Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The 1st Question 59 - 21 Jul 09

This Week’s Panel

Nexeus Fatale, Delinda Dyrssen, Rysan Fall & Perplexity Peccable


One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
Alvin Toffler

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
Walter Cronkite

Word UP of the week – Twidiculous - people who tweet what silly things like what they had for lunch
Delinda Dyrssen

Audience member saying of the week – “Muting is like grounding”
Pim Peccable

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1) There are other more well known names for this creature but Mogollon Monster, Momo the Monster, Nuk-luk, Old Yellow Top, Mono Grande, Yowie & the Fear liath as it is called in Scotland are some. Do you what urban legend these words describe?

2) He was the one responsible for the phrase “Warts & All” when asked if he wanted to be prettied up for his official portrait. He couldn’t have been prettied up from within. He exiled thousands of prisoners to Barbados (and Jamaica) to farm sugar cane. In 1701 there were 25000 slaves in Barbados, of which 21700 were white. The Redlegs are survivors of the indentured servants in Barbados during the seventeenth century. Who sent them there to begin with?

P:3) He originally had intended to study astronomy, however while serving in the German army, he almost died. His sister many miles away had a feeling he was in danger and got her father to telegram him. This astonished him so much that he switched to study psychology. His main contribution to medicine and neurology was the systematic study of the electrical activity of human brain and the development of electroencephalography (EEG), f and was also the first to describe the different waves or rhythms which were present in the normal and abnormal brain, such as the alpha . Disturbed by the consequences of the Second World War and National Socialism to his professional and private world, he committed suicide by hanging himself in 1941. Who was he?

4) WellAWARE Systems has created a passive monitoring system for older people who may need assistance, but prefer to live independently Monitoring key wellness indicators, such as eating, sleeping, bathing, activity, toilet use, and psycho-social aspects. Science fiction fans saw this one coming from a long way off. In his 1951 collection of short stories The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury writes about a similar kind of system in his classic short story The Veldt. What was the name of this Home that clothed fed and rocked them to sleep?

5) This remarkable hockey team was based in Manitoba. And founded in 1911 with a roster of entirely Icelandic players who were not able to play on the other Winnipeg teams due to racial prejudice. In their first season, they finished at the bottom of their league. But i8 years later they won big and went on to play in the first modern Olympics in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. And soundly beating all their opponents, won the first Olympic Gold Medal in Hockey for Canada & the first Olympic Gold Medal in ice hockey.. What is the name of this historic team?

6) The Committee of Safety, formally the Citizen's Committee of Public Safety, was a 13-member council composed of American, & European Hawaiian citizens that planned and carried out the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The goal of this group was to achieve annexation of Hawaii to the United States, which occurred in 1898 when Congress approved a joint resolution of annexation. The stage was set for this in 1887, when they forced King David Kalākaua to enact a constitution that stripped almost 75% of the native population of voting rights. Who forced him to sign the constitution under bayonet?

7) Security theater is a component of the culture of fear and consists of security countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually improve it. Security Theater gains importance both by satisfying and exploiting the gap between perceived risk and actual risk. Security theater encourages people to make uninformed, counterproductive political decisions as the feeling of (and wish for) safety can actually increase the real risk, and large economic costs aiding only those who wish to exploit or profit from it. The term Security Theatre was coined by him. Who is he?

H:8) Around the age of thirteen, he had a recurring dream that he was in a bookstore, trying to find an issue of Astounding Magazine, which would reveal the secrets of the universe.. His later works reflect his personal interest in metaphysics and theology, often drawing upon his own life experiences: addressing the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia. He was a "fictionalizing philosopher, married 5 times, Robert Heinlein bailed him out of financial trouble & Paul Giametti will play him in a movie soon called the owl in the daylight. After he died he was "resurrected" by his fans in the form of a remote-controlled android which was misplaced in 2006, and it has not yet been found. Who was this original science fiction writer who explored themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states?

9) Born Christa Päffgen, she was a German singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress, and Warhol Superstar. She had a bit part in La Dolce Vita and starred in the 1966 art film Chelsea Girls, which she named her solo debut album after. She was also a heroin addict for over 15 years. Her comeback concert at CBGB in early 1980 was glowingly reviewed in The New York Times. She died in 1988 after a bicycling accident, just shy of her 50th birthday. Who was this Velvet underground legend, lover of Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Jackson Browne, Brian Jones, Tim Buckley, Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop?

