Monday, 9 December 2013

The Daily Teaser — 9-12-2013

Did I ever tell you about my nephew, Jude … ?

He‘s coming up for three — on Boxing Day* — and I’ve got a feeling he’s bright: he’s finding using scissors as scissors, tricky, but he’s worked out you can use them as tongs.

Which got me impressed, certainly.

He ALSO worked out something else, as well: something the Death Of Rats, in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, had worked out a while ago.

You can have a lot of fun with balls.

Yes, quite … 

Let’s get a move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi† putting in her answers: along with asking after a file I’d sent her, and telling us she’d loved yesterday’s video, she also also bagged six 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) 9th December, 2012, saw the death of which astronomer and tv presenter … ?
Q2) What was the name of the TV show he presented for many years … ?
Q3) Moving on, 9th December, 1961, saw Tanganyika become independent of the UK.   Which country is Tanganyika now part of … ?
Q4) 9th December, 1992, saw US troops land — on an aid mission — in which African country … ?
Q5) 9th December, 1917, saw UK forces under Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, capture which Middle Eastern city: Damascus, Tehran or Jerusalem … ?
Q6) Finally … 9th December, 1968, saw the first demonstration of a computer mouse: how many buttons did it have … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th December, 2010, saw a Japanese space-probe pass which planet … ?
A1) Venus.
Q2) What did that probe use to propel itself: hydrogen, rocket fuel or a solar sail … ?
Q3) 8th December, 1983, saw cameras start broadcasting from the House of Lords.   In which year did broadcasts start from the House of Commons?
A3) 1989.
Q4) In the wake of the Pearl Harbour attack, during World War 2, 8th December, 1941, saw the President of the USA declare that the day ‘… would live in infamy.’   Which US president said that?
Q5) 8th December, 1941, also saw Japan launch invasions: of Malaya, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies.   And where else … ?
A5) Thailand.
Q6) Finally … 8th December, 1980, saw John Lennon murdered outside the building he and his wife lived in.   What’s the name of that building … ?
A6) The Dakota.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Kirk Douglas …
“When you reach 95, after you get over your surprise, you start looking back.”
Kirk Douglas, born December 9, 1916.
And with Junior Wells classic, Messing with the Kid … 

Enjoy your day.

*        And likes cars, if you want to buy him a present.   Oh, and tractors … 

†        You should be able to download‡ the file with SafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerFirefox, what have you, Debbi.   Once it’s downloaded onto your machineª, you’ll be able to play it with a variety of different apps: you should be able to play it with Windows Media Player, or you can download QuickTime, from Apple, or VLC: both of which are free.

‡        In other words, copy it from a website, to your computer!

ª        It should be saved to your downloads folder, Debbi: so you know!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

For some reason, I got a message that my browser (Firefox) wasn't supported or something. Maybe I'll open the email in IE or Chrome and see what happens.

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