Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 5-7-2015: Spam

Blimey … 

I’ve got Radio 4 on, at the moment: as I usually do, unless I’ve got a documentary going.

It turns out the Pope — Pope Frances, that is  — visiting Ecuador and Bolivia.

All to the good.

He’s ALSO asked — when he’s in Bolivia — asked for some coca leaves: usually chewed or made into a tea, to combat altitude sickness, and provide something of a lift.   And ALSO used to make cocaine.

Which sort of caught my attention.

The Pope’s South American.

So he’d know about the leaf’s traditional uses.

Still …

I’m still waiting for gags about speeding papal reform


But let’s get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* leaving us a comment, Debbi† putting in her answers: scoring ten out of ten.

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video

Q1) 5th July saw the Hormel Foods Corporation introduce its most famous product: Spam.   In which year of the 1930s?
Q2) Popular belief says the word, SPAM, is a contraction of ‘spiced’ … what?
Q3) Spam is made from cuts of which meat?
Q4) Spam sold in North and South America — and in Australia — is usually made in which Minnesotan town: Austin, Healey or Ford?
Q5) Which US state has the highest per capita consumption of Spam?
Q6) Indeed, Spam Musubi is popular in that state.   Musubi has its origins in which country’s cuisine: Japan’s, China’s or Korea’s?
Q7) Outside the US, Hormel’s biggest market for Spam is in which Asian country?
Q8) In the UK, battered spam was eaten, during World War 2.   The dish is known as Spam … what?
Q9) John Cho published Spam-Ku: Tranquil Reflections on Luncheon Loaf: a collection of Japanese style poems about spam.    How are these types of poem generally known?
Q10) Finally … the Spamarama festival was held in Austin: in which US state?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th July marks Independence Day, in the USA.   The date is when Congress approved the Declaration of Independence: in which year of the 1770s?
A1) 1776.
Q2) Originally, the Declaration applied to the original Thirteen Colonies: or States, as they now are.   Name one of them.
A2) Province of New Hampshire, Province of Massachusetts Bay, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut Colony, Province of New York, Province of New Jersey, Province of Pennsylvania, Delaware Colony, Province of Maryland, Colony and Dominion of Virginia, Province of North Carolina, Province of South Carolina and the Province of Georgia.
Q3) How many states does the USA now have?
A3) 50.
Q4) What’s the most recent state to join the USA: and thus to start celebrating Independence Day.
A4) Hawaii.
Q5) What — by area — is the largest US state?
A5) Alaska.   (With a total land area of some 570, 000 square miles.)
Q6) What — again by area — is the smallest?
A6) Rhode Island.
Q7) As of the US Census Bureau’s best 2014 estimates, what’s the largest US city … by population?
A7) New York, New York.
Q8) What’s the USA’s capital city?
A8) Washington DC.
Q9) The USA’s national anthem — The Star Spangled Banner — is based on a poem written in which year: 1812, 1813 or 1814?
A9) 1814.
Q10) Finally … which USA state was the first to recognize Independence Day as a holiday: Vermont, Maryland or Massachusetts?
A10) Massachusetts: in 1781.
I’ll leave you with this thought: you can guess where I got it …
“Shut up! Bloody Vikings! You can’t have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.”

And this tune …

Enjoy your day …

*        Well, I had a good one, Olga: but not as good, I suspect, as good as our American friends.    (I’ve got the rip done of Game of Thrones series one: HandBrake works rather well, given the speed of my ageing system.   I’m just grateful iTunes — along with various local retailers — have such reasonable prices: it means I can take my time, rebuilding the collection …)

†        Oh, it’s very worth it, Debbi!   It — and Gotham‡ — were two of the three series I was kicking myself about losing.   (The Dr Who episodes are actually quite easy to replace, funnily.   Enough of my friends are fans to make it simple to ask them about a borrow: and the mix of an on-form HandBrake and the speed of the system I’m using, means it’s not for long.)

‡        Actually, the UK branch of Amazon seems to be doing that for a good price: I might wait, though: it’s on pre-order at £21.99, at the moment, so the price may come down … 


Olga Nunez Miret said...

I did a few of yesterday's questions right, but must confess to not being a spam expert (I think I tried it once many years back, possibly. I don't eat meat any longer so). :)

Nik Nak said...

Blimey …  Spam’s never THAT scary, Olga … ?

Is it … ?

Debbi said...

Spam, spam, spam ... love it! :) Not spam. I don't like Spam!! :D

1. 1937
2. ham
3. pork shoulder and ham
4. Austin
5. Hawaii
6. Japan
7. South Korea
8. fritters
9. haiku
10. Texas