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MINDSWEEP 2012 | Quiz Info

MINDSWEEP 2012

It is with pleasure that we announce the inaugural edition of KQA’s International Solo Championship, titled MindSweep.

We have confirmations from the United Kingdom and the United States, and a few more countries will probably participate.

Mindsweep will be held during the weekend comprising Saturday, 7 January and Sunday 8 January 2012.

The quiz will require participants to answer 200 questions–in two sessions of 60 minutes each with a 30 minute break between sessions for corrections. Please register in advance using the form on this page.

The quiz is split into 10 sections of 20 questions each and is set by Dibyendu Das, Kiran Vijayakumar and Arul Mani.

  1. The Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Design, Architecture, Installation Art, Dance, Theatre
  2. Science and Tech: Concepts in the Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, History of Technology, The Environment, Astronomy, Medicine, Inter-disciplinary work, Popular Science Writing
  3. Literature: Poetry, Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels, Critics, Literary History, Translation
  4. Social Sciences: History, Anthropology, Cultural Studies/Social History, History of Ideas, Economics,The Philosophers
  5. Business: Brands, Fashion, Business History, Advertising
  6. Sports and Leisure: Sporting History, Games, Television, Gaming, Sports-Writing, Sports-Coverage, Hobbies–Collecting, Gardening, Fan-communities, The Internet
  7. Cinema: Hollywood, National Cinemas, World Cinema, Film Genres, Film-Technology, Film-language, Cinema & Society. Film-writing
  8. Music: Instruments, Performers, Genre Music, World Music, Tech Innovations, Music-magazines, Music industry, Music-journalism
  9. Food & Drink: From all over the world.
  10. Connections
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GE History: General Electric History & Trivia | Brand History

GE History: General Electric History & Trivia | Brand History

GE History: General Electric is an American MNC that operates through four main segments viz. Technology, Energy, Finance, and Home & Business solutions.

 

GE Logo

 

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GE History – Founder: 
The company was formed by the merger of Thomas Edison’s Edison General Electric Company and Charles Coffin’s Thomson-Houston Company in 1892.

 

 

GE History - GE Founder - Thomas Alva Edison

GE History - GE Founder - Charles Coffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GE History of Tagline:

1930s to 1950s: “Live Better Electrically
1950’s to 1979: “Progress is our most important product.
1979 to 2003: “We bring good things to life.
2004 to Present: “Imagination at Work.
The present logo has been designed by Wolff Ofinsin in 2004 by replacing the black background in the original logo with blue.

GE History - General Electric Logo Evolution

GE History & Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia page just like DellAdobeZippo and AOL.

GE History:

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.   Edison, Thomas A.

By the late1890’s Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company and Charles Coffin’s Thomas-Houston Company had both secured patents over several key technologies. As both businesses expanded, it had become increasingly difficult for either company to produce complete electrical installations relying solely on their own patents and technologies. In 1892, the two companies combined to form the General Electric Company.

GE history - The Remington Rand Univac

GE Trivia:

–          It was one of the original 12 companies listed in the Dow Jones index and 115 years later, remains the only one.

–          It is currently listed as the 6th largest US-based company in Fortune 500.

–          GE was the first U.S. company to ever use an electrical computer in 1954. The Remington Rand Univac weighed 30 tons and had over 5,000 vacuum tubes.

–          GE was one of the earliest companies to get into computing. It followed IBM (referred to as ‘Snow White’) and was one of the 7 companies (‘Seven Dwarves’) that followed it in the 1960s.

–          The GE building located at 30, Rockefeller Plaza is the headquarters of NBC studios. It’s nickname serves as the title of the popular sitcom 30 Rock.

–          The headquarters of GE at Schenectady, New York receives numerous letters from children before Christmas as they believe that it is only obvious that Santa Claus has the ZIP code 12345.

–          The company suffered losses of $800 million in insurance after the 9/11 attacks.

–          GE was embroiled in controversy after the 2011 Tsunami catastrophe when it was found that 6 reactors in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant  in Japan were designed by it.

–          In 1911, the National Electric Lamp Association (NELA) was dissolved and absorbed into General Electric.

–          Nela Park is the headquarters of GE Lighting, and is located in East Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Today, GE Lighting is a part of GE Consumer & Industrial, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Nela Park still serves as the operating headquarters of the lighting division.

