1. Who is the current FIRST elected GAY PM in the world & from which country??

66 year old Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland

2. What is the cost being incurred on the maintenance of WIKIPEDIA in 2009?

$ 6 Million

3. Name the first Omani Lady Taxi driver?

Ms Asya Saif

4. Which person has won the highest number of Oscars ?

Walt Disney 26 (20 in his life time and 6 posthumously)

5. Who was the first Indian to win an Oscar??

Bhanu Athaiya
(She won the award for the Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi , 1982)

6. Burj Dubai recently became the tallest man made structure. Which structure & building did it overtake to be the tallest??

Burj Dubai will officially take over as tallest bldg from Taipei 101 once it opens offically

7. How did Bombay get its name?

In Portuguese Bom Baia means Good Day

8. What is SHELFWARE?

Software so useless it remains on the shelf

9. Which president of the US prohibited international aid from going to any organization that provided abortion related services or even advice?

Ronald Regan in 1984
(overturned by Clinton, reinstated by George Bush and now over turned again by B O)

10. Who first coined the word PRIVATISATION ?

Peter Drucker

11. Which Congolese warlord was recently tried by the International Criminal Court for training child soldiers?

Thomas Lubango

12. What are BLIND ADS?

Recruitment ads that don’t have the name of the employer

13 The name Leigh Teabing in Da Vinci code is a code for something or some one. What or who?

Composite anagram/ name of Richard Leigh and M Baigent who were co authors of the book Holy Blood Holy Grail which first published the theory that was made famous in the Da Vinci code

14. What is this! And why is it in the news

A Portuguese water dog
US First Lady Michelle Obama wants to find a rescued dog as a pet for her daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, who were famously promised a puppy by their father, Barack Obama

15 . “For Hire” is a unique book of experiences on the wheel written by a cabbie. Name this now famous cabbie.

Asif Hussain Shah, Pakistani Taxi driver;

16. what is SKYSCOPE??

Sky TV’s Skyscope technology was initially developed for missile tracking & now tracks cricket balls in a field & its trajectories. Like Snick-O-meter, Hawk-eye-system, Embedded microchip. First time this tech. Was trialled by Intl. Football Ass board in 2005

17. Who hit the most Sixers in a One day match inning ??

Xavier Marshall
12 sixes for West Indies v Canada King City on 22 Aug 2008

18. After which legendary goalkeeper is the newly instituted trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in the world cup tournament named ?

Lev Yashin

19. Identify this famous personality?

Joseph Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

20. Which Italian defender, known as the “Butcher of Turin” was responsible for marking Maradona in the 1982 world cup?

Claudio Gentile

21. Name the controversial autobiography recently released by Adam Gilchrist?


22. “Imagining India; ideas for the new century” is a recent bestseller; Name the author??

Nandan Nilekani

23. Which trading house was started in 1894 as collaboration between Tata sons & Volkart Brothers?


24. Barbie Doll was named after whom??

Barbara Millicent Roberts, 1959

25. Novo launched the world’s first 3D web cam CALLED what ?


26. What are Hyannisport, Winding lane, York, Lincoln avenue??

Bed collection brands from Tommy Hilfiger

27. Walter Chrysler took over an ailing motor company and reorganized into the famous Chrysler Corporation. Name the firm.

Maxwell Motor Co

28. Sashi Chimala sold his IT start up Indigo Technologies and started a now well known but completely unrelated business. Name his new venture.

Qwicky’s Coffee

29. A United States Postmaster General, Samuel Osgood, also became the first head of which famous company in the 19th century?

First National City Bank of New York

30. Which co. has published this ad which is splashed recently??

No. in Paints – JOTUN PAINTS

31. “YOURS IS HERE” is a Tagline of which famous IT co?


32.1 In 1998, which Indian businessman bought over The Marin Scope, The Twin City Times & 3 other newspapers based in San Francisco?

