after his wife. What was the striking name?
Ans: ‘Glamorous Glennis’

The Simon Bolivar International Airport serves which capital city?
Ans: Caracas

Gary Powers was flying a ‘stealth’ aircraft in May 1960 when a Russian SA-2 SAM detected his plane and sent a missile which exploded periliously close to his wing, thereby forcing him to eject. Which aircraft was he flying?
Ans: Lockheed U-2

Which philanthropist cum aviator re-created the myth of Daedalus by pedalling his plane from Crete to Santorini for a record 74 miles?
Ans: Kanellos Kanellopoulos

During World War II the Chance-Vought F7U-3 Corsair was mostly used in which theatre of war?
Ans: Pacific Ocean and East Asia

The first non-stop flight around the world in 1986 was made on an aircraft designed by Burt Putan which had a revolutionary carbon-fibre design that carried a fuel weight which was five times that of the aircraft itself. What was it called ?
Ans: Voyager

What is the actual designation of the Stuka Dive Bomber?
Ans: Junker JU 87 D

The French Bleriot XI holds what claim to fame?
Ans: First aircraft to cross the English Channel

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was brought into mass-production by the Third Reich for which speciality?
Ans: Quick-start

The Klemm Kl 35 trainer aircraft was first fown in which European Nation?
Ans: Germany

The U.S. Navy built 10346 of these sports cum training aircraft from 1937 onwards. Which one?
Ans: Stearman Kaydett

The F-4 Phantom is predominantly used by the Naval forces of which nation despite being originally designed in another nation?
Ans: United Kingdom
Topic: Computer Hard Disk

When disturbed slightly above the stipulated shock level of the hard disk, the Hard disk…
Ans: Develops bad sectors and then crashes

What is the Maximum number of hard disks you can have in a machine of only 2 IDE ports?
Ans: Four

Which unit is used to measure seek time?
Ans: Seconds

How many Bytes make a kilobyte?
Ans: 1024

Which of the three emits the most amount of heat when in use?
Ans: Processor

The main difference between a SCSI Hard disk and IDE hard disk is…
Ans: Bandwidth

The rotation speed is measured in ________?
Ans: Revolutions per Minute

It is not recommended to attach two hard disks of different specifications to the same IDE cable because…
Ans: Speed of the faster one will be toned down to suit the speed of the slower one

Which of this is absent in a Hard disk?
Ans: RAM

Which of these three companies first made the IDE 80 GB hard disk?
Ans: Maxtor

Topic: Computer Graphics

The technique of giving an image a 3D perspective by adding highlights and shadows is…
Ans: Bevel and embossing

Art obtained by multiplying or resampling definite geometric patterns in different directions or dimensions is termed as…
Ans: Fractal-art

The most portable of these formats for high-end image applications is…
Ans: RAW

The Process of mixing colours to yield new colours that were not initially available is called as…
Ans: Dithering

When resampling a picture, the interpolation technique to add colour values to the newly created pixels is termed as…
Ans: Bi-cubic interpolation

Images that use grids or pixels to display picture composition are called as…
Ans: Raster images

When line drawing algorithms were first implemented, it was observed that oblique lines had ugly jagged edges. This problem was termed as the…
Ans: Stair case effect

The process of giving dark spots a 3D look especially used in character models is…
Ans: Bump mapping

The method where in equally shaded regions of cyan, magenta and yellow ink are replaced with black in order to conserve ink is termed as…
Ans: Under colour removal

The process of smoothing jagged outlines by creating partially shaded pixels is…
Ans: Anti-Aliasing
In the musical scales, which is the highest adult male voice?

Nicholas Breakspeare became famous under the title Adrian 4. What was his claim to fame in history?
First and only English Pope

This famous writer left a fortune for the establishment of a new phonetic language to assist spelling in his will. Name him.
GB Shaw

Name the first known person to die of radiation poisoning.
Marie Curie

Who are ‘steel-collar workers’?

‘Gaggle’ is the collective noun for which animal/bird?

Name the oldest known alcoholic beverage made.

According to English legend, who was the only knight to survive King Arthur?

The French call it ‘La Manche’. How do we better know it?
The Chunnel

What is the claim to fame of the River Churun, in geographical terms?
Is the river with the Angela Falls

History and myth
The former name of this country was ‘Belgian Congo’. How do we better know it now?

Who was the President of the Congress Party the maximum number of times?

In Indian constitutional history, who was the first ‘Prime Minister’ to be dismissed?
Sheikh Abdullah

Which Roman god is the equivalent of Ganesh, as he is the guardian of doors and is invoked at the beginning of any new project?

Who did Alexander the Great bequeath his empire to?
The strongest

This English city is currently the capital of Wessex and was the capital of England before London. Name it.

