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Rules: 5 marks for each correct answer
1. This word appeared for the first time somewhere around 1784 meaning an odd person.Later, it acquired the meaning of to make fun of, or to mock. The exact origin of its current meaning is unknown but this meaning had not appeared till 1867.
A well known story about the origin of this word is: In 1791, a theater owner in Dublin, James Daly made a bet that he could introduce a new word into the English Language in 24 hours. He hired a bunch of street urchins to write this word, which basically didn’t mean anything back then, on all the walls of the city. Within the stipulated time, the word became very popular and had acquired a meaning(since no one knew what it meant, it was common consensus that this was some sort of a test).
While entertaining, there is absolutely no evidence to support it and the term was already in use before the alleged bet in 1791.
2. This Finnish company was started as a wood pulp mill in 1865 on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids in Tampere town. The company was later relocated to the town of _______________ on the banks of the ___________virta river, where it got its current day name. It was named after the river, which in turn was named after an old Finnish word meaning the animal Sable. The present day company was formed by the conglomerate of this company with a rubber company and today produces something totally different from rubber or wood pulp. Which company am I talking about? (Blanks are dead giveaways)
3. D. B. Cooper (aka "Dan Cooper") is an alias of an aircraft hijacker who, on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of US$200,000,jumped from the back of a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific Northwest of the United States somewhere over the Cascade Mountains, possibly over Woodland, Washington.No conclusive evidence has surfaced regarding Cooper’s whereabouts; the FBI believes he did not survive the jump. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump.
Two significant clues have turned up in the case. In late 1978, a placard, which contained instructions on how to lower the aft stairs of a 727, believed to be from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped, was found just a few flying minutes north of Cooper’s projected drop zone. In February 1980, eight-year-old Brian Ingram found approximately $5,800 in decaying $20 bills on the banks of the Columbia River.
The nature of Cooper’s escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue people. The Cooper case (code-named "Norjak" by the FBI) remains an unsolved mystery.
This is straight off the wiki entry on D.B.Cooper. Why did he suddenly come into the limelight in August 2005?