Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Question Of The Day: 16th March, 2010

The two gentlemen shown in the picture (top right and top left) have a very unique distinction. You need to tell me what is it. The gentleman in the bottom left should act as a hint because he also almost falls in that category, but not quite. And for very different reasons.

Difficulty Level - Very Tough

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And the correct answer is:

People who have rejected the Nobel prize.
Pictures in clockwise order (from top left):
Jean Paul Satre
Le Duc Tho
The hint was Boris Pastern who was asked by the soviet union to decline the prize.

9 comments:

quetzalcoatl said...

rejected nobel...jean paul sartre,

boris pasternak

Amit said...

Le Duc Tho, Jean Paul Sartre & Boris Pasternak. People who refused the Nobel Prize !

Toothlesswink said...

Sartre, Tho and Pasternak refused accepting their Nobel Prize.

krishanu said...

Can you Provide some hints so that I can reach closer to the answer

Anonymous said...

Visiting your blog after years :) Nice question. Took me about 10 mins (7 mins of cheating and 3 mins of reading), but would have taken 20 mins without that shortcut. They both voluntarily refused to accept the Nobel Prize. Jean Paul Sartre and Le Duc Tho. The third was Boris Pasternak, who accepted, then declined under govt pressure, and it was finally given to his son.

Method: While both faces looked familiar, and the first was definitely an intellectual, I couldn't recall. At first glance, I thought Nobel prizes were involved given how culturally different the top two were. Assuming that and given that there were only 2 who shared the distinction, it suggested there was something I could discover with some Wiki work. Lazy bum that I am and to reduce risk of being wrong, instead I went looking for a reverse image search engine, and found one called tineye. It worked with all three images, but with the Vietnamese guy, the result gave me a match but not a name. So I got a bit misled thinking all 3 were literature recipients! So the Wiki spadework had to be done anyway...

KingM (don't use my full name online please)

Anonymous said...

jean paul sartre,le duc tho....
both refused nobel prize

Manas said...

nobel prize

Malcaluffin said...

People who have refused nobel prizes.

shyamk said...

Jean Paul Sartre and Le Duc Tho - The two Nobel Laureates who turned down the nobel prize.

The hint is Boris Pasternak, who was asked by the soviet union to decline the prize.