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What's the dog in the HMV logo called?

Last updated on: August 11, 2003 12:21 IST


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What's the dog in the HMV logo called?
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1. The mascot of Asian Paints is a little boy with a mischievous smile. What is his name?
a) Munnu
b) Gattu
c) Ashu

2. J Walter Thompson created which memorable drawing for an Indian public sector enterprise?
a) Air-India Maharaja
b) VSNL logo
c) LIC logo

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The correct answer is Air-India Maharaja.
Standing tall on a hoarding above Kemps Corner in Mumbai, long before Bombay became Mumbai, the diminutive Air-India Maharaja entertained impatient drivers waiting for the traffic light to turn green with his particular brand of insouciant humour. He did the expected --- announced new fares, new destinations, new discounts --- but with digs at prime ministers, politicians and common folk.
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Standing tall on a hoarding above Kemps Corner in Mumbai, long before Bombay became Mumbai, the diminutive Air-India Maharaja entertained impatient drivers waiting for the traffic light to turn green with his particular brand of insouciant humour. He did the expected --- announced new fares, new destinations, new discounts --- but with digs at prime ministers, politicians and common folk.

3. The mascot you see in the HMV logo is that of a puzzled dog looking at a cylinder recording and playing wondering where the voice came from. What is the dog's name?
a) Nipper
b) Snappy
c) Puppy

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Wrong! The correct answer is Nipper.
Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in Gloucester, England in 1884 and named because of his tendency to nip at visitors' legs. When his first master Mark Barraud died destitute in Bristol in 1887, Nipper was taken to Liverpool in Lancashire, England by Mark's younger brother Francis, a painter. In Liverpool Nipper discovered the Phonograph, a cylinder recording and playing machine and Francis Barraud 'often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from.' Three years after Nipper died Francis committed that memory to canvas.
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Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in Gloucester, England in 1884 and named because of his tendency to nip at visitors' legs. When his first master Mark Barraud died destitute in Bristol in 1887, Nipper was taken to Liverpool in Lancashire, England by Mark's younger brother Francis, a painter. In Liverpool Nipper discovered the Phonograph, a cylinder recording and playing machine and Francis Barraud 'often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from.' Three years after Nipper died Francis committed that memory to canvas.

4. When Ray A Kroc helped the McDonald brothers make their fast-food enterprise big, he wanted to advertise on television using a circus vehicle he had seen on a show called 'Bozo Circus.' Thus came the clown which has become the mascot for McDonalds all over the globe. Name this mascot.
a) Ronald McDonald
b) Archie McDonald
c) Reggie McDonald

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Wrong! The correct answer is Ronald McDonald .
An ad agency proposed naming the clown Archie McDonald, a reference to the famous golden arches seen outside McDonalds restaurants, but there was already an Arch McDonald in Washington. Willard Scott, who had played Bozo the Clown, named the new clown Ronald Macdonald and went on to play the character.
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An ad agency proposed naming the clown Archie McDonald, a reference to the famous golden arches seen outside McDonalds restaurants, but there was already an Arch McDonald in Washington. Willard Scott, who had played Bozo the Clown, named the new clown Ronald Macdonald and went on to play the character.

5. A cute little penguin is the accepted official logo for the Linux operating system. What is its name?
a) Linux
b) Tux
c) Toto

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Wrong! The correct answer is Tux .
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, chose Larry Ewing's design simply because he likes penguins. It is said that the name Tux was the winning entry in the 'Let's Name The Penguin While Linus Is Away Contest' with the 'T' standing for Torvalds and the 'U' and 'X' for Linux.
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Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, chose Larry Ewing's design simply because he likes penguins. It is said that the name Tux was the winning entry in the 'Let's Name The Penguin While Linus Is Away Contest' with the 'T' standing for Torvalds and the 'U' and 'X' for Linux.

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