Which bird was used by the Roman Empire as a symbol of its power?
Golden Eagle

In WW2, what was common to Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal?
All remained neutral

In Greek myth, she was the symbol of fidelity as, during her husband’s absence, she was pursued by many suitors but she discouraged them using many strategies. Name her.

In Hindu myth, ‘apsaras’ were born of one of the elements. Name it.

1. Which is the shortest verse in the Bible?
2. On which Shakespeare play is the musical “West Side Story” based?
3. In Tintin, Captain Haddock is a member of SSS. Expand SSS.
4. If Rama’s wife was Sita, who was Shatrugana’s wife?
5. Which drink is nicknamed “scandal broth”?
6. What is Dennis’ surname in the comic strip “Dennis the Menace”?
7. Which famous English city has the sobriquet “City of Dreaming Spires”?
8. What was the Rashtrapathi Bhavan initially called?
9. What are Isohels?
10. Which element, after Oxygen, is most abundant on earth’s crust?
11. Which multiple-Oscar-winning actor once handled fan mail for Tom and Jerry?
12. What does the phrase “play opossum” mean?
13. Who was the first President of India to have died in office?
14. “1,000,000”, “Rotary Ten” and “Driver 8” are some of the “numerically inspired” songs of which group?
15. In 1964, which two places merged to form Tanzania?


1. “Jesus Wept”; 2. Romeo and Juliet; 3. Society of Sober Sailors; 4. Shrutakirti; 5. Tea; 6. Mitchel’ 7. Oxford; 8. Vice- Regal Lodge; 9. Lines on a map joining places with equal sunshine; 10. Silicon; 11. Jack Nicholson; 12. A
person “acting dead” when attacked/criticised; 13. Zakir Hussain; 14. R.E.M.; 15. Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Which English football club lost 8 of its players in a plane crash in 1959?
Manchester United

Which Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie made Amitabh Bachchan a Star and Rajesh Khanna a Superstar?

What is the name of the Egyptian Sun God?

Which company invented the Walkman?

In which ad would you expect to hear Mozart`s 25th Symphony?

Which Indian player won a Bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996?
Leander Paes

Who coined the term `Non Aligned` to describe countries that, during the Cold War, aligned neither with the United States nor with the Soviet Union?
Krishna Menon

Name the first Indian to win the Commonwealth Prize for Literature?
Nayantara Sehgal

Who is the only player to have won the Junior Tennis Grand Slam – the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open Junior Singles?
Stefan Edberg

Which company gave Santa Claus his traditional dress?
Coca Cola

Traditionally, the leaves of what tree are supposed to improve your singing voice?

Which creature gets its name from the Greek word for `womb` because it resembles the shape of the womb?

Which Indian cricketer was captain in one test and dropped to 12th man in the next?

How is polyhexamethyleneadipamide better known as?

Who was Tipu Sultan`s father?
Hyder Ali

Who was the first rock star to be arrested on stage?
Jim Morrison

What do we know Barbara Millicent Roberts better as?

What does the `i` in the iMac computer stand for?

Which cricketer owns a restaurant called Curry Leaves?
Aravinda De Silva

Which of these words has no perfect rhyme in the English language?

Topic : quotes / Famous Words

Who did Elizabeth Bowen describe as “a stupid person’s idea of a clever person”?
Aldous Huxley

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”. Whose words?
Martin Luther King Jr.

Who once defined history as, “History is a set of lies agreed upon”?

Who once said, “You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone”?
Al Capone

Which architect once said, “A house is a machine for living in”?
Le Corbusier

He was responsible for coining the phrase “Naughty but nice” for the real-cream TV Ads. Which author?
Salman Rushdie

“The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them”. Which poet said this?
Robert Frost

Which author once said, “The most essential gift for a good-writer is a built-in-shock-proof shit-detector”?
Ernest Hemingway

Sean O’ Casey called this person, “English Literature’s performing flea”. Who?

“I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching”. Whose words?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which Hollywood actress once said, “I’d marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he’d be dead within a year”?
Bette Davis

“The truth is more important than the facts.” These are the words of which American Architect?
Frank Lloyd Wright

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people”. Which female novelist said these words?
Virginia Woolf

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”. Whose words?
Albert Einstein

“Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife”. Whose words?
Groucho Marx

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Whose words?
Mother Teresa

In which comic strip would you find these words, “The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us”?
Calvin and Hobbes

Which author’s description – “A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window”?
Raymond Chandler

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” Whose words?
Pablo Picasso

“A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle”. Whose poetry?
Charles Baudelaire

Who once said, “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book”?
Ronald Reagan

“He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news”. Whose words?
Bertolt Brecht

