I used to sit on the 21st floor. Now I am retired

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I am happy

"There are only two chemists ever in the world whose first name and last name end with the same letter"
Derek had just let loose another one his bathroom questions* on us. The quizzers in the room responded with two different written answers - John Dalton and Humphry Davy. Both were obviously correct.

Derek was obviously unruffled. Said, "Yes, that was a googly, there are actually two chemists and not one. But marks will be given even if you have only written one."

If you think about it, there are others which fit in here - Marie Curie and her husband. Viktor Meyer. Deepak Basak (my neighbour who teaches chemistry). Sai Krishamurthi, (lab assistant in school).....

In any case, who needs facts when one has confidence?

Now, I hear he has bigger plans. "We want to enter those markets in US, Asia and Africa where the Indian diaspora is strong for making knowledge interesting and helping people and brand grow," said he.

In a way, I am happy. The more number of quizzes he does in US and Africa, the less number of quizzes he will do in India. In fact, if you account for the long hours of travel, the number of quizzes done by Derek itself will go down.

* Bathroom questions are ones which don't need any research or much thought. It is generally the first thing that comes to your mind, when you are going through with morning ablutions.


Blogger neha vish said...

Oh.. Such sarcasm detected here, that my smoke alarm goes off!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:38:00 AM

Anonymous wimpy said...

good stuff...

and the Hindu had the gall to write about our our unmaad quiz "the presentation was nowhere close to that of Vista done by DoB the SoB"

still, i think it's only quizzers who hate derek quizzes! aam junta seems to love him!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:48:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Neha: Wait till I tell you about the "what's unique about two and five?" question.

Wimpy: Aam junta does love him. But it's a bit like aam junta liking david dhawan more than ritwik ghatak. Does sound a little elitist, but what else is derek but a buffoon?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:16:00 PM


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