August 29, 2007

Thursday Trivia

I am starting a new series form this Thursday known as Thursday Trivia, will be posting interesting titbit's and trivia I came across in a week. Dear readers, do shoot a mail to if u came across anything interesting, for now enjoy this weeks dose

Ram Chandra Agarwal, CMD Vishal Retail started his career in 1985 in a rolling shutter company at Rs 300 a month, next year he opened a 50 sqft garment shop the rest is history

If the per capita consumption is Rs 13 a day, then the individual is above the poverty line, according to Arjun Sengupta report on the Conditions of Work and Promotion of Livelihood in the Unorganized Sector

The only fictional character with a higher degree of recognition than Ronald McDonald is Santa Claus

The British Parliament adopted the first legislative act concerning trademarks in 1266 under the reign of Henry III, and according to that act, every baker had to put his or her mark on the breads that were produced

Ray korc(McDonalds) worked with Walt Disney in World war 1 Red Cross Ambulance Corps, after war Kroc played piano in Chicago Bars and restaurants and sold paper cups

McDonald's franchise owners were trained at McDonald's "Hamburger University" in Elk Grove, Illinois, where a training course led to a "Bachelor in Hamburgerology with a minor in french fries

Cable television, formerly known as Community Antenna Television or CATV, was born in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1948

ISO is a Greek word, with meaning "equal"

Thomas Edison received his first patent for an electric voting machine.unfortunately, politicians did not want such a machine since they used a delay in the counting of votes to influence the opinions of their colleagues

The Newyork Times cut their costs by $10 million per year by reducing the width of their newspaper by 1.5 inches

August 27, 2007

Why orkut is popular in Brazil

Loren Baker on why Orkut is popular in Brazil:

Orkut sounds like Yakult or 'iogurte' (yogurt). Yakult is the Brazilian version of the popular Japanese Yakult yogurt drink. Everyone drinks it in Brazil when they’re kids. There is a totally unintentional instant association between the words Orkut, Iogurte and Yakut in Brazi


First it was Quizzing Society of DoMS, IIT Madras blogger(he Deleted it now), next a Delhi Lover ripped of every word from my TC Hyderabad review.

I don’t hold any copyrights for content; I don’t mind anybody using it for any purpose as long as they give proper credit.

Google is watching, beware!!

August 26, 2007

first of its kind

The Wispa bar first appeared in 1981 for a trial in the North-East. A rival to Nestle's Aero, it had the slogan "Bite it and believe it".

Cadbury's discontinued Wispa in 2003 and replaced under the name of 'Dairy Milk Bubbly'.

Cadbury's was relaunching Wispa in Oct,2007 after which unusual event?

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Ninja Loans

Named by Mizuho Corporate Bank, ninja loans are syndicated loans arranged in Japan for foreign companies or institutions that are mostly denominated in yen.

The other kind of Ninja loans are given by banks and main cause of sub prime crisis in USA.

Banks have started extending loans to people who have no realistic way of paying back these loans. these category of laons are known as NINJA Laons..wat does Ninja stand for

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August 23, 2007

first SMS

On December 3, 1992, an engineer named Neil Papworth sent the very first SMS with "MERRY CHRISTMAS" on it, to his collegeagues at which company in Great Britain.

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August 21, 2007


On right is Apprentice Host Donald Trump..who is on left.

He is a Time person of the year and in race for American president.

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August 18, 2007


from 1776-2000, the first 224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions, but in four years alone(2000-04), the Bush administration borrowed $1.05 trillion

(via: CNS News)

August 17, 2007

The most inhuman..

Sir John Hawkins -Portugal -The Royal African Company -Treaty of Utrecht - Jamestown square

Connect the above?

For Answer click comments

August 12, 2007

Tata Crucible

Wow what a finish both Tata Internal track n external track went till the last question at Tata Crucible Hyderabad.

Well I guess Giri would have a decided to make prelims damn tough. The cutoff would be somewhere near 10-12 with highest near 15.

Prelims this time is more of trivia n history than current affairs

Winners: The Tata Track was won by the TCS team who where runner ups from last 3 years. They defeated a young TCS team. Three teams had a chance to win on the last question.