What is Irish for “ourselves alone”?
Sinn Fein

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them” : President Frau Eva von Zeppelin uttered these words in what context?
Led Zeppelin using his family name

This philosopher wrote, “What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?” Who?
Friedrich Nietzsche

This person once famously remarked, “Religion is the opium of the people”. Who?
Karl Marx

Oscar Wilde once said about this person, “He hasn’t an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him”. Who?
George Bernard Shaw

This scientist, after winning the Nobel Prize, when asked to give a brief about his research, said, “If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize”. Who?
Richard Feynman

“Why doesn’t she like me? Is it my hair, my overbite, the fact that I’ve worn the same shirt and shorts for the last four years?” Whose words?
Bart Simpson

Who once said, “It is easier to die for a woman one loves than to live with her”?
Lord Byron

Topic : General stuff

Name the only British Governor-General to be impeached.

How do we better know the game of nine-pins?

This Indian ruler collected taxes labelled as ‘chauth’ and ‘sardeshmukhi’. Name him.

Spielberg’s production company is named after his very first short film. Name it.

‘In Quest of the Ashes’ is the autobiography of which famous cricketer?

‘More stars than there are in heaven’ was the publicity line of which studio?

Who was described as the ‘Byron of Indian Cricket’?
Lala Amarnath

Participants of which sport are called ‘male geishas’ in Japan, because of the large amount of time they take to get ready?
Sumo wrestling

Name the first US city to host the Olympic Games.
St Loius

Which famous organisation in the history of Indian independence was founded by Rashbehari Bose?

Trivia time
Which word has been referred to as ‘The Great Australian Adjective’?

In ancient Rome, what was awarded to a gladiator, signifying that he would never have to fight again?
A cracked shield

Which English writer displayed a swastika on the cover of his books?

This fictional character’s only wife was named Tracy Daco and he’s a graduate of Oriental languages from Cambridge. Name him.
James Bond

In the Enid Blyton ‘Noddy’ series, name the character that was responsible for actually creating Noddy.
Mr Carver

The name of which character from the Ramayana literally means ‘furrow’?

‘Secrets of a Sparrow’ is the autobiography of which famous singer?
Diana Ross

In Bollywood, how do we better know Mumtaz Jahanara Begum?

In 1718, an English pirate called Edward Teach was killed in a battle with British forces off the coast of Virginia. How was he better known?

Ben Franklin did not want the eagle to be the national symbol for the USA as he considered it a “bird of bad moral character” as it lived by “sharping and robbing”. Which bird did he suggest instead?

Which mode of dismissal in cricket was introduced last?
Being timed out

In 1995, a probe from this spacecraft first entered the planet Jupiter. Name it.

George Jorgensen was a former US GI who had gone to Denmark in 1950 and returned in 1952 after undergoing a particular treatment, a first in the world. What had he undergone?
Sex-change operation

Tsai Lun, a eunuch, invented it in 105 AD. According to official history, he was given an aristocratic title when he presented it to Emperor Ho Ti for the first time. What?

During WW1, English soldiers were called by a particular nickname. This came about from the example name on the form soldiers were supposed to fill out, which was ‘Thomas Atkins’. What was the nickname?

In a batting line up in cricket, who is a ‘jack’?
The number 11 batsman

On 7 Dec, 1963, this was used for the first time during the Army-Navy football game by CBS TV in the USA. What?
Instant replay

Mehboob Khan’s ‘Mother India’ was actually a remake of an earlier movie of his. Name it.

There is one phobia that is mainly a physical disease and not just a state of mind as it is caused by a viral infection. Name it.

Which former West Indian cricketer played World Cup soccer for Antigua?
Viv Richards

This famous writer left a fortune for the establishment of a new phonetic language to assist spelling in his will. Name him.
GB Shaw

According to English legend, who was the only knight to survive King Arthur?

What is the claim to fame of the River Churun, in geographical terms?
Is the river with the Angela Falls


In Rome in A.D. 270, Valentine had enraged a mad emperor , who had issued an edict forbidding marriage. Why did he forbid marriage?
He felt that married men made poor soldiers

White roses are for true love.Red roses are for passion.Yellow roses are for friendship. What do black roses signify?

It is said that Valentine was a priest that secretly married couples.Under which Emperor’s reign was this?

“To-morrow is Saint Valentine”s day, All in the morning betime”-Hamlet (Act 4, Scene 5).In which other play does Shakespeare mention St.Valentine?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cupid was a a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. Who was his mother?

One of the practises of this festival, was the putting of girls” names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. These couples were supposedly paired off for the whole year. A similar practice was began in the fourteenth century. A sweetheart was chosen for a day by lot. This was done to correspond with the belief that the springtime mating of birds took place on Valentine”s Day.Which festival?

