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Showing posts from April, 2015


NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft was launched in 2004 to study a planet, which it did so until crashing into the planet in Apr 2015. Which planet did it study, hinted by its name?

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This day last year: Q.1308


Premiering in Jan 2015 to critical acclaim and based on a set of books, identify this TV series named after the 16th century residence of the influential Seymour family in Britain.

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This day last year: Q.1306


Identify the peninsula to the left in the Dardanelles region in Turkey, which saw lots of Australians and New Zealanders congregate there to commemmorate a centenary on 25 April 2015.

Image: "Dardanelles map2". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

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This day last year: Q.1304


"The Sixth ________: An unnatural history" won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The book by Elizabeth Kolbert claims that we are currently in the middle of the 6th version of an event that results in a dramatic decrease in life on Earth (some of the previous 5 are Triassic-Jurassic and Late Devonian).

What word completes the title of this book, and what concept is this about?

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This day last year: Q.1303


Vijay Vairagade is a Nagpur-based activist who is also known as Vira Saathidar. He starred in which 2015 film release that also mirrored his experience of fighting a case of "electricity theft" against the police?

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This day last year: Q.1301


Lawyer Raphael Jemkin coined this term partly based on events involving Armenians during World War I in Apr 1915. 2015 marks the centenary of this terrible time in 20th century history. Turkey still denies the application of this word to that time, while Pope Francis annoyed them by repeating this word in public.

What word?
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This day last year: Q.1299


In 2015, Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade, who professes "Deshivaad", a somewhat controversial literary theory that asserts that writers should look inward and resist globalisation, got into a spat with writer Salman Rushdie after he criticised Rushdie's literary works. Rushdie then wrote: "Grumpy old man. Just take your prize and say thank you nicely. I doubt you’ve even read the work you attack"

What "prize" was Rushdie referring to?

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This day last year: Q.1293


How is a 1971 Hindi film character which was partly inspired by the director Hrishikesh Mukherjee connected to a 2015 Hindi film character whose daughter is the titular character of that film?

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This day last year: Q.1293


Announced in Feb 2015, this sequel takes its name from this Biblical line: "For thus hath the Lord said unto me, ___, ___ ___ ___, let him declare what he seeth."

This is a sequel to which book, whose author now lives in an old age facility in Alabama, USA?

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This day last year: Q.1290


The Indian low cost airline AirAsia India made public its fourth aircraft in Mar 2015. Called "The Pioneer", this airline paid tribute to one of the first Indians to fly by putting his portrait on the aeroplane.

Which Indian's face would you see on "The Pioneer"?

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This day last year: Q.1289


Guest question by Avinav Prakash | contribute questions

In March 2015, a 30-member contingent of Indian Army began preparing to clean one of the most littered places on earth, hoping to come back with about 4000 kg of waste, taking a cue from PM Modi's "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan".

To be attempted in May 2015, where are they taking the cleanliness campaign?

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This day last year: Q.1288


On Apr 1, 2015, as part of a great April Fool's joke, the non-profit "Teach For America" announced on its Facebook page that:
"We're excited to welcome ____, who has accepted our offer to join the 2015 corps after announcing his departure from _____ last week. We believe that [his] experiences being both revered and ridiculed by teens and preteens and surviving Simon Cowell's management - not to mention the overall Story of His Life - will equip him well for success in the classroom...
About whom was TFA talking about, and what was the departure from?
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This day last year: Q.1287


Caleb and Cody are brothers with not much acting experience. They appeared as "stand-ins" for their brother (a much more experienced actor) in a 2015 Hollywood release. The film was dedicated to their brother as well.

Which film and actor?

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This day last year: Q.1286


Terry Pratchett, the famed British author, died in Mar 2015. After his death, his official Twitter account put out the following tweets (read from bottom to top):

Why is the last line in capital letters?

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This day last year: Q.1285


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The Minor Planet Center is responsible for keeping track of space objects such as asteroids, minor planets, and comets. A staff member, Michael Rudenko, was charged with finding a name for minor planet no. 4538.

Being a chess enthusiast, Rudenko picked the name of which player, known to be an avid astronomy buff himself, who became a grandmaster in 1988, coincidentally, the year in which this space object was discovered?

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This day last year: Q.1283


In Mar 2015, why did this logo of a European company change from the left to the greyed-out version on the right on social media?


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This day last year: Q.1282


What feat, similar to the one achieved by Mario Zagallo of Brazil in 1970 and by Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany in 1990 with regards to international football, was achieved as a result of the 2015 World Cup Cricket Final?

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This day last year: Q.1281


Ranbir Raj was the second from the family to get this, doing so in 1987. Balbir Raj is the third, getting this in Mar 2015.

Who was the first from the family, and what are we talking of?

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This day last year: Q.1280


On this stamp, you see a traditional Russian boiler used to heat water. Something named after this in Mumbai received a closure notice in March 2015, with orders to shut shop in April.

What is this called?

Image: Wikipedia

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This day last year: Q.1279