Friday, 24 April 2015

The Daily Teaser — 24-4-2015

You’re probably aware that I’ve got a gas meter, aren’t you?

I’ve got a gas meter: JUST so you know.

It’s at the back of our building: in next doors carpark, and for years, has made reading and/or topping up a meter very hard to do.

You’ll also be aware I’d had words with both my landlords, Crest Nicholson about installing a door in the back of the building, so I — and the three other affected tenants — can get to our meters.

Well … guess what … ?

The work on that door started on Tuesday.   And, happily?   Is almost completed.

Happy days!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi*† putting in her answers: and scoring eight 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 April, 1914, saw the Franck-Herz experiment presented to the German Physical Society.   The experiment is considered a corner of which branch of physics: nuclear physic, quantum mechanics or astro-physics?
Q2) 24th April, 1953, saw Sir Winston Churchill knighted by the Queen.   Which knighthood was he given?
Q3) 24th April, 1968, saw Mauritius become a member of the UN.   The island is in which ocean?
Q4) 24th April, 1924, saw the birth of Sir Clement Freud, MP.   On which Radio 4 show was he a frequent panelist?
Q5) Finally … Thutmose 3rd was named as ruler of Egypt: on 24th April, 1479BC.   As ruler, he would have been a what: king, emperor or pharaoh?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd April is UN English Language Day.   Which language family is English a member of: Dravidian, Indo-European or Kartvelian?
Q2) The date was chosen as it’s the birthday of which English playwright?
A2) William Shakespeare.   (Although there’s discussion about whether it’s his birthday, or the day of his baptism.)
Q3) English is an official language in how many sovereign states: 57, 67 or 87?
A3) 67.
Q4) English is a ‘de facto’ language in two countries: one in Oceania, and one in North America.   What’s the North American one?
Q5) What’s the one in Oceania?
A5) Australia.
Q6) English evolved in what’s now the United Kingdom.   In which country of the United Kingdom?
A6) England.
Q7) English is an official language of the Commonwealth of Nations.   The Commonwealth is what’s left of which empire?
A7) The British Empire.
Q8) If you speak Geordie English, you’re from the Tyneside area of Britain. In other words, the area around which city: Newcastle, Manchester or Liverpool?
Q9) English is one of twenty-two official languages on which sub-continent?
A9) India.
Q10) Finally … The people of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and Sark, all use English.   The islands are collectively called what?
A10) The Channel islands.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“A person who’s a bitch would seem to be mean for no reason.   I’m not a mean person.   Maybe I’m rude without being aware of it — that’s possible.”

Barbra Streisand, born 24th April, 1942.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day.

*        It’s a good one, isn’t it, Debbi?   It got lifted from the name of the club Sarah Connor hides in, in The Terminator.   (Pointless trivia for you, here, Debbi.   You’ve heard the word ‘cyberspace,’ haven’t you?   Used to describe the ’Net?   It got introduced by William Gibson, in his short story, Burning Chrome.   I think him and Terry Nation are the only two writers I know of to have introduced a word!   Guess what tank like, SF, neo-Nazi, robot-like, creature‡ Terry Nation came up with …)

†        Oh, I knew it was the date of Shakespeare’s death, Debbi.   It’s also supposed to be the date of his birth: going on the relevant church records that show he was baptised on 26th April.   

‡        Ahem!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

You're a font of information, Paul! :)

1. quantum mechanics
2. knight of the Order of the Garter
3. Indian Ocean
4. Just a Minute
5. pharaoh