What is the claim to fame Esther Howland of Worcester, Valentine’s Day celebration history? published the first American Valentine Back in the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be. They wore these names on their armour for one week.What phrase originated from this?
Wearing the heart on one’s sleeves

Legend has it that the first valentine was sent by St. Valentine himself on the eve of his execution for refusing to denounce Christianity. Signed “from your Valentine” Who was it sent to?
the jailer’s daughter

Topic : Trivia

What fictional city is home to Batman and Robin?
Gotham City

Which game did James Naismith invent in America?

Based on archaeological evidence, what is the world’s oldest known vegetable?

Where would you find the Islets of Langerhans?

Which brand sponsors Andre Agassi?

Can you name Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1952?
Queen Elizabeth II

What will you find in the collection of a spermologer?

Which country`s flag is fully green?

Which sport does Tiger woods play?

In 1885, what did Canada sell to the State of New York for $150,000?
Niagara Falls

Called “Harpastum” by the Romans and “Tsuchu” by the Chinese. What is it in English?

In Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, how does the character Krook meet his end?
He spontaneously combusts

From which sport comes the phrase “to set the ball rolling”?

This book was banned in 1885 because it was considered to be of “low grade of morality” and was couched in “a language of rough dialect”. Which book?
Huckleberry Finn

The figure of speech “paronamasia” is better known as:

Which world famous logo was designed by Art Paul?
The Playboy bunny

What creation of Arthur Wynne’s first appeared on December 21, 1913 in the NY World?
The crossword

Connect: Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, Adolf Hitler
All were removed from the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album

When asked for an autograph, he would sign his name “8.9”. Who?
Bob Beamon

Which of the following is true of the Nazi epic Kolberg?
The movie with the largest cast ever

Topic : mythology

What does the parasu in Parasurama signify?

Ashvins, the twin gods of morning were also physicians to the Gods. On the request of a certain lady, they restored her aged husband – a sage – to youthfulness. Name this sage.

According to legend, the Indian Noah, Manu travelled far and wide during the Great Flood. Until his boat hit land, and the desolate land became green. Where did Manu alight?

What literally means quick mover or goer?

When Ravana sets fire to Hanuman’s tail as punishment, Hanuman retaliated by leaping around Lanka setting to fire all the buildings. Which was the only building that survived.
Vibheeshana’s house

Where did Ravana undertake a penance to bring Shiva to Lanka?

Indra punished this person for having leapt towards the heavens and the offender fell to earth. His name literally means someone whose jaw is injured. Who?

Buddha, on his road to nirvana, once cut off his eye-lashes because he kept going off to sleep. Where the lashes fell to the ground, a plant arose that had the magical property of banishing sleep. Which plant?

A particular city was traumatized by the evil demon Mahishasura, until he was slain by Chamundi. The city took the name from this incident and till date has a temple dedicated to the goddess. Which city?

The river Ganga is supposed to be brought down to earth from the heavens by…
Sage Bhagirath

Topic : animals

What is the name of the railcar used in the small-gauge railway to Shimla?
Safed Murgi

Which animal did Noah release first from the Ark?

The world knows this animal from the corruption of Telugu for Pig-rat. Which one?

Dork, the word of mild abuse for someone with low intelligence, is actually…
A whale”s penis

Why is the fish “Bombay Duck” called by this name?
Corruption of its local name, Bombilli

What are polled cattle?
Without horns

In the middle east, there’s a law that forbids people from consuming the meat of a particular animal with which they’ve just had sex. Name it.

Original ”Indian Yellow” dye used to be sourced from Munger in Bihar, until its production was banned in 1908 because of the way in which it was sourced. What way?
From the urine of cows fed on mango leaves

Why were Lhasa Apsos originally bred by Buddhist monks?
To keep their exposed feet warm during winter

Shahtoosh, from which shawls are made, comes from which animal?
Tibetan Antelope

Topic : spirits / Alcohol

In which country is Geneva gin made?

Cognac can be made only in a specific area of France. Where can brandy be made?
Anywhere in the world

What do the letters VSOP on a bottle of brandy stand for?
Very Special Old Pale

Between 1740 and 1970 British sailors received a daily ration of grog. What is grog?
A mixture of rum and water

Where did the American whiskey ”Bourbon” get its name?
It was first made in Bourbon County, Kentucky

A popular Yorkshire liqueur flavoured with herbs is named after the Bronte sisters. On which spirit is it based?

What is added to gin to make pink gin?
Angostura bitters

Which drink has been known as ‘Dutch courage’ and ‘Mother’s ruin’?

The fermented molasses left over from the sugar-refining process is used in the manufacture of which spirit?

