Friday, 24 January 2014

The Daily Teaser — 24-1-2014

What on EARTH is going on … ?

Really … ?

You’ve probably worked out I’m an normally — normally — happy with BT.


Ok, back in the early days of my internet connection, there WAS that issue of the Hub BT issued me dropping its signal.

This seems different, however: this is a case of both the usual Teaser Poster, to the right, taking a touch longer than usual.

And as I write … ?

As I write, the day’s Teaser video has some twenty minutes or so left, before it finishes uploading.

Frankly … ?   I think something’s going on.

Lord know’s what, though … !


But let’s move on, shall we … ?   Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and, along with letting us know it’s looking bad in Baltimore, ALSO managing to bag 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 ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 24th January, 1984, saw the original Apple Mac go on sale: the first commercially successful computer to use a graphical user interface, and mouse.   How many buttons did that original mouse feature … ?
Q2) 24th January, 41AD, saw the assassination of Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.   ‘Caligula’, the name we know him by, was a childhood nickname that meant ‘Little’ … what: toga, pants or boots?
Q3) 24th January, 1946, saw the UN General Assembly pass the resolution to set up the UN body that oversaw what: help to refugees, world health or atomic energy?
Q4) Three years earlier, 24th January, 1943, saw Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill finish a wartime conference in which North African city … ?
Q5) Finally … 24th January, 1986, saw the Voyager 2 probe pass within 50, 000 miles of which planet … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd January, 1570, saw the first assassination by gun.   The target was James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray.   Which Scottish King was he the regent for: James 4th, James 5th or James 6th?
A1) James 6th.
Q2) That Scottish king was also known as which English king … ?
A2) James 1st.
Q3) How many US presidents have been assassinated … ?
A3) Four..
Q4) Name one of those presidents … 
A4) Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy.
Q5) Which of those presidents was in office, during the US Civil War … ?
Q6) Which Russian revolutionary leader was assassinated — with an icepick — in Mexico?
A6) Leon Trotsky.   (Possibly the ONLY Russian Revolutionary to get a mention in a Stranglers number … )
Q7) Which famous Roman was assassinated by his friend, Brutus, and the subject of a play by William Shakespeare?
A7) Julius Cæsar.   (Gaius Julius Cæsar, to use his full name.   He never achieved the post of Emperor, but WAS the most powerful politician in the Rome of his day: the belief that he was aiming for monarchial powers was his assassins’ motivation.)
Q8) The third Roman Emperor was the first Roman Emperor to be assassinated.   Was he Tiberius, Caligula or Claudius?
A8) Caligula.
Q9) Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serb nationalist on 28th June, 1914: this triggered which war … ?
Q10) And finally … Jean Bastien-Thiry and his fellow members of the OAS attempted to assassinate which French leader?
A10) General Charles De Gaulle.   (The attempt is what formed the basis of the story ‘The Day Of The Jackal’.)
As today it the birthday of noted musicologist — and ex-Squeeze member — Jools Holland, I’ll leave you with he and Dr John’s somber analysis of four-handed boogie-woogie piano riffs … 

And with these words, originally ascribed to Emperor Hadrian …
“One great mistake is to try to extract from each person virtues which he does not possess, neglecting the cultivation of those which he does have.”
Words ascribed to Emperor Hadrian, 24 January, 76 AD – 10 July, 138 AD.
Enjoy your day … 

*        Mind you, Debbi: you DO know that, by complaining about the weather … ?  You’re becoming a Brit … ?   (Britain’s other national sports are Football, Cricket, Rugby, horseracing and snooker.   The one that doesn’t get as much coverage as the others … ?   Is complaining about the weather … )

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We also do our share of complaining! :)

1. one
2. boots
3. help to refugees
4. Casablanca
5. Uranus