OfNoSi Newsletter #2

TBQAugust 19, 2014 • 3~4 min read • 0

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 • 0

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 ಠ_ಠ on the interwebz? What’s the funda?

The unicode character “ಠ” comes from the letter “ṭha” 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 ಠ_ಠ 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 • 0

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 • 0

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 • 0

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

RIP: Kalanthan Koya, the creator of Sharjah Shake

TBQOctober 15, 2013 • 1~2 min read • 0

Kalanthan Koya

48 years ago when Kalanthan Koya opened Ameen Juice Shop at Moideen Mosque Jn, Calicut, it was probably Calicut’s first juice shop. He opened KPK Fruit and Cool Bar in Mananchira in 1980, and later opened shops at Kidson Corner and Stadium Jn.

KPK Fruit and Cool Bar came up with a juice made of ‘Njaalipoovan’ banana, frozen milk and sugar — the first customers were a set of guys watching Sharjah Cup in a shop next door. When asked the juice’s name, he just cooked up a name and said, “Sharjah Shake”. The name stuck! As they say, the rest is history.

The juice travelled far and wide — and is now a favorite among Malayalees across the world.

The juice shop that gave the world Sharjah Shake will stay on, but the man who created it, EP Kalanthan Koya is no more.

Here’s to all the Sharjah Shakes I ever had.

RIP.

TATA Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Chennai Finals (TATA Track)

TBQOctober 1, 2013 • 1~2 min read • 1

TATA Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Chennai Finals (TATA Track)

Via Madanish Kanna

TATA TRACK FINALS

  1. Symbol for a brand.. – called omni – etc etc – KAPPA
  2. Highly caffeinated – citrus taste – coke – march 1979.. competition to mt dew. à MELLOW YELLOW
  3. Film co owned by disney. .—etc – MIRAMAX
  4. Internet magazine – unique list – franchise 500 – the entrepreneur
  5. What change did BJP change in the budget from british raj  - timing of the budget

2nd round

  1. VIRGIN airline – remembrance of steve jobs.. blanked out what – STAY HUNGRY STAY FOOLISH
  2. Ancient characters named yahoo – pic
  3. J Mehta – pic.. ID
  4. Print ad.. – NIVEA – CIVILIZE YOURSELF
  5. Roney jesus print ad – nike
  6. Pic – jeff taylor – monster.com

3rd round

  1. TCS – CBFL – adult literacy
  2. AGRICO – from TATA STEEL
  3. Hotel used same as SANOI – TAJ kunnur
  4. Quite supplier of crockery to rastrapathi bhavan – tata ceramics

4th round

  1. Irene Rosenfeld – Kraft
  2. Fist full of rice – vikram akula
  3. ChineseYuan bond – DIMSUM
  4. Thanda matlab cocola – Prasoon Joshi

5th round

  1. Delivering lifestyle – rocket entertainment – jabong
  2. Worked for CIA &  NASA –Snowden
  3. Willaim Rosenberg – Dunkin donuts

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Chennai Finals (External Track)

TBQ • 2~2 min read • 0

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Chennai Finals (External Track)

Via Madanish Kanna

1st round

1. Ted turner during one of his famous speeches – mentioned that “there would be 2 things in the future that would make all happy”. ID the things
Mobile phones & aeroplanes

2. Greece govt- ancient – during wars – inorder to lower the expenditure, what specific idea did they follow – origin of BYOD – Bring your own device
3. Who runs/owns the hotel chain called LAYA, sister entity of SOBER Islands.. ?
SRILANKAN army
4. Bandev mittal – 1961.. started sweet shop, also a BAJAJ dealer.. what is he famous for now?
Lovely professional univ, Punjab
5. WANALO – social site for online shopping…funda on name?
Want Need Love..
6. What is Nokia Life tools used for?
FARMER SMS tool

2nd round

  1. Child hold pic of Kiran Mazumdar shaw – ID
  2. Pic of an auto like tuk tuk.. whats so special of it?? Its official vehicle for ITALIAN PRESIDENT
  3. Queen of time – London, id location – Self ridges
  4. Logo of ZAIN telecom
  5. Six flags.. theme park.. n USA.. explain funda on name? its in texas and texas was under six diff govts previously
  6. Polska 1000 currency note – Copper nicus

 

3rd round

  1. Indian hotels – INDI
  2. Titan  watch named after a word.. – Japanese..- Tycoon
  3. Flavoritz.. what product..- tata salt
  4. Tata LOG.. funda

 

4th round

  1. Steve jobs + TOPCOM à GLADWELL
  2. FREE PRESS India + PREMIER padmini car + a logo à walchand hirachand
  3. Apprecentice + mid summers night dreamà play boy mansion

5th round

  1. Hamilton, prat & witne, wind power-UNITED TECH
  2. SCALP care, hand book-     HEAD & SHOULDERS
  3. Founders name of BLUE STAR.. given..

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Lucknow Prelims

TBQSeptember 26, 2013 • 1~2 min read • 0

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2013 Lucknow Prelims

Prelims:

1. Who is behind “10000 Startups” in India? NASSCOM
2. Which Bollywood actor started in Military Censor office at the salary of Rs. 165? Dev Anand
3. In 1744, first mail order guarantee was started by whom in USA? Benjamin Franklin
4. What is “One buyer and many seller”? Monopsony
5. Ad picture with the tagline “Ride your way”? Honda
6. Who has started “project sentum’ in India to expand their market? Schwarzkoff
7. He is an ex-chief justice of Punjab, is investigating the walmart lobbying case.- Mukul Mudgal
8. Which is the only bank that hasLatin as their language in their ATM machine? Vatican Bank
9. What was started by Pestonjee Eduljee in Anand? Polson
10. Ad picture with the line, “Fusion of Rum & Coconut”- MALIBU
11. Which brand of comics was started by Deepak Chopra ? Virgin
12. Who is been appointed as the “Pleasure Ambassdor” for HUL’s Magnum ice-cream? Trisha
13. Which beer brnad has recently changed their bottle design as a bowtee one? Budweiser
14. What was started in 1993 as the first IT training org. in India? APtech
15. Some book cover that was written by Y V Reddy (clue given was that this ex-governor was from AP)
16. Who celebrate April 6th as the Care4food day? Tupperware
17. Which business guru is the author of “The Self Destructive habits of good co.”? Jagdish Seth
18. Modern coaches by Indian Railways- Anubhati
19. Named after the son of Phoebus/Helios is the a new offering from Volkswagen? Phaeton
20. Picture of Pia Singh (DLF)

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