Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Daily Teaser — 28-3-2013: All Out Meltdown … !

You know, I have a documentary on, from last night: Terry Pratchett’s Facing Extinction, about the Orang Utans of Borneo.

Something he’d checked out some 18 years ago: as a result of writing about the Discworld’s Librarian character.

I have to admit, my respect for the man has just gone up: Sir Terry’s got a form of Alzheimer’s that mean he’s still fairly sharp, but get’s visually disoriented easily.   And he’s in a jungle, doing a documentary on an endangered species … !

Phew … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yes, let’s … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with admitting she hates passwords, she ALSO managed to bag six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Three Mile Island questions, shall we … ?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 28th March saw the start of the meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant.   In which year of the 1970s … ?
Q2) In which state is Three Mile Island … ?
Q3) What was the name of the 1979 film about a nuclear meltdown … ?
Q4) 1986 saw a similar accident take place at a reactor: at which Ukrainian power plant … ?
Q5) And finally … the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred after a tsunami and earthquake: in which country … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27 March, 2004, saw the sinking of the decommissioned HMS Scylla: so she could be used as an artificial … what … ?
A1) Reef.
Q2) 27th March, 1958, saw Nikita Khrushchev named as leader of Soviet Russia.   Who did he denounce in a secret speech in 1956 … ?
A2) Joseph Stalin.
Q3) 27th March, 1963, saw the birth of director, Quentin Tarantino.   Which 1990s film provided him with his first commercial success … ?
A3) Reservoir Dogs.
Q4) 27th March saw Geronimo surrender to the US Army.   In  which year of the 1880s … ?
A4) 1886.
Q5) More to the point, the Apache version of his name translates as ‘One Who … ’ what … ?
A5) Yawns.
Q6) And finally … 27th March, 1989, saw which country hold a general election … ?
A6) The USSR.
I’ll leave you with this appropriate quote from Terry Pratchett …
“I once absent-mindedly ordered Three Mile Island dressing in a restaurant and, with great presence of mind, they brought Thousand Island Dressing and a bottle of chili sauce”
Terry Pratchettº.
And an equally appropriate tune from AC/DC …

Enjoy the day … 

*        I can go with that, Debbi!   It’s a shame, in a way, that they’re necessary: and a pain when you forget them … !   But if it means getting one’s bits safe online … 

º        Appropriate in the sense of a) the subject matter and b) the person making the quote.   Terry Pratchett’s documentary is still on: he also used to be press officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board region covering Sellafield.   Joining up, just after the Three Mile Island incident … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I agree with you there. Safety is important.

1. 1979
2. Pennsylvania
3. The China Syndrome
4. Chernobyl
5. Japan