IISc Quiz ClubGeneral Quiz 8 November 2009 UlkaKelkar Siddhartha Gadgil
What is common among • Bjorn Borg • Pat Cash • Stefan Edberg • Roger Federer 2
Only Wimbledon Boys’ Champions to also win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title.
The most traded commodity, by value, in the world is crude oil. Which is the second most traded commodity? 4
Which English expression owes its origin to the use of mercury in the manufacture of felt (during the 18th and 19th centuries)? 5
He was a lecturer and newspaper editor before being elected MP of Birmingham East. He was the Minister of Administrative Affairs during the 1980s. Who are we talking about? 6
Rt. Hon. James Hacker, M.P. in Yes Minister
“Two whatevers” • “Three represents” • “Four olds” • “Eight dos and donts” What are these examples of? 7
Long hours of monotonous work resulted in acts of random violence committed by members of a certain profession. Which English expression did this give rise to? 8
“It's true that by blundering about we stumbled on gold, but the fact remains that we were looking for gold.” Who said this and about what? 9
Francis Crick about the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA
Of what are “standard”, “medium”, “miniature”, “toy”, and “teacup” categories? 10
Japanese food commonly includes sushi and sashimi. We often use the word sushi to mean raw fish, but that is actually sashimi. What exactly is sushi, or what is its main ingredient? 12
What is the subject of this cartoon, published in the last week of October? 13
On 21 October 2009, Northwest Airlines Flight 188 to Minneapolis overshot its destination by 150 miles (and the flight was out of contact with air traffic control for more than 90 minutes) because the pilots were busy on their personal laptops and lost track of time and place.
Film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice Sense and Sensibility Emma
What is unique about this cloth, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009? 15
It is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk. The silk was extracted from more than 1 million golden orb spiders in Madagascar.
Which beverage brand, which gets its special flavour from the oil of a type of orange, is named after the British Prime Minister during 1830-34? 16
In Frances Burnett’s 1886 children’s novel, a boy from a poor American family turns out to be the heir to an irritable old English Earl. It created a major fashion trend for a type of boys’ suit. It is also the middle name of a famous duck. Name the novel / title character. 17