What is the meaning of the Dutch word ‘brandewijn’ from which we take the word brandy?
Burnt wine


You can tell a _______ by just reading it. Famous tagline. Which brand?
Sunkist oranges

On discovering something in 1668, a blind priest exclaimed: Oh, come quickly. I am drinking the stars. What was he drinking?

Which is the most widely eaten fish in the world?

Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent what in Evanston, Illinois in 1875?
Ice-cream sundae

Who introduced noodles to Italy after a trip to China?
Marco Polo

In 1847, Hanson Gregory, a 15 year old baker’s apprentice knocked the soggy parts off a fried confectionery, thus creating what?
The first ring donuts

The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic). It got its name when he served it to two Tahitian friends who exclaimed “Maitai roa ae!” What does it mean?
Out of this world

What is traditionally made from the root of the blue agave cactus?

In the New Testament, St. John the Baptist survives on what foods while in the desert?
Locusts and honey

What new fad did the brand Wonder Bread introduce in 1930?
Sliced bread

What is the essential difference between apple juice and apple cider?
Apple juice is pasteurised and cider is not

Shoot a Waco was the original name of what product
Dr Pepper

The hamburger, invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen is called so because
It was invented in Hamburg

Natural vanilla flavouring comes from

In the Middle East, what is called the poor man.s food?

In 1853 in Saratoga Springs a chef George Crum retaliated to a patron.s complaint that his French fries were too thick. How?
He invented Potato chips

The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was a food product. Which?

The Ladakhi gur-gur chai gets its name because
The tea is churned in pipes and makes a gur-gur sound

Which product gets its name from a Roman soldier who was a great wrestler during the Ancient Olympic Games?

In an open competition to select a name for this brand, a name was chosen which loosely translated from Latin as Strength of Man. Which brand?
Hovis Bread

After his tomato crop failed, a certain gentleman dabbled in something else. It gave rise to a product which takes its name from an American Indian word that means ‘a place with fertile and humid soil’. Which brand?

Name the Japanese fish considered a delicacy, which if not cleaned carefully can prove fatal.

A Napoli baker designed the first pizza in the shape of the Italian flag using tomato, cheese and parsley. He dedicated it to the visiting King Philip.s wife, thus naming the first ever pizza. The name?

What.s the name of the McDonald.s clown?

What.s the name of the dimpled cheese traditionally shown in cartoon strips/films?

What range of products are Messrs. Mahashiyan di hatti famous for?

Why is the drink Punch called so?
Traditionally has 5 (paanch) ingredients

Topic : trivia

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys never did this because he feared that: “Fire might come out – or gas—or snakes—or, most terrifyingly of all, nothing at all.” What?
Taking a shower

This person created a written script for the Cherokee Indians. Who?

Every man of the Confederate Army had to carry this book, because its leader, Robert E. Lee. believed that it espoused their cause. Which book?
Les Miserables

The smash-hit “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith was addressed to?
Vince Neal

Which company had its origins in a chartered train journey from Leicester to Loughborough, UK, in 1841?
Thomas Cook

According to Greek mythology, this creature was a she-goat with a lion’s head, goat’s body and serpent’s tail. It is:

“Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere is in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” Whose words?

“Beelzebub” is another name for the devil. What does it translate to?
“Lord of the flies”

A special material was used to clothe the kings of France. It literally means “clothing of kings”. Which of the following?


Topic : Innovations

The ‘Lucifer’ match-sticks devised by Frenchmen Charles Suria in 1830 came to be widely used. Name the igniting substance used by these ‘Lucifers’.
White Phosphorus

Ladislao Biro, a Hungarian artist and Journalist developed the ball-point pen in the 30’s with his brother Georg, a chemist. However, he had to flee Budapest at the outbreak of world war II. From which city did the Biro brothers oversee the manufacture of ball-pens for the Allied Air forces?
Buenos Aires

Georges De Mestral, a Swiss engineer observed burrs sticking to his woollen socks. This natural occurrence prompted him to look at burrs under a microscope and he used the Hook and loop arrangement with woven Nylon to
develop Velcro. The name Velcro was derived from two words. One was ‘Velours’ and the other is _____________.

Micro-encapsulisaton is a process used in manufacturing perfumed paper. Which U.S. based dcorporation poularized this method in the 60’s?

The ‘Hookers 2’ designed by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback in 1913, is exactly what?
The zip-fastener

The non-stick finish on modern kitchenware PTFE was developed after an accidental discovery by Dr. Roy Plunkett in 1938. Under what trademark did Du Pont market PTFE?

Elisha Graves Otis installed the world’s first passenger lift in New York. Which building saw this implementation?
V. Haughwout & Co’s China Store

This one’s a little vague. Sonora, in Mexico is a quality production centre for which input in everyday industry?

