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Bay Area Quiz Club quiz, conducted by Arun Simha, Dec 15th, 2013.


  • SF BAY QUIZ Dec 15, 2013 by Arun K. Simha
  • LITERATURE Robert Louis Stevenson met a patient X at an Edinburgh infirmary. Soon they became friends. Stevenson wrote later, "I will now make a confession: It was the sight of your maimed strength and masterfulness that begot Long John Silver ... the idea of the maimed man, ruling and dreaded by the sound, was entirely taken from you." X is supposed to have written his most famous work following his amputation due to a tubercular infection. In the 1942 film Casablanca, Captain Renault, an official played by Claude Rains recites part of the work when talking to Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, referring to his power in Casablanca. Name X.
  • ANSWER William Ernest Henley of Invictus fame.
  • SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Illusory Superiority or the X effect, is a cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their positive qualities and abilities and to underestimate their negative qualities, relative to others. The characterization of X, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average," has been used to describe this real and pervasive human tendency. Name X.
  • ANSWER Lake Wobegon, of the Prarie Home Companion fame.
  • GEOGRAPHY/LITERATURE X is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is supposed to have been named after a Sikh holy man who gave water and shelter to weary travellers who passed by a pond. X is also the title of a famous short story written by Y about Bishan Singh, a Sikh inmate of an insane asylum in Lahore who refuses to leave for India after partition since his hometown X is in Pakistan. Name X & Y.
  • ANSWER Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00urdu/tobateksingh/index.html?#index
  • CULTURE/HISTORY Which word connects these pictures? First color photograph by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861
  • ANSWER Tartan
  • RELIGION/MUSIC X is the shortened form of the term YHWH (which is often pronounced as Yahweh or Jehovah) It is most commonly used by Rastafarians. Rastas believe that they can come to know the true meanings of biblical scriptures by cultivating a mystical consciousness of oneself with X, called I-and-I. Name X.
  • ANSWER Jah
  • SCIENCE Explain why more women and children survived the Titanic disaster. RMS TITANIC RMS LUSITANIA Passengers and crew: 2,207 Sunk: April 14, 1912, collided with an iceberg Deaths: 1,517 Survival rate: 31.3% Passengers and crew: 1,949 Sunk: May 7, 1915, torpedoed by a German U-boat Deaths: 1,198 Survival rate: 38.5% Survivor profile: Women aged 16-35, children & people with children Survivor profile: Men and Women aged 16-35
  • ANSWER Lusitania sank in 20 minutes while the Titanic took two hours. The longer duration allowed men to act in a chivalrous manner in the Titanic while the men had a reflexive flight response in the Lusitania. http://www.livescience.com/10953-titanic-lusitania-time-determinedsurvived.html
  • HISTORY At the George Washington Hospital X said to Tim McCarthy, So, McCarthy, X, Brady, and Delahanty. What did this guy have against the Irish? Who was X and what was he referring to?
  • ANSWER Reagan, recovering from a gunshot wound, and discovering that others had been shot by Hinckley.
  • FICTION Who is this gent and how is he connected to these three outlaws?
  • ANSWER Rene Goscinny. All of them are titles of Lucky Luke comics. (Calamity Jane, Dalton Brothers, Jesse James)
  • ETYMOLOGY The term for this area originates from Latin and refers to a district separated from the surrounding country by defined boundaries or distinguished by a different administrative and legal system. This term was used during Imperial Russia for the area in which the Jews were allowed to settle and were forbidden from traveling/settling outside this area. Which phrase originates from this practice?
  • ANSWER Beyond the pale
  • ETYMOLOGY/BRAND Which eponymous inventor created the ice-resurfacer?
  • ANSWER The Zamboni
  • MUSIC During the late 1960s, X tried to start a musical career by playing guitar for many bands and releasing cover songs in an album titled, Little Joe sure can sing. In 1998, X released his second LP (his first album in 30 years) called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, which spawned the single "Wise Guy," a Mafia gangsta rap tune. Who is X?
  • ANSWER Joe Pesci
  • SCIENCE X is an infection disease caused by bacteria. It is named after a town in Connecticut. A rash occurs in 70-80% of the infected persons. The rash has a distinctive bulls-eye shape. The disease, if left untreated can affect the joints, heart and central nervous system. What is X?
  • ANSWER Lyme, Connecticut Lyme disease
  • SCIENCE These ten species were chosen by X to be shown on TV as a list of what? 1. The black lion tamarin 2. The Sumatran Rhino 3. The Solenodon 4. The Olm salamander 5. The Marvellous Spatuletail humming bird 6. Darwins frog 7. Sunda pangolin 8. Priams birding butterfly 9. Northern Quoll 10. Venuss flower basket
  • ANSWER (David) Attenboroughs Ark
  • GEOGRAPHY This is a city referred to by a professor from Harvards Graduate School of Design as a mega pop-up city since it is built and dismantled once every dozen years. It consists of a grid of 14 designated sectors. To allow the grid to continue over two rivers, 18 pontoon bridges are built. It takes a few weeks to build the city which accommodates, depending on the day, between 2 and 20 million people. What am I referring to?
  • ANSWER Kumbh Mela http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/What-Urban-Planners-Can-Learn-Froma-Hindu-Religious-Festival-220572091.html#ixzz2e36lxpcM
  • CULTURE While announcing the Word of the Year in 2007, M-W stated, popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speakan esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. The meaning of the word is given as , expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay" . The etymology is unclear in M-W and in Wikipedia. What word?
  • ANSWER W00t
  • SCIENCE A Popular Science investigative report found the following answers; Huffing Coughing Barking Cluckering Gekkering Screaming Because its widespread, enormously successful and adaptive, found worldwide, in all sorts of climates, in forests, on mountains, in suburbs and sometimes even cities. What was the question?
  • ANSWER What does the fox say? http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/what-sound-does-fox-make
  • PEOPLE He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors. Taped to the door was a note scrawled on a page torn from a novel by Nikolai Gogol. Excerpt taken from a New Yorker article in which the author re-investigated the cause of death of McCandless and came up with a different conclusion. Name the author.
  • ANSWER Jon Krakauer http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/09/how-chris-mccandlessdied.html
  • CULTURE Asteroid (4942) 1987 DU6 was subsequently renamed 4942 X. Name X whose work inspired the scene below. (Thanks to Hari P for this q)
  • ANSWER Randall Munroe of XKCD fame.
  • CULTURAL ICON In 1908, a leading artist called Tom Browne created one of the worlds most striking icons for a brand. A historian noted, "The Striding Man looked English, not Scottish. He carries a monocle, so he is literate. He carri