Bhrigu's question

कभी जो याद भी आता हूँ मैं तो कहते हैं के आज बज़्म में कुछ फ़ित्ना-ओ-फ़साद नहीं - मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Quiz Question; Speech

Who said or in what context were these lines spoken?

"My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today, that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of facts. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out. And the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first, glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive! We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on Earth! We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion! We shall prevail!"

Update: The correct answer is: The Apple Commercial shown during Superbowl 1984. You can see the commercial here.


Blogger Chetan said...

Sounds very Orwellian, though can't remember such a speech in 1984. Besides I don't think you would ask such a obvious question were it from 1984 indeed. I am going to google it immediately after I finish this comment. Aside from this topic, loved your comment on the post about Kenichi Ohmae on Indian Economy. That analysis about Indians' antipathy towards laws was brilliant.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Thanks for the compliment, Chetan.
The excerpt in the quiz question is not from Orwell.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Dhananjay Joshi said...

Its an extract from the Apple ad launching the Macintosh aired during the Super Bowl in 1984.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Dhananjay Joshi said...

If participants were allowed to use Google during quiz shows ........ beggars would ride.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Chetan said...

Yea, it was very easy to look it up on google. Incidentally I had come across this quiz on the net which was framed in such way that using google was not an option. It was excruciatingly tough however.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Dhananjay: LOL. You got that right.

Chetan. Yes, Arul is a friend from my KQA days. Arguably, one of the truly great quizzers around. And I don't use that term lightly. I've seen him qualify for a brain-numbing quiz (for teams of 3), all alone since his teammates did not show up. A legend in Bangalore.

Here are the details of the Apple commercial, including some videos of the same.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

Awesome Ad. Its right up there in my Mac favourites after the "Crazy ones" ad !

6:02 AM  
Blogger Aaman said...

Good one, Arun - very cool,

And yes Arul and all the Metaquizziks are/were super-human in their quizzing intellect.

BTW, Arun, have you joined the dc yahoo group? I haven't checked

5:48 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...



Yes, I did. I have to send an intro mail. Thanks for the invitation.

9:45 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Quizman/Aman/Arul: Why are you guys off Quiznet :(

3:17 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Anti - Thanks!

Hopefully, we'll all get back. It still rocks.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Aaman said...

Quiznet - send me a link - will join back - and stay tuned for the launch of on Jan 26, where you are welcome to contribute quizzes,etc.

9:45 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Aaman: You seriously want a link to :)

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your brother here. A blog on the origins of quiznet, perhaps! What say?

7:29 PM  
Blogger John said...

sabu francis is an idiot

8:18 AM  

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