Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Daily Teaser — 28-10-2014

You know, I love a scientific documentary.

And, bless ’em, the BBC can knock out a good ’un, occasionally!

The one I managed to tape, after it was on, early this morning … ?

Was all about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

And how it wasn’t necessarily literal fire and brimstone, sent by God to punish a pair of sinful cities.

No: it was an earthquake, or possibly a landslide, made worse by a landslide.   Or possibly an earthquake.

Either way … ?

Either way, the Cities Of The Plains sound like they were digging up a lot of asphalt: apparently, that’s why some were very close to the Dead Sea.

And on top of that … ?

Well … 

It’s a fascinating series.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yersterday’s Teaser saw a returned Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring three out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 28th October, 1538, saw the founding of the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino: the first university in the New World.   The University was on which island?
Q2) 28th October, 1835, saw the formal foundation of the United Tribes of New Zealand.   Native New Zealanders are collectively known as what … ?
Q3) 28th October, 1420, saw Beijing named as the capital of Ming Dynasty China: the same year the dynasty completed their seat of government.   That seat still stands: which tourist landmark is it?
Q4) 28th October, 1971, saw Britain launch its Prospero satellite.   The satellite was named after a character in which Shakespeare play?
Q5) Finally … 28th October, 1922, saw Benito Mussolini handed power by the King of Italy: near the end of what’s called the March on … where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th October, 939, saw the death of the man many historians consider the first King of England.   Who was he?
A1) King Æthelstan.
Q2) 27th October, 18338, saw Governor Lilburn Boggs issue orders.   To expel who out of Missouri: Muslims, Latter Day Saints or Hindus?
Q3) 27th October, 1950, saw MI5 start a search for missing scientist, Bruno Pontecorvo.   Where — in 1955 — was he found: Berlin, Washington or Moscow?
A3) Moscow: he’d defected.
Q4) 27th October is Independence Day in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.   Independence Day also also being celebrated in which former Soviet republic?
Q5) Finally … 27th October, 1973, saw Cañon City, in C olorado, hit by what?
A5) A meteorite.
I’ll leave you with this piece … 

And this thought …
“We’re allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and do things we should not.”

David Dimbleby, born 28 October 1938.
Have a good day … !

*        How was the time off, Debbi†?   It looks like someone had a blast.   :D

†        Oh, Alfred was Æthelstan’s grandfather, so you know: Æthelstan, unlike Alfred, was the first to be king of ALL England.   (Alfred managed to be King of Wessex: but DID have a HUGE influence on England’s legal system.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

We did have a blast! I'll have to post that photo on my blog. Thanks for that!

1. Hispaniola aka The Dominican Republic
2. Kiwis
3. the Great Hall of the People
4. The Tempest
5. Rome