A certain adhesive was rejected during research on a ‘Superglue’ in a laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota since it’s sticking power was negligible. However, Art Fry an employee used the disposed adhesive to make bookmarks for his hymn book. Which conventional office stationery did he initiate with this?
Post-it Notes

The conception of the Voltaic cell by Allessandro Volta of Pavia University in 1800 was initiated by an experiment using copper hooks, an iron hail and certain creatures hanging on them. Which creatures?

Specimens of Bombyx Mori are involved in the manufacture of which fiber?

Which ingredient is conventionally used to whiten a toothpaste?
Titanium Oxide

Which nation issued a plastic currency note in 1988 to mark it’s bicentenary?

The disposable crown cork was the invention of __________.
William Painter

Experiments with alloys in order to build stronger gun-barrels led British Metallurgist Harry Brearley to discover what in 1913?
Stainless Steel

‘Blue Plains’ is the location for the advance sewage plant serving which city in the U..S.?
Washington D.C.

The Raytheon Company based in U.S. brought about the use of which domestic appliance in the 1950’s?
Microwave Oven

If USA’s National Meteorological centre is situated in Wshington D.C. then where is Britian’s Meteorological Office located?

A certain book took 50 years for the compilation of its’ 12 volumes with 252,259 entries before it’s first publication. Which book?
The Oxford English Dictionary

James Harrison,a Scottish immigrant in Australia devised refigeration using ether to cool down metallic containers. He used the principle for the first time in a building in Bendigo, Victoria during the Gold Rush in 1851. What did the building function as?

Paul Neal Adair (Red Adair) the legendary firefighter(born 1915) has never failed in putting out a fire,whether it lasted a few seconds or several months. His real-life story inspired a Hollywood film ‘Hellfighters’ in 1968. Who played the lead part?
John Wayne

The Cullinan Diamond, discovered by a miner near Pretoria, South Africa was successfully cleaved by Joseph Asscher on Feb. 10,1908. In which city was this commendable task performed?

The power-suply for coal mining operations in the Rhine Valley is mainly generated in a pressurized water reactor at which German town since 1963?

The expansion and contraction of a rock is generally measured by a simple instrument which is laid out in the form of thin ducts. Identify the instrument.

Dr. Denis Gabor is credited with the first successful demonstration of which process in 1947?

Early Bird, the world’s first communication satellite was launched under the aegis of which organisation?

The first completely synthetic material was developed in 1907 by using Carbolic Acid, Formaldehyde gas and Celluloid. Which momentous product is being referred to? The inventor’s name would be a give-away.

The first artificial satellite to employ solar cells in 1958 was _________.

In 1851, British Photographic pioneer W.H. Fox Talbot attached a copy of The Times newspaper to a wheel, rotated it rapidly and succeeded in taking a clear picture by illuminating the wheel very briefly with an intense spark of light. Recent verifications have put the exposure-period for this experiment at what duration?
1/1,00,000th of a second

Which man-made fibre was invented by Wallace Carothers in 1935?

Topic : trivia

What orchestra chose “Moonlight Serenade” as their theme?
Glenn Miller Orchestra

What nationality is former tennis pro Vitas Gerulaitis?

Which group of sports participants had the highest Internet usage rate in 1999?
Tennis players

What’s a capon?
A castrated rooster

Who was the first non-American to win the Masters golf tournament?
Gary Player

Infamous writer Clifford Irving was imprisoned for faking who’s autobiography?
Howard Hughes

Name the science fiction writer who imagined “The Invisible Man” and “The Time Machine”?
H. G. Wells

What did the initials T.S. stand for in author T.S. Eliot’s name?
Thomas Stearns

In what city was presidential candidate Robert Kennedy assassinated?
Los Angeles

What sweetener was discovered by Ira Remsen in 1879?

What American author was portrayed on-stage by actor Hal Holbrook in a one-man show?
Mark Twain

What is the height of the goal net used in soccer?
8 feet

Name the astronaut that remained in the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon?
Mike Collins

What sort of animal is a mandrill?
Forest Baboon

Christopher Jones captained what well known ship?

Entire families may be developing asthma thanks to the smog around this city, called the nation’s smog capital by the Associated Press?

Can you name the actress who is actor Warren Beatty’s sister?
Shirley MacLaine

To what royal house did England’s King Henry VIII belong?

Native American Pocahontas acted as a guide to the settlers of the Jamestown colony. Along what river is she buried?

Name the actor who took best actor honors at the 1955 Oscars for the title role in “Marty”?
Ernest Borgnine

How many double centuries did Bradman score in his Test career?

The kaliyug is associated with which Hindu Text ?

