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Interesting General Awareness Questions

Knowledge is one of the important qualities of Human being. People always try different ways to increase their knowledge base. Many people prefer to read books in various subjects, newspapers, magazines to improve their knowledge of different fields and subject matters. In my opinion, general knowledge quizzes are one of the fastest ways for increasing your general knowledge because it covers most of the branches of study like science, arts, maths, history etc. While solving GK quizzes you never get bored. There are many general knowledge quizzes sites which are completely and easy to use. Today I have come up with 13 interesting General Awareness Questions. So here comes the questions.

1. What is the full form of YAHOO?
2. What is the full form of ADIDAS?
3. Expansion of Star as in Star TV Network?
4. What is full form of “ICICI?”
5. The 1984-85 season. 2nd ODI between India and Pakistan at Sialkot – INDIA 210/3 with Vengsarkar 94*. Match abandoned. Why?
6. Who is the only man to have written the National Anthems for two different countries?
7. From what four word expression does the word ‘goodbye’ derive?
8. How was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu better known?
9. Name the only other country to have got independence on Aug 15th?
10. Why was James Bond Associated with the Number 007?
11. Who faced the first ball in the first ever One day match?
12. Which cricketer played for South Africa before it was banned from international cricket and later represented Zimbabwe ?
13. Which is the only country that is surrounded from all sides by only one country (other than Vatican )?


Answers ::

1. Yet Another Hierarchy of Officious Oracle
2. All Day I Dream About Sports
3. Satellite Television Asian Region
4. Industrial credit and Investments Corporation of India
5. That match was abandoned after people heard The news of Indira Gandhi being killed
6. Rabindranath Tagore who wrote national anthem for two different Countries one is our National anthem and another one is for Bangladesh (Amar Sonar Bangla)
7. Goodbye comes from the expression: ‘god be with you’.
8. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is none other Mother Teresa
9. South Korea
10. Because 007 is the ISD code for Russia
11. Geoffrey Boycott
12. John Traicos
13. Lesotho is surrounded from all sides by South Africa.

Does Beer make you Fat?

Many people use “beer makes me fat” argument, when describing their favorite drink, or talking about how it is bad for health. Even I have been on receiving side of this argument hundreds of times. But is it really a truth, or just some excuse which has become a myth? Today we will discuss whether beer makes you fat or not. But first of all  let’s have a look at nutrient chart of beer.

One look and any one can tell that the above argument against beer is totally invalid. No fat and no cholesterol, what does it mean? It means that beer is not responsible for making you fat. There are other health issues that might be caused because of enough carbohydrates, but eating potato, bread, rice, are more dominant factors in those issues too.

For those who think this data is just to promote beer, and is made up, let me be clear that this is the exact data from government authorities who chart out nutrient information in every food product. Also, this is the reason why addicts are mostly skinny, and die because of lack of proper nutrients. Alcohol gives you a lot of calories to burn, so you might feel more energetic, but without nutrients, it cannot serve as a food supplement. So, word of advice to addicts, “kindly do eat proper food, alcohol alone cannot make you live long enough”.

Now, the question is, if beer (or any alcohol, for that matter) doesn’t make you fat, then why is that, people with lavish lifestyle end up being fat. The answer lies in food. Common type of food that goes with a mug of beer includes fried, spicy and oily food. And yes, oil is prime reason for all the fat that you have around your belly. And to make matter worse, alcohol makes you feel hungry, making you eat more than your normal capacity or requirement.

So, if you do have a beer (which I do not recommend, because of a lot of other issues), make sure to eat proper food, and not junk food.  Also, if you are drinking, drink responsibly. Beer doesn’t make you fat, but it might well cause a lot of issues in your personal and professional life. If you are planning to quit drinking, do it for a proper reason, like using your time to do better things than stay drunk, or because you always end up having one too many drinks. Say no to alcohol, but for a proper reason, not because someone told you it makes you fat.

Table Manners Around the World

If you grew up in the United States and thought American table manners were tough to remember—Keep your elbows off the table!  Don’t talk with your mouth full! Always pass the salt and pepper together!—think again, because you don’t know how good you’ve got it.

Just try eating a “casual” group dinner in one of these other countries, where the slightest indiscretion with a pair of chopsticks or the position of your feet can land you in the doghouse with your host.

Dinner guests are treated like royalty: they’re seated farthest from the door, they’re offered food first and expected to eat the most, and they’re always given the prime portion from each dish.
If you drop bread on the floor while dining at a table, pick it up, kiss it, and touch it to your forehead before putting it somewhere other than the floor.


