OfNoSi Newsletter: Of No Significance #3

TBQOctober 12, 2014 • 2~3 min read • Comments

Welcome to another edition of OfNoSi, TBQ’s official newsletter. 

First, a story from the world of internet.

Ben Silbermann, the founder of Pinterest walked around Palo Alto and said “Will you please use my product?” He also used to run around the Apple store in Palo Alto, and he would like set all the browsers to the Pinterest homepage real quick, before they caught him and kicked him out, (laughter) and so that when people walked in they were like “Oh, what’s this?”

Read more here.

Since it’s the season of bans, here’s one on those lines.

In 1931 it was banned by the Governor of Hunan Province in China on the grounds that “Animals should not use human language, and that it was disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.”

Guess the book? Answer here.

The Russians are crazy!

Before they climb the launch tower to board the Soyuz capsule that will take them into space, cosmonauts take a moment to stop at the right rear tire of the bus set to drive them to the launch site and … relieve themselves. No, really. Here’s a safe-for-work (though a bit crude) photo of the deed being done.

More on the superstitious Russian cosmonauts here.

See what this DIY dad did.

Choon Ng, a Malaysian immigrant, wasn’t even thinking about entering the toy market. He simply wanted to share the experience of making bracelets out of rubber bands with his daughters. But his fingers were too big.

Meet the man behind Rainbow Loom.

These guys sold air? That’s so not believable!

Company legend holds that a few years after Sealed Air was founded in 1960, an innovative marketer named Frederick W. Bowers finally found the true value in the cellular bubbles. IBM had just launched the 1401, one of the world’s first mass-produced business computers. Bowers showed IBM how Bubble Wrap could protect the 1401′s fragile innards in transit. “Serendipitously, Bubble Wrap and vacuum tubes met,” says Hickey.

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Tata Crucible 2014 Corporate Hyderabad Prelims

TBQSeptember 15, 2014 • < 1 min read • Comments

Preliminary Round Questions:

1) Which business house from Hyderabad has successfully bid for Kochi ISL team along with Sachin Tendulkar?


2) Her name in books is Miss ‘Petty’ Pettaval, in movies her name is Jane. Who?

A) Money Penny

3) Playground equipment invented in 1920 by Sebastian Hinton?

A) Jungle Gym

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We shall try and get the Finals questions soon.

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2014 Bhubaneswar Prelims & Finals

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Q1) It has been referred by BBC as “India’s largest museum” with 6000 pieces of Indian art forms from 8th century to 19th century. The area will surpass the number of visitors to the Louvre. What are we talking about that has been architecturally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill?

A) T-2 Terminal of Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Q2) Dial soap which originated in 1948 was originally an off shoot of Chicago based meat processor Armour & Company and was America’s first ______________ soap. Fill in the blank.

A) Fragrance Soap

Q3) Its various names around the world are Brush or Ice –shaver ,Tortoise ,Navel, Little cockroach ,Frog little flea. It also appeared in the Pixar movie Cars in the form of bugs. What?

A) Volkswagen Beetle

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Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2014 Schedule

TBQSeptember 1, 2014 • < 1 min read • Comments














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OfNoSi Newsletter #2

TBQAugust 19, 2014 • 3~4 min read • Comments

Hello! Welcome to the second edition of Of No Significance, TBQ’s newsletter.
Without much ado, straight to the point. Here are some factoids.
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An 18th Century German, a Physics professor is the man behind standard paper sizes like A4.
One of the oldest written records regarding the sqrt(2) aspect ratio for paper sizes is a letter that the physics professor Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (University of Göttingen, Germany, 1742-1799) wrote 1786-10-25 to Johann Beckmann. In it, Lichtenberg explains the practical and aesthetic advantages of the sqrt(2) aspect ratio, and of his discovery that paper with that aspect ratio was commonly available at the time. Read more.

Delhi’s phat-phatiyas were based on Indian and Harley motorcycles.

The original Phat Phat Sewa vehicles (three-wheelers) got their name from the signature Harley engine rumble. Harley bikes came to India in large numbers after World War-II and many of their engines ended up in colourful motor-rickshaws. These were replaced after a Supreme Court ruling against polluting vehicles.

