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Friday, July 23, 2004

Audi Vidi Quizi!

I've been really really busy all week. Oodles and oodles of work.

My department is holding a National Level Technical Symposium and there is simply so much to be done that it's not at all funny. As part of the symposium, I'm doing a two-hour, audio-visual quiz along with Shrikant and the way things are going, I think the quiz is shaping up to be a huge hit with everyone. I've done it for the last two years and both the earlier editions have been very well-appreciated.

The quiz itself (called 'Audi Vidi Quizi' in honour of Julius Caesar's 'Veni Vidi Vici') will be semi-technical. But please don't worry, my idea of what is tech and what is not is fairly foggy. So, an example of an I.T question will be something like...

Q: What does Shammi Kapoor scream at the start of the famous song 'Junglee' from the movie 'Junglee'?
A: Yahoo!


Get the picture?

Three people in a team. Mixed college teams are allowed. i.e. All three team members need NOT be from the same institution. College ID cards required. Attractive cash prizes on offer.

Date: 28-07-2004

Timings: Prelims: 11:00 a.m
Finals : 02:00 p.m

Venue: Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Tambaram, Chennai, India.

Interested participants can reach the college by college buses. You can also visit our website for more details.

Here are some choice questions from the last year's quiz.

Q: The ancient Greeks used to have regular drinking parties during which the men would recline on sofas, leaning on their left elbows. What were these parties called?

A: Symposion or plural Symposia, from which we get the word symposium.


Q: Which English play is traditionally performed at 9 p.m. on June 23 every year?

A: William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Q: Which piece of sports equipment won the Best Inanimate Object in a Motion Picture award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Sixth Annual Critics Choice Awards at Los Angeles in 2001?

A: Wilson, the volleyball from 'Castaway'.


Q: What does Linus Torvalds refer to as Linux v2.0?

A: Patricia Miranda Torvalds, his daughter.


Q: At the headquarters of Cyrix Corporation, the world's second largest manufacturer of microprocessors, there is a large black coffin with 2 words inscribed on it. What are those 2 words?

A: Intel Inside!


P.S: I know that was really boring for all you non-quizzers but I really couldn't help it.

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