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Friday, September 12, 2008

QUIZ 20



Q1
While many stores and businesses were in the practice of extending credit to their customers, or allowing them to set up charge accounts, the idea behind _______ was that the same card could be used to pay a variety of merchants. In 1950, the first _________ cards were given out to 200 associates of Frank McNamara, mostly salespeople who often needed to dine with clients. _________ had signed up 27 restaurants in New York City. Membership grew quickly as both new customers applied for the card and more restaurants signed on. By the end of 1950, _______ had 20,000 customers and was accepted at over 1000 restaurants. FITB

Q2
Founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906, the company began as the Simplo Filler Pen company producing up-market pens in the Schanzen district of Hamburg. Their first model was the Rouge Et Noir in 1909 followed in 1910 by the pen that was later to give the company its new name, named after a mountain in the Alps. The first pen (a fountain pen) known as the Meisterst├╝ck or Masterpiece (the name used for export) was produced in 1925. Today the brand can be found also on other luxury goods besides pens. Which brand?

Q3
In a famous murder case the ______ that a victim wore eventually led to the arrest of his murderer. When a body was found in the English channel in 1996 by a fisherman who caught the body, and the 4.5 kg anchor attached to it through the victim's belt, in his net about 10 km from the English coast, a ______ was the only identifiable object on the body. Since the ______ movement had a serial number and was engraved with special markings every time it was serviced, British police traced the service records from _______, and Ronald Joseph Platt was identified as the owner of the _______ and the victim of the murder. In addition British police were able to determine the date of death by examining the article and since the ________ had a reserve of two to three days of operation when inactive and it was fully waterproof, they were able to determine the time of death within a small margin of error.
Which specific article?

Q4
The first _______ product, a fragrance called Early American _______ for women, was introduced in 1937, closely followed by ________ for men in 1938. The iconic original ships used on the packaging were the Grand Turk and the Friendship. Other ships used on packaging include the Wesley, Salem, Birmingham and Hamilton. Which brand?

Q5
The company was formed in 1915 by the theater "chain" pioneer William Fuchs, who formed company by merging two companies he had established in 1913: Greater New York Film Rental, a distribution firm, which was part of the Independents; and Box Office Attractions Company, a production company. The company's name bears the anglicized version of Fuchs. Which company?

Q6
The standard from 1895 to 1930 was the Nagant M1895. Double-action & seven chambered, the Nagant's cylinder spins clockwise until the hammer is cocked. While the cylinder does not swing out, it can be spun around to randomize the result. Due to the deeply seated rounds unique to the Nagant and that the primers are concealed, it would be very difficult to tell from the outside where the live round was and which were spent; this would add to the uncertainty of the results. Which dangerous game originated from the M1895?

Q7
The first written usage of the English word appeared in Edward Gibbon's journal, in longhand, referring to "bits of cold meat" as a '______'. It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of ________, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although he was neither the inventor nor sustainer of the food. It is said that Lord _______ was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands. FITB

Q8
It derives from an Old High German word “bizzo” meaning “mouthful” (related to the English words “bit” and “bite”) and was brought to Italy in the middle of the 6th century AD by the invading Lombards. This is the origin favoured by the Oxford English Dictionary for...what?

Q9
On March 18th 1965, they peed on a Stratford garage wall at the
studios of ABC, Romford (U.K.) and were fined 5 Pounds Sterling. Which
band?


Q10
In the 1936 Olympics, Adi Dassler, the founder of Adidas, met one of
the athletes. Dassler had brought along a suitcases full of spikes and
he persuaded the athlete to use spikes. The athlete surprised many by
winning four gold medals. Which athlete?

Q11
Identify the iconic statue shown in the above image.

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