Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Daily Teaser - 11-3-2012

Now, that’s weird, that really is.

Or strange, at any rate, to someone who’s a bit of an armchair techno-fetishist.

I’ve just had the BBC Breakfast news on, who’ve just had a short piece about how record sales are up.

No, literally, record sales.

You know, old fashioned vinyl records? Seven to 12 inches across, at a speed of anywhere from 33⅓ to 78rpm, with a hole in the middle?

The two newscasters even managed to end the piece by admitting what their first records were: the Smurf Song, and something by Showaddywaddy.

Which got me wondering what the hell my first record was: don’t quote me, but I THINK it was this …


Let’s move on, shall we … ?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbiª putting in her answers: and, along with admitting she’s clueless about the UK’s range of biscuits*, it ALSO saw her 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) 11th March, 2011, saw an earthquake strike, just off the coast of Japan. In addition to the inevitable tsunami, this triggered the world’s second largest nuclear disaster: at which plant … ?

Q2) 11th March, 2010, saw three earthquakes hit Chile, during the swearing in of the newly elected Chilean president: what was his name? (And don’t tell him about portents …)

Q3) 11th March, 1985, saw who named as the leader of the USSR … ?

Q4) More to the point, what was that leader’s title … ?

Q5) 11th March, 1872, saw the construction of which Welsh Colliery?

Q6) And finally … 11th March, 1927, saw Samuel Rothafel open the theatre he named after himself: what was that theatre … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 10th March, saw the defeat of which French leader, at the Battle of Laon … ?
A1) Napoleon I: Napoléon Bonaparte, in other words …

Q2) 10th March, 1876, saw Alexander Graham Bell make the first telephone call: what did he say … ?
A2) “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

Q3) While we’re telephoning … 10th March, 1891, saw the patenting of the Strowger Switch, which allowed for automated phone exchanges: it’s inventor, Almon Strowger, was a what … ?
A3) Undertaker.

Q4) 10th March, 214BC, saw the end of the First Punic War: who won … ?
A4) The Romans.

Q5) And finally … 10th March, 1977, saw astronomers discover rings around Uranus: name any of the three astronomers concerned …
A5) James L. Elliot, Edward W. Dunham, and Douglas J. Mink.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with a little piece of Americana, courtesy of the late Sonny Terry …

* Actually, Debbi, I’m just as clueless about the US’s range: bar the fact that the traditional US cookie’s a bit bigger … ! :D

ª Actually, while I’m ON the subject of videos, Debbi, I meant to say cheers for the mention, yesterday. “Cheers for the mention, yesterday”.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

A pleasure, as always. I seem to have made you the unofficial Riptide Launch Party DJ, since I keep posting your videos. :)

Did you see that the book is live on Amazon now? In both the US and the UK? Isn't that great? Whew! :)

1. the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
2. Sebastian Pinera
3. Mikhail Gorbachev
4. General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
5. the Seven Sisters Colliery
6. the Roxy Theatre