Sunday, June 22, 2008

Answers to...........

Here are the answers to my first post. hope u guys liked it I will soon follow with another one. till then happy quizzing.

1. Smoking
2. Cuban Cigars
3. White Elephant
The metaphor was popularized in the United States after New York Giants manager John McGraw told the press that Philadelphia businessman Benjamin Shibe had "bought himself a white elephant" by acquiring the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team in 1901. The Athletics manager Connie Mack subsequently selected the elephant as the team symbol and mascot. The team is occasionally referred to as the White Elephants.
4. Casablanca
Casa=house, Blanca=white. It's original Arab name was Dar el-Beida, which also means "white house".
5. Pooh. English author A. A. Milne wrote the poem “Us Two”. The poem features the characters Christopher Robin and his bear, Pooh, who became famous after the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). Although Milne also wrote literature for adults, including short stories, plays, novels, poetry, and essays, he is best known for the acclaimed children’s stories and poems about the beloved stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh.
6. April fool’s day.
7. Advertisement for Slave Auction, 1829
This American slave auction advertised slaves for sale or temporary hire by their owners. Buyers often paid as much as $2,000 for a skilled, healthy slave. Such auctions often separated family members from one another, many of whom never saw their loved ones again.

8. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation
On January 1, 1863, US President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ordering that all slaves be freed. The Proclamation marked a radical departure in policy, but reflected the overwhelming public sentiment in the North. About 3 million people were freed by the terms of the document, which is regarded as one of the most important state documents of the United States.
9. The young Franklin Roosevelt with his father James Roosevelt.
10. God save the queen/king

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

1. The following pic refer to one of earlier forms of something very common today. Identify.

2. What are Cohíba, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo, Partagás, Romeo y Julieta and Quintero?
3. P.T. Barnum once sent an agent to buy this hoping to use it as a circus attraction. When it arrived in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the public was not impressed and Barnum had to keep it hidden while he tried to decide how to recover some of the high cost. What expression originated from this incident?
4. This city presumably started out as a significant "white house". So it was named....?
5. Wherever I am , there’s always ____,
There’s always ____ and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says ___:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says __, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says ___.
Fill in the blanks.
6. In France the ____ is called poisson d'avril (___ fish) and in Scotland a “gowk” or cuckoo. The custom has been observed in many countries for centuries. It is recorded that one particular event took place in London in 1860 when several hundred important people received invitations to watch the ceremony of the Washing of the White Lions at the Tower of London. Admission would be by the White Gate said the invitation card. What followed next or just fill in the blanks?
7. It’s an add published in 1829. Just identify the add?

8. Another blast from the past. Why is this letter famous?

9. Identify both men.

10. This tune is in the metre and style of a galliard, and various sources in the early 17th century, from a keyboard piece by John Bull to a Christmas carol of 1611, Remember, O Thou Man, have been proposed as its origin. It first appeared in its present form in 1745—the same year as the first appearance of the words—when it was sung in two London theatres. Handel's Occasional Oratorio (1746), which dealt with the events of the uprising, quoted the tune, and it has been the subject of variations by many other composers, including Beethoven, Weber, Brahms, and Ives. In the United States, the tune is known as “America” and has been sung to many different words, most notably My Country, 'Tis of Thee (1832) by Samuel F. Smith. Identify the song.