–           The GE logo was introduced on lamps and electrical appliances in 1907. Two years later “Mazda” was adopted as the trademark for certain lamps produced by GE after Mazda, the Persian God of Light.

GE History - Mazda Lamp Newspaper Advertisement

GE History & Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia page just like DellAdobeZippo and AOL.

AMD History and Trivia

AMD History and Trivia

 

 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, that develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. It is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking Advanced Micro Devices Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Their graphics and computing technologies power a variety of solutions including PCs, game consoles and the servers that drive the Internet and businesses.

NYSE Ticker: AMD

TAGLINE: AMD. Smarter Choice.

HEADQUARTERS: One AMD Place, Sunnyvale, California, USA.


AMD HISTORY:

Advanced Micro Devices was founded on May 1, 1969, by a group of former executives from Fairchild Semiconductor, including Jerry Sanders III, Ed Turney, John Carey, Sven Simonsen, Jack Gifford and three members from Gifford’s team, Frank Botte, Jim Giles, and Larry Stenger.

AMD History

AMD History and Founders

TRIVIA:

*Advanced Micro Devices is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture and also one of the largest supplier of graphics processing units.

*Advanced Micro Devices’ first in-house x86 processor was the K5 which was launched in 1996. The “K” was a reference to Kryptonite, which from comic book lore, was the only substance (radioactive pieces of his home planet) which could harm Superman, a clear reference to Intel, which dominated in the market at the time, as “Superman”.

*After the merger between AMD and ATI, an initiative codenamed Fusion was announced that will merge a CPU and GPU on some of their entry level chips.

*Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is the current brand ambassador for Advanced Micro Devices.

*50×15, digital inclusion, with targeted 50% of world population to be connected through Internet via affordable computers by the year of 2015.

*AMD History of main line of processors include: K series, Athlon/64, Opteron, Phenom, Duron, Sempron, Fusion, Bobcat and Bulldozer.

*The AMD History of codenames for it’s processors include SledgeHammer, Barcelona, Shanghai, Istanbul, Magny-Cours, Lisbon, Venus, Troy, Athens, Denmark, Italy, Egypt, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa, Budapest and Suzuka.

AMD History is a descriptive article pertaining to technology brands such as Dell and Adobe.

“As Don Corleone would have liked to say, Quizworks is an intern offer you can’t refuse”

Originally posted on Internshala – by Avishek Mallick , sharing with Quizzing.in readers

Name of the intern: –  Avishek Basu Mallick

Institute: –  Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi

Organization interned with: –  QuizWorks, Bangalore

Normally, when you are done with your engineering degree and about to join your post graduate degree course or job, you would actually prefer to take a chill pill and relax after all the (supposedly) hard yards you put in for your under-graduate course as well as build up energy levels for an enervating future. But if you are absolutely crazy and have a never-ending passion for knowledge and quizzing, the chances are that in all probability you will land up at QuizWorks.

Now, what exactly is Quizworks?  To put it in marketing terms, QuizWorks is India’s leading quiz design and hosting company.

To put it in terms of an student intern, it is pure and unadulterated fun. Now most of us who have done an internship in some organization would crib and stick their noses up at the idea of a virtual internship. A virtual internship, as most would say, is just a resume point. I really beg to differ. The time I spent on my QW intern was equally fruitful to the time I had spent on my previous interns as a JNCASR and BARC Research Fellow. And, I dare say it was more fun. Now you would ask what my job was? QuizWorks has an online brand – the very popular Quizzing.in website. They have recently come up with a section called the Brand History section – which aims to be the world’s largest database for Brands and Brands Trivia, no less. My job was to co-ideate this section and work on the Rare Brands part of it.

Over a period of time, we had a lot of brainstorming sessions – Me, Rohit (the founder of the company) and others as to how to go about the process. For as everyone knows, whenever everyone looks for any sort of repository of information, one turns to Wikipedia. Our challenge was to create something different.

I am glad to say that, two months down the line, we have strived to achieve a lot of what we had set out to achieve. According to Alexa, the site ranking has increased over 200,000. There is an increased awareness about Brand History and people are actually fascinated to find out a lot of trivia about major companies which they didn’t know. That I feel is the best part of the whole process – you actually see the results of your hard work in front of your own eyes in a very short period of time.

