Corporate History by FrankensteinP

Champion(s):

LuskT
Giggity.


Runner(s)-Up:

MeyerS
I'm just this guy, you know?


Quiz Description

Companies, their history, and their spinoffs and subsidiaries.

Full Results:

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1 LuskT 391 98 15
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2 MeyerS 369 96 00
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3 HessJa 368 93 15
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4 UllspergerA 367 91 15
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5 GambinoG 346 88 15
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6 FryedBetaKappa 325 85 15
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7 Matto 323 83 00
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8 v0max 300 80 00
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9 RichmondJ 298 78 15
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10 WareD 279 75 15
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11 Vicun-YAH 276 73 15
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12 PerryS 255 70 15
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13 MCMikeNamara 247 67 15
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14 EpplerI 238 65 00
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15 WeikleB 232 62 00
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16 JordanG 231 58 15
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16 BurgerM 231 58 15
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18 RobinJRichards 224 52 00
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18 randalleng 224 52 00
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18 WangA 224 52 00
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21 MercureT 218 47 00
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22 Consigliari 214 44 15
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23 VaccaD 206 42 00
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24 thorsleyd 192 39 15
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25 JWright 187 37 00
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26 PolinskyL 179 34 00
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28 LairdM 174 29 00
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29 HallW 173 26 00
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30 KingJA 170 24 00
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31 RaiaB 162 19 15
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31 SheahanJ 162 19 00
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31 ChrisRosenberg 162 19 15
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34 BeningoS 159 14 00
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35 GrahamJ 158 11 15
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36 ArtBell 154 8 00
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37 Howard 94 6 15
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38 GersonA 59 3 00
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Questions:

The Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory named one of its first products "Kwanon", named after the bodhisattva of mercy and compassion sometimes better known as "Guanyin." WHAT IS THE CURRENT NAME of this company?

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Canon

The Air Mail Act of 1934 broke up a large, vertically-integrated conglomerate into three pieces. One of those pieces was the Boeing Airplane Company. NAME THE OTHER TWO COMPANIES (or their current successors) that were spun off of that conglomerate?

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United Airlines and United Aircraft Corporation (now known as United Technologies)

Founded on December 31, 1600, WHAT COMPANY controlled half of all global trade at its peak? Despite its success, it was effectively shut down in 1858 by way of nationalization and formally liquidated in 1873.

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The East India Company (also acceptable: the British East India Company)

Keysight Technologies is a major US manufacturer of test and measurement equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes). It's also been the child of not one but two separate corporate spin-offs. Name EITHER ONE of Keysight's former corporate parents.

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Hewlett-Packard or Agilent Technologies

WHAT COMPANY renamed itself Altria in 2003 in an attempt to remake (some would say disguise) its public image?

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Philip Morris

THIS COMPANY manufactured pianos and pump organs when founded in 1887; today it's not only the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments, but it also makes (either directly or through its subsidiaries) A/V equipment, networking hardware, motorcycles, golf clubs, and snowmobiles.

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Yamaha

WHAT COMPANY, the former home of the websites Fleshbot and Wonkette, and the current home of Jaloponik, io9, Lifehacker and Kotaku, among others, was founded by and still owned by entrepreneur Nick Denton?

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Gawker Media

In 1985, the ominously-named but generic-sounding Consolidated Foods Corporation renamed and re-branded itself to WHAT MORE CONSUMER-FRIENDLY NAME, which was taken from one of its brands?

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Sara Lee Corporation

While known today as primarily a manufacturer of automobiles, WHAT COMPANY started out making airplane engines, later expanding to motorcycles and then cars? Later in its history, it had to suspend automobile manufacturing, instead making kitchenware and bicycles before restarting automobile production.

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BMW

Chevron, Exxon, and ARCO are all successor companies to WHAT COMPANY, which was broken up by a U.S. Supreme Court decision?

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Standard Oil

WHAT COMPANY was the only original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Index that is still a member (though its presence has not been continuous)?

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General Electric

The Dodge brothers, John and Horace, are currently the focus of an ad campaign for Dodge automobiles (ultimately a brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Prior to founding the Dodge Brothers Company, however, John and Horace were investors and executives in WHAT OTHER AUTOMOBILE COMPANY?

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Ford