Wednesday, 2 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 2-1-2013

Well, it’s officially official.

We are now in 2013.

And I think we can safely say that noses are going back to the proverbial grindstone.

Either way … it’s back to normal, after the holiday.

Including a nice red sky, this morning.

Which means it’s going to rain, later … !

Oh, well.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers.   On top of telling us about this debate about years, and these traditions associated with First Footing*, she also bagged 9 out of 10.

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) 2nd January, saw Britain establish control over the Falkland Islands.   What name do the Argentinians give to those islands … ?
Q2) More to the point, the Spanish name for the Falklands is taken from which French town … ?
Q3) 2nd January, 1993, saw peace talks start in the civil strife in which small European state … ?
Q4) Which Communist country had that state been a part of … ?
Q5) 2nd January, 1871, saw Amadeus 1st become King of where: Germany, Austria or Spain … ?
Q6) And finally … 2nd January, 1839, saw Louis Daguerre take photos of which space-borne object … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) In which year did MOST of the UK start celebrating New Year’s Day on 1st January: 1751, 1752 or 1753 … ?
A1) 1752.
Q2) What was the only part of the UK that didn’t … ?
A2) Scotland.
Q3) The one bit of the UK that DIDN’T change, went on to change the start of it’s New year … in which year … ?
A3) 1600
Q4) Vesāk — or Vesākha — is the Buddhist New Year’s Day.   It also celebrates the Buddha’s what: birth, death or enlightenment … ?
A4) All three.
Q5) Junkanoo is usually celebrated on New Year’s Day: in which Caribbean nation … ?
A5) The Bahamas.
Q6) Many Churches observe the Feast of Christ’s what, on 1st January … ?
A6) Circumcision.
Q7) Three countries celebrate Independence Day on 1st January: name on of them.
A7) Brunei, Haiti and Sudan.
Q8) According to an old superstition, New Year’s Day means you have to be First-Footed: by whom … ?
A8) A Scotsman.
Q9) What’s the earliest day that the Chinese New Year’s Day can fall … ?
A9) January 20th.
Q10) And finally … most of the planet celebrated the start of the Third Millennium on New Year’s Day of which year … ?
A10) 2000.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the late Isaac Asimov …
“There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.”
Isaac Asimov, January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992
And, as a nod to birthday boy and Hoobastank frontman, Doug Robb, with this tune from the band … 

*        Well, one can but try, Debbi … ! #BlitzSpirit … !   Oh, I’ve just had a look at that superstitions one: last dregs of the bottle, eh … ?   Yeah … done THAT a time or two … ! :D   (I can still remember an old family friend having a whale of a time, at New Year’s Eve: he was Scottish, the traditional First Footer’s in the UK at this time of year, and always kept a few lumps of coal around for the occasion.   And needing the loo, quite a bit … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I don't know how you do it, but you always seem to pick the perfect video and quote to suit my mood. :)

Thanks, Paul!

1. Las Malvinas
2. St. Malo
3. Bosnia
4. Yugoslavia
5. Spain
6. the moon