Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Daily Teaser — 4-7-2013: US Independence Day.


I have to admit, I think Bruce is on something of a go-slow, today.

But I have had the BBC iPlayer playing through my iPod: streaming, rather than downloading, last night’s episode of Horizon.

I think that’s been hogging the bandwidth.

Shame, really: I was hoping to make more of the fact that Doug Engelbart, the creator of the mouse had died.

Oh, well‡.

Time to move on.


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know know she’s put up an Independence Day post, herself, she also managed to bag five out of six.

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) 4th July is US Independence Day: where exactly is the USA celebrating its independence from … ?
Q2) Who was that latter country’s King, at the time … ?
Q3) Who — on 4th July, 1778 — issued a double ration of rum to American troops, to celebrate the day … ?
Q4) Two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, both later served as US President, and died on 4th July, 1826.   Name either.
Q5) Ironically, one of those men is ALSO credited with inventing the Swivel Chair: which of them … ?
Q6) Finally … Which Rhode Island town is credited with holding the oldest Fourth Of July celebration in the USA … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd July, 1979, saw President Jimmy Carter sign a decree that authorized US aid to opponents of a pro-Soviet regime: in which country … ?
A1) Afghanistan.
Q2) 3rd July, 1988, saw the completion of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge: in which country IS that bridge … ?
A2) Turkey.
Q3) More to the point, over which strait does it go … ?
A3) The Bosphorus.
Q4) 3rd July, 1996, saw the Stone Of Scone returned to Scotland: for whose coronation had it last been used … ?
A4) Elizabeth 2nd’s.
Q5) 3rd July, 2006, saw Asteroid XP14 make its closest pass to the Earth.   In which year was it first observed … ?
A5) 2004.
Q6) And finally … 3rd July, 1987, saw Nazi war criminal, Klaus Barbie, sentenced to life imprisonment.   In which French city had he been chief of the Gestapo … ?
A6) Lyon.
I’ll leave you this thought from a well known American Gentleman …
“I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.”
George Washington, 22 February 1732 – 14 December 1799
And with this tune … 

Have a good day … 

*        Yes: you’re right, Debbi, that video’s just downright STRANGE … !

†        Needless to say, I’m expecting my US readers to do well with this: in-between bouts of turkey.

‡        One piece of good news … ?   Today marks my second year of being a non-smoker!   Yay!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Congrats, Paul! :) Well done!

1. Great Britain
2. King George III
3. George Washington
4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. Bristol