March 29, 2007

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 7

Q1. This brand, well know in the UK, was formed in 1986 by merging two popular clothing brands Moustache – men’s and Emanuelle – women’s; two kisses (symbolically) were added to give it the name we know today. The company was founded in 1970 by an Indian entrepreneur Ratan Chaddha who later sold it to an U.S. apparel Company, Liz Claiborne Inc.

MEXX. In 1986 the two brand names were merged to form: M (from Moustache) + E (from Emanuelle) + XX (two kisses - an abbreviation for "kiss kiss”) to create: MEXX.

Q2. Identify the company . (easy one)

Google. When Google was a Stanford research project, it was nicknamed BackRub because the technology checks backlinks to determine a site's importance.

Q3. It was created in 2006 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis codenamed “ The Venice Project”. Currently in its beta version it is based on a P2P TV technology and is all set to revolutionize the way we watch TV. What is being referred to here?

Joost (pronounced 'juiced') is an interactive software for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer TV technology, created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa).

Q4. ConnectIQ.

Smart (formerly MicroCompactCar smart) is a brand of microcars and superminis based in Böblingen, Germany. The name of the company, part of DaimlerChrysler, was changed from Micro Compact Car GmbH to Smart GmbH in September 2002. It is marketed as the "smart" in all lower case, as seen in its logo. The current smart brand logo denotes a C for "Compact" and an arrow for "forward thinking".

The project idea was originally supported by Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch (Nicolas Hayek the CEO of Swatch), and was nicknamed the "Swatchmobile". The name SMART is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART

Q5. Identify the logos

i) 3 Com

ii) Akzo Nobel – A Dutch MNC headquartered in Arnhem, NV leader in healthcare products, paintings and coatings and chemicals

Q6. What word connects -

a member of the 1st squadron of the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army

a member of Alpha Company, 980th Engineer Battalion United States Army Reserve

a baseball pitcher who throws beanballs (a colloquial sports term for a ball thrown at an opposing player with the intention of striking him such as to cause harm, often connoting a throw at the player's head)

and a jargon in the HR terminology.


Q7. This experiment is very well known in total quality management. It was designed by a famous quality guru and is used as a tool to show managers several lessons in management and sampling. Which experiment.

Deming’s famous Red Bead Experiment. The tool helps illustrate that managers can often tamper rather than manage when they act without understanding the systems they manage. The tool can be used to help managers see that they may make silly demands of the people in their organizations. This has often helped open managers minds to why they should learn about the Deming's management theories. Short Video

Q8. Joseph Cyril Bamford was one of Britain’s finest innovators. He started his business in 1945 manufacturing a tipping trailer (see image) with a £1 welding set (see image) in a lock-up garage he rented in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Later he sold the trailer at the local market for £45. In 1948 his company made the first hydraulic tipping trailer in Europe and later the first backhoe excavator was introduced. Today the company is one of the most respected names in its business and rightly sports its slogan “A Product of Hard Work”.

Name the company

JCB – A Product of Hard Work.

Q9. Connect (list not exhaustive)

9W - CD - DN - IT - S2 - 6E - SG – G8

IATA Codes for Domestic Airlines (India)

9W - Jet Airways

CD - Alliance Air

DN - Air Deccan

IT - Kingfisher Airlines

S2 - Air Sahara

6E - IndiGo Airlines

SG – Spicejet

G8 – GoAir


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January 27, 2007


To all my fellow quizzophiles

Apologies for the delay in posting the TY series. I have been pre-occupied with some work on the personal front so still a few days to go before I resume posting the T Y series till then here is an OBQ

He has the distinction of penning down the most profitable advertisement of all times, also called the "billion dollar mail"- for its 25 years in circulation this direct mail has bought in nearly a billion dollars through subscriptions for this newspaper. Here is an extract from the mail.

Name this adguru and the advertiser for whom he wrote this mail.

Dear Reader:

On a beautiful late spring afternoon, twenty-five years ago, two young men graduated from the same college. They were very much alike, these two young men. Both had been better than average students, both were personable and both—as young college graduates are—were filled with ambitious dreams for the future.

Recently, these men returned to their college for their 25th reunion.

They were still very much alike. Both were happily married. Both had three children. And both, it turned out, had gone to work for the same Midwestern manufacturing company after graduation, and were still there.

But there was a difference. One of the men was manager of a small department of that company. The other was its president.

The adguru is Late Martin Conroy and the advertiser is The Wall Street Journal. Read the letter here and some more info here