McDonald's : History


What is McDonalds: Is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving millions of customers daily.

NYSE Ticker: MCD

Subsidiaries: McD held a minority interest in Pret A Manger until 2008, was a major investor in the Chipotle Mexican Grill until 2006 and owned the restaurant chain Boston Market until 2007.

McDonald’s History

McDonalds began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Although the present corporation dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc in 1955.

McDonald’s Trivia

1) The McDonalds brothers started the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 which established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant.

2) Speedee was the mascot of McDonalds before Ronald McDonalds

3) Ronald McDonald is modelled to be the Chief Happiness Officer of McD… His creation is beleived to revolve around Willard Scott.

4) Ronald McDonald is the second most recognizable character in the world, only after Santa Claus.

5) The word McJob – is considered a derogatory term and used to describe a low-skill, low pay job.

6) The Economist newspaper uses the “Big Mac Index”: the comparison of a Big Mac’s cost in various world currencies can be used to informally judge these currencies’ purchasing power parity.

7) Thomas Friedman once said that no country with a McDonald’s had gone to war with another and called it ‘The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention’. However, this theory is not strictly true. Exceptions are the 1989 United States invasion of Panama, NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, the 2006 Lebanon War, and the 2008 South Ossetia war.

Famous Ad Campaign:

The ‘I’m loving it’ campaign is called ‘ich liebe es’ in Germany , c’est tout ce que j’aime in French, me encanta in Spanish. This can be noted on the Coke cups provided at their outlets.

McDonald’s is one of the most recognized Brands in the world

Mahaquizzer 2011

Update about Mahaquizzer 2011


Mahaquizzer 2011 was held in 14 Indian cities with non-competitive entries from the USA, UK & Germany. 

The All India Winner is Dr. Arul Mani from Bangalore with a score of 86. Following him closely is Anustup Dutta from Bangalore at 84 and Swaminathan from Chennai at 81.

Dr. Arul Mani will be presented with the Wing Co. GR Mulky Trophy for Quizzing Excellence 2011 at the KQA’s 28th Anniversary Quizzing Festival (June 24-26 2011) in Bangalore.

In the Ladies Category Mrs. Jayashree Mohanka from Kolkata topped with a score of 76 followed by Mrs. Saranya Jayakumar from Chennai scoring 69. Debashree Mitra from Bangalore scored 63 to complete the Top 3 Ladies line-up.

In the College Category, Srikant Parameswaran from IIMC powered his way into the All India Top 5 (a first for a college student in the 7 year history of Mahaquizzer) apart from being crowned All India College Winner . He scored 78 & brings Coimbatore into the Top 5 too! Following him is Siddharth Bannerjee from Delhi at 54 and Varun Rajiv from NLSIU Bangalore at 49.

In the school category, we saw a larger turnout than previous editions. Julian D’Costa from Goa won the All India School category with an impressive 36 and defended his last year’s title. Anunay Kulshrestha from Delhi came second with a score of 28 and Nikhil Gorge from Trivandrum came third with a score of 24.

In the International Entries (Non-Competitive), Pat Gibson from the UK scored 95.

Congratulations to all Winners.

The Top 100 scores are up at the following link:

Mumbai has the highest Top 20 scores followed by Bangalore.

The City Wise Winners in the Open/Ladies/School/College Categories are up at the following link:

The Mahaquizzer 2011 Qns  are available at

The Mahaquizzer 2011 Ans  are available at

The Mahaquizzer 2011 research team of Urmila Lakshmanan, Rahul Kottalgi, Vivek Karthikeyan, Rajagopal & myself would love to hear feedback on the quiz (you can email us or

We would like to thank all the city coordinators, proctors & various quizzing associations who helped us organize the quiz. Thanks to Chris Jones of IQA who organized it in the UK.

MahaQuizzer 2011, the seventh edition of the National Solo Quiz Championship by the KQA will be held in 14 cities across India (and in the UK & US)  on Sunday 29th May 2011.

As usual, the quiz will require takers to answer 150 questions in 90 minutes.

Participants are requested to be at the venue latest by 9:30AM to ensure an on-time start! Anyone arriving after 10AM IST is strictly not allowed to participate (whatever be the reason!).