Vijay Mallya

33. Connect …. TASI & BASI??

Stock exchange Index’s of Saudi Arabia & Bahrain



35. Connect………
What do the shipping co NYK, Kirin Beer and the famous Japanese warplane Zero have in common?

Mitsubishi. (NYK and Kirin are group companies, and Zero was made by them during WW II)

36. Cold Stone ice cream is the hottest new ice cream chain. Fabulous flavors available now at the Qurum City Center. The helping come in 3 interesting sizes. Name all 3?

Like it (5 oz.)
Love it (8 oz.)
Gotta Have it (12 oz.)

37. What is special about these People?
Jo King
Barry Cade
Carrie Oakey
Tim Burr

It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people with those names in the UK.
Jo King (joking)
Barry Cade (barricade)
Carrie Oakey (karaoke)
Tim Burr (timber)
Justin Case (just in case)
Barb Dwyer (barbed wire)
Stan Still (stand still)
Terry Bull (terrible)
Anna Sasin. ( an assassin)

38. Visual clue - A diver with a torch?

27 Jun 2000: Wendy Craig-Duncan a Marine Biologist,carries the Olympic torch underwater on day 20 of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Torch Relay ,Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

2) August Horch founded a company that was named after the Latin translation of his surname Horch. What did he call the company?

By 1910, Horch was booted out of the company so he began to sell cars under the Audi moniker. In German, Horch means “hark” (or “listen”) and the word “audi” is the Latin translation of horch/hark. So, although he could legally no longer use his family name, the Latinized version of the same won out.

39. “Thinnovation” is the tag line for?

Macbook Air

40. n a clash with Live Current Media Inc (owner of a Canadian firm that owns property rights to IPL coverage, Reuters and AFP have boycotted coverage of the IPL. What does AFP stand for?

Agence France-Presse

41. Only once have two Oscars been won by actors playing the same character in different movies. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro for Godfather 1 (1972) and II (1974). But two Oscar nominations have gone to different stars playing the same character in the same movie. Name the movie.

Kate Winslett and Gloria Stuart as Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic (1997).
Judi Dench and Kate Winslett for playing novelist Iris Murdoch in the movie Iris (2001)

42. Name the three musketeers

The Three Musketeers names are Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (D'Artagnan joins them later.)

43. ho in 1990 became the 1st African American president of The Harvard Law Review in its 104-year history.

Barack Hussein Obama Jr. He was one of the small minorities of black students at the Ivy League School. He graduated with J.D honors from HLS.

44. n its 53 year history, the top soccer club tournament in the world, currently called the UEFA Championship League, has its first ever All-English final. Where will this match be played?

Moscow. The entire tournament including semis is in a 2-leg “home and away” format except the final which is a one-match face-off at a neutral venue.A must-see Red vs Blue game on May 21st , 2008
45. What is the profession of Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Sneezy and Sleepy.


46. Name creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.

The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie - first names of the Simpsons cartoon characters.

47. 08 08 08 08 08 yeh kya hai??

The start of the Beijing Olympics will be on August 8, 2008, at 08:08:08 pm. In China the number 8 is seen as a "lucky" number, and pronounced [ba] in Mandarin Chinese - sounding like the word for "prosper/wealth."

48. What does “Sinn Fein” mean?

We ourselves

49. VVS Laxman is not the icon of Deccan Chargers team anymore. What’s the story behind this?

He backed out to give his team more money to bid for players. He gave up USD 1.5 million and settled for 375000! (Aisa boss chahiye humko !)

50. Once called Philadelphia, this capital city is now called…


51. In the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin stepped on the moon while Michael Collins waited in the mother ship (Imagine the meeting where they decided who will stay back!!). What was the mother ship called?

While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon in "Eagle” the lunar module, Michael Collins remained alone in "Columbia“the command module. For 28 hours he served as a communications link and photographed the lunar surface. After reclaiming Armstrong and Aldrin from the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, "Columbia" was the only part of the spacecraft to return to Earth.

