22/7. For the mathematically inclined, today is Pi Approximation Day, as 22/7 is the approximation value of pi. For the not-so mathematically inclined, which includes myself, today is the day, according to Robert Browning, when in 1376, the Pied Piper stepped out into the street and put his pipe to his lips and “out of the houses the rats came tumbling”. To commemorate the unfortunate day when the Piper not only rid Hamelin town of rats but also of all its children, today is remembered as Ratcatcher’s Day. Here’s a quick question: According to the poem, where were the children of Hamelin taken? Incidentally today, being the fourth Sunday in July, is also celebrated as Parents’ Day, so remember to wish ma and baba.
1. The division of which country in 1992 has often been dubbed as the Velvet Divorce due to it’s non-violent nature?
Altamish Faraaz Khan, Calcutta
2. Which cricketer was the first overseas player to play for Yorkshire County Cricket Club?
Shovon Chakraborty, Calcutta
3. With which comic-book character would one associate the hammer named Mjolnir?
Subhajit Sen, Calcutta
4. Till 2012, the President of the World Bank has traditionally always been a citizen of which country?
Nupur Bannerjee, Calcutta
5. Invented by Dr James Naismith, which sport was played for the first time at Springfiled YMCA, Massachusetts, in 1891?
Aditya Shukla, Calcutta
6. What is the short, stiff skirt worn by a ballerina, known as?
Ritam Majumder, Calcutta
7. Which player will captain the Great Britain football team in the London Olympics, 2012?
Rajiv Palit, Calcutta
8. Who was the first US President to visit India?
Mihir Roy, Calcutta
9. What is the name given to the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm dry weather?
Abira Nath, Calcutta
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Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin: That, in Transylvania there’s a tribe/ Of alien people who ascribe/ To the outlandish ways and dress/ On which their neighbours lay such stress.
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Which toy, useful for teaching algebraic Group Theory, has around 43 quintillion possible solutions?
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