Monday, 6 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 6-7-2015

Hmmm … 

Did I tell you I’m not an economist?

I’m not an economist.

Just to clarify the point!

So, while I’ve been following the news of Greece’s referendum — about whether to reject the bailout of its economy by various international and European bodies — with interest: but not necessarily much in the way of understanding.

Granted, I can see it is importance to Europe: and for Greece, itself.   People there, can only withdraw €60 per day from their bank accounts as a results of the crisis.

I can see that causing problems for the person on the street.   If I’ve understood the various exchange rates, that adds up to about £40 per day: I know I couldn’t pay all my bills on that.

I’m very aware of last night’s ‘No’ in the referendum.   And personally?

Think I’d’ve voted the same way: given the circumstances.

Right now, though … ?

Right now, my thoughts are quite simple: the people of Greece have made a decision, and made their wishes plain.

Anyone complaining about their right to do so … ?   Is possibly onto a non-starter … 


But let’s get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† leaving comments: with both — effectively — telling us this … 

The day also say Debbi scoring ten out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 6th July, 1483, saw Richard 3rd crowned as King of England.   He (apparently) killed his nephews, Edward and Richard: in which London castle?
Q2) Louis Pasteur successfully tested a new vaccine: on the 6th July, 1885.   The vaccine prevented which disease: Tuberculosis, Rabies or Smallpox?
Q3) 6th July, 1964, saw Malawi become independent of the UK.   Who — on the 6th July, 1966 — became its first President: Dover Nyondo, Rochester Kayuni or Hastings Banda?
Q4) 6th July, 2006, saw the re-opening of the Nathu La Pass: after a brief war in 1962.   The Pass connects two countries.   Name either.
Q5) Finally … 6th July, 1997, saw the Sojourner Rover start exploring its surroundings.   Where was it?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th July saw the Hormel Foods Corporation introduce its most famous product: Spam.   In which year of the 1930s?
A1) 1937.
Q2) Popular belief says the word, SPAM, is a contraction of ‘spiced’ … what?
A2) Ham.
Q3) Spam is made from cuts of which meat?
A3) Pork.   
Q4) Spam sold in North and South America — and in Australia — is usually made in which Minnesotan town: Austin, Healey or Ford?
A4) Austin.
Q5) Which US state has the highest per capita consumption of Spam?
A5) Hawaii.
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?
A6) Japan’s.   (If I’ve got it right, Spam was eaten by US troops based in Hawaii.   Local Japanese and Japanese-Americans added the rice and soy sauce.)
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?
A8) Spam Fritters.   (Don’t look at me: I’m still doubtful about the origins of Chicken Tikka Masala … )
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?
A9) Haiku.   (Haiku about Spam … ?   The less said the better … )
Q10) Finally … the Spamarama festival was held in Austin: in which US state?
A10) Texas.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation”

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, born 6th July, 1935.
And this tune … 


Have a good day … !

*        That’s ok, Olga: Hormel’s probably doing a vegetarian version of Spam.   It does go with everything.   Even as I say that … ! :D

†        Totally pointless trivia for you, Debbi: many moons ago, I played The Hobbit game on the ZX Spectrum.   One frustrating obstacle was that — occasionally — the dwarves would sit down and start singing about gold.   At length.   Repeatedly.   To the point where Terry Pratchett references it in one or two novels.   I think we know the tune … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Good lord! :)

1. the Tower of London
2. rabies
3. Hastings Banda
4. Tibet
5. Mars