Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8-5-2018: Paramount

8th May, 2018.

Really: that was a bank holiday weekend I’d find hard to forget … !

For starters?   Well Mark Williams won his third World Championship final.

Which I’m sorry to say missed: I was working.   Although I caught some of the action on Sunday.

The tenth frame … ?

Was seriously old fashioned snooker: with a lot of riveting tippy-tapping around, quite a few nerve shredding almost pots … 

And some great potting from both Williams, and his opponent, John Higgins, putting in some great play.

I’m sorry I missed it.


Of course, the reason I missed it … ?

Was simply the fact I was working.

Which was relatively relaxed, actually.

Apart from one thing.

The water’s was switched off … somehow … 

Which made several things awkward.

Flushing the toilet, for starters.

AND washing your hands, afterwards.

Granted, the boss managed to get a lot — a serious lot — of bottled water.

Which helped: especially when you realise that — once you’ve pooed — you need water to not only flush, but to eliminate the smell.   From what I understand?   The … uh … gas … from any solid waste doesn’t fill the room, as it can’t get past the water that’s above it in the u-bend.


All I can do, right now … ?

Is hope it’s back on, when I go in, tonight.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† 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 To, License and video … 

Q1) 8th May saw the formal founding of Paramount Pictures.   In which year?
Q2) Under what Famous name was the studio founded?
Q3) It’s first film was a version of which novel?
Q4) With a worldwide gross — at the time of writing — of $2,186,772,302, which 1997 film is Paramount’s biggest grossing?
Q5) Finally … 2018 saw Paramount release it’s most recent — and very quiet — horror film.   What’s that film called?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 7th May, 2007, saw Israeli archeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great.   Which of the four Gospels mentions Herod?
A1) Matthew.
Q2) The Pope arrived in Romania on 7th May, 1999: on an official visit.   Which pope?
Q3) 7th May, 2000, saw who named as President of Russia?
Q4) 7th May, 1917, saw the birth of actor, Peter Tomlinson.   He played Peter Thorndike: in which film?
Q5) Anne Dudley was born on 7th May, 1956.   Which 1980s band was she a member of?
A5) The Art of Noise.   (Who’s Afraid (Of the Art of Noise)‡ is essential listening!)
Here’s a thought …
“Rather than lose the public because television is here, wouldn't it be smart to adopt television as our instrument?”
Adolf Zukor, founder of Paramount.
And a song …

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

Have a good day.

*        I seem to recall, Olga, that Keaton did a hell of a lot of his own stunts: and that Jackie Chan’s a huge fan of the guy … !   As for Max … ?   I caught some of the music shows: those were part of the idea behind the character’s creation.   But never actually saw the Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future thing that preceded it!

†        There’s a few rebranding exercises doing the rounds, Debbi: usually the UK government’s good at it, if something’s gone wrong!   On the less contentious front?   There’s an cleaner cream called Cif: that many in the UK still call Jif!   Oh, almost forgot, Debbi: that’s the link to the original Max Headroom programme, Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future.   In the UK, it was the pilot for The Max Headroom Show: kind of a music show.   It’s US equivalent was Max Headroom: a science fiction show.   I have to confess, I never saw Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future, but caught bits of The Max Headroom Show.

‡      I know it’s not everyone’s thing: but Who’s Afraid (Of the Art of Noise) really did show off what you could do with electronic music.   The Headroom stutter?   Is one of the results.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1912
Q2) Famous Players Film Company
Q3) Its first film was a version of which novel? Not sure. The Loves of Queen Elizabeth that was based on a French play is listed as their first movie but I’m wondering if you mean The Prisoner of Zenda (that I have found listed as the third).
Q4) Titanic
Q5) A Quiet Place
I saw the original that was an hour or longer (not sure) feature-length Max Headroom that explains where the name comes from and has a hilarious scene of somebody showing his bum to the screen to get diagnosed (I can't remember if I was already studying Medicine or about too, but I really enjoyed it). I guess it's the Max Headroom 20 Minutes Into the Future feature. I recommend you watch it. I saw it more than once and I remember him as a host too...
I'm doing a course and survived today but I think we might finish later tomorrow, so if you don't see me here, don't be surprised. I hope the water problem is sorted...

Debbi said...

I remember seeing Max Headroom, but not watching any of the shows. I think it might have been on MTV. Maybe. :)

1. 1912
2. Famous Players Film Company
3. The Count of Monte Cristo
4. Titanic
5. A Quiet Place