Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Daily Teaser — 7-3-2013: Polar Exploration

Hmmm … ! 

Wouldn’t you know it?

I’ve not actually managed to do a specific poster for today!

Usually, that’s something I try and keep an eye on.

But never mind: I think we can manage without.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with telling us she’s managing, in spite of a rough time, ALSO saw her bagging 5 out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions.

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 7th March saw Roald Amundsen announce he’d reached the South Pole: in which year did he make this announcement: 1912, 1913 or 1914 … ?
Q2) More to the point, Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole in December of which year … ?
Q3) The South Pole is on the Earth’s most southerly continent: is that the Arctic or Antarctic … ?
Q4) Confusingly: how many South Pole’s ARE there … ?
Q5) The South and North Poles define the Earth’s axis of rotation: how many hours does it take to rotate?
Q6) More to the point, in which direction does the Earth rotate: north south, east or west … ?
Q7) True or False: the Antarctic continent, itself, is a desert … 
Q8) Who lead the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition … ?
Q9) Moving back to where we started, what nationality was Roald Amundsen?
Q10) And finally … who lead the British Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic, that was beaten to the South Pole by Amundsen’s team … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th March, 1899, saw which company register Aspirin, as a trademark … ?
A1) Bayer.
Q2) More to the point, in which European country is that company based … ?
A2) Germany.
Q3) 6th March, 1967, saw Svetlana Alliluyeva defect to the west: whose daughter was she … ?
A3) Josef Stalin’s.
Q4) 6th March, 1957, saw which sub-Saharan nation become independent of the UK … ?
A4) Ghana.
Q5) 6th March, 1970, saw the UK ban the importation of domestic pets: over concerns about which disease … ?
A5) Rabies.
Q6) And finally … 6th March, 1340, saw the birth of nobleman, John of Gaunt: his male descendants are known as the House of … where … ?
A6) Lancaster.
I’ll leave you with this line from Roald Amundsen’s diary.
“We see many fine sunsets here, unique in the splendour of their colour. No doubt the surroundings in this fairyland of blue and white do much to increase their beauty.”
Roald Amundsen
And with a piece called Antarctica, by the appropriately name Josh Wynters.

Oh, and just as a thought … ?

I didn’t get a chance to see Dancing on the Edge, when it was on … but did know Angel Coulby — Guinevere in the BBC series, Merlin — has been floating around my head: here … 

Enjoy your day.

*        Sorry, Debbi: you’re right, he was a Plantagenet, but I was asking about his descendants.   They were the House of Lancaster, and one of the contenders in England’s War of the Roses.   (The two houses — York and Lancaster — had roses as symbols: Lancaster’s was red, and York’s, white.   Just as a contrast to John … ?   Richard 3rd, recently found in a carpark, was ALSO, technically a Plantagenet: but was the last King of England from the House of York.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No problem, Paul! :)

1. 1912
2. 1911
3. Antarctica
4. 4
5. 24
6. east
7. true
8. Ernest Shackleton
9. Norwegian
10. Robert Falcon Scott

There, I did it! What a doofus, huh? :)