Which of these cars in India has Korean Technology?
Hyundai Santro

In Greek mythology what do Castor and Pollux represent ?
The twins in the Gemini Constellation

Why was the clockwise direction chosen for the clock ?
Sundials ran clockwise in the northern hemisphere

Kohinoor Diamond was taken away by?
Nadir Shah

Which insect is the cause of most human diseases ?

Name the king who was commonly known as Raj Pithora, and is celebrated in several Indian ballads and poems?
Prithviraj Chouhan

Which of these is the correct chronological order?
The Gupta dynasty, The Chalukya dynasty, The Chola Dynasty

Which star is also known as the Dog Star?

What algorithm (as yet undiscovered) is called “God’s Algorithm”?
The shortest general solution of the Rubik’s cube from any configuration

What is the Nipper the dog’s claim to fame?
He is the dog from the HMV logo

This Greek goddess can run and fly at great speed. She is the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of Cratos, Bia, and Zelus. She was represented as a woman with wings, dressed in a billowing robe with a wreath or staff.

Which member of the Apollo 10 crew wore his Mickey Mouse watch into space?
Eugene Cernan

Whose middle name is “Fauntleroy”?
Donald Duck

Which of the following movies is named after a story by William Burroughs?
Blade Runner

This term, coined by Washington Irving in 1809, means a native of New York. Which?

Actor Tony Curtis said kissing what female co-star was “like kissing Hitler”?
Marilyn Monroe

Whose words are these: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away”?
Douglas McArthur

Which of the following is true of Wrigley’s chewing gum?
First product to have a bar code

This word literally means “talking to women”. Which word?

Born in India, she won two Academy Awards (1940 & 1952). Who?
Vivien Leigh

What is Occam’s Razor?
A rule of thumb that states that the better scientific theory is the simpler one

Something silly to end with. Whose words are these: “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”
Mark Twain

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel called “Gadsby”. What is its claim to fame?
Not a single word contained the letter ‘E’

On whose epitaph would you find: S = k log W.
Ludwig Boltzmann

According to legend, the Gordian knot was an intricate knot, tied by Gordius, king of Phyrgia. Whoever cut it was destined to rule all of Asia. Who supposedly cut it?
Alexander the Great

In Australian cricket slang, what is a ‘Coughie’?
A bad umpiring decision

Who is the only Asura to have been spared by Lord Vishnu?

During the design stage, the length of the compact disc was changed from 60 minutes to 74 minutes at the insistence of the head of the design team. Why?
Seventy-four minutes is the length of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Topic: Archeology

Of the genus Phaseolus, and with ancestor Vicia Faba, it was important to man from the beginning of food production. What?

What is the capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia?

This island is referred to in Mesopotamian as “Dilmun”. What?

Hjortspring, Sutton-Hoo, Triremes, and Carracks are all types of what?

This place first reached prominence under Hammurabi. It was the ancient capital of Mesopotamia. Which place?

The religious writings of Essenes, a sect who dwelled in a monastery at Qumran has texts called what?
Dead Sea Scrolls

What is the Egyptian hieroglyph for “life”?

Which was the last of the Barbarian tribes to enter the Valley of Mexico after the collapse of the Toltec Civilisation?
The Aztecs

What is the name given to the single humped camels of Arabia?

What resulted when two races settled in the Ebbe Weser region of England after the breakdown of the Roman rule?

Assur, Nineveh, and Nimrud are all ancient capitals of which place?

What is the study of fossil remains of animals called?

Sir Arthur Evans named the people of Bronze Age Crete after their legendary leader. What did he call them?

Who was the God of the Sun and the city of Heliopolis?

Known as “The Holy Island”, after the Celtic Church acknowledged the supremacy of Rome, it was the center of a cultural Renaissance in North Umbria in 700 A.D. Which place?

This figure is represented by the crook and flail, the uraeus and other symbols of authority. Crowns include the White Crown, Red Crown and Blue Crown. Who?

Which ancient Egyptian God of death is represented as a Mummy?

What term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man’s development before the appearance of writing?

What were the mudbrick superstructures over tombs in early Egypt, originally intended to copy the house of the living called?

Topic : gentrivia

It’s ancestor is the guanaco, found in the Andes and it is related to the camel but lacks a hump. What?

Capra hircus aegagrus, found in S.West Asia was the ancestor of what?

76 miles is it’s running length from Tyne to Solway to defend the Northern frontier of Roman Britain. What?
Hadrian’s Wall

What is the cemetery region on the West Bank of the Nile opposite modern Cairo called?

The falcon God of Hieraconpolis in Egypt, believed to be the son of Isis and Osiris is believed to have incarnation in the Pharaoh. Who?

