Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 19-11-2014: World Toilet Day

Well, THAT was embarrassing: I managed to mix up my shifts … !

Basically, I thought I was working, today: and it turns out I wasn’t … !

BOY, did I feel like a lemon … !


But that’s not why your here, is it?


No, it’s Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s World Toilet Day themed questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* … 
Q1) 19th November is World Toilet Day.   Its organizers are the World Toilet who?
Q2) The organization promotes sustainable what: farming, sanitation or sewerage?
Q3) The 2014 World Toilet Summit will be held in which South Asian country: Bangladesh, Bhutan or India?
Q4) Here in the UK, the commonest types of toilet had a handle or chain: to let us do what?
Q5) When our toilets empty, the waste goes through a u-bend.   Which Victoria plumber invented the u-bend?
Q6) What — when we speak of toilets — does ‘WC’ stand for?
Q7) The box holds the water that goes into the toilet bowl is a what?
Q8) The Zvezda and Tranquility modules have the world’s most expensive toilets.   Where ARE those modules?
Q9) They’ll be in the men’s public toilets: but usually not the ladies.   What are we talking about?
Q10) Finally … the trucks used to empty portable toilets and cesspits are usually known as what wagons?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th November, 1984, saw Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer announce the phasing out of the £1 note.   What was it replaced by … ?
Q2) Who was that Chancellor?
Q3) The £1 note’s replacement had been introduced in April of which year?
Q4) Who — apart from the Queen — was pictured on that £1 note … ?
Q5) In which year of the 1980s was the £1 note finally withdrawn from circulation?
Q6) The UK’s pound is the Pound … what?
Q7) What’s the symbol for the Pound?
Q8) The pound’s symbol is a fancy version of which letter?
Q9) Are Scottish or Northern Irish pound notes legal tender?
Q10) Finally … What’s the largest denomination of pound note, in everyday use?
A1) The £1 coin.
A2) Nigel Lawson.
A3) 1983.
A4) Sir Isaac Newton.   (Who, at one point, was the head of the Royal Mint: there’s a school of thought that says his real stroke of genius was not the discovery and measurement of gravity — ANYBODY could’ve done that — but the invention of the mill-edged coin, which helped reduce fraud1.   He’s ALSO credited with the invention of the cat-flap.)
A5) 1988.
A6) Pound Sterling.
A7) I’ve shown you already in these questions: it’s the £ sign.
A8) L.
A9) No.   If I’ve understood it correctly, they’re what’s called ‘promissory notes’: something along the lines of a cheque.
A10) The £50.   (The £1, 000, 000 and £1, 00, 000, 000 notes are only used internally by the UK issuing banks: the Bank of England, along with the banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland that issue notes.)
Enjoy those.   I’ll catch you next time.

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