Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Daily Teaser — 9-1-2014: Ma Bell!

Adverts … 

Adverts, adverts, adverts … !

I have to admit, there’s usually a reason I like watching BBC programmes: the serious lack of adverts!

The reason I say that … ?   Is that I’m just watching last night’s pilot of the rebooted The Tomorrow People.

Which looks good: and very polished, it has to be said.

The fly in the ointment, of course, is that it was on E4: which is a commercial station.   And chock full of adverts.

Bloody annoying, that … !


Moving on … 

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and, along with thanking me politely, also scored five out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s themed questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) New England Telephone & Telegraph installed the first battery powered telephone exchange on 9th January, 1894.   But in which Massachusetts town: Lexington, Manchester or New Braintree … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which Massachusetts county is that town: Essex, Middlesex or Sussex … ?
Q3) New England Telephone & Telegraph was formed by investors from Massachusetts, and which other US State?
Q4) Who’s generally accepted as the inventor of the telephone … ?
Q5) More to the point, he originally designed the ’phone whilst working on educating whom: the deaf, blind or mute … ?
Q6) Who else has a claim for patenting the first telephone: Elijah Wood, Elisha Gray or Elliot Smith … ?
Q7) BT is Britain’s main landline provider: but what does BT stand for … ?
Q8) What’s the American term for a mobile phone … ?
Q9) What’s the traditional Cockney Rhyming slang term for a phone … ?
Q10) What was the original term for a phone hacker: phone phunker, phone phan or phone phreak … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th December, 1989, saw Akihito succeed to the throne of Japan.   Since then, Japan has been in what it calls the what era: Heisei, Hentai or Tie-die?
A1) The Heisei era/period.
Q2) Who was Akihito’s predecessor as Emperor?
A2) His father, Emperor Hirohito: or Showa, as he was posthumously renamed.
Q3) On top of his royal duties, Akihito is a published what: vulcanologist, marine biologist or gynaecologist … ?
A3) Marine biologist.   (In fact, he’s got a species of fish — the Exyrias akihito, a type of goby — named after him.)
Q4) Akihito’s great grandfather was emperor when Japan underwent a lot of changes: who was that emperor?
A4) Emperor Mutsuhito: or the Emperor Meiji, as he’s correctly know, these days.
Q5) Finally … who’s Akihito’s Empress … ?
A5) Empress Michiko.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Steve Jobs …
“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people - as remarkable as the telephone.”
Steve Jobs.
And this song … 

Have a good day … 

*        My pleasure, Debbi, anytime … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Great tune! :)

1. Lexington
2. Middlesex
3. Rhode Island
4. Alexander Graham Bell
5. the deaf
6. Elisha Gray
7. British Telecom
8. cellphone
9. dog-and-bone
10. phone phreak