52. Who owns the Delhi Daredevils?

GMR Holdings

53. The first album ever in CD format was released in Japan. Name it

Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, in 1982.
The first CD pressed and released in The U.S. was Born In the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen in 1983.

54. Who owns the rights to the song “Happy Birthday to You”

Warner Communications? Whenever played commercially, they have to be paid a performance fee.
Happy Birthday to You continues to bring in 2 million dollars in licensing revenue each year, as of 1996.

55. Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine.What are they?

The seven hills on which Rome was built

56. Few musicians have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once. This guy was the first one to be inducted thrice! Once with Yardbirds (’92), then with Cream (’93) and the third time as a solo rocker (’00). Who are we talking about?

Eric Clapton

57. In the first ever multi-satellite launch, two were made in ISRO. Who has provided the other 8?

Universities and Research Centres in Canada (2), Denmark, Germany (2), Netherlands, Japan (2). These satellites totaling a weight of 50 kg, were built to induct the art of fabricating satellites by academicians (and to test nano technologies for use in satellites)

58. Visual clue Connect the dots and explain

The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa. The Fuwa consist of five members that incorporate fish, giant panda, fire, antelope, and swallow designs. They are named Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini When the first syllable of each of the five names are said together, the result is the phrase (Běijīng huānyíng nĭ) which means "Beijing welcomes you".
They were originally named "The Friendlies", but this name was dropped as officials were worried that it would be misunderstood as "friendless" or "friend lies"

59. What does “Beijing literally mean”?

Bei – Fish; Jing – Panda, Also Bei – North ; Jing - Capital

60. This auction was known as “Bid for Title”. Vodafone lost,Reliance lost,Titan lost; What is being referred to here and who won ?

IPL ; “DLF” title sponsorship

61. What is “PETANQUE” ?

The game itself is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called cochonnet (Jack). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. It is supposed to have originated from southern France particularly Provence

62. “Where Amazing happens” – is the slogan of which organization.

NBA TV – National Basketball Association TV Channel

63. Name the autobiography of Benazir Bhutt?

The Daughter of the East

64. Name the book released by Pope Benedict XVI in reply to the “The Da Vinci code”

Jesus of Nazareth

65. Who is the new Pak PM ?

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

66. Name the autobiography of LK Advani?

My Country My Life

67. What is the tagline of Intel Core 2 Duo?

Do More

68. Alan Greenspan has been hired as a consultant / senior advisor in Aug’07 by which co.?

Deutsche Bank

69. Legendary ad ends with a line “we pluck the __________, you get the plums?

“Lemons” and Volkswagen Beetle

70. What’s the connection between Onida Devil and Abby Statue?

Gopi Kudke

71. Body Structure of Tata Nano car would be built by which company?

Lord Swaraj Paul’s “Capparo Group”

72. The ever-ready mechanical pencil was created by this company. The name of the co. bears a relation to this product of theirs. Name the co.


73. What are Ninja, Stout, Kid’s club, Vogue & Spice names of?

Cycles from Atlas cycle

74. What is the hotness rating of Chilli’s / piquancy of chilli pepper?

SCU / Scoville Heat Unit; Bhut Jolokia ( 1040,000 SHU) , Naga Morich ,Nagaland ; Second is Red Sanina from California ; Wilbur Scoville 1912 ; Material ; Capsaicin

75. What’s this phobia “NOMOPHOBIA”?

Fear of being out of mobile contact Latest stress of 21st century
NOMO – No Mobile

76. Name the first Directorial movie by Ajay Devgan ?

U me aur Hum

• BIZ QUIZ April08: QM K Rajgopal
1) Identify this flag of a newly formed country?

Kosovo (Feb08) It shows six white stars in an arc above a golden map of Kosovo on a blue field.They are officially meant to symbolize Kosovo's six major ethnic groups: Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Gorani, Roma (often grouped with the Ashkali and Egyptians[5]) and Bosniaks.

