Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Daily Teaser — 15-12-2012

Hmmm … 

News … 

You have to wonder about it, sometimes, don’t you … ?

Well, not wonder.   But certainly take a deep breath.   Especially when the news comes in, like that from Connecticut.

That a man has shot 27 people in a school: including 20 children.

One has to ask: how on EARTH did he manage to do that … ?

Unfortunately, the only answer I can give is “Very Easily”.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with officially declaring me and Trevor to be officially Awesome, also managed to bag 5 out 6.

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) 15th December, 1791, saw the Virginia Assembly ratify the Bill of Rights: the first batch of amendments to the US Constitution, in other words.   How many amendments were there … ?
Q2) More to the point, which of those amendments guarantees civil trial by jury … ?
Q3) The US Bill of Rights was based on an English equivalent: of which year … ?
Q4) Moving on … 15th December, 1970, saw the Soviet Union make the first successful landing of a craft — the Venera 7 — on another planet: which planet … ?
Q5) 15th December, 533, saw Byzantine general, Belisarius, defeat a group of whom: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Vandals or Huns … ?
Q6) And finally … 15th December, 1859, saw the birth of L. L. Zamenhof.   Which artificial language did he create … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 14th December, 1911, saw a team lead by whom, reach the South Pole … ?
A1) Roald Amunsen.
Q2) More to the point … which European country was that person from … ?
A2) Norway.
Q3) The South Pole is on which continent … ?
A3) Antarctica.
Q4) In which year did the (debatably) successful British Terra Nova Expedition reach the South Pole … ?
A4) 1912: some 33 days AFTER the Amundsen-led trip.
Q5) Who lead the Terra Nova Expedition … ?
A5) Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Q6) And finally … In which year of the 1950s was the first permanent human structure built at the South Pole … ?
A6) 1956.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I also think that — just for today — I’m not going to give you the quote and video: it’s Dave Clark and J. Paul Getty’s birthday, today, look them up.

That’s my way of showing my sympathies to those families who’ve lost member in the shootings in  Newtown, Connecticut, and the stabbings in Chempang.

*        Oooohhh … !   Cheers, Debbi!!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

My pleasure, Paul! :) Sad news all around the world this weekend, it seems. Yet, life goes on.


1. 10
2. the Seventh Amendment
3. 1689
4. Venus
5. Vandals
6. Esperanto