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  1. 1. QUIZ MEET Harshit 28/3/12
  2. 2. • What’s happening here?
  3. 3. Largest game of Dodgeball• In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, the University of Alberta sought to reclaim the Guinness World Record for largest game of dodgeball for the third year in a row.• 4,979 students, staff, and faculty members gathered to throw big red balls at each other for over an hour.
  4. 4. • David J. Peterson is the 30-year-old who expanded on the snippets of this language to create a full, speakable language.• To do this, he first ruled out words that wouldn’t exist (not only “book” but “toilet” missed the cut too ), then formed “native and basic” words before building the grammar rules, starting with the “18 noun classes in Swahili and the negative verb forms in Estonian… He *then+ scribbled sample sentences and added suffixes and prefixes to expand the vocabulary.”• Though there is no word for “book” in the language ,there are, of course, more than fourteen different words for “horse.”• Which language?
  5. 5. Dothraki
  6. 6. • A stone-faced immigrant chef with a thick Stalin-esque moustache, he is renowned throughout Manhattan .• He demands that all customers in his restaurant meticulously follow his strict queuing, ordering, and payment policies. Failure to adhere to his demands brings the stern admonition whereupon the customer is refunded and denied his or her order.
  7. 7. Soup Nazi•
  8. 8. • On being asked about the origin of their band name, the members said that the name X comes from when the group were photographing “X" homes. The X architectural style describes the large plantation homes in the American South. “X" more commonly refers to pre-Civil War America.• While photographing the houses one of the group said that theres a great band name in there, and they adopted the name shortly after.
  9. 9. • Ante-bellum, meaning "pre-war", from the Latin ante, "before", and bellum, "war“• The band: Lady Antebellum
  10. 10. • A strong contender for the crown of worst batsman of all-time. X has failed to reach double figures in 91 of his 92 Test innings, has 31 ducks (and counting) and an average of 2.39. He also has a world record six pairs in Tests cricket.• X is an archetypal tail-end batsman. His batting gets more publicity than his bowling. X has the rather dubious honour of belonging to a select group of cricketers whose number of wickets taken exceeds runs scored; Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is the only other cricketer to have achieved this honour (assuming a qualification of 30 Tests played). X also holds the record for the most pairs recorded in Test match history.
  11. 11. • Chris Martin
  12. 12. • Tara Browne was a young London socialite who died in a car accident. Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h). It is not known whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.• X , a friend of Brownes, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading Londons Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroners verdict into Brownes death. He worked the story into a song.• Give me X and the song.
  13. 13. • A day in the Life by the Beatles• I read the news today oh boy About a lucky man who made the grade And though the news was rather sad Well I just had to laugh I saw the photograph He blew his mind out in a car He didnt notice that the lights had changed A crowd of people stood and stared Theyd seen his face before Nobody was really sure If he was from the House of Lords.
  14. 14. • Strangely, the two men most often associated with this curse, share eerily similar last names. One of them tried to escape the trappings of the role, and it ruined his acting career. Depressed, he committed suicide in 1959, though many theorize he was murdered. The other was paralyzed in 1995 after falling from his horse. He died in 2004 from heart failure, and, though she was never a smoker, his wife, Dana, passed away from lung cancer the next year.
  15. 15. The Superman Curse, George Reeves and Christopher Reeve
  16. 16. • Throughout his career X was never far from controversy. Widely travelled, as both a player and coach, he rarely stayed at a club longer than two seasons, and was quoted as saying the third season is fatal. He was sacked at AC Milan while they were top of Serie A and he walked out on SL Benfica after they refused a request for a pay rise, purportedly leaving the club with a curse as he left. He also earned a reputation for his self confidence and his brash style, leading to comparisons with José Mourinho.• After spells with Calcio Padova and U.S. Triestina Calcio, he was appointed manager of AC Milan in 1953. With a team that included Gunnar Nordahl, Nils Liedholm andJuan Alberto Schiaffino, X had them top of Serie A nineteen games into his second season in charge when a string of disputes with the board led to his dismissal. He later told a stunned press conference "I have been sacked even though I am neither a criminal nor a homosexual. Goodbye.“• After the 1962 final X approached the Benfica board of directors and asked for a pay rise, but, despite the success he had bought the club, he was turned down. On leaving Benfica he allegedly cursed the club, declaring "Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever win a European Cup". Despite being finalists on five occasions – 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990 – Benfica have never since won any European Championship. Before the 1990 final, which was played in Vienna, where X was buried, Eusébio even prayed unsuccessfully at his grave and asked for the curse to be broken.
  17. 17. • Béla Guttmann was a Jewish Hungarian footballer and coach. He played as a midfielder for MTK Hungária FC, SC Hakoah Wien, Hungary and several clubs in the United States. However he is perhaps best remembered as a coach and manager of some the world’s leading football teams, including AC Milan,São Paulo FC, FC Porto, SL Benfica and C.A. Peñarol. His greatest success came with SL Benfica when he guided them to two successive European Cup wins in 1961 and in 1962.
  18. 18. • What a stuff up. X had the number 356 tattooed on his body, believing he was the 356th Test representative for his nation. He also had a personalised number plate on his Ferrari reading MS356. But he is listed by his Cricket Board as the 357th. Fortunately, Y , who was the 356th Test player, said he was happy to concede the number to X and the board approved.
  19. 19. • X: Michael Slater• Y: Brendon Julian
  20. 20. • Her name, a pun on the name of the North American shrub and the herbal medicine derived from it, X , has been commonly used for the names of cartoon witches; Warner Bros., MGM, Famous Studios, and the Little Lulu comic book also had characters named “X", and Rembrandt Films had one named “X". Animator Chuck Jones, of his own admission, got the idea of Looney Tunes version from the Disney short, creating a different character but again using June Foray for the voice.• The Disney X had a very different appearance from her Looney Tunes counterpart. She is short, has a hairy, warty chin and a large red nose with green eyes. She wears a long blonde wig (although occasionally it is grey), dresses in archetypal black clothes, and her hat is very tall. She is also far more benevolent than the Looney Tunes version.
  21. 21. • Witch Hazel
  22. 22. • Larry ______ was studying law at the University of California, Berkeleys Boalt Hall School of Law, and had little money. He started running courier duty between San Francisco and Los Angeles, picking up packages for the last flight of the day, and returning on the first flight the next morning, up to five times a week.• When he graduated, Larry decided to go into the courier business himself. He found a niche that no other company was filling, offering to fly bills of lading from San Francisco to Honolulu. By flying the documents ahead of the freight they could be processed prior to vessel arrival and save valuable time after arrival.• Larry put up a portion of his student loans to start the company, bringing in his two friends Adrian____ and Robert _____ as partners, with their combined initials as the company name. All three shared a Plymouth Duster that they drove around San Francisco to pick up the documents in suitcases, then rushed to the airport to book flights using another relatively new invention, the corporate credit card. As the business took off, they started hiring new couriers to join the company.• The company started expanding their service through the early 1970s, first to the Philippines, then Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
  23. 23. • DHL
  24. 24. • Founded in 1914 by this guy in a small West London workshop, the company gained the name after him, then added with “X" as its cars had great success in X Hill Climb race.• He regularly competed in climbs at X Hill – and with the simple combination of a hill and a driver, the legend was born.
  25. 25. • Aston Hill• Aston Martin
  26. 26. • The island was a major Arab port and boat building centre long before Vasco da Gama visited in 1498. The name of the island is derived from the name of an Arab trader who first visited the island and later lived there. This name was subsequently taken to the mainland country which is modern day X.
  27. 27. • Mozambique
  28. 28. • X’s most famous movie roles are in Water for Elephants (2011) and The Artist (2011). In The Artist, his performance was considered by many to have upstaged those of his co-stars and has won him accolades in Cannes . There are petitions for other awards to be also given to him, on account of his exceptional performance.• The campaign "Consider X" was launched in December 2011 on Facebook by S.T. VanAirsdale, an editor at Movieline, for X to receive a honorary Oscar nomination.
  29. 29. • Uggie
  30. 30. • He carried the Australian attack throughout the 1960s, a decade when they lost only two series. When he played his last match in the baggy green, he was fourth on the all-time Test wicket list, with 246, behind Fred Trueman, Brian Statham and Richie Benaud. The start of Xs career overlapped with the end of Davidsons, and he narrowly missed out on playing Test cricket with Lillee.• Id this gentleman. A cricinfo article was published on him recently.