Prizes in each city for best School, College, Lady and Open entrant. The School Category is defined as per the Karnataka Quiz Association as students upto Standard X. Standard XI, XII are counted as College.

Please use the link ( ) to register for Mahaquizzer 2011. If you have already registered via email, you do not need to fill out the form.

Also find attached the poster for the quiz which we request be used for any local publicity by quizzing groups. The current venue list & list of local contacts is also attached for your information.


FCUK : History


What is FCUK: fcuk is a British retailer of clothing and accessories in many parts of the world, founded in 1972.


Brand Name: Usually written in small letters (fcuk), the company has insisted the brand stands for French Connection United Kingdom and is not a mis-spelt Anglo Saxon word.

FCUK History

In 1969, Marks Stephens launches Mark Stephens London Ltd. and opens his first store in 1972. The company launches the French Connection label in the United States through joint venture with Best of all Clothing

FCUK Trivia

1) Stephen Marks, a hairdresser’s son left school at 16 and went on to win the junior’s title at Wimbledon at 18.

2) Stephen Marks was one of the original financial backers of Hard Rock Cafe, a stake he sold later.

3) The origin of the brand NAME is believed to have been inspired by a fax from the French Conenction Hong Kong Office to London Office which said: FCHK to FCUK.

4) The brand has survived on controversies and the very ‘mis-spelt’ word thus launching T-shirts crying out – f cuk Christmas, f cuk on the beach, fun comes usually kneeling, hot as f cuk and many more

5) French Connection launched trademark infringement lawsuits on First Consultants UK Ltd (a computer company) and a political youth organisation Conservative Future as they adopted the abbreviation cfuk.

6) In 2006, they launched the Fashion vs Style advertising which replaced all previous advertising. The first advertisement in the campaign was directed by Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, and featured girls in the roles of Fashion and Style fighting.

Fashion enthusiast? Do you know the brand Katie price launched? Louis Vuitton is another famous Fashion brand, just like FCUK

Sebastian Vettel Becomes Infiniti Global Ambassador

The first global brand ambassador for Infiniti turns out to be a good one! They’ve taken advantage of Red Bull Sponsorship to sign Sebastian Vettel for the job.
World’s youngest Formula 1 world champion and the current leader of the 2011 season will help raising the profile of the Infiniti brand and its products during race weekends and at selected events linked to Infiniti’s business and product programs.


Nike : History


Nike is a sportswear and equipment supplier based in the United States. They are most famous for their running shoes.

NYSE Ticker: NKE

Brand Name: The company takes its name from Nike – the Greek Goddess of Victory

Subsidiaries : Cole Haan, Umbro, Hurley, Converse

Nike History

Was founded in 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports by University of Oregon track athlete Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman and officially became Nike in 1978. The company initially operated as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger

Nike Trivia

1) The ‘Swoosh’ logo and the ‘Just Do It’ taglines are recognized trademarks of the company

2) The Swoosh was designed by Carolyn Davidson, a graphic design student at Portland State University for which she was paid $35 (she was later given stock in 1983)

3) One of their 1970s ad claimed their growth was largely due to ‘Word-of-Foot’ advertising.

4) Dan Weiden of Weiden and Kennedy came up with the ‘Just Do It’ tagline. Wieden credits the inspiration for the slogan to “Let’s do it”, the last words spoken by Gary Gilmore before he was executed.

5) Their first professional athlete endorser was Romanian tennis player Ilie Năstase, and the company’s first track endorser was distance running legend Steve Prefontaine.

6) The brand was the focus of criticism for its use of the Beatles song “Revolution” in a 1987 commercial, against the wishes of Apple Records, the Beatles’ recording company. They discontinued airing ads featuring “Revolution” in March 1988. Yoko Ono later gave permission to use John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” in another advertisement.

7) In 2004, an ad about LeBron James beating cartoon martial arts masters and slaying a Chinese dragon in martial arts offended Chinese authorities, who called the ad blasphemous and insulting to national dignity and to the dragon. The advertisement was later banned in China. In early 2007, the ad was reinstated in China for unknown reasons.

Nike is one of the most recognized brands in the world