Friday, 16 May 2014

Information Trivia section A part I

Can you see only black and white in the game of chess?
Yes. All the pieces are either black or white and the board comprises of 32 white and 32 black squares.
Will 1 liter of water weigh more than 1 kg?
No. The specific density of water is 1 g/cubic centimeter which means 1 liter of water will weigh exactly 1 liter. Water serves as the basis for calculating the specific densities of other material.
Is Hong Kong the capital of Japan?
No, the capital of Japan is Tokyo. It is the largest metropolitan area in the world. Along with London and New York City, Tokyo forms the “economic command centers” of the world.
Was the Apollo 11 spacecraft successful in placing a man on the moon?
Yes. Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. Buzz Aldrin also descended to the moon surface and Michael Collins remained in orbit during that July 1969 moon mission.
Does E=mc2 prove anything?
No. It shows the relationship between mass and energy in a hypothetical sense. It means that all mass is convertible to energy and if one were to supply energy to an object, the mass of the object would increase. Albert Einstein showed that relativity does not extend only to tangible actions like speed but it also applies to energy.
Is the President the head of state in America?
Yes. He is the also the head of the government and the commander in chief of the US Armed Forces. The first president was George Washington and the present president is Barack Obama.
Does every computer need a Modem to connect to the Internet?
Yes. The modem converts digital information to a suitable frequency fed through cables or the phone line to your house. The modem reconverts this frequency feed and changes it into a message that your computer will be able to read.
Is it possible to add fractions? How do you add fractions?
Yes. For mixed numbers, you have a whole part and a ‘p/q’ number or the fraction. Look at the figure given below. It is simple when one knows how to add fractions. There are two ways of doing this.
7 2/3 + 4 7/12
The first number is 7 and two by three, to which one has to add 4 seven by twelve. Adding the whole parts is simple. We get 11. In order to add the fractions you need to find out the common denominator. Here the numbers are three and twelve.
Multiply three and twelve and we have thirty-six. This is the common denominator. Therefore, the first fraction becomes 2 x 12 = 24 upon 36 and the second fraction becomes 7 x 3 = 21 upon thirty-six. Add the two numbers 24 and 21 to get 45. 45 /36 = 1 9/36. This is nothing but 1 ¼. Adding this to 11 the answer becomes 12 ¼.
7 2/3 + 4 7/12 =12 ¼
This is decimal addition and subtraction.
12.50 – 8.40 = 4.10
4.35 + 6.54 = 9.89
One represents $12 and 50¢ as $12.50.
If you make a purchase for $8 and 40¢ how much money will be left with you? You can deduct 8 from 12 to get 4 and deduct 40 from 50 to get 10. This means you will have $4.10.
Is Taj Mahal a war memorial?
No, Taj Mahal is a monument built by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite queen Noor Jahan. Built entirely of marble, it is one of wonders of the modern world.
Is rupee the currency of Thailand?
No, rupee is the currency of India. Sixty-two rupees are equivalent to one American dollar at the current market rates.
Is Salman Rushdie an inventor?
No, Salman Rushdie is an author who wrote the Satanic Verses in 1988. It has elements of magical realism and deals with demon, god, and the present world. The Muslim world ostracized Salman Rushdie for his open views on the subject.
Do George Reeves and Christopher Reeve have anything in common?
Yes, they have portrayed the character Superman in the movies. Christopher Reeve played Clark Kent in Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. George Reeves played this character in the movie Superman and the Mole Men.
Does the river Ganges flow through India?
Yes, it is one of the main rivers of the country. The river is 2,525 km long and has origins in the western Himalayas.
Is the Yellow River the longest river in China?
No, Yangtze is the longest river. The Yellow river is shorter in length at 5464 km. It is also the sixth longest river in the world. This “cradle of Chinese civilization’ has other sobriquets such as ‘Scourge of the Sons of Han’ and ‘China’s sorrow’.         
Is the eight zodiac sign the Scorpio?
Yes, it falls between October 23 and November 21. People who are born under this sign are motivated and control their destinies with a strong will. Their intuitive nature makes them curious about all things.
Did Alfred Hitchcock act in the movie “Psycho”?
No, Alfred Hitchcock was the director of the super thriller “Psycho”. The story is about a secretary on the run with her employer’s money. She stays at a hotel managed by a mentally disturbed man.
 Is the Petronas Twin Towers the tallest in the world at 1,482 feet?
No, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai is the tallest at 2, 722 feet. Construction on this building was finished by the year 2010.
Is Neil Armstrong the first man to go into space?
No, the first man in space was Yuri Gagarin, a soviet cosmonaut. He completed his space orbit in his Vostok spacecraft on 12 April, 1961.
Do you have more than 40 spots on a pair of dice?
Yes, there are in fact 42 spots on the pair of dice. The sum of number of spots on the opposite faces always adds up to 7.
Is Buckingham Palace the residence of the British Prime Minister?
No, the British Prime Minister normally resides at 10, Downing Street. One refers to it as No 10 and is easily the most famous address in the world. The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch.
Did Magellan complete his circumnavigation of the earth?
No, he died before his expedition (1519 – 1522) came to fruition. However, people remember him for his courage and enterprise in starting on such a courageous venture.
Source: All information is from Wikipedia.