Monday, December 04, 2006

My Own Quiznet Quizzes: Business - I

Originally posted on Quiznet in July 2001

1. "The letter 'K' is forceful, direct and arresting. I decided to use it twice for emphasis, to begin the name and to end it. Then I filled in the other letters to make the word short and catchy as to sound." Who said this?
Answer: George Eastman about how he arrived at the word 'Kodak'.

2. In 1989, the State of California designated the Addison Avenue Garage as a California Historical Landmark and called it 'The birthplace of Silicon Valley'. Which company was founded in this garage?
Answer: Hewlett-Packard

3. Which corporate logo was designed by George Dexter?
Answer: The Golden Arches of McDonald's

4. David McConnell used to sell books door-to-door in Brooklyn and used tiny perfume samples to capture the interest of the homemakers. He quickly realised that the people were more interested in his perfumes. So, in 1887 he founded the California Perfume Company. How do we know this company as?
Answer: Avon Cosmetics Limited (The name change took place in 1928)

5. What is common to the following- 'Eagle' in Los Angeles, 'Spirit of Akron' in Ohio, 'Stars and Stripes' in Florida and 'Europa' in Rome?
Answer: These are the four Goodyear Blimps

6. He always gave 1/10th of his earnings to church charities and formed the American Bible Society, a group that dispensed free Bibles. He did this after a valuable family Bible of his was stolen. Who?
Answer: William Colgate (Founder of what else, but Colgate)

7. In 1907, Rolls Royce unveiled a car that was officially called 40/50. What did it come to be known as?
Answer: Silver Ghost.
Because of the silver-gray colour and it was so free of engine noise, that it ran as quietly as a ghost.

8. In 1952, this company decided to celebrate its 75th anniversary by awarding five shares of common stock to any employee who had a baby on October 15th. Name this company.
Answer: General Electric.
The company's guess that 13 GE babies would be born amounted to gross underestimation, since no less than 189 new GE babies were born that day.

9. "A Coke is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one, the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Coke's are the same, and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." To which artist is this quote attributed?
Answer: Andy Warhol
He made as effective use of the Coca-Cola bottle in his art as he did of the Campbell's soup can.

10. James Ritty was the proprietor of a 'café saloon' in Dayton and found himself plagued by petty embezzlement. On an ocean cruise, he is said to have observed a machine that recorded the rotations of the ship's propeller on a dial. This gave him the inspiration to patent a device that recorded transactions on a similar clock face. What was this device?
Answer: The Cash-Register


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