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The yubiwa pipe, a finger ring that would allow the wearer to smoke a cigarette down to its nub, was the first successful product of a well-known company. The profits from the yubiwa pipe were used to develop an electro-mechanical gadget that has made this company famous. Name the gadget or the company.
“The principal components of _________ are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a negative electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule ….” What is being described?
This popular device for personal use was first marketed in the UK under the name Stowaway. When an early version of this device was being tested by its developer, his wife had felt excluded by it, so he got the engineers to make a two-person version (which was not marketed). What is this gadget?
In 1999, Chicago-based conceptual artist Eduardo Kac charged the cost of a Tritech Positive-displacement Embryonic Micro-injector to his NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant, for a work which brought him much fame / notoriety. What?
To work in zero gravity, a special version of an everyday gadget was developed for NASA at considerable expense. It subsequently found a market, mostly as a curiosity, among the general public. The Russians on the other hand used a simple substitute. What was the gadget?
This product was first marketed by the Gem Manufacturing Company of England. Norwegians, who believed that this was a Norwegian invention, wore it on the lapel as a symbol of resistance to the Nazis. What was it?
The town of Erode in Tamil Nadu is the world’s largest producer of -------, which was known as Indian saffron in medieval Europe. In a July 2009 news article, The Hindu reported “------- market is to Erode what BSE sensex is to Mumbai and the country.” Fill in the blank.
“The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Those who partake in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct.” (Wikipedia) What is being described?
A blue law is a type of law in the US, intended to enforce religious standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest. Which popular dessert is said to have been invented due to one such blue law as it modified / hid the original ‘sinful’ treat?
Mysore pak is made of chana dal flour, ghee, and sugar. It is said that the name “Mysore pak” is a distortion of its original name, which referred to a different main ingredient. What was Mysore pak originally called?
“Are you going to Scarborough Fair Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” - Simon and Garfunkel
The following is a genuine Tudor era recipe for a drink, famously described as tasting like “less-sickly butterscotch”: Heat ale till it just begins to boil, and then add whisked egg yolks, sugar, and nutmeg. Stir for two minutes on low heat. Whisk in some butter, and serve. What drink?
Ibn Battuta, the 14 th century traveller, described a meal at the court of Muhammad bin Tughlaq in Delhi, in which the sambusak – a small pie or patty stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices – was served before the pulao. How do we know the sambusak today?
The English word turkey (bird) comes from the name of the country Turkey. Oddly, the Turkish word for turkey is “hindi”. The French word is dinde (from d’inde), the Russian is indjushka. But the words in Danish (kalkun), Dutch (kalkoen), and Finnish (kalkkuna) are all derived from the name of a specific town in south India. Which town?
Ben & Jerry’s graveyard of discontinued icecream flavours
This was in the news recently … Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford, and 2008 IgNobel winner, has devised the following formula M = 0.5 F + (0.5 E + 0.3 P + 0.15 C + 0.05 T) In this formula, T stands for time, and the solution to T is 11. What is it a formula for, i.e. what is M?
The perfect time for a coffee break 11 AM M = 0.5 F + (0.5 E + 0.3 P + 0.15 C + 0.05 T) F – flavour of coffee E – environment (music) P – pot (container) C – company (friends) T – time M – perfect coffee moment