Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Quotes and Questions 33 - 9 Dec 08

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Give me the liberty to know, to think, to believe, and to utter freely according to conscience, above all other liberties.

Oftentimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.


1) In Silence of the lambs Hannibal Lecter spoke of eating fava beans with a nice Chianti. The philosopher Pythagoras, would not let his followers eat fava beans because he believed they contained what?

2) Besides writing novel such as Lolita, Vladimar Nabakov was a lepidopterist, and discovered several new species of this, including one named Nabakovs pug. What did he discover?

3) It starts out life as a male and changes back and forth between the 2 sexes as its life progresses. In 1868, Maryland instituted a police force to enforce laws pertaining to them. One species in Jamaica grows on trees, and Boyd Bolut in set a new world record in 2003 by eating 18 dozen in ten minutes in one of the majors in the International federation of competitive eating circuits. A baby one is called a spat. What is it?

4) The first book published by this famous author was "the Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland", not his most famous book. When the ministry of tourism of Romania wanted to build a theme park of with the name of this famous book, they were told the rights to the name was held by Universal Studios. When President Ceausescu was in charge of continental Romania all mention of this name was banned. What name is it?

5)He was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade. A prolific writer, and produced works in almost every literary form, authoring plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, over 20,000 letters and over two thousand books and pamphlets. He is credited with saying "I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write. & "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him", and of course- "this is the best of all possible worlds, "a phrase he gave a famous character of his Dr. Pangloss. Supposed Allegedly 5' 3 "and drinker of 50 cups of coffee a day.. Who was he?

6) A French stage actress, and has been referred to as "the most famous actress in the history of the world" Although primarily a stage actress, she made several cylinders and discs of famous dialogues from various productions. One of the earliest was a reading from Phèdre by Jean Racine, at Thomas Edison's home on a visit to New York City in the 1880s. She slept in a coffin, was a courtesan and supposedly a notorious liar. And she was one of the pioneer silent movie actresses, debuting as Hamlet in the two minute long film Le Duel d'Hamlet in 1900. (Technically, this was not a silent film, as it had an accompanying Edison cylinder with sound effects. In 1905, while performing in Rio de Janeiro, she injured her right knee when she was required to leap from a high wall. The leg never healed properly. By 1915, gangrene had set in and her entire right leg was amputated, She performed in a wheelchair until her death. Who was she?

7) In 1835 he began as a showman with his purchase and exhibition of a blind and almost completely paralyzed slave woman, Joice Heth, claimed b to have been the nurse of George Washington, and to be over 160, she wasn't even 80. By the 1840s, he was operating an entertainment complex in lower Manhattan.. The roof was transformed to a strolling garden with a view of the city, where hot-air balloon rides were launched daily. To the static exhibits of stuffed animals were added a changing series of live acts and "curiosities", including albinos, giants, midgets, "fat boys", jugglers, magicians, "exotic women", detailed models of cities and famous battles, and eventually a menagerie of animals. He introduced his first major hoax, the "Fejee" mermaid, it was a tail of a fish and the head of a monkey. He justified his hoaxes or "humbugs" as "advertisements to draw attention...to the Museum. I don't believe in duping the public, but I believe in first attracting and then pleasing them.". He also reportedly offered to pay Bernhard 10,000 to show off her amputated leg. She refused. Who was he?

8) It was invented in 1834 in England by William Horner. He called it the 'Daedalum' ('the wheel of the devil). It didn't become popular until the 1860s, when it was patented by makers in both England and America. The American developer, William F. Lincoln, named his toy this, which means 'wheel of life'. It is s a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. It consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. Beneath the slits on the inner surface of the cylinder is a band which has either individual frames from a video/film or images from a set of sequenced drawings or photographs. what is it?

9) The brothers stated that "the cinema is an invention without any future" and declined to sell their camera to other filmmakers. They turned their attention to photography, where many of their inventions of the 20th century are under the name Ilford, with whom they merged. However- They patented a number of significant processes leading up to their film camera - most notably film perforations as a means of advancing the film through the camera and projector. Their first public screening of films at which admission was charged was held in, 1895, at Paris's Salon Indien du Grand Café. This history-making presentation featured ten short films, including their first film, They are credited with making some of the first movies ever shown, who were they?

10) Its pre-history began in 1975, when Warner Cable launched the first two-way interactive cable TV system, Qube, in Columbus, Ohio.The Qube system offered many specialized channels, including a children's channel called Pinwheel which would later become Nickelodeon. One of these specialized channels was Sight On Sound, a music channel that featured concert footage and music oriented TV programs; with the interactive Qube service, viewers could vote for their favorite songs and artists. It launched On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack. Yes, it is MTV. What was the first video ever played on the channel?

11) Products of the Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha or YKK group are used by probably every member of the outworld audience and those of you in real life too. YKK claims to be the first company of its kind to promote environmental protection measures. And has developed a line of environmentally friendly products, following the company's philosophy "The Cycle of Goodness" which means that one prospers when the person renders benefit to others. Where do you see the initials YKK everyday?

12) On this Saturnian moon, jets of powdery snow and water vapor, laden with organic compounds, vent from the "tiger stripes," warm gashes in the surface. How can a body just over 500 kilometers across sustain such vigorous activity? The answer may be the presence of underground fluids, perhaps a sea, which would increase the efficiency of heating by tidal effects. Support for this idea has come from recent flybys. If has liquid water, it joins Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa as one of the prime places in the solar system to look for extraterrestrial life. What is the name of this moon.

13) This is an almond-shaped and size portion of the brain which helps us decide whether to fight, take flight or simply be afraid. Scientists also believe it helps form long-term memories, especially those tied to strong emotions. What part of the brain is often referred to as the "fear center?"

14) ) His prototype was created from a green ladies' coat that his creators mother had thrown into a waste bin, and he had two ping pong balls for eyes.and 11 ponts on his collar. He has made numerous guest appearances on popular television shows, including co-hosting individual episodes of a number of long-running talk shows: On April 2, 1979, he guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and as an April Fool's joke, he hosted CNN's Larry King Live in 1994 and interviewed Hulk Hogan. According to his autobiography, at the age of 12, he was the first of his siblings to leave the swamp, and one of the first frogs to talk to humans. Who is he?

15) This Chinese emperor, responsible for the first grand unification of china, is responsible for such famous projects as the terra cotta army, and the first phase of the great wall. He is suspected to have died well before his time, due to his alchemists and apothecaries prescribing balms and potions for his health whose main ingredient was quicksilver, later renamed mercury, which was, at the time, seen as a cure-all wonder drug of the ultra-elite.

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