Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 18-6-2013

You’ve probably worked out I like history, hadn’t you … ?

Oh, you hadn’t … ?   Pay attention at the back, there … !

At ANY rate, I’m fond of history: even if I’m no expert student of it.

One thing that does catch my attention is scientific history: childhood interest, what can I tell you?

So when the BBC does a documentary about the history of measurement — I’ve got episode two of Precision on, in the background — you can bet I’d be recording it, to watch later.

Fascinating stuff: did you know there’s a direct mathematical relationship between the amount of the amount of electricity going through a wire, and the amount of weight place on the tray hooked up to those wires … ?   The more the current the heavier the object.

Ever wondered how the weighing machines at your local supermarket work?   The ones at the till … ?   The ones they’ve just weighed your cabbages with … ?   Now you know … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with getting four and a half out of five*, she also let us know she has a cartoons/animation board on Pinterest†.   It also saw Trevor putting up some of the speculation he’d encountered — during a long career programming — as to what IBM ACTUALLY stood for.

Let’s see how she — or possibly they — do with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 18th June, 1264, saw the first recorded meeting of which country’s Parliament … ?   

Q2) 18th June — in 1812 — saw the start of the War Of 1812: between the USA and where … ?   

Q3) 18th June, 1873, saw Susan B. Anthony fined $100: for attempting to do what … ?   

Q4) 18th June, 1830, saw France invade which North Africa country … ?   

Q5) And finally … 18th June, 1178, saw five Canterbury based monks observe the Giordano Bruno crater being formed: where is that crater … ?   
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th June, 1900, saw Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts: in the Chinese city of Tianjin.   During which Rebellion … ?
A1) The Boxer Rebellion.
Q2) Talking of which … 17th June, 1953: during an uprising, Soviet troops were  called into which East German city … ?
A2) East Berlin.
Q3) 17th June, 1967, saw which Far Eastern country announce it had successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon … ?
A3) The People’s Republic of China.
Q4) 17th June, 1980, saw the UK Government announce that US missiles would sited at two RAF bases in the UK.   Which RAF bases … ?
A4) RAF Greenham Common and RAF Molesworth.
Q5) And FINALLY … 17th June, 1944, saw which country declare independence … ?
A5) Iceland.
I’ll leave you with this point from Isabella Rossellini …
“I am much more radical in my beliefs than my products represent me to be.”
Isabella Rossellini, born 18 June 1952.
And with this tune from birthday boy, Paul McCartney … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Actually, Debbi, it was RAF Greenham Common … 

†        I’ll have to check that out, at some point, Debbi!   Pinky And The Brain was one of the funniest things I saw on TV … !   (Apparently, Pinky’s supposed to be a cockney.   I’ll be tactful, Debbi, his accent’s not convincing … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Cool, Paul! :) Hope you do check it out. And thanks for posting the Paul McCartney video. Happy birthday, Sir Paul!

1. Ireland
2. the British Empire
3. vote for a U.S. President
4. Algeria
5. the Moon