Dishes should be served from the left and removed from the right. Guests should be served first.
Do not answer the phone at the dinner table. Always chew with your mouth closed, and do not talk until it is empty.
Eat quietly and do not slurp your food.
Eat only one helping of food, unless the host specifically encourages you to take second.

Before you commence a meal, wait for your host to tell you three times to begin eating. The youngest person at the table should pour alcohol for the other diners, beginning with the most senior person. A senior should then pour the server’s beverage.
Never transfer food from one pair of chopsticks to another. When women transfer food with chopsticks from a serving dish to their mouth, they should cup their hand beneath the food; men should not.
Rubbing chopsticks together to remove splinters is a sign of disrespect to the restaurant or host.
When eating hot noodles, you are encouraged to make a slurping noise; the Japanese believe that this inhalation of air enhances the noodles’ flavour. Pieces of sushi should be eaten in a single bite whenever possible; if you must eat a piece in more than one bite, never place it back down on your plate between bites.

Never wave chopsticks at another person, bang them like drumsticks, use them to move plates or bowls, or stab them vertically into a bowl of rice. This last gesture indicates that the food is meant for the dead.
To serve a guest, use the blunt ends of your own chopsticks to transfer food from a communal dish to the guest’s plate.
When chopsticks are not in use, place them neatly on the table, side by side, with the ends even. When picking food out of a communal dish, select only food that is on the top of the pile and the closest distance to your plate.


Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
In general, eat with your right hand and use your left hand to pass communal dishes. You must finish everything on your plate.
Do not leave the table until all guests have finished eating or your host asks for your help.

Before each meal, Muslim Pakistanis always recite this phrase: “Bismillah Ar-Rahman al-Rahim.” (“In the name of Allah, who is most beneficial and merciful.”) Afterward, they say, “Al-Hamdu-lillah.” (“Thanks be to God.”)
Do not begin eating until the eldest member of the family is seated at the table. Always chew quietly enough that no one else can hear you.
Always tear bread into pieces before eating it, and use only your right hand.

Before you enter a dining room, select a seat at a table, always wait for an invitation from the host. Never refuse a sample of food from the host; always clean your plate.
When you have finished eating, place your fork and spoon side by side on your plate, facing up. Always help your host clear the table.

Never stare at another person’s plate or saucer. It is polite to leave a little bit of food on your plate at the end of a meal, as a tribute to the host’s abundant hospitality.
Always cultivate a vivacious, relaxed dining atmosphere. Upon leaving the table, always compliment the person who cooked your food.

Do not expose the soles of your feet if you are eating on a carpet or mat. Showing up early for dinner is considered rude; aim to arrive fifteen to thirty minutes late.

It may seem daunting to remember other cultures’ eating particularities, but if you master these dining guidelines before you sit down at the table, you won’t have to be “that guy”—you know, the one who gives other, more polite American diners a bad name. And once  you’ve mastered these etiquette basics, you’ll be on your way to worldliness—all you need now is a good appetite and a plane ticket. 🙂

The Soap Addiction Girl – Tempestt Henderson

Have you ever got addicted to something?

You might have heard about addiction to smoking , drugs , alchohol or may be even chalk eating among the kids but the world is full of strange people and incidents. There are some people in the world who have weird addictions which will blow your mind.

A 19-year-old girl Tempestt Henderson from Florida has a strange kind of addiction of eating soaps and detergent powders.
She loves to consume soap five times a day along with detergent powder as she feels the sweet and salt taste of the detergents is something she can never let go off.

This soap addiction of Tempestt Henderson , started at a very young age when she accidentally dipped her fingers into detergent powder and tasted it. After that incident she felt the need to eat soap. Being hooked to this kind of a soap addiction, she could be a victim to a lot of health problems which can even be fatal if she does not stop.

According to sources, She eats around five to six bars of soap everyday and doctors have also warned her parents that their daughter will soon die if she has no control over this soap addiction. Tempestt Henderson ‘s parents, especially her mum states that she is glad her daughter is addicted to soap other than other drugs in the market which are even more deadlier.

This 19-year-old American girl who is a nursing student is well aware of this soap addiction outcome and in spite of that she still continues to enjoy eating soap to ease her food craving.

Doctors state that this soap addiction which the young girl is suffering from is known as PICA which is a rare disorder and at present she in the hospital getting treated before it is too late. People suffering form PICA have been known to compulsively eat metal, coins, chalk, batteries and toothbrushes. It can often be caused by a mineral deficiency

She QUOTES,”In the shower, I like to lather up a green bar of soap, and lick the bubbles. And as the soap disintegrates, I pop a tiny amount of the soap into my mouth and suck it. It’s heavenly. I love the clean feeling it gives me. Eating soap feels so much cleaner than just washing with it.”

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