Winter QoTD #12

The word X originates from Greek Mythology:

Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, a Greek hero who came to Crete to slay the Minotaur who lived in a subterranean Labyrinth. Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of yarn which he unwound as he entered the Labyrinth. This particular instance of Ariadne giving Theseus a ball of yarn marked the use of X in its current meaning. After slaying the Minotaur, Theseus followed the thread back to the entrance of the Labyrinth, rejoined Ariadne, and successfully escaped Crete.

If Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs weren’t eaten by birds, we would have a completely different word for the current meaning of X. Id X.

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Question 6, Winter League 2022

This word X derives its origin owing to its shape, which at that point in time was compared to a part in male anatomy. Surprisingly, it also act as aphrodisiacs: foods that stimulate sex drive. South Americans call it “apple of the winter”( even though it has a couple nicknames ending with pear) which when combined with the Aztec word for ‘sauce’ plays a role in naming the famous condiment made using X . The said item has numerous misleading names, owing to the fact that it sounds like lawyer in Spanish and crocodile in Mexican (referring to the immigration of people to the new world).


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Since it’s the weekend, we will be resuming with the Don Quizote Winter League, 2022! There will be 5 questions (Q. 6 to 10) coming up today and tomorrow, and each worth a maximum of twenty points. The scores shall be added to the existing leaderboard of last weekend. There are 3 jars of Nutella to be won, so go Nuts (literally)! We will be following last weekend’s pattern.

The next question will be here at 6 PM so stay hungry, stay tuned!

Winter QoTD #10

X derived from an Asiatic tree reached the Mediterranean world in ancient times from China, despite being native to ‘Ceylon’. Mention of X can be found in Chinese writing dating back to 2800 BC, and still known as “kwai” in the present day Cantonese language as it was once used as currency. The Arabic term for X owes to X being fragrant. Ancient Egyptians used X in their embalming process, and in making “Kyphi”, an incense used for medical purposes. 

Herodotus, Aristotle and other authors named Arabia as the source of X; they recounted that giant “X birds” collected X from an unknown land, which was a consequence of  traders’ fiction made up to charge more.

P.S. In the first century, 350 grams of X was worth 5 kilograms in silver.


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The weekends are here! We resume with the Winter League: Don Quizote Winter League, 2022 tomorrow; following the same format as last weekend.

The points gained this weekend will be added to the existing leaderboard with the always standing fact: Nutella at stake (:

Question 2, Winter League 2022

Above is the journal entry representing the first instance of something ‘actually’ happening. Common belief is that the above instance led to the present day use of the term X to refer to Y.

Contrary to common belief, the term X was first used by Edison in a letter to refer to Y, and the above entry is just a joke on the very term X.

Give me X and Y.

Winter QoTD #5

Despite having no distinct shape, X made its bottle the most recognizable bottle in the world. Its campaign, which featured print ads showing bottles “in the wild,” was so successful that they didn’t stop running it for 25 years. It’s the longest uninterrupted ad campaign ever and comprises over 1,500 separate ads.

ID the brand X.

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Soon, we begin with the first mini-league of the season! Keep a lookout for the first question at 12 PM.

Summer Mini-League 3, Question #4

Sometime in 1982, a seemingly innocuous conversation occurred in the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Department. Programmers logging long hours in the labs were frustrated by their long walks to the Coke machine, only to find it empty or, much worse, filled with warm soda.

You see, around the halls of CMU, caffeine wasn’t just a substance, it was a driving force. Something needed to be done about these errant trips to the machine.

Soon, conversation spun into action. The solution was the IP address: Apparently, frustrated CMU programmers in search for cold soda created a concept and industry which is was valued at USD 384.70 billion in 2021.

What am I specifically talking about?