Tuesday, January 29, 2013

131. Win just one for the Gipper

George "The Gipper" Gipp played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the most versatile athletes to play the game of football. He died at the age of 25 years, of a streptococcal throat infection, shortly after leading Notre Dame to a win over Northwestern University. He is the subject of Knut Rockne's famous "Win just one for the Gipper" speech. The speech was also used in the film based on Knut Rockne's life in 1940.

The phrase "Win just one for the Gipper" was used in the 1988 US Presidential elections, by Ronald Reagan, endorsing George HW Bush, and again in 2004 by Dubya.

Give the funda about why a sports person like George Gipp would be mentioned in two different presidential speeches, and so prominently.

Ronald Reagan played The Gipper in the 1940 film, and throughout his presidency was known by the nickname The Gipper. The phrase "Win just one for the Gipper" conveyed support for George HW Bush and Dubya from the popular legacy of Reagan's two terms.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


This is a 2007 science fiction film about a retiring University Professor who claims to be a cro-magnon who has survived for 14,000 years. The entire film is set in the professor's house during his farewell party, with the plot advancing through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members.

The film was made on a budget of $200,000, and was screened at many film festivals. However something related to the distribution of the film is unique, with the producers actually thanking a particular community/group. What is unique?

Film producer Eric D. Wilkinson thanked users of BitTorrent, who distributed the movie without express permission, saying that it has lifted the profile of the film beyond the financier's expectations, while encouraging fans to buy DVDs or donate.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


This is a picturization of a particular phrase, popularized by Stephen Hawking. Other metaphors describing the circular cause and consequence of the same problem are the "chicken and egg " problem and the Munchausen Trilemma. 

Some space above the topmost turtle has been blanked out. Give funda.


128. Tribute to Brazil's Le Corbusier

Who wrote this:

I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.

Oscar Niemeyer

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


This was a rock concert held at ________Speedway in Northern California. The concert was organized by The Rolling Stones, and was anticipated by many to be a "Woodstock West". Artists that played during the event included Santana, Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform, but declined to play shortly before their scheduled performance because of the increasing violence at the venue.

An incident which shot the concert to notoriety was the death of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter, who under the alleged influence of drugs "intended to do terrible harm to Mick or somebody in the Rolling Stones." He was intercepted by a member of Hell's Angels, who were incharge of security at the concert, (according to reports in return for $500 worth of beer), and who stabbed Hunter resulting in his death. In all there were three deaths among the audience, and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones and Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane were punched and hurt during the concert. The documentary Gimme Shelter which chronicled the last weeks of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US Tour incorporated extensive footage from this concert. Name the concert.

Altamont Free Concert


 X is a former Chinese politician. He came to prominence through his tenures as the mayor of Dalian and then Governor of Laoning province. The son of Bo Yibo, one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, he is widely identified as one of the princelings of Chinese politics. Between 2007 and 2012 he served as a member of the Central Politburo and secretary of the Communist Party's Chongqing branch.
He came to international attention when his top lieutenant and police chief Wang Lijun fled and sought asylum at the American consulate in Chengdu and revealed details of X's alleged involvement in the homicide plot of British citizen Neil Heywood. The incident exposed factionalism and corruption within the Communist Party to international observers, serving as a major embarrasment to the Party before the CPC 18th National Congress. His wife was convicted of the murder, and he was stripped of all party positions, lost his seat at the National People's Congress, and eventually expelled from the party.

Bo Xilai

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


This painting is called Nine Jackies, painted after JFK's assassination by one of the most famous modern artist. Name the Artist.

Andy Warhol