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kNight Quizzers A Quiz for Friends by SRD

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  • kNight Quizzers A Quiz for Friends by SRD
  • A simple one to start the night: If the English cricket fans are called by the epithet The Barmy Army, the fans of which test cricket team are called by The Appu Army, the name being taken from a local ancient word called Appuharmy?
  • Sri Lankan cricket fans
  • In the world of comics, who is a 10th degree black belt in Judo and Karate, also a secret chief of an international organization called Inter-Intel which fights crime, is fluent in 12 languages and can read 8 more, apart from being a master chef?
  • Hojo, the chef of Magician Mandrake
  • Which is the only Pink Floyd album, where all the five members of the band appeared it was a last for Syd Barret and first for David Gilmour? (cover photo of the album given below)
  • A Saucerful of Secrets
  • After the birth of the state of Israel and after their first president Chaim Weizmann, who was offered the President ship of Israel in 1952 by Israels founding father and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion?
  • Albert Einstein
  • Which metal/ rock band was supposedly named after a masturbation game where everybody has to stand in a circle in front of a biscuit where they will all masturbate on the biscuit and the last man has to eat that biscuit which has already become very wet and wobbly?
  • Limp Bizkit
  • This is a dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Launched in 2002, it's about a man named Yorick Brown, who is the last surviving man after a mysterious plague wipes out the worlds male population. Along with his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick embarks upon a journey to find out the origins of the plague and why he's still alive. This series received many Eisner Awards (comic book equivalent of Oscars). What is this series called?
  • Y: The Last Man
  • During the October revolution of 1917 in former Soviet Union, which famous business family had to flee Moscow as they were considered to be close to the Czars and went to Istanbul where they set up their factory and hence their product gradually became a household name in Europe and then the entire world over?
  • Smirnoff family
  • Jafar Panahi, the world famous Iranian new wave director, made a movie in 2006 inspired by the trauma of his own daughter of not being able to go to a football match which was against the law of Iran of not allowing women in football matches. The daughter watched the match anyway and the movie was also about a girl who entered the stadium disguised as a boy. The movie was shot in a real football stadium involving a real match and became a cult movie with many accolades and awards. What if the name of this movie?
  • Marc Andr Laguerre was an editor of a famous American magazine. During 1964, to fill the winter months, a typically slow point in the sporting calendar of America then, he asked his fashion reporter Jule Campbell to go on a shoot to fill spaces including the cover of the magazine with beautiful models. What resulted out of that?
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
  • This is a series of comic books by Tim Vigill and David Quinn, published by the Avatar Press and Rebel Studios. The series are highly popular and are known for their strong graphic violence. The initial story of this series goes like this: An artist, John Jaspers sells his soul to the mysterious M in order to avenge the death of his girlfriend. However, the deal has an unexpected price, and he is periodically transformed into a horned demon with a passion for killing. Inspired by a classic piece of literature, what is the name of this comic series?
  • Jim Dine is a popular American pop artist who has created many series of arts and drawings. Once while working on one of his series which is based on fiction, he commented "the idea of a talking stick becoming a boy is like a metaphor for art, and its the ultimate alchemical transformation. What was he referring to?
  • Pinocchio
  • Jayceon Terrell Taylor is an American rapper, hip hop artist, entrepreneur and actor. His stage name was coined by his grandmother when she said that Jayceon is.for anything. How do we know him better?
  • Traditionally accepted as one of the supplementary arms of the Vedas, this piece of Indian literature is one of the standard books in the Hindu canon, and a basic text for all gurus to base their teachings on. This 'revealed scripture' comprises 2684 verses, divided into twelve chapters presenting the norms of domestic, social, and religious life in ancient India under the Brahmin influence, and is fundamental to the understanding of ancient Indian society. But Since it forms the basis of the traditional Hindu caste system, it has been subject to much criticism and controversy, having been attacked by colonial scholars, modern liberals, Hindu reformists, Dalit advocates, feminists etc. Which literature am I talking about?
  • Manusmriti or Manava Dharmaasastra or (Laws of Manu)
  • Recently, this blood stained glasses which belonged to somebody is being used by his wife as a message to everybody as a plea for gun control. Name both of them?
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • A certain famous Indian personality during his teens in the 1930s wrote to 3 Hollywood icons as he was a fan of them. Two were Ginger Rogers and Billy Wilder who never answered him back. The 3rd was this lady who acknowledged and answered and thus overwhelmed him to the point where he never forgot that gesture. So, who was the Indian personality and the Hollywood star who answered him back (picture given)?
  • Satyajit Ray and Deanna Durbin
  • In Chile, he is called Huaso, in Cuba he is called Guajiro, in Venezuela or Colombia, he is called llanero, in Mexico Charro and in Argentina, he is called Gaucho. What is he called in USA?
  • Cowboy (kind of American equivalent to the above ones)
  • He was William Hogarth, an English man and the forefather of William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, who invented movie images and cinema together with Edison. In 1727, he was hired by Joshua Morris, a tapestry worker, to prepare a design for the Element of Earth. Morris heard that he was "an engraver", and consequently declined the work when completed. Hogarth accordingly sued him for the money in the Westminster Court, where the case was decided in his favour on 28 May 1728. In 1757, because of all his above work he was appointed something to the King, which subsequently helped him to supposedly pioneer something which was the precursor to a huge industry today. What?
  • Western Sequential art (which developed into comics and graphic novels today).
