Friday, 3 October 2014

The Daily Teaser — 3-10-2014: Never More … !

Hmmm … 

That’s inconvenient.

You’re (possibly) aware that I’m job hunting at the moment, aren’t you?

One of the things I’m obliged to do, in order to receive state benefits, is to head for my local Job Centre every day, to look for work on their public terminals.

I’m not complaining, there.   It gets me out of the flat, and means I can focus on the task in hand: without getting distracted by — say — a huge pile of Deadwood videos.

Except yesterday … ?   Yesterday, those terminals were down.

Through no fault of the Job Centre’s I should add.   It seems the lines connecting the terminals to the internet were playing up.

I can’t help but hope that BT get’s its collective bums in gear.   Granted, I can do my job searching, here at home.

But going somewhere to do it, rather than sitting around, indoors, all day.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring four out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Poe-themed set, shall we?

Here it is, along with the How ToLicense, and video

Q1) 3rd October, 1849, saw Edgar Allan Poe found gibbering in a gutter … in which US city?
Q2) Which bird — according to one of Poe’s more famous poems — famously said “Nevermore”?
Q3) In which Terry Pratchett novel does a character called Quoth — a talking bird of the same species as Poe’s example — first appear?
Q4) Poe’s poem was an inspiration for a John McTeigue directed film about Poe’s last days.   In which year was it released: 2010, 2011 or 2012?
Q5) More to the point, who played Poe in that film?
Q6) On which date of each year did the mysterious Poe Toaster raise a glass of cognac at the author’s grave?
Q7) More to the point, what was the LAST year the Toaster appeared: 2008, 2009 or 2010?
Q8) Which of Poe’s short stories was filmed in 1964, with Vincent Price as Prince Prospero?
Q9) One of Poe’s short stories is called The Cask Of Amontillado: what type of drink is Amontillado: Madeira, Sherry or Port?
Q10) Finally … which of Poe’s tales is usually agreed to be the first detective story?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 2nd October, 1950, saw the début of a well known comic strip, by Charles M. Schulz.   What comic strip … ?
A1) Peanuts.
Q2) 2nd October, 1980, saw Representative Michael Myers become the first person to be expelled from the US House of Representatives since 1861.   What was he expelled for taking?
A2) Taking a bribe.   (Rather than sharing his name with this chap …)
Q3) 2nd October, 1979, saw the Pope denounce torture and concentration camps: in a speech at the UN.   Which pope: Paul 6th, John Paul 1st or John Paul 2nd?
Q4) 2nd October, 2006, saw five children killed at a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania: by a man called Charles Roberts.   The school, the community it was in, and the children at it, were members of which religious community?
A4) The Amish.   (The families of the victims forgive Roberts.   On the day.   Personally … ?   I don’t know if I could be that strong.)
Q5) Finally … 2nd October, 1928, saw the founding of the Roman Catholic organization, Opus Dei: in which European country … ?
A5) Spain.
I’ll leave you with some poetry: written by the Man, Himself, and read by Marianne Faithfull … 

And with this thought …
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

Edgar Allan Poe, in a letter to George W. Eveleth, in 1848.
Have a good day  … !

*        That always helps, don’t it, Debbi?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

It does indeed. :)

1. Baltimore
2. the raven
3. Soul Music
4. 2012
5. John Cusack
6. January 19
7. 2009
8. The Masque of the Red Death
9. Sherry
10. The Murders in the Rue Morgue