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Randomise the frequency distribution?

January 20, 2012


  • In earlier days, disputes between ‘noblemen’ would often be settled by duels of honor. Each of the combating parties would select a representative called the "second"; the seconds would between them usually decide the time and place of the duel.
  • For which sporting ‘duel’ were Efim Geller & Nikolai Krogius (for 1 party) and William Lombardy (for the other party) the chosen seconds ?


  • X who was born as Madabhushi Rangadorai(b. November 8, 1937) is a prominent Indian lawyer, columnist, film and legal historian associated with The Hindu.
  • He graduated in B.Sc and B. L. from Madras University and commenced his career as a lawyer. After practising as a lawyer for a short time, he quit his job and joined a firm called Paterson and Co. where he worked for 5 years. In 1976, he resigned to devote all his time to writing. He has been writing books on history and films since 1967.
  • However, he became popular when his article on Frank Capra was purchased by the United States Information Agency for use as a reference work. X remains the only non-American whose work has been acquired as reference material by the Government of the United States of America.
  • X has also written the screenplay for a few short documentaries and feature films. He has also produced a few advertisement films. In 1999, he made a 100-minute feature film in English titled Perfumed Garden for a Hollywood film company. The film was also subsequently dubbed into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu as Brahmachari. He has also written a Sinhalese film called Paradise Peakbased on a best-selling crime novel written by him. Currently, he is working with the screenplay for an English film called Maya starring Kollywood actress Namitha. Maya is Namitha’s first film in English. Id X.


  • Bill Wright was an RAF pilot in World War Two, and his experience of being interrogated by Hitler’s secret police-Gestapo inspired his creation. Under the Geneva Convention, the only information prisoners were required to give was name, rank and number. Wright adjusted this to name, occupation and specialised subject. What did Bill Wright create?


  • The animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence found in popular press reports covering Henry Stanley’s journeys only in 1887. Explorers may have seen the fleeting view of the striped backside as the animal fled through the bushes, leading to speculation that it was some sort of rainforest zebra. Remains of a carcass were later sent to London by the English adventurer and colonial administrator Harry Johnston and became a media event in 1901. Today there are approximately 10,000–20,000 in the wild. This animal was adopted as an emblem by the now defunct International Society of Cryptozoology. ID


  • As a teenager X worked as an apprentice in his older brother James’ printing shop in Boston, where The New-England Courant was printed. X never got anything he wrote published, so, at age 16, he created the persona of a middle-aged widow named Y. Once every two weeks, he would leave a letter under the door of his brother’s printing shop. A total of 14 letters were sent. The letters poked fun at various aspects of life in colonial America. The letters were published in The New-England Courant fortnightly, and amused readers. Some men wrote in offering to marry Y, upon learning she was widowed. Id X and Y.


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