Trivia Thursday: Unknown Facts About Superman

Trivia Thursday: Unknown Facts About Superman

Every year, Superman Day is observed on the 12th of June. As a tribute to the “Man of Steel”, in this week’s Trivia Thursday we have covered some very interesting and unknown facts about Superman!

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at some interesting facts about Superman!

  1. Jerry Siegel, who along with Joe Shuster and Wayne Boring created Superman, has also created other characters for the Detective Comics (DC) like Lex Luthor, Superboy, Jor-El and more. He also created Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane.
  2. The Daily Planet where Superman and Lois Lane worked, was founded by a newspaper publisher, Joshua Meriwheter in 1775. It is headquartered in Metropolis, US.
  3. Superman first appeared in 1938 in the first issue of Action Comics. The original comic book was recently sold on eBay for more than $3,207,852 USD and became the only comic book to ever sell over $3 millions.
  4. Marco Zorzin (Brazil) has the largest collection of Superman memorabilia which consists of 1,518 individual items. He has also changed his middle name to ‘Superman’.
  5. George Reeves played the role of the first Superman in ‘Superman and the Mole Men’, which was released in 1951. He also played the role of Superman in the 1952–1958 television program ‘Adventures of Superman’ which had 104 episodes.
  6. The 15-foot-tall statue of Superman at the Superman Square in Metropolis, Illinois is the largest Superman statue in the world. A statue of Lois Lane is located nearby.
  7. Krypton, the planet from which Superman belongs, was destroyed after the red supergiant star, Rao, became a supernova. This obliterated the whole species on the planet.
  8. The hideout of Superman is called the Fortress of Solitude. It was destroyed by Lex Luthor in the Detective Comics in 2008.

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Trivia Thursday: Intriguing Facts About Bicycles

Trivia Thursday: Intriguing Facts About Bicycles

As countries across the globe celebrate World Bicycle Day on June 3 to promote a healthier lifestyle, let’s have a look at some very interesting facts on bicycles in this week’s Trivia Thursday!

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at some interesting facts on bicycles!

  1. Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage in 1817 for faster navigation. 2 wheels were attached to the pedal-less device, which was propelled by pushing foot against the ground. Known as the draisine, it led to the creation of the modern bicycle.
  2. The first road race championship was the Tour De France which was sponsored by the newspaper L’Auto, which is currently known as the L’Équipe. It was organised from 1 to 19 July in six stages over 2,428 km.
  3. Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the first flying aeroplane, originally ran a bicycle repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. They created the Wright Flyer in their shop.
  4. Hosea W. Libbey in Boston invented the first electric bicycle in 189, powered by a double motor. That same design was later used by the Giant Lafree e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) brand in the 1990s.
  5. Giant Manufacturing Co, a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer, is the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world. It was founded by King Liu in 1972 at Dajia, Taichung, Taiwan.
  6. In 1935, 25-year-old Fred A. Birchmore toured the globe on a bicycle. 40,000 miles were covered on the trip, which included Europe, Asia, and the United States. About 25,000 miles were pedalled by him and the rest were travelled by boat.
  7. The Netherlands holds the record as the nation with the most bicycles per capita. Netherlands PM MArk Rutte is famous for going to office on cycle.
  8. Established in 1956, Hero Cycles is the oldest Indian bicycle Manufacturing company. It was founded by the Munjal Family of Ludhiana with Pankaj Munjal being its current chairman and MD.

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Trivia Thursday: Monumental Assassinations Of World Leaders

Trivia Thursday: Monumental Assassinations Of World Leaders

On 29th May, 1917, US President John F. Kennedy was born. He was infamously assassinated while travelling in the presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas. In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let’s go back in history and have a look at some of the most monumental assassinations of world leaders.

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at some of the monumental assassinations of world leaders:

John F. Kennedy 
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas by former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald. John Connally, the then Governor of Texas was also seriously wounded in the incident.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. He was assassinated while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC.

Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray. It was later found that Loyd Jowers, a restaurant owner was also involved in the assassination.

Indira Gandhi
The former Prime Minister of India was assassinated on October 31, 1984 at her residence in Safdarjung Road, New Delhi. She was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star.

Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Along with him 14 other people also died. The film Madras Cafe which released in 2013 based on this set of events.

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse. He was shot three times in the chest at point-blank range. Godse was sentenced to death on November 8, 1949.

Archduke Ferdinand
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand occurred on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This led to Austria-Hungary along with Germany invading French and Russian provinces which eventually led to World War 1.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar was assassinated by his senators on March 15, 44 BC. He was stabbed 23 times ia a coup led by Marcus Junius Brutus in which at least 60 senators were involved.

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Trivia Thursday: Unique Museums in India

Trivia Thursday: Unique Museums in India

Hi guys! As we celebrated International Museum Day 2 days back on 18th May, in this week’s Trivia Thursday let’s have a look at some very interesting and unique museums of India!

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at some interesting and unique museums in India:

Sulabh International Museum Of Toilet (New Delhi)
Sulabh International runs the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi, which is devoted to the global history of sanitation and toilets. Social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, founded the museum in 1992.

Doll Museum (New Delhi)
K. Shankar Pillai (1902–1989), a well-known cartoonist, was its founder. This museum in Nehru House on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg houses 6000 dolls from 85 countries. There are 500 dolls dressed in costumes from all over India in the India show section.

RBI Museum (Kolkata, West Bengal)
The museum building was the first office of the RBI when it was formed in 1935. It shows the evolution of currency over the ages, from the barter system to paper currency. It also houses old and rare coins and paper currency from across the world.

Museum of Anatomy and Pathology (Manipal, Karnataka)
Housed in the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, the museum consists of over 3,000 specimens and samples. These include skulls of an elephant and a whale, and a long skeleton of a King Cobra, etc.

Mayong Central Museum and Emporium (Mayong, Assam)
Opened in 2002, the museum houses archaeological relics and artefacts, including books on black magic. Mayong is known as India’s Black Magic Capital.

Archaeological Museum (Lothal, Gujarat)
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated Lothal from 13 February 1955 to 19 May 1960. About 5,000 objects discovered in India are housed in the museum.

Naval Aviation Museum (Vasco Da Gama, Goa)
It is a military aviation museum in Bogmalo, 6 kilometres from Vasco da Gama, Goa. The museum opened on 12th October, 1998 with a collection of six planes. It now has both indoor and outdoor exhibits from aircrafts to uniforms of Navy Soldiers.

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Trivia Thursday: Indian Origin CEOs Of Global Tech Companies

Trivia Thursday: Indian Origin CEO's Of Global Tech Companies

As we celebrated National Technology Day on Tuesday, 11th May, in this week’s Trivia Thursday, let’s have a look at some prominent Indian origin CEOs of global tech companies!

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at Indian origin CEOs of global tech companies:

Sundar Pichai
Company: Google
Sundar Pichai earned his degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur. He joined Google in 2004 as VP of Product Management and oversaw development of Google Chrome and Google Drive.

Satya Nadella
Company: Microsoft
Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in 2014 after Steve Ballmer stepped down. Before becoming the CEO, he was the Senior Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and business division.

Shantanu Narayen
Company: Adobe
Shantanu became the Vice President and General Manager of Adobe’s engineering technology division in 1998. He was appointed President and COO in 2005, CEO in 2007, and has been the Chairman of the board since 2017.

Arvind Krishna
Comapny: IBM
Arvind Krishna received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur in 1985. He joined IBM in 1990 at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Sanjay Mehrotra
Company: Micron Technology
Mehrotra earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from Berkeley. He was the co-founder of SanDisk and also served as its President and CEO until 2016 when it was acquired by Western Digital. Mehrotra is the owner of over 70 patents.

Sandeep Mathrani
Company: WeWork
Sandeep Mathrani is an Indian-American real estate executive who took over as CEO of WeWork after Adam Neumann was fired. He was the CEO of GGP Inc and the retail division of its parent company Brookfield Property Partners previously.

Anjali Sud
Company: Vimeo
Anjali Sud was named CEO of Vimeo in July 2017, shortly after the company revealed plans to shift its direction from investing in original content and toward providing apps and resources for video producers. Vimeo acquired Livestream and the video editing software Magisto under her leadership.

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