Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mythology Quiz

Following pictures represent different Gods from different Myths.Identify them and the mythology they are associated with.What do they have in common?


Clue:A planet


Clue:A black metal band


Clue:1889 work depicting the Goddess


Clue:Name this in Japanese

Answer:Correctly answered only by Indian.All these represent Gods of underworld.Pluto,Hades[the band shown above is Hades Almighty],Godess Hel,Yama[Mountain is Yama is Japanese:)] from Roman,Greek,Norse and Indian Mythologies respectively.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

India Quiz

It was created by an IIT Bombay alumnus D Uday Kumar.It is an amalgam of the Devanagari "र" and the Roman capital "R" without the stem. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor Indian flag and is currently in the first stage of proposal for being encoded into the Unicode character set, as a sign distinct from the existing generic sign encoded at U+20A8.What are we talking about?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Etymology Quiz

Shakespeare used the word 'X' to refer to a theater and in the 17th century there was theater in London with that name. From Henry V :

Can this 'X' hold The vastie fields of France? Or may we cramme Within this Woodden O, the very Caskes That did affright the Ayre at Agincourt?

In the 18th century, 'X' entered naval jargon, denoting the junior officer quarters on the lowest, or orlop, deck of a ship that doubled for the surgeon’s hospital during battle. Presumably, this was because the midshipmen, like roosters, would get into fights with one another. From William Falconer’s 1769 An Universal Dictionary of the Marine:
'X' of a ship of war, the apartments of the surgeon and his mates, being the place where the wounded men are dressed.
In 1914, the term was applied to airplanes.So the literal sense gave way to a naval metaphor, which was later applied to airplanes. Which word's origin are we talking about?

Friday, July 16, 2010


The invention of 'X' is often attributed to a pioneering Baptist minister and distiller named Elijah Craig.Jacob Spears is credited with being the first to label his product 'X' .Berkley Plantation in Virginia lays claim to the first producer of 'X' in 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest, although they did not call it "X" at the time.Also the more credible story how the name 'X' originated is like this-"When American pioneers pushed west of the Allegheny Mountains following the American Revolution, the first counties they founded covered vast regions. One of these original, huge counties was 'X', established in 1785 and named after the French royal family. While this vast county was being carved into many smaller ones, early in the 19th century, many people continued to call the region Old 'X'. Located within Old 'X' was the principal Ohio River port from which whiskey and other products were shipped. "Old X" was stencilled on the barrels to indicate their port of origin. Old 'X' whiskey was different because it was the first corn whiskey most people had ever tasted. In time, 'X' became the name for any corn-based whiskey.

What is X?

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Currently student of NIT,Warangal doing Mechanical Engineering.I did my schooling from Loyola School,Trivandrum. My interests include quizzing,music and chess.I like watching movies and I play violin.