Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Daily Teaser — 5-2-2013: Pip, pip, pip, pip, pip, piiiip …

Hmmm … 

It has to be said, sometimes you never know what’s planned for the day, until you hear about it on Breakfast TV.

Just to give you an example … ?   Today’s Safer Internet Day in Europe, and there’s ALL sort of events going on in the UK.

I wish I’d known, before-hand: I’d’ve possibly done something.

Oh, well … Let’s see what I’ve dug up, today, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting her answers: along with posting chapter 4 of Least Wanted — and mentioning a virus I’d highlighted, yesterday — she also managed to bag 6 — or possibly 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) 5th February, 1924, saw the Royal Greenwich Observatory — and the BBC — start broadcasting the Greenwich Time signal: a series of pips, or beeps, marking the hour.   Which of the pips actually marks the hour … ?
Q2) How many pips are there … ?
Q3) How many pips get played, when marking an hour with a leap second … ?
Q4) The pips are regularly played on two BBC Radio Stations: Radio Four … and which other … ?
Q5) What frequency are the pips: 500 Hz, 1 kHz or 1.5 kHz … ?
Q6) And finally … in modern times, Greenwich Mean Time is often referred to as what … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th February saw the national debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: in which year … ?
A1) 1938.
Q2) Snow White herself, was the first fictional female character to have a star on which Hollywood landmark … ?
A2) The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Q3) Which Disney character was the first animated character mentioned on that landmark … ?
A3) Mickey Mouse.
Q4) Name any of the dwarfs in the film.
A4) Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey.
Q5) Who voiced Snow White in the film … ?
A5) Adriana Caselotti.   (Who was paid $970 dollars, at the time: worth about $15, 000, at the time of writing.   Either way, does that seem a touch paltry … ?)
Q6) What — until its 1937 premier — was the film nicknamed … ?
A6) Walt’s Folly.
Q7) And finally … who recorded a version of Heigh Ho for the album, Stay Awake … ?
A7) Tom Waits.   (It’s … interesting … )
I’ll leave you with this quote from a certain Mr Marx …
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Groucho Marx.
You can hear the Radio 2’s theme, in this video: it has the Greenwich Time Signal as part of the video.

Given I can never resist a bad pun, I’ll also leave you with Midnight Train To Georgia: by Gladys Knight and the Pipsª.

Enjoy today … 

*        Cheers for passing that on, Debbi: I think the more people know about it, the sooner, the better for all.   (Oh, sorry about the score, by the way: the actual premiere was in 1937.   Its national release was 1938º.   Disney do like to give hard working quiz-masters a headache … !†)

º        The premiere was on 21st December, of that year: right on Solstice, on the same day as a totally different theme.   Don’t you just hate that … ?

ª        See what I did, there … ?

†        When we’re not doing it to ourselves: looking at the question, I really could’ve phrased that as ‘national release’ … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No problem, Paul! :) I'm glad I did as well as I did. I liked this quiz and the quote! :)

I really love my Doctor Who trinkets from Trevor. I have to get Rick to take a picture of me wearing them! :) Hopefully, my hair won't look totally crappy. Ha!

1. the very beginning of the last pip
2. six
3. seven
4. BBC World Service
5. 1 kHz
6. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)