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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blast from the Past

While doing some early spring cleaning on my computer, I came across these questions which were set way back sometime between 1985 and 1995. Long before there was public Internet, cable TV or cell phones. Surprisingly the questions have aged well (or at least I feel so). Hope you have fun answering them.

1. The element named after America is Americium. Which is the element named after Russia?

2. Louis Cyphares, one of the two survivors of the Mont Pelee eruption which killed 30,000 people, was a prisoner at the time of the holocaust. After he was rescued, he was pardoned. How did he spend the rest of his life?

3. Egyptians, placed their right hands on what they considered the symbol of eternity where they took Oaths etc. What was this symbol of eternity?

4. This former RAF pilot took a career analytic test which showed he could be a great author. So he dropped everything and wrote a story for a TV drama which was a hit. His second wife Sheila wrote the novel "I Married a Best-Seller." Name him.

5. What is common to the films - “Aradhana”, “Kati Patang”, “Mehbooba” “Ajnabee” and “Jheel Ke Us Paar”?

6. What is common to LPG & Skunk?

7. Robert Boyle and his French assistant invented it in 1680. The invention then took the name of the assistant rather than Boyle’s. What was his invention?

8. Who won the 1976 women’s doubles at Wimbledon?

9. What is the Tibetian word for “Thunder bolt”?

10. Where would you find the following words inscribed: ‘He who sleeps at the edge of the sea’?

11. About whom did actress Joan Rivers say, “She has more chins than a Chinese phone book”?

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