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The LHB coaches manufactured by Kapurthala Coach factory traces its history to Germany.

The coaches manufactured under license from Alstom-owned Linke Hofmann Busch traces its history to 1839 when Gottfried Linke in Breslau received his first order: construction of 100 open railway freight cars. Read more

Belarus banned clapping in 2011. No, we are not making this up. If you litter, your car would be confiscated.

In 2011, protesters in Belarus adopted an uncommon way to protest Lukashenko’s policies: They clapped. Thousands of people were consequently arrested for applauding. One of those accused of having committed the offense had only one arm. He was fined anyway. Read more;
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Thomas Edison Films Boxing Cats In What Might Be The First Cat Video Ever

We know Thomas Edison to be the inventor of many modern commodities, but here’s one invention you probably didn’t know was on his list: the cat video.Read more.

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OfNoSi Newsletter #1

TBQMay 25, 2014 • 4~6 min read • Comments

Everything below is of no significance.

Hello! Welcome to The Business Quiz’s newsletter — somethings that are absolutely of no significance.
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Volkart Brothers (of Voltas fame) used to do pepper and coffee business with Cochin, and Tellicherry.

Business in Cochin temporarily came to an end after the Markar affair. In 1875 Georg G. Volkart, the son of Salomon Volkart, visited Cochin and decided ‘on doing what should have been done long before’, namely, as Ammann reported, on visiting ‘the Coast-ports and on seeing himself what the conditions and business possibilities were in what had been up to then terra incognita for the firm’s’ representatives at Cochin’. This trip, on which Georg G. Volkart was accompanied by Ammann, was a revelation. Ammann recalled their arrival in Tellicherry, a coastal town in the north of Cochin: ‘The w:hole place was full of coffee and pepper, with crowds of Natives of both sexes sorting, garbling and packing the goods and a gang of coolies carrying the bags across the beach to the cargo-boats’ (Figure 4.5). As a consequence, Volkart decided to open up an additional branch in Tellicherry, with Ammann as its first manager, and to begin to purchase both upcountry and on the coast in the north of Cochin.58 Yet even at the new branch in Tellicherry the purchase of goods did not work without the help of indigenous middlemen. In 1886, Volkart established the Coffee Curing Works in Tellicherry to prepare coffee beans for transport to Europe, but it proved difficult to guarantee a sufficient supply of coffee and Volkart considered closing it again. Its long-term
future was only assured when members of the Cooty family of Moplah merchants were employed as brokers. The sons of the family worked as buying agents upcountry during the season and became successful in supplying Volkart with enough coffee and other merchandise. This cooperation was so satisfactory that it continued up until the 1960s.
Tatas got into a partnership with Volkart Brothers much later, and was born Voltas.

Seen ?_? on the interwebz? What’s the funda?

The unicode character “?” comes from the letter “?ha” in Kannada, one of the major Dravidian languages of India that is influenced by Sanskrit. Despite its origin, the character has been used as an emoticon primarily outside of India. According to Lurkmore Wiki, the earliest use of ?_? began on the Japanese imageboard site 2channel and eventually spread across other languages, most notably on 4chan.

Karnataka Govt.had once founded a razor blade company along with the RPG group!

In the late 1970s, Karnataka Govt began negotiations with Wilkinson Swords of Englad to set up a razor blade company in India. The company was formed with the RPG Group, and was called the Karnataka Blades Pvt. Ltd.

The East India Company ran a college.

The Company also established a feeder college—Haileybury—so that it could recruit bright schoolboys and train them to flourish in, and run, India. These high-minded civil servants both prolonged the Company’s life when Victorian opinion was turning ever more strongly against it and also provided a model for the Indian and domestic civil service.

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Benjamin Franklin was not allowed to draft the Declaration of Independence document. Why?


Returning to America, he advanced to the forefront of the Patriot cause as a member of the Continental Congress (1775-76). He served on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. (It has been said that he was not chosen to draft the document for fear that he might conceal a joke in it.)

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The evolution of the Congress’ election symbol after independence.

