Summer QoTD # 65 (Technology)

alligator, anteater, armadillo, auroch, axolotl, badger, bat, beaver, buffalo, camel, chameleon, cheetah, chipmunk, chinchilla, chupacabra, cormorant, coyote, crow, dingo, dinosaur, dolphin, duck, elephant, ferret, fox, frog, giraffe, gopher, grizzly, hedgehog, hippo, hyena, jackal, ibex, ifrit, iguana, koala, kraken, lemur, leopard, liger, llama, manatee, mink, monkey, narwhal, nyan cat, orangutan, otter, panda, penguin, platypus, python, pumpkin, quagga, rabbit, raccoon, rhino, sheep, shrew, skunk, slow loris, squirrel, turtle, walrus, wolf, wolverine, wombat.

The above all is a exhaustive list of “anonymous” animals which can be seen online when one clicks on X.

Give X/Put Funda.

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Summer #64 QoTD (Sport)

Most footballs in the 1900’s had a tanned leather cover with eighteen sections stitched together. Each section was stitched together and a small lace-up slit was on one side. Once inflated, the tube was inserted through the 15 cm slit and then the opening was laced up tight. With the development of a new valve , a certain “phenomenon” grew in number , ID the phenomenon.

Summer QotD #63 (India)

<Spoiler Alert>
X is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “circle”. It is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. As a motif, Xs often exhibit radial symmetry.

The term is also used in a political context to refer to several south-east Asian kingdom-states which did not conform to European and Chinese views of a territory defined state, and whose polity was defined by its centre rather than its boundaries.
While X’s depictions usually contain doorways, it was mentioned in Y that they are placed on doors and passages, a statement which also serves as an important plot point.
Id X and Y.

Summer QotD #62 (Literature)

The Cobbe portrait is an early Jacobean panel painting of a gentleman which has been argued to be a life portrait of X. Id X.
There are several facts supporting/disputing this claim-

  • Scientific testing has shown that the portrait is painted on a panel of English oak sometime after 1595; the form of the collar suggests a painting date of around 1610.
  • Other scholars have noted numerous differences between the Cobbe portrait and the authentic but posthumous Droeshout engraving that appeared in the First Folio of X’s works.

Summer QoTD #61 (Business)

During the second World War, Japan invaded several rubber producing countries, cutting off US’s rubber supply. As a result, the US government funded research into synthetic rubber alternatives. James Wright, while working at General Electric lab, dropped some boric acid into a vat of silicone oil, and got a substance that was bouncier and stretchier than rubber. It also had several other interesting properties, some of which are characteristic of non-Newtonian fluids. While the US government did not use his invention, it caught the eye of a businessman, who packaged it into colourful plastic egg-shaped containers, and marketed it to a specific audience. The product is also used for a variety of other purposes. For instance, astronauts on the Apollo 8 used it to hold their tools in place under micro-gravity.

Id the product, which is now sold by Crayola.

Summer QotD #60 (Random)

In his resume, Peter Norvig, currently the Director of Research at Google claims that he won the Time Person of the year award thrice- once in 1966 (along with 3 billion other baby boomers), once in 2011 (as the “Protestor”) and once on another occasion.
Which was the third occasion, where he shared the prize with a much larger group of people, and who was the Time person of the year then?

Summer QoTD #58 (Entertainment)

____ ____ is a 2000 Japanese dystopian thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami.  The film follows a group of junior high schoolers forced to fight to the death by the Japanese government.

The plot of this movie (whose blurb described above) inspired a genre of entertainment which is highly popular now, across platforms.

Fitb (the blanks are japanese translations of English words, give the English version) , blanks not indicative.