10) She was a Greek scholar from Alexandria and considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy She lived in Roman Egypt, and was killed by a Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil. Some suggest that her murder marked the end of the Hellenistic Age, & she worked as teacher of philosophy, teaching the works of Plato and Aristotle. Who was this famous woman of history, who Skylar Smythe recently produced and directed a smash hit play here of?

11) In the Crash of 1929, his family lost almost everything and moved to Gravesend, Brooklyn, where as a teenager, he delivered bread every morning before school to help make ends meet. In 1940 he wrote The Man Who Had All the Luck, which was produced yet closed after four performances. He was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 40s to early 60s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe. He traveled to Salem, Massachusetts to research the witch trials of 1692. And wrote a famous allegorical play in which he likened the situation with the House Un-American Activities Committee to the witch hunt in Salem.
Award winning and controversial playwright. Who died at the age of 89-year-old intending to marry his 34-year-old minimalist painter girlfriend?

12) This designer’s project originated from an "impact" brief and news about a British streaker who jumped into the Japanese Emperor's palace moat. She was interested in this news & wanted to represent this principle. Since the invention and proliferation of the photocopier, office clowns around the world have been united in a single desire - particularly around Christmas party time. Ignoring the hazard of broken glass and the virtual certainty of dismissal should they be discovered, thousands of pranksters annually drop their strides or hike their skirts and enjoy the age-old ritual of photocopying their backsides for their innocent co-workers to find in the out tray. This Japanese woman has designed a chair for this very purpose. What is this called?

13) He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut and it is his library which made me swoon. This is a man after Pooky’s wee heart.. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects-on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor-the room occupies 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) are those books bound in rubies. (Yes.) Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (It is.). A 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. and an original copy of the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, the first illustrated history book According to the 1999 Forbes 400, his net worth once topped $4 billion, which was almost entirely stock. Much was lost during the dot-com crash. Who is this man of treasure?

14) As we commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this week, it’s worth asking what happened to those old dreams of lunar colonies and missions to Mars. NASA is reportedly struggling thanks to a general lack of interest and, it claims, funding. But, even with $187 billion, their Project Constellation is unlikely to reach the moon before 2020. The best hope right now seems to be driven by the private sector: Google’s $30 million Lunar X PRIZE which is a deceptively simple competition: safely land a robot on the surface of the moon. Odyssey Moon, first team to register wants to “capitalize on commercial opportunities and is backed by one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. And it has its first paying client, from what country?
15) This skyscraper is capable of providing a sprawling urban populous with food, the reuse of natural resources and biodegradeable waste. Called the Dragonfly it represents an extension of vertical farming, and use of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and tide-turbine power. The space between the pair of "wings" would use solar energy to accumulate warm air within the structure during winter months, and the design of the spine would efficiently separate and recirculate waste products from plants, humans beings and animals. The importance of research into this area is huge the UN predicts by 2025, worldwide urban population have risen from 3.1 billion to 5.5 billion. The long-term effect would seem to far outweigh the short-term cost. In what City will this very hopefully be found?

16) Its not Smell-o-vision and it’s not aromatherapy but this company has come up with a the fragrance designed as an abstract vision for a scent. The fragrance contains the scent of leather and minerals--to evoke watchbands and the quartz mechanism--and also top notes meant to evoke electricity. The point, is a "glam future"--to hark back to the 1960s and 1970s. "Futurism used to be optimistic, not terrifying, The Company began in 2004, around the idea of telling time as a linear graph. What is the company who made a watch perfume called?

17)ATMs from this country have gone hot with their latest means of fighting thieves - they are now equipped with pepper spray. The cash machines make use of cameras and special software that detect miscreants tampering with the card slots. The autonomous ATM apparently makes the decision to use pepper spray without the assistance of a human operator. But the mechanism backfired in one incident last week when pepper spray was inadvertently inhaled by three technicians who required treatment from paramedics. In what country does the attack ATM’s exist?

18) Usually, when a young baby cries, the cause is one of three things. They are hungry, tired or need their diaper changed. if not this they are sick! -An inventor and parent set about searching for an ink pigment with heat-sensitive molecules. And spent six years and over USD 1.15million working with scientists to embed the pigment into cotton baby suits. The baby suits come in pastels but if the child’s temperature rises above 98.6, the suit turns white, instantly alerting you that they are too hot what is the name of this?

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