  31. 31. Graham Mc Kenzie
  32. 32. Saul Bass• During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywoods greatest filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger,Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Amongst his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addicts arm for Premingers The Man with the Golden Arm, the credits racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of the United Nations building in Hitchcocks North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that races together and apart in Psycho.• Bass designed some of the most iconic corporate logos in North America, including the AT&T "bell" logo in 1969, as well asAT&Ts "globe" logo in 1983 after the breakup of the Bell System. He also designed Continental Airlines 1968 "jetstream" logo and United Airlines 1974 "tulip" logo which became some of the most recognized airline industry logos of the era.
  33. 33. • X was a registered political party in Canada from the 1960s to the 1990s. Operating within the Canadian tradition of political satire, X’s basic credo, their so-called primal promise, was "a promise to keep none of our promises." They then promised outlandishly impossible schemes designed to amuse and entertain the voting public.• Some members of X would call themselves Marxist- Lennonist in reference to Groucho Marx and John Lennon.• They declared politicians to be a group of "thick- skinned, slow-moving, dim-witted, acting only in danger” individuals and hence justified naming their party accordingly.
  34. 34. • Rhinoceros Party (Canada)
  35. 35. • X is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) that results in the inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Several conditions can cause facial paralysis, e.g., brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease. However, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as X. Named after Scottish anatomist Y , who first described it, X is the most common acute mononeuropathy (disease involving only one nerve) and is the most common cause of acute facial nerve paralysis.• Pierce Brosnan• George Clooney• Allen Ginsberg• Katie Holmes• Anupam Kher• Ralph Nader• Ayrton Senna• Rahul Sharma
  36. 36. • Bell’s Palsy
  37. 37. • I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.• Inspiration for what?
  38. 38. • ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch
  39. 39. List of what?• 2005 appoggiatura• 2006 Ursprache• 2007 serrefine• 2008 guerdon• 2009 Laodicean• 2010 stromuhr• 2011 cymotrichous
  40. 40. • Winning words of Scripps National Spelling Bee
  41. 41. • X ’s 1950 screen test must have been a doozy to behold, because many famous names have commented on the her mesmerizing, early appearance. John Ford said after seeing it that X had “breeding class and quality,” and Y — who was looking for a lead at the time — fell in love with X’s “sexual elegance.” He cast the then unknown starlet in his film.• Y called X a “snow-covered volcano” — perhaps defining his legendary blonde obsession. Their intriguing partnership ended when X married a prince and became royalty, but the director never stopped pursuing his muse. He attempted to lure her back to the screen for Vertigo and Marnie— two films that changed Y’s career entirely. Although the filmmaker played Svengali to the actresses that came after X — molding and developing them into his ideal archetype (several endured his oft-humiliations) — many would say he never found a muse as alluring as X ever again.
  42. 42. Alfred Hitchcock and Grace Kelly
  43. 43. • The Danish newspaper Politiken held a competition in honour of Jules Verne which was open only to teenaged boys. The winner would be assisted in a challenge to circumnavigate the globe within 46 days unaccompanied. They were allowed to use all forms of transport apart from aviation.• There were several hundred applications for this competition. Palle Huld was 15 at the time and working in a car dealership as a clerk. Huld left on his voyage on 1 March 1928 and visited countries including England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, the Soviet Union, Poland and Germany. In 44 days he made it back to Copenhagen to the cheers of a crowd of twenty-thousand.• What did this inspire?
  44. 44. • The animus between Y and X is easy enough to explain. Y was a snob, though he occasionally rose above such petty social concerns. He also revered the 18th century Augustan poets, particularly Alexander Pope, whose adherence to the classical tradition is echoed in his own early poetry. Xs work was deeply at odds with the Augustans. X found inspiration in the extravagant and sensuous wordplay of the 16th century and also admired the works of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Those first generation Romantics poets had caused a literary revolution with their rejection of Augustan classicism. And so, quite simply, Y disliked Xs poetry on an aesthetic level. X felt likewise about Ys work; he considered it overrated, slavish and unoriginal. It was a sort of reverse snobbery.• “Here are X’s piss-a-bed poetry, and three novels by God knows whom… No more X, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don’t I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin.”• Id the pair.
  45. 45. • Lord Byron and John Keats