External: A consistent Satyam team of Murali and Bharghav defeated another Satyam team. Finally a Hyderabad team won the Hyderabad leg this year

Now coming to questions..from prelims,Internal and external rounds

1.“My word is my bond” is motto of LSE

2.Touch stone pictures is a division of Walt Disney

3.Saint Gobian video ad

4.Official Timekeeper of F1

5.Venture capitalist in Dilbert comic – Vijay

6.Sotheby’s ticker symbol – BID

7.First Indian airline to get an Airbus A380 – Kingfisher

8.NFL logo

9.Murdoch bought stake in Wall Street Journal form which family – Bancroft family

10.World richest footballer according to fortune (or fobes) Ronaldhino

11.Who bought 100% stake in Lintas India – Inter republic Group

12.Oscar’s are audited by Pwc

13.Penegra is Indian version of Viagra from Zidus cedilla

14.The adventures of bystander” is a book written by

15.Media refers Caterpillar as

16.‘Steel solutions for a better world' – Arcellor

17.Ken & Midge beast friends of Barbie

18.Original name they thought of is ‘presspaq’ from the world of Compaq it was finally named as – Pessario

19.They thought of calling there company as ‘limited unlimited’ – Microsoft

20.‘Vonamor’ campaign Romanov vodka

21.Pic’s – Greg Barett of Intel, co-optex logo, Tesco logo, master card print ad, Sega mascot

22.Author of ‘Out of the crisis’ deming

23.‘From Alonso to the makers of scorpio they worked for me’ – Renault

24.Originally known as the Dayton Dry Goods company – Target

25.Financial inst which runs the operations of the Discover brand credit cards – Morgan Stanley

26.They Supply high tech fuel for AT&T Williams f1 team – petrobras

27.North Delhi Power corp logo

28.Which tat company created a mascot ‘Dr.Vishwas’ – Rally’s

29.Tie Breaker question for 2nd and 3rd place

30.With Which business info sys company would you associate with ‘DUNS’ number – Dun & Bradstreet

31.Pics of Joseph bombardier and ken kotharagi(Playstation)

32.Video ads pf Opel, Asian paints, Planet M, kissan

33.Rover Logo

34.‘Wave Runner’ which company will you be associated with it – Yamaha

35.Jamshed Tata trust pledged… 2007 to whom – LSE

36.Eden gaurds, KSCA stadium connect – wified by Tata Indicom

37.Baista is acquired by Lavazo

38.Dominos introduced Zapizza along with – is the largest fan community of which band….

40.Who wrote ‘The Affluent Society’ –John Kenneth Galbraith

41.Kookaburra funda

42.Connectors – world space, Marshal Mcluhan

43.Logo of Lovato

44.Saralee funda

45.What is Brand Bindass from UTV

46.Name the finance prof who replaced kenith R at univ of Chicago – Raghuram Ranjan

47.Worlds first antidepressant was better known as …is from which company – Roche

(P.S - ques based on my memory)

August 06, 2007

Intel’s Business Plan

In 1968 Bob Noyce’s business plan for INTEL was a one pager which excited investors. He wrote it on a typewriter, and noted that “he had little feeling about how detailed it should be”. However, he got funded despite typing errors.

Intel’s Business Plan in 1968:

The company will engage in Research, Development and manufacture and sales of integrated electronic structures to fulfill the needs of electronic system manufactures. This will include thin films, thick films, semiconductor devices and other solid state component used in hybrid and monolithic integrated structures

A variety of process will be established both at a laboratory and production level. These include crystal growth, slicing, polishing, solid state diffusion, photo lithographic masking, vacuum evaporation, film disposition,assembly, packaging and testing as well as the development and manufacture of special processing and testing equipment required to carry out those process.

Products may include dioded transistors, field effective devices, photo sensitive devices, photo emitting devices, integrated circuits and subsystems commonly referred to by the phrase “large scale integration” principal customers for these products are expected to be the manufacture of advance electronic systems for communications, radar, control and data processing. It is anticipated that many of these customers will be located outside California

August 04, 2007


Richistan is the new word coined by Robert Frank in his book Richistan: a Journey Through the 21st-Century Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

According to Robert Frank within the U.S. there now exists "Richistan," a strata of "super rich" individuals. Richistan is a booming virtual country of the super-wealthy built on the boiling stock markets of recent years.

Richistanis have 400-foot-yachts, 30,000-square-foot homes, house staffs of more than 100.

Some stats from the book:

Wealth of all US millionaires was $30 trillion, more than the GDPs of China, Japan, Brazil, Russia and the EU combined.

The richest 1% of Americans control 33% of the country's total wealth.

The richest one per cent of Americans earn about $1.3 trillion a year - more than the total national income of France, Italy or Canada.

Source: Forbes

August 02, 2007


Speedee is the old log of McDonald's before Golden Archies

August 01, 2007

The Paul Principle

The Paul Principle: People are promoted until the job is no longer any fun.

humm sounds interesting more on it here