Monday, 19 November 2012

The Daily Teaser — 19-11-2012: World Toilet Day … !

You know, I’ll be frank — and why not — and tell you my nephew, Jude — that’s him, over there ☞ — has learnt all sorts of things, these past couple of years.

Including — at last night’s family dinner — the fact he knew how to play Peek-a-boo.   From behind the curtain … !

You’ve got to love that, haven’t you … ?

Bless ’im … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

It IS a themed Teaser, after all.


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Tim and Debbiº putting in their answers.

With Debbi tell us about her history of watching Dr Who, yesterday saw her bagging 6 out of 6, and Tim bagging 4.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s rather lavatorial questions*, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 19th November is — obviously — World Toilet Day: according to whom … ?
Q2) More to the point, this year’s World Toilet Summit is to be held in which South African city … ?
Q3) Garderobe was a Medieval word for toilet: especially ones in castles.   The term — or room, depending on who you ask — ALSO described a storage room for what … ?
Q4) What — usually — would be the first thing activated on the Space Shuttle, once astronauts unbuckled themselves in orbit … ?
Q5) Honey trucks and honey wagons are terms used for the tankers that empty what … ?
Q6) And finally … in which year did the Great Stink — guess what of — prompt Parliament to build the London sewer system …?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 18th November, 1307, saw who famously shoot an apple from his son’s head … ?
A1) William Tell.
Q2) This was what’s now in which country … ?
A2) Switzerland.
Q3) Many years later, 18th November, 1963, saw the first push button telephones go into commercial use.   Which company’s labs designed them … ?
A3) Bell Telephone.
Q4) 18th November, 1978, saw the date of the notorious Jonestown Massacre: when 918 followers of Reverend Jimmy Jones killed themselves with poisoned what … ?
A4) Cyanide laced Flavor-Aid.   (Although I’ve seen mentions made, over the years, to Kool-Aid: it’s a similar product, from what I can see, and I’m assuming those references to have used “Kool-Aid” as a generic term.)
Q5) 18th November, 1987, saw 27 people killed in a fire: in which London station … ?
A5) King’s Cross.
Q6) And finally … 18th November, 1903, saw the US and Panama sign a treaty: giving the USA control over what … ?
A6) The Panama Canal.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Sir Joseph Bazagette, the man who designed London’s sewerage system.
“The principle, in building a sewer system, was of diverting the cause of the mischief to a locality where it can do no mischief.”   
Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
And with THIS tune, I found on YouTube … 

I SHOULD add tha both Grub and Kevin D suggested alternatives.

Kevin suggested Up and Around The Bend … 

And Grub put in Yellow River … 

You can SEE a theme, can’t you … ?

*        There’s actually a serious side to all this, of course.   There’s parts of the world with seriously bad sanitation.

º        I have to admit, I started watching it, several years earlier: I still have vague childhood memories of the nightmares I had, after watching Jon Pertwee in Infernoª: I’d’ve been Jude’s age, when that one was broadcast … !

ª        Actually, Debbi … ?   I’ve recently managed to see another of Jon Pertwee’s earlier stories, called The Ambassadors of Death.   It’s WELL worth watching: you LITERALLY wouldn’t believe it’s the same series, it’s so very different: on a par with Edge Of Darkness, in terms of feel … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

That episode looks vaguely familiar. I liked Jon Pertwee, but the series was very different with him. Not to mention the other Doctors. :)

1. the World Health Organization
2. Durban
3. a cloakroom, wardrobe, alcove or armoire
4. the space toilet
5. outhouses and/or septic tanks
6. 1858