Sunday, November 06, 2011

"Out of the Earth" Quiz

1. What is being calculated here? And Id the Equation.

R* = the average rate of star formation per year in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets
f = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
fl = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space
2. What is a Goldilocks Planet?

3. Which unit of length has the symbol 'pc'?

4. Where will you find the planets : Cato Neimoidia, Dantooine, Kamino, Rattatak?

5.  Connect Bernadette Rostenkowski, Rajesh Koothrappali , Howard Wolowitz, Sheldon Cooper, Amy Farrah Fowler, Penny, Leonard Hofstadter.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Melange # 3

1. What is this?
2. Claim to fame of María Florencia Onori ?

3. Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin or Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin" ("We want to remain what we are") is the national motto of X. It refers to the ambition of the X's people to remain separate from, and independent of, those neighbouring countries around it that have traditionally dominated it politically and militarily: Belgium, France, and Germany. Id 'X'.

4. Coat of Arms of ?

5.  What is a Salute State?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Bharat-Chakra ( VI )

1. The name, 'X' , was officially given by the British as they could not pronounce the Angami name Kewhira (Tenyidie for "the land where the flower Kewhi grows"). It is so called after the wild flowering plant Kewhi, found in the mountains. Earlier, 'X' was also known as "Thigoma". 'X' is a city.  Identify 'X'.

2. Identify this structure or the place.

3. Legend has it that a devout woman Kusuma offered worship to Shiva regularly by immersing a Shivalingam in a tank, as a part of her daily ritual worship. Her husband's first wife, envious of her piety and standing in society murdered Kusuma's son in cold blood. An aggrieved Kusuma continued her ritual worship, and when she immersed the Shivalingam again in the tank, her son was miraculously restored to life. Shiva is said to have appeared in front of her and the villagers, and then one is believed to have been worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam XXXX. Which Jyotirlangam?

4. Another Q on temple : Which group/organization uses the gopuram of the Srivilliputhur temple in its seal?

5. 'Y's autobiography is called "Mere Sangarshmai Jeevan Evam xxxxxxx Movement Ka Safarnama". Its spread across three volumes and is over 3300 pages ; and is in Hindi. Identify Y. ('xxxxxxx' -- deliberately cut)

"After the Break" Quiz

1. Identify the Person in this photograph. (can you name the photograph too?)

2. Simply identify this extreme sport.

3. What am i talking about, if i am hinting at 'Bosom of Abraham'?

4. Who designed this and what is being depicted?

5. The saying ___ ___ _____ is alleged to have roots going back to the crusaders, then meaning "Jerusalem is lost to the infidel, and we are on our way to paradise. The abbreviation HEP would then stand for Hierosolyma est perdita, "Jerusalem is lost" in Latin. What am i talking about?

6.  X is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar . X wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honours, but accepted it. Identify 'X' and also mention the reason as to why he accepted it?