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1. When a doctor by the name John Stythe Pemberton mixed up a concoction of medicinal syrup in May in 1886, which company was about to be born?
a) Pfizer
b) Coca-Cola
c) Budweiser

2. Before Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had floated another company. What was it called?
a) Traf-O-Data
b) Tericon Data Systems
c) Xensys

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The correct answer is Traf-O-Data.
A few years before launching Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a company called Traf-O-Data in 1972. They developed a computer system for recording automobile traffic flow on a highway. They kept track of traffic from black hoses laid across the road. They made quite a sum of money as teenagers through their enterprising ways.
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A few years before launching Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a company called Traf-O-Data in 1972. They developed a computer system for recording automobile traffic flow on a highway. They kept track of traffic from black hoses laid across the road. They made quite a sum of money as teenagers through their enterprising ways.

3. Which cosmetics giant did Eugène Schueller found?
a) Revlon
b) Christian Dior
c) L'Oréal

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The correct answer is L'Oréal.
The L'Oréal story began in 1907, when its founder Eugène Schueller, a chemical engineer, developed the first synthetic hair dye. In 1908, he set up the French Company for Inoffensive Hair Dyes, which later became, 'L'ORÉAL'. Eugène Schueller did everything himself -- manufacturing products during the night, then selling them to Parisian hairdressers in the morning and delivering them in the afternoon.
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The L'Oréal story began in 1907, when its founder Eugène Schueller, a chemical engineer, developed the first synthetic hair dye. In 1908, he set up the French Company for Inoffensive Hair Dyes, which later became, 'L'ORÉAL'. Eugène Schueller did everything himself -- manufacturing products during the night, then selling them to Parisian hairdressers in the morning and delivering them in the afternoon.

4. Since 1946, this company has been a leading food brand. Its ad campaign is as famous as it is and is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running ad campaign. The company's name means 'priceless'. Name the company.
a) Del Monte
b) Nestle
c) Amul

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The correct answer is Amul.
Amul means 'priceless' in Sanskrit. The brand name 'Amul,' from the Sanskrit 'Amoolya,' was suggested by a quality control expert in Anand. Amul products have been in use in millions of homes since 1946. In 1967the first Utterly Butterly Delicious Amul campaign was started. For 30 odd years the Utterly Butterly girl has managed to keep her fan following intact, and the ads are now ready to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running campaign ever. The ultimate compliment to the butter came when a British company recently launched a butter and called it Utterly Butterly.
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Amul means 'priceless' in Sanskrit. The brand name 'Amul,' from the Sanskrit 'Amoolya,' was suggested by a quality control expert in Anand. Amul products have been in use in millions of homes since 1946. In 1967the first Utterly Butterly Delicious Amul campaign was started. For 30 odd years the Utterly Butterly girl has managed to keep her fan following intact, and the ads are now ready to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running campaign ever. The ultimate compliment to the butter came when a British company recently launched a butter and called it Utterly Butterly.

5. Frank Seiberling founded which tyre firm?
a) Pirelli
b) Goodyear
c) Dunlop

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The correct answer is Goodyear.
The founding of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 in the US was anything but auspicious. The 38-year-old founder, Frank Seiberling, purchased the company's first plant with a $3,500 down payment, money which he borrowed from his brother-in-law. The company's name memorialized, Charles Goodyear, who had died penniless 30 years earlier despite his discovery of vulcanization of rubber. Goodyear production began on November 21, 1898.
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The founding of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 in the US was anything but auspicious. The 38-year-old founder, Frank Seiberling, purchased the company's first plant with a $3,500 down payment, money which he borrowed from his brother-in-law. The company's name memorialized, Charles Goodyear, who had died penniless 30 years earlier despite his discovery of vulcanization of rubber. Goodyear production began on November 21, 1898.

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