5 Jun 2016

Quiz 9 - 10 Questions on walking Stick- Answers

1. Which long term dictators, trademark was a leopard skin cap and a wooden walking stick, topped with an eagle, that allegedly took the strength of eight men to carry ?

Ans:  Mobutu Sese Seko , former president and long-term dictator of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2.In a walking stick, where the handle joins the shaft of the stick , a collar is fitted encircling the cane. This ringlet is of various widths and is made of various metals, horn, bone or ivory.. According to practice, what inscription is inscribed on this ring?

Ans: The name of the sticks owner or if the stick was presented then the date it was presented.

3. The credit for its invention (perhaps invention is not a correct term here, but still lets go with it) is given to James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol .Ten years later in 1931 its use was popularised by BBC , Guilly d'Herbemont in France and Lions club International and today its use is adopted worldwide. what ?

Ans: The White cane, for blind people. The story goes that James Biggs became blind after an accident and was worried about the traffic colliding with him, when commuting. So he painted his walking stick white so that it would be more easily visible.

4.A very long question- but interesting one. There is confusion in the medical community. The Rod of Asclepius shown below, which was a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine is confused with caduceus the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology. The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. This symbol was traditionally used as a symbol of commerce, negotiations, alchemy and traders.

As you can see the major difference is between the number of serpents, the Asclepius has only one.
This confusion has percolated into symbols and many well know logos thus wrongly depict the caduceus. Below are some glaring examples

Some however have not fallen for the misconception and correctly used the right symbol.

So the question. This erroneous use of the caduceus symbol was popularised largely as a result of the adoption of the caduceus as its insignia by an organisation in 1902 at the insistence of a single officer (though there are conflicting claims as to whether this was Capt. Frederick P. Reynolds or Col. John R. van Hoff). Which organisation ?

Ans:  U.S. Army Medical Corps

5. La canne is a light walking stick made of chestnut wood and slightly tapered. What is the main purpose for which this cane is designed?

Ans: La canne is a French martial arts weapon. It is a walking-stick designed for fighting and standardized in 1970s by Maurice Sarry for sporting competition .In the modern sporting Canne de combat system (using canne) found in France, bouts are held inside a ring.

6. Its invention is traditionally credited to a choir master of the Cologne Cathedral  during the 1670's and was designed to represent a shepherd's staff. The first historical reference of its use comes from America and goes back to 1847, when a German immigrant called August Imgard used it at his home. Its present day shape and colour was conceived only after 1900. What?

Ans:  Candy cane. The choirmaster bent sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's staff. The all-white candy canes were given out to children during the long-winded nativity services. The clergymen's custom of handing out candy canes during Christmas services spread throughout Europe and later to America. The canes were still white, but sometimes the candy-makers would add sugar-roses to decorate the canes further. No one exactly knows who invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all-white candy canes and Christmas cards after 1900 showed illustrations of striped candy canes.

7.In the 1700's in England, a gentleman had to procure licenses for the privilege of carrying canes and had to abide by certain rules or risk losing the cane carrying privilege.Two of the three things a person carrying the walking stick was not supposed to do was, brandish it in the air and hang it on a button . What was the third rule that he had to follow as per the license?

Ans: He could not walk with the stick tucked under his arm.

8. The Fritz handle of a walking stick was developed in the 16th century, by a German Count. The design continues today and provides the  maximum comfort, support and style among all other handle designs,. For the sufferers of which disease was this handle first developed?

Ans:  Arthritis.

Fritz Handle

9. Which sport gets its name from ' crosier ', the staff with a hooked end like a shepherd’s crook, carried by Christian bishops, archbishops, or abbots, symbolizing their roles of caring for their congregations as shepherds tend flocks ?

Ans: Lacrosse

10. This person collected more than 200 exotically shaped walking sticks and never had to use a single only until his death. These are today housed in a museum, which has a separate section dedicated to them. Which museum ?

Ans: Salar Jung Museum, collection of Salar Jung III .

1 comment:

  1. Scores for the above quiz as follows:
    Harman Singh 5
    Rajiv 4
    Anil Rodrigues 3
    Ancil 4
    Paul 2
    Vidyadhar Gadgil 7
    Anjali 7