Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Daily Teaser — 28-12-2013

You know, I like a good documentary, I really do.

One thing I am thankful for, over the Christmas period … ?   Has been the fact that there’s been one or two interesting ones: including the one I’ve got playing in the background at the moment, part 2 of Ben and James vs The Arabian Desert.

Which shows us Ben Fogle and James Cracknel’s attempt to cross not Sahara: just the nastiest part of it.

The Rub’ al-Khali.   The Empty Quarter.   The part of the world we think of as ‘desert’, when we’re introduced to the concept, and the one that’s literally miles — some 50000 square miles — of sand dune.

Quite possibly the most testing part of the planet, both in terms of the environment, and the effect it’s having on the two presenters.

It’s something to watch, I know that … 


Moving on … yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know which Terry Pratchett novel a family member had been given, ALSO scoring ten out of ten.

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) 28th December, 1941, saw the start of Operation Anthropoid: the plot to kill which Nazi leader … ?
Q2) That leader was in charge of what was then called the ‘Protectorate Of Bohemia and Moravia’: which is now in which European country … ?
Q3) 28th December, 1993, saw British Customs officials seize £70 million worth of cocaine.   Cocaine they felt was linked to whom: the Mafia, the Yakuza or the Cripps … ?
Q4) 28th December, 1944, saw Maurice Richard become the first professional player to score eight points: in which US sport … ?
Q5) 28th December, 1973, saw the Endangered Species Act signed into US law: by which US President … ?
Q6) Finally … 28th December, 1895, saw Wilhelm Röntgen publish the paper describing his discovery of what kind of radiation … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th December, 1977. saw the original UK release of the first Star Wars film: what was it called … ?
A1) Originally, just Stars Wars.
Q2) What is it now called … ?
Q3) Mark Hamill played the film’s hero: who was that hero?
Q4) The hero and his companions end up rescuing Princess … who … ?
Q5) One of those companions — Ben ‘Obi Wan’ Kenobi — was what kind of knight … ?
A5) A Jedi knight.
Q6) Who played that knight, in that original movie … ?
A6) Real world knight, Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE.
Q7) The film had two main villains: Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin.   Who played Grand Moff Tarkin … ?
A7) Peter Cushing.   (Apparently, Cushing found the boots given to him by the wardrobe department, very uncomfortable: and managed to persuade George Lucas to film him from the waist up, as much as possible, so he could wear a comfy pair of slippers.)
Q8) Darth Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones: and (physically) played by who … ?
Q9) Name either of the two main robot characters in the film.
A9) R2-D2 and C3-PO.
Q10) Finally … what’s the name of the space-going battle-station destroyed at the end of the film … ?
A10) The Death Star.   (The White House response to a petition to build a Death Star is still a highlight of my year …)
I’ll leave you with THIS though from a certain well known comic book publisher …
“Face front, true believer!”
Stan Lee, born 28th December, 1922.
And with this song … 

Have a good day.

*        Carpet People, Debbi … ?   Blimey, I haven’t read Carpet People in years!   (I know it was originally released in 1971, then revised and re-released in 1992.   I might have to dig it up again: after I finished everything else … !)


Kaiju said...

1. SS-Obergruppenführer and General der Polizei Reinhard Heydrich
2. Czech Republic
3. Mafia
4. Hockey
5. President Richard Nixon
6. X-radiation -- to denote its unknown nature. Still cool stuff!

Debbi said...

I'll have to check it out. Along with all the rest of Pratchett's work! Got my work cut out for me, reading-wise! :D

1. Reinhard Heydrich
2. the Czech Republic
3. the Mafia
4. hockey
5. Richard Nixon
6. electromagnetic