TBQApril 9, 2014 • < 1 min read • Comments

General Elections Quiz #1

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1) What was once called by Sukumar Sen as “curious senseless relic of the past”?

2) Sitter. Identify this movie, and why is this a question in this quiz?

 3) Among the innovative ideas implemented during the 1951 General Elections were the use of indelible ink, the use of multiple ballot boxes, one for each party — voters were supposed to drop their paper into the ballot box of their choice. Something else was a real stroke of genius — a trend that we continue even today. What?

4) This move by Sukumar Sen helped save Rs. 4.5 Crores during India’s second General Election (1957)?

5) Identify this man, and the party he lead in the 1951 General Elections. What was his party’s symbol?

Indelible Ink — Eleven Facts Every Indian Should Know

TBQApril 7, 2014 • 3~4 min read • Comments

1) The indelible ink that’s used in our elections was developed by National Physical Laboratories, Delhi in 1962, and has been in use since the 1962 Lok Sabha elections.

2) Though formulated by National Physical Laboratories, Delhi, the manufacture of this indelible ink is licensed to, and carried out by Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, a company founded company founded by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1937. The company is now owned by the Karnataka government. Source: Livemint

3) The company specializes in manufacturing quality indelible ink in association with the Election Commission, the National Physical Laboratory and the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC). It is the sole authorized supplier of this type of ink in India with an exclusive licence granted by the NRDC. Source: The Hindu

4) 20,140 litres of violet ink are to be used in the 2014 General Elections. The demand was about  19, 000 litres during 2009 general elections. Source: ECI

Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited in Mysore has received orders for supplying 2.2 million vials of indelible ink for the Lok Sabha elections. Photo: M.A. Sriram

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5) The making of this ink is a secret — at Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, only the quality control manager knows the formula. He works in a secluded, and closed room. Source: ECI

6) The ink is applied on the voter’s finger as a line from the top end of the nail to the bottom of the first joint of the left forefinger with effect from 1/2/2006. Earlier, the ink was applied on the joint of nail and skin. Source: PIB

7) The ink is applied differently across the world — in India, it’s dabbed with a stick, while in Cambodia and Maldives, voters dip a finger into the ink, in Burkina Faso and Burundi, the ink is applied with a brush. In Turkey it is applied with nozzles and in Afghanistan with pens. Source: The Hindu

8) This ink contains silver nitrate which stains on exposure to UV light, leaving a mark that is impossible to wash off — it goes off when the skin cells are regenerated. Source: PIB

9) The use of indelible ink in India did not start in the 1962 elections, but in 1951, and is considered as a stroke of genius of the then Chief Election Commissioner, Sukumar Sen. Nearly 3.9 million (5 ml each) phials of this ink were used in the 1952 elections.  Source: The New Indian Express

10) Each bottle can mark 700 fingers. Source: Livemint

11) Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd exports indelible ink to 28 countries across the world including Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Nepal, Ghana, Papua-New Guinea, Burkina Faso, Canada, Togo, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Cambodia. They have been exporting since 1976.

Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2014_Hubli Prelims

TBQFebruary 25, 2014 • 1~2 min read • Comments

Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2014_Hubli Prelims

Courtesy: Ketan Naik

1. It was founded by Harry Pickup. Name this famous cleaning brand: Harpic

2.The founder was DR burman and was founded in kolkata. Name this brand: Dabur

3.Named after strepto bacillum bacteria,this brand is used in sore throat cure.: Streptsils

4.This mosquito repellent got name from dead one in german : Mortein

5.logo of search engine: bing

6.visual of famous doll after barbie : Mrs kitten??

7.Book visual written on famous leather product brand.:Gucci

8.Telegraph service was provided by whom?: Indian postal service

9. Which of these car was famous in UK: mini/nano/fiat

10. “Think outside the bun” is tagline of: Macdonald/dominos/taco bell

11.Ye hey rishton ka time tagline of?: Dominos pizza

12.Macharon pe war surakshit apka parivar. which brand?: All Out

13. Novel visual

14. Titan is entering into which new segment in its dealing with 2 wheelers? :helmet

15. Named after a person who determined the correct value of Absolute zero. Which brand? :kelvinator

16.pic duracell

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