  • He was the first bowler to get the great Don Bradman out for a duck in test cricket. He shares his surname with another great West Indian fast bowler. CLR James, the great writer was his big fan. He was also a great fielder and more than an useful batsman. Who was he?
  • Herman Griffith
  • With the third-highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history (.356), Joseph would certainly be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fameif it werent for the Black Sox Scandal. He and seven teammates on the Chicago White Sox were accused of conspiring with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. They were acquitted following a jury trial in 1921, but newly appointed baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis barred them for life from professional baseball. This guy, according to him, got his nickname during a mill game played in South Carolina. He suffered from blisters on his foot from a new pair of cleats, and they hurt so much that he had to take his shoes off before going to bat. As play continued, a heckling fan noticed him running to third base in his socks, and shouted "You son of a gun, you!" and the resulting nickname. By what nickname is he popularly known to us?
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson (Joseph Jefferson Jackson )
  • Legend has it that Lalmohan Seth was behind the naming of Lalbazar Street. Lalmohan Seth had a farm house in Lalbazar area in the erstwhile Kolkata, where he used to grow many things including rice, vegetables etc. One of the produces was offered to his family deity, before being made and consumed by the family members. This practice is believed to be behind the naming of a popular food item amongst Bengalis. What?
  • Gobindobhog Rice (they used to give bhog/ offerings to Lord Krishna (who is also known as Govinda/ Gobindo)
  • It is one of the most prestigious and oldest events in Olympic games. In Old English, it was called Glossing Palestra. In India, apart from many names, it is also called Dangal . The origins of it go back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France. Shuai jiao is a Chinese style of this which has a reported history of around 4000 yrs. What am I talking about?
  • Wrestling
  • It is one of the most popular Himalayan peaks in India. The source of the river Yamuna originates from one of its flanks. The first team to reach its summit also included Tenzing Norgay. Its name literally means Tail of Lord Hanuman in Hindi. Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, which peak am I talking about?
  • Bandarpunch
  • Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, the Pakistan president wanted to turn the Pakistan army into a pure Islamic force. He was the person who was responsible for mushrooming of terrorist Jihadi groups and the army patronizing it, as they feel it is serving Islam values. Hence, during the time of his rule, Zia turned the Army Headquarters into an identification code/ number of 786. He emblazoned this number into the walls, pamphlets, desks, hoardings, directional signages etc. of every corner of the army establishments. But why this number 786 or what is its significance?
  • 786 is the numerical representation of the first lines of Quran Bismi allaahi arrahmaani arrahiim In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
  • Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, was a Belgian polymath of the 19th century, who founded and directed the Brussels Observatory and was influential in introducing statistical methods to the social sciences. What did he devise while during the course of developing "social physics, which was initially known by his name but later gained the present name to a paper published in the July edition of 1972 in the Journal of Chronic Diseases by Ancel Keys?
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • If anybody hears his surname, he would think that this gentleman has got something to do with lands and real estate as his surname is the name of an unit in measuring land. He, together with Robert William Paul supposedly pioneered cinema in Britain. He invented the first British 35 mm moving picture camera, the first daylight loading home movie camera and projector and the first European film maker who had his films shown in the United States in public performances. Whats his name?
  • Birt Acres
  • Born as Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, he was Latin America's most celebrated and loved comic actor and the man Charlie Chaplin once called "the world's greatest comedian." Although generations of Latinos were charmed by his garrulity in a variety of parts, he was best known to American audiences for a single role: In the 1956 film "Around the World in 80 Days," he portrayed Passepartout, the bumbling valet of Phileas Fogg. He had such an impact in the Spanish speaking world through his performances that his nickname by which the entire world knows him is now defined in the authoritative Larousse Spanish dictionary noun, as a long-winded meaningless speech, while the verb means to talk too much but say too little. According to legends, he got his nickname when somebody screamed at one of his bad stage performances in his early days saying You are annoying, the Spanish/ Latin corruption of which he has made into his nickname. How do we know him better?
  • Cantinflas
  • What word connects: 1. An Andrew Collins book explaining the following phenomena: The veneration of a bird associated with cosmic life and death goes back 17,000 years to when the constellation occupied pole position in the Northern night sky. at the root of all the world's religions. Cosmic rays from a binary star known as ..X-3 helped accelerate human evolution during the last Ice Age. 2. A famous jewellery brand in India. 3. A famous portfolio management company from North Carolina (US)?
  • Cygnus
  • His theories, now discredited, were the product of years of historical, anthropological, and ethnological studies and were part of a general European interest in biological and sociological determinism. His works had a marked effect on the thinking of such men as Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche, and, in time, a movement called Gobinism developed. He was a French aristocrat of the 19th century, also novelist and man of letters who became famous for developing a certain theory in one of his famous books which was taken in a negative connotation later on and for which he is credited as being the father of modern racial demography. What theory did he develop?
  • Aryan Master Race (Joseph Arthur de Gobineau). This theory was later taken by Hitler.
  • In the world of Bengali movies, how are Bibhuti Laha (cameraman), Jatin Datta (sound), Sailen Ghosal (Lab work), Nitai Bhattacharya (Scenarist) and Bimal Ghosh (production) better known to us?
  • Agradoot
  • This music album according to the magazine Rolling Stones is at No. 4 in the 500 Greatest Albums of all time. The musician named this album after the American highway which connects his home-town to those Southern cities which are famed for their musical heritage. Which album?'
  • Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan)