Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st March, 2018.

21st March,  2018.

Or, at least, they were … when I recorded that video … 

Now … ?

The Today programme’s shifted: to the ongoing controversy about Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data on Facebook.

Quite what I make of that … ?

Well, I don’t know that I make much of it.

Somewhere along the line, I think Analytica’s behaved iffily: as has Facebook’s rules writing department.

But, frankly?

I don’t know about Cambridge Analytica, but the big blue monster that is Facebook?

Is too immediately useful for me to starting thinking about leaving it.

Although, to be honest … ?

I think I’ll keep away from the sort of quizzes that seem to be at the heart of the issue.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* putting in her answers: scoring five out of five in the process.

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

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

Q1) 21st March, 630 AD, saw the then Roman Emperor return a Christian relic to Jerusalem.   What WAS that relic: the Turin Shroud, the True Cross or the Hand of God?
Q2) 21st March, 1800, saw Pope Pius 7th crowned as Pope: with a temporary papal tiara.   A tiara made of what: plastic, wood or Papier-mâché?
Q3) NASA’s last Ranger probe — the Ranger 9 — was launched on 21st March, 1965.   Where was it heading?
Q4) 21st March, 1963, saw the UK government announce London’s Underground would soon be using automatic what: signals, trains or ticket machines?
Q5) Finally … ?   21st March is World Down Syndrome Day.   The condition is caused by an extra copy of which chromosome?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) Children of the Forest was first performed: on 20th March, 1888.   It was the first opera produced in which language: Romani, Russian or Romanian?
A1) Romani.
Q2) Two IRA bombs went off: on 20th March, 1993.   In which town in Cheshire?
A2) Warrington.   (The Warrington bomb killed two children: 3 year old Johnathan Ball, and 12 year Tim Parry.   The death of two children is generally agreed to be the IRA’s BIGGEST mistake.)
Q3) The USA’s Food And Drug Administration approved the use of The drug AZT: on 20th March, 1987.   The drug is used to combat what: Polio, AIDS or Leprosy?
Q4) 20th March, 2018, is the Spring Equinox: in the Northern Hemisphere.   Which terrestrial UK channel broadcast a science series called ‘Equinox’?
A4) channel 4.
Q5) The Dutch East India Company was founded on 20th March, 1602.   It’s main HQ was in which Dutch city?
A5) Amsterdam.
There’s a thought about a tournament …
“On the black I thought, ‘just roll it in’ and then ‘that’ll do nicely!’”
Snooker player Mark Williams, born 21st March 1975, on scoring a maximum break at a major tournament.
And a tune … 

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Morning, Olga†!   Have you been watching the Facebook story?   (We’re missing a Recovering Lawyer, again … !)

†        Oh, apparently an operetta has spoken bits, an opera doesn’t.   But I guess you already knew that … !


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) The True Cross
Q2) Papier-mâché (what a great story!)
Q3) The Moon
Q4) Trains
Q5) 21 (very appropriately)

Yes, I saw it trending and then managed to watch the programme yesterday on Catch-Up (only a few hours before it was no longer available, although I'm sure it will be everywhere). It is not only how irregular and unethical it all is, but how stupid they can be. They are supposed to be so clever and manipulate everybody, and then the big boss goes and admits to such things (true or not) in front of somebody. I assume they must have got a good cover story in place, but if they are a research company... I think many of them just assume everybody else is stupid and that might end up being their downfall (one hopes). I resisted Facebook for a very long time and only joined when I started publishing books, but I try not to share personal information, and mostly either interact in author groups, or use Messenger. There is a book by an author I know called Terry Tyler, "Tipping Point" that I think you might enjoy (and yes, there is an interesting use of social media to engineer and get rid of a large amount of the population)...

Debbi said...

Hello! Sorry to go missing. Between the visit to NIH and trying to get my newletter out, I was a busy bee yesterday! :)

1. the True Cross
2. Papier-mâché
3. the Moon
4. ticket machines
5. Chromosome 21