Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Daily Teaser — 5-1-2016

Oh, now that is ridiculous … !

Remember me mentioning, yesterday, that I’ve been waiting for a package from Amazon?

An internal hard drive, so you know: one I’m going to use as a back-up drive, in conjunction with Time Machine.

It was supposed to finally turn up, yesterday.

But didn’t.

Because — get this — because the couriers had lost the package … !

How the HELL did they manage to lose the bloody thing?

I’ve a deeply suspicious side that’s wondering about the competence of the couriers.   One recently had to bang on my door, to ask me to keep hold of a package for my neighbour: he’d posted my delivery, that day, in her letterbox!

I’ve a deeply suspicious part of me wondering if a driver has … light fingers, let’s put it that way.

It could well just be a simple cock-up.

Frankly, I’m blowed if I know!

To give Amazon credit, Amazon are usually pretty good at delivering whatever it is we order, by the date they say will.

And in THIS case … ?   They’ve refunded me the money — as Amazon Gift credit — to enable me to get another.   One that theoretically, will be here between Friday and next Monday.

I’m — understandably — not impressed.

And will only believe it’s going to get here … when it finally turns up.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Debbi* and Olga† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

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

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 5th January, 2005, saw a team of scientists discover a dwarf planet.   What’s the dwarf planet’s name?
Q2) The US Embassy in Mogadishu was evacuated: on the 5th January, 1991.   Mogadishu is the capital city of which African nation?
Q3) GSAT 14 was launched: on the 5th January, 2014.   By which nation’s space agency?
Q4) 5th January, 1934, saw the birth of sound engineer, Phil Ramone.   He and business partner, Jack Arnold, founded which record company: Virgin, Stiff or A&R?
Q5) Finally … 5th January, 1896, saw an Austrian newspaper announce the discovery of a new kind of radiation: by Wilhelm Röntgen.   WHICH radiation?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th January, 1884, saw the founding of the Fabian Society.   The left leaning campaign group was founded in which UK city?
A1) London.
Q2) Sofia was freed from Ottoman rule: on the 4th January, 1878.   Sofia is the capital city of which East European country?
A2) Bulgaria.
Q3) Burma gained its independence from the UK: on the 4th January, 1948.   Burma is more properly known as the Republic of the Union of where?
A3) Myanmar.
Q4) 4th January, 1999, saw former wrestler, Jesse Ventura sworn in: as governor of which US state?
A4) Minnesota.
Q5) Finally … 4th January, 1813, saw the birth of Sir Isaac Pitman.   The form of shorthand he developed is known as Pitman … what?
A5) Shorthand.   Unsurprisingly …
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“It’s kind of true, you do disappear off the planet if you are a middle-aged woman, but that has some advantages as well.”
Diane Keaton, born January 5, 1946.
And Freight Train, by Elizabeth Cotten …

Have a good day.

*        I forget exactly who it was, Debbi, but one US comedian I saw — on QI, I think — once made me laugh.   By saying that the people of the US had only voted for George W. Bush to show they had a sense of irony …

†        Cheers, Olga! That’s going to come in very handy!   (I can probably get an email on off, today … !)


Debbi said...

Ha! Good one. :)

1. Eris
2. Somalia
3. ISRO (the Indian Space Research Organisation)
4. A&R
5. X-rays

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Eris
Q2) Somalia
Q3) India
Q4) A&R Recording
Q5) X-rays
I hope there's an answer and you get the hard drive finally. I once had a book turn up three months late (it wasn't Amazon who sent it and it seemed to have gone all round the world in the meantime).