The thing about Quizworks which stands out is its mentorship and guidance. It is not as if you have to follow a hard and fast routine. Neither can you afford to cool your heels. You have to contribute your ideas on a day-to-day basis. If you overdo it, your mentor will ask you to play a round of Hangman with him on Skype. If you cut slack, he will gently remind you that your (very attractive) stipend is due.And there is no hierarchy at work. You address everyone by their first names and comment on an issue which you think is not working out. And your suggestions will be considered and worked upon.

I plan to open my own knowledge services company in the future and ,considering that, this was a godsend for me.  I am still very much a part of Brand History and am a regular contributor to the Sports and Fortune 500 sections. And I’m sure that would apply for anyone who interns here – it’s bound to get you hooked to it.

Engineers will appreciate the amount of intuitive analysis that goes behind the designing of brands.  Managers will appreciate the amount of effort that goes behind the conception of ideas and plans for the growth of the section. And if you are a quizzer, you’ll appreciate the job just for the sheer bliss of information overload. As Don Corleone would have liked to say, Quizworks is an intern offer you can’t refuse.

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Eid : History & its importance

Eid

Eid

– marks the end of the Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting

Eid & its History

Unas reported that when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet Muhammad  asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) told them: ‘Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.’

Eid & its significance

EID-AL-FITR is celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal, at the completion of Ramadan.

Shaw’waal is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day; it is a true Thanksgiving Day for the believing men and women. On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan.

EID-AL-ADHA is celebrated on the tenth day of Zdilhijjah, the 12th and the last month of the Islamic calendar. It is also very joyous day; it is a feast of self-sacrifice, commitment and obedience to Allah. It commemorates the great act of obedience to Allah by the Prophet Ibrahim in showing his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael . Allah accepted his sacrifice and replaced Prophet Ismael with a lamb. Although Hajj has no relation with the Eid-al-Adha, but the five days long rituals of Hajj are also done during this month culminating on 9th of Zdilhijjah. Many rituals of Hajj are enactment of the struggle of the family Ibrahim specially his second wife Hajirah and her son Prophet Ismael .

Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated on 31st August in 2011 and celebrated on the same day as the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi : History & Significance

Ganesh Chaturthi

–          Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthu is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune

Who is Ganesha?

The son of Shiva and Parvathi (Indian Gods) , Ganesha could be considered as the most endearing form of all Hindu deities. Though His worship forms the most important aspect of one’s daily puja, His birthday, Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated grandly with devotion and delight.

Significance of the name ‘Ganesha’

The term Ganesha stems from the root ‘Gana’ which means the hosts or troops of demigods especially referring to the retinue of Lord Shiva and the term ‘Isha’ means ‘ruler’ or ‘lord’. Hence the term Ganesha means “the Lord of the demigods”

Birth of Ganesha

There are a few legends attributed to the birth or rather the manifestation of Ganesha. However the most popular one is that He was formed by Parvati from the material of Her own body. She then commissioned Ganesha to guard while she had her bath. It is said that the steadfast Ganesha did not allow entry to Lord Shiva Himself and the enraged Lord sent His Ganas or demigods to vanquish Ganesha. Since the Ganas had to embrace defeat, as Ganesha was formed out of Mother Sakhti (Parvati who stands for power), Lord Shiva had to tackle Him directly and in the ensuing battle, severed the head of Ganesha which enraged the Mother.

Lord Shiva then ordered His Ganas to proceed westward and come with the head of anything that they happened to see first. It so happened that it was an elephant and its head was fitted to the body of Parvati’s manifested son.

Shiva then declared Ganesha as the leader of His retinue and henceforth be worshipped first in the beginning of all religious activities for fruitful results to ensue.

History of Ganesh Chaturthi

It is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated. But according to the historian Shri Rajwade, the earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be traced back to the times of the reigns of dynasties as Satavahana, Rashtrakut and Chalukya.

Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism. And it had continued ever since. There are also references in history to similar celebrations during Peshwa times. It is believed that Lord Ganapati was the family deity of the Peshwas. After the end of Peshwa rule, Ganesh Chaturthi remained a family affair in Maharashtra from the period of 1818 to 1892.

In 1893, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees, this is the ritual known as Ganesh Visarjan

When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 or 12 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.

In 2011, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the same day as Eid and is being celebrated on 1st September