2) Which bank has done the maximum write offs in the US subprime crisis?

UBS Bank (Swiss) $37Billion (Citigroup $21B and Morgan Stanley $19B)

3)What does the acronym “NASDAQ” stand for ?

National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation

4) What was Lifebuoy soap called when it was first invented in 1897?

Lifebudy soap

5) What were Kleenex tissues marketed as when they were first introduced in 1924?

A Cold Cream remover

6)What did the Jacuzzi brothers manufacture when they first opened shop in 1915—long before their grandchildren gave the bathtub business a whirl?

Aircraft parts /Farm pumps

7) Where is Rock English spoken?

On Gibralter which is commonly known as the Rock. It’s a mixture of Spanish and English.

8) What country has the world’s oldest surviving parliament?

Iceland. Its parliament ALTHING first met in 930 at an open air assembly.

9) What is London’s equivalent of Wall Street?

Throgmorton st where the London Stock exchange is located.

10) What is the word “Laser” an acronym for ?

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation

11) what do noologists study?

The Mind

12) In Japan, what automobile accessory is known as “Bakkumira”?

The rear view mirror (Back Mirror)

13)What letter was the last to be included in our alphabet?

“J’ was the 26th alphabet to be added in the 15th century. Before that “I” represented both I and J sounds

14) In 1987 American airlines saved $40K in the food bill (served inflight). How did they achieve this?

They eliminated one olive from each of the salads served in first class.

15) What is a cluster or bunch of bananas called?

A band. Individual bananas are called fingers.

16) To whom did Elton John originally pay tribute in his hit “Candle in the wind”?

Marilyn Monroe

17) Aamir Khan’s new hairstyle! Which forthcoming movie?

Ans: Remake of Tamil movie Ghajini

18) In which modern country are the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon?


19) Which Australian bird is nicknamed “The laughing Jackass”?


20) Where in Orissa is India’s missile testing range located?

Chandipur –on sea

21) What did “X” stand for when Wilhelm Roentgen called his discovery X-Rays?


22) Name any one Indian to have won the Paul Getty award for Wildlife Conservation Leadership?

Dr Salim Ali in 1975 and Dr Ullas Karanth in 2007, It was established in 1975 and is administered by World Wildlife Fund

23) who owns the Hyderabad IPL cricket team?

Deccan Chronicle

24) Which Indian sportsman refused to carry the Beijing Olympic torch in India?

Footballer Baichung Bhutia

25) Which character from the movies did Hillary Clinton recently compare herself with?

Rocky Balboa

26) What was the only product ever promoted by Elvis Presley in a TV commercial?

Donuts –the commercial for Southern Made Donuts

• SBG Quiz - April 08 - QM Murali Ramaswamy
1) Corporate
Which Indian business tycoon, in partnership with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has recently taken over Queens Park Rangers, the West London football club ?

Laxmi Mittal

Which innovative product usually has the following advertising tag line “ Let your fingers do the walking ”

Yellow Pages

3) Corporate
Where would you be if you were at ?

Harper Collins ( Publishers ) website

4) Corporate
Complete this famous quote about an advertising agency by Fred Allen – “ An ad agency is 85% confusion and 15% _______


5) Language
How do we better know this lifestyle item whose name was absorbed into the French language during the 16th century , when they were trying to get a foothold in South India . Which in Tamil is “Shurruttu” or a roll of tobacco?

6) Language
What is the name of the item which has its roots in the Welsh euphemism for mistress and often comes to the rescue of car drivers in India ?

7) Language
French for red mill or wind mill, it was built by Frenchman Joseph Oller in 1889. Today, it is a famous place which offers musical dance and entertainment to adult visitors from all over the world. What?
Moulin Rouge

8) Language
Khaki is derived from a Hindi word, meaning ____________?

Dust (Khak)


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