Thursday, June 11, 2009

Uh oh

Oy. I signed up to play a contest that Virgin America is holding later this month. It's a series of questions that you can answer using various Google apps (Maps, Calender, Picasa, Google search itself, etc.), and the prize packages include a netbook, 1TB Google Account storage, and - best of all - 12 one-way tickets on Virgin and complimentary WiFi passes.

They sent out a test run today, so I hopped on figuring it would be one of those silly company "quizzes" - you know: Who is Richard Branson, or What does the G in gmail stand for.

Um, no, they are quite difficult. One was: "This 5-letter word can mean a sequence of steps that demonstrate a valid conclusion or an action required for making bread. It’s also the name of an award winning play, which was then turned into a movie. What’s this word?"

Or: "What do the NASA Advanced Crew Escape Suits, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Tokyo Tower have in common? Your answer is the 7-character code that a webmaster would use to represent this commonality."

A timer is ticking down as you answer, just to up the panic level, and if there is a tie at the end of the day, there's a "creative" question that has to be answered.

It's like the freaken SAT's.

Damn you Virgin (or Google, I'm not sure whose behind this deviousness.)

10 comments:

Jeff said...

I had the same experience. One can only hope that the using there in flight WiFi isn't as difficult.

marcus said...

lol that is NOT a usual company contest.

l.w.t. said...

Nice prizes but who the hell is going to be able to answer questions like those?

Prince said...

How in the world is anyone supposed to know the answers to these things? I don't even know which word they want for the bread procedure thing! THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!!! And it would be funny if the makers of the quiz implant someone in there that has all the answers, therefore ensuring that the makers win and everyone else loses.

Luis Hernandes said...

C'mon guys, impossible? Just google (parts of) the questions and you get the answers! Don't be lazy!

The answer to the five letter word is "Proof"!

The other question (what those things have in common) is a little more complicated, but not that much: just google the three things ("NASA Advanced Crew Escape Suits" "Golden Gate Bridge" "Tokyo Tower"), and you will find websites (including wikipedia!) about the color "International Orange". Just copy the HTML code for the color (it's on the wikipedia page!) and paste it in the answer!

Good luck! ;)

Anonymous said...

lol they are making you work for the prizes that's for sure:)

Adam said...

#FF4F00 is the hex triplet -- a 7 digit code for international orange.

Anonymous said...

Here are all the answers! :)

1.149 – This controller for the RED entertainment system can be found at every seat on every Virgin America flight.
2.Proof – David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was then adapted into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow in 2005.
3.Jose – Gmail shortcuts helps you navigate your Gmail without having to use a mouse!
4.#FF4F00 – This hex code (used in HTML to define colors on a web page) is for “international orange”, the color of all three objects listed.
5.Yellowstone National Park – The three sites (or sights!) are Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful Geyser and Norris Geyser Basin

Anonymous said...

Here are all the answers! :)

1.149 – This controller for the RED entertainment system can be found at every seat on every Virgin America flight.
2.Proof – David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was then adapted into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow in 2005.
3.Jose – Gmail shortcuts helps you navigate your Gmail without having to use a mouse!
4.#FF4F00 – This hex code (used in HTML to define colors on a web page) is for “international orange”, the color of all three objects listed.
5.Yellowstone National Park – The three sites (or sights!) are Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful Geyser and Norris Geyser Basin

Anonymous said...

Here are all the answers! :)

1.149 – This controller for the RED entertainment system can be found at every seat on every Virgin America flight.
2.Proof – David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was then adapted into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow in 2005.
3.Jose – Gmail shortcuts helps you navigate your Gmail without having to use a mouse!
4.#FF4F00 – This hex code (used in HTML to define colors on a web page) is for “international orange”, the color of all three objects listed.
5.Yellowstone National Park – The three sites (or sights!) are Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful Geyser and Norris Geyser Basin

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