Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Daily Teaser — 25-11-2012

Bleaugh … 

I think I’m having a bad morning … !

Well … 

Maybe not me, possibly just my aging Mac Mini, Bruce: who took his own sweet time connecting to the ’Net, this morning.

Oy Vie.

I think we can safely say we‘re both getting old … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with mention a recent Random & Sundry Things, she ALSO managed to bag 7 out of 7.

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) 25th November, 571 BC, saw Servius Tullius celebrate his victory over the Etruscans.   Where was Tullius king of: Rome, Egypt or China … ?
Q2) 25th November, 1998, saw the government of which country collapse … ?
Q3) 25th November, 1975, saw Suriname gain independence: from where … ?
Q4) More to the point, how was Suriname — semi-officially — referred to, until 1954 … ?
Q5) 25th November, 1963, saw President Kennedy laid to rest, in Washington: which President represented France, at that funeral … ?
Q6) And finally … 25th November, 1947, saw the blacklisting of the original Hollywood Ten: what were they blacklisted for … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th November saw the first publication of Darwin’s On the Origin Of Species: what’s the book’s full title … ?
A1) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Q2) The title was shortened when the book reached which edition: the 6th, 8th or 10th … ?
A2) The 6th.
Q3) More to the point … in which year was it originally published … ?
A3) 1859.
Q4) How much did On the Origin Of Species cost, in it’s first edition: 10, 15 or 20 shillings … ?
A4) 15 shillings.
Q5) Charles Darwin did a lot of the original research for the book whilst voyaging on which ship … ?
A5) The HMS Beagle.
Q6) Was that the first, second or third such voyage … ?
A6) The second.
Q7) And FINALLY … Who else — in 1855 — prompted Darwin’s publication, with a similar theory … ?
A7) Alfred Russel Wallace.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Carrie Nation†.
“I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet.”
Radical Temperance campaigner, Carrie Nation November 25, 1846 – June 9, 1911.
And, as today marks the anniversary of the original recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas, here’s a video …

*        Bloody Hell, Debbi that’s nasty: can you pass on my sympathies to Rick, please … ?   And a couple of other things, as well.  I’m — obviously — none too sure how healthcare would work in the US, in these circumstances, but have the pair of you thought of seeing if she can get onto a course of Ariceptº … ?   From what I know, it’s considered very helpful, early on, and there’s seemingly evidence that it helps in later stages, as well: this is the BBC search I did.   Which threw up this specific link, I should add.   I’m also aware that GPS tracking services — such as this one the Alzheimer’s Societyª are endorsing — are becoming popular.   Terry Pratchett fan, remember?   And Alzheimer’s/dementia is something that killed my Gran: hopefully, that information will be of use and give her more quality of life.

†        Who sound’s a bit … um … forbidding … 

º        It’s the usual medication of choice in the UK,  when Alzheimer’s rears it ugly head.

ª        That’s the UK Society.   The link to their US equivalent is here …

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks again, Paul! And thanks for re-posting my post. I hope you like my Midlife Life post, too. Ha ha ha ...

Which I just realized is almost exactly like this one:

Except, I'm not kidding myself, anymore. :)

1. Rome
2. Turkey
3. the Netherlands
4. Dutch Guiana
5. Charles de Gaulle
6. for being cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities