Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Daily Teaser - 18-1-2012

Hmmm …

Looks like it’s now officially official — if you’ll excuse the phrase — that the English-language branch of Wikipedia is offline.

Well …

Not offline, per-sé, but blacked-out for the day: in protest at anti-piracy measures going through the US Congress.

Hmmm …

Now, I’m none too sure of the politics, there, myself: although I do know I’ve spoken in favour of the Hargreaves Report, before now, that insists the UK should pass legislation that allows backing up and copying DVDs and CDs, for personal use.

That’s a bit different, though.

And I’ve a feeling the SOPA/PIPA legislation has a completely different intent.

But let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s …


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi — spreading the about her soon to be released book, Riptide — putting in her answers: and bagging 5 out of 5*.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we? Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video

Q1) 18th January, 1990, saw the arrest — on drug possession charges — of Mayor Marion Barry: where was he mayor of … ?

Q2) More to the point, agents from which law enforcement body arrested him … ?

Q3) 18th January, 1915, saw Japan issue the 21 Demands: to whom … ?

Q4) 18th January, 1977, saw the isolation of the bacterium that causes which disease?

Q5) 18th January, 1944, saw Soviet forces lift the siege of which city … ?

Q6) And finally … 18th January, 1896, saw the first exhibition of which machine … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th January, 1944, saw the start of the first Battle of Monte Cassino: which Italian city did the Allies hope to capture, at the end of this … ?
A1) Rome.

Q2) 17th January, 1946, saw which body hold its first meeting: the UN Security Council, the ANC Council, or the EU General Assembly … ?
A2) UN Security Council.

Q3) 17th January, 1996, saw the Czech Republic apply for membership of what … ?
A3) The European Union.

Q4) 17th January, 1997, saw which European country grant its first divorce … ?

Q5) And finally … 17th January, 2007, saw the Doomsday Clock set at 23:55, as a result of nuclear testing, where … ?
A5) North Korea.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later …

* Oh … Rather nice scattergun effect on question 5, there, Debbi! (Now … about pointing it at a certain Mr Gates … ?)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks! :) Mr. Gates and Mr. Bezos should be thrown into a pit and forced to duke it out. They seem like peas in a pod. :) And, yeah, I publish through Amazon and use a PC with Windoze, so am I a terrible person? :)

I think way too much. Ha!

1. Washington, DC
2. FBI
3. Yuan Shikai
4. Legionnaires' Disease
5. Leningrad
6. an X-ray machine