What is the name given to the circular ritual monuments found only in the British Isles?

What is the name given in Mexico to any manuscript printed before the Spanish Conquest or written in the native manner during the Early Spanish Period?

Who was the Sumerian equivalent of Venus, with jurisdiction over love and procreation?

A group of Quechua speaking tribes from the Cuzcoara of the S. Peruvian Andes whose ruler is called “Son of the Sun” are better known as what?

Two of these confronting each other constitute a “T’ao t’ieh”. What?

Connect John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, apart from their all being Presidents of the USA
All died on the 4th of July

Which city is the backdrop of the shows “the Practice” and “Ally McBeal”?

Born in Peru, he lives in England at Windsor Gardens, 32, London. He has two birthdays, in December and June. He’s appeared on a Japanese credit card and on a 1998 Gibraltar coin. Who?
Paddington Bear

The Maori fisherman have a legend that God’s fishing hook was placed in the sky and remained forever as something. What?

He played 2130 consecutive baseball games, and was nicknamed the “Iron Horse”. Later in his life, he suffered from a debilitating disease to which he lends his name. Who?
Lou Gehrig

Why were Donald Duck comics nearly banned in Finland?
Because he doesn’t wear pants

What well known work was created by Sarah Josepha Hale?
The child’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

With respect to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what was “the sacred cow”?
His presidential aircraft

Before he was “stuck” with the then little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did James Cameron want to play the lead role in the first Terminator movie?
O.J. Simpson

The teary folliculitis disease is caused by:
Wearing tight jeans

Topic : General

Myra Gale Brown was 13 years old when she married her 3rd cousin in 1958. The marriage happened 2 weeks before his final divorce from his first wife. The scandal affected his career so badly that it was several years before he could make a comeback. Name him.
Jerry Lee Lewis

Which famous architect described a house as “a machine for living in”?
Le Corbusier

Helen Gurley Brown became famous as the publisher of a certain magazine and was also loosely portrayed in the 1964 movie ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ by Natalie Wood. Name the magazine.

In 1893, there was a case before the United States Supreme Court about importing this foodstuff from the West Indies as fruits could be imported tax-free while vegetables couldn’t. Since it was eaten with main dishes, and not as or with desserts, the Court ruled it to be a vegetable. Name it.

In Christian terminology, what is a ‘Lady Chapel’?
A chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary

What is the claim to fame of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City?
Largest church in the world

The name of the main block in this prison was ‘Broadway’ and the other 2 corridors were named ‘Michigan Boulevard’ and ‘Seedy Street’. Name it.

In a pack of cards, which one is a copyright?
Ace of Spades

Featured in Joel Chandler Harris’s ‘Tales of Uncle Remus’, his voice was provide by Johnny Lee in the 1946 Disney film ‘Song of the South’. Name him.
Br’er Rabbit

He was a tailor who dared to look at Lady Godiva as she rode through Coventry. In 1040, Lady Godiva’s husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, agreed to rescind a tax on the town if Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets. Godiva asked everyone to observe custody of the eyes – and everyone did, except him. This gave rise to a phrase. Name it.
Peeping Tom

Topic : trivia

In which part of your body would you find a ‘gluteus maximus’?
Ans: Buttocks

Previously the governor of Georgia, he was the only US president to ever report a UFO sighting in October 1969. Name him.
Ans: James Earl Carter

Medically speaking, anosmia is the loss of which of the five senses?
Ans: Smell

The first LP by a solo artist to sell over a million copies was a 1965 album called Calypso. Name the artist.
Ans: Harry Belafonte

This band originally called itself the ______ Transit Authority after the transit company of a particular place, until they were sued by the company. Name it.
Ans: Chicago

‘The Cardinal’s Mistress’, written in 1909, was the only novel ever written by this person. Name him.
Ans: Mussolini

Dale Arden is the girlfriend of which famous comic character?
Ans: Flash Gordon

Fianchetto, j’adoube and zugzwang are all terms in which game?
Ans: Chess

In golf, what is a ‘waggle’?
Ans: To-and-fro movement of the golf stick before the swing

In June, 1978, a tropical storm was detected and named Bud. What was so unique about this?
Ans: First storm to be named after a male

Quinchua was a language spoken by which ancient civilisation?
Ans: Incas

Which famous astrological term was coined by Fred Hoyle?
Ans: Big Bang

His autobiography was titled ‘Memoirs of a Mangy Lover’. Name him.
Ans: Groucho Marx

Name the oldest national airline in the world.
Ans: KLM

He was an autodidact, and could not read music but almost everything he wrote was a success. He only played on the set of black keys. He had a special piano built with pedals that could change the set from F sharp into other keys. Name him.
Ans: Irving Berlin