Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Daily Teaser — 24-2-2015: Gregory’s Calendar … 

Yoicks … !

I am … tired … !

No, really!

But then again … ?   I’ve really only got myself to blame, in one sense.   I was up late, blogging.

Well, of course I was: I’d also been up late, watching The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Which didn’t win any Oscars, unsurprisingly.

But was very entertaining.


Frankly, I think that’s all we can ask of a movie!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Aluminium-themed Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and (sort of) scoring 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 February, 1582, saw Pope 13th introduce the Gregorian Calendar: with the document, Inter gravissimas.   Was it a Papal bull, letter or Encyclical?
Q2) The Gregorian Calendar replaced the Julian Calendar.   Who invented the Julian Calendar?
Q3) In either calendar, how many whole days are there: in a non-leap year?
Q4) Again: in either calendar, how many days are there, in a leap year?
Q5) The reforms Gregory introduced did what: increase the number of leap years, reduce the number or leap years or neither?
Q6) Gregory had reformed the calendar — in part — to correct the date of the vernal equinox.   When is this, in the northern hemisphere: spring, summer or autumn?
Q7) The particular equinox was important to both church and pope: as it helped fix the date of which Christian festival?
Q8) When Gregory introduced his reformed calendar, it removed how many days: 10, 12 or 14?
Q9) England and Wales started using the new calendar in which year: 1752, 1753 or 1754?
Q10) Finally … what was the last European country to adopt the calendar?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd February, 1886, saw Charles Hall synthesize man-made aluminium: for the first time in human history.   What’s Aluminium’s atomic number?
A1) 12.
Q2) What’s it’s relative atomic mass: 24.30, 26.98 or 28.08?
A2) 26.98.
Q3) What — in the Periodic Table — is the chemical element above Aluminium?
A3) Boron.
Q4) What’s the element underneath it?
A4) Gallium.
Q5) Is Aluminium a metal or non-metal?
A5) A metal.
Q6) As such, does Aluminium conduct electricity?
A6) Yes.
Q7) Aluminium is ductile.   Something ductile can be pulled into what: toffee, wire or a hole?
A7) Wire.
Q8) Is Aluminium radioactive?
A8) It depends.   The usual form — ²⁷Al — isn’t: but its other natural isotope — ²⁶Al — is!   (I’m tempted to sit down and tell it to make its mind up … )
Q9) ‘Secondary’ Aluminium is Aluminium that’s what: transparent, recycled or rusting?
A9) Recycled.
Q10) Finally … Which ore provides most of the world’s aluminium?
A10) Bauxite.
I’ll leave you with this complaint …
“My wife’s jealousy is getting ridiculous.   The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was.”
Rodney Dangerfield.
And possibly the only tune one could have with today’s subject … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Gosh, I hope so, Debbi!   (Incidently?   Yes, I did literally mean ‘above’, literally: I was looking at the Periodic Table at the time, and … Well … As for Aluminium’s radioactivity … ?)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Love your videos! Always a treat! :)

1. a papal bull
2. Julius Caesar
3. 365
4. 366
5. a decrease in the number of leap years
6. spring
7. Easter
8. 10
9. 1752
10. Greece