Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Daily Teaser - 17-1-2012

Blimey … !

You know, I’ve got be honest, I do like to keep my eye on the technology and scientific news.

And I’ve got to ALSO admit, a couple of things have caught my eye, whilst I’ve been prepping up everything for today’s Teaser.

First off … ?

Going by this report on the BBC’s news site, scientists in Israel are doing some strange things to rats!

I’ve got this weird mental image of a Rat member of the Borg squeaking “RESISTANCE IS FUTILE” at me … !

The OTHER bit of news that caught me is something that’s been coming for a while: it seems that the English-language branch of Wikipedia are to close down for one day — tomorrow — in protest at various far-reaching anti-piracy acts going through the US Congress: you can read the announcement, here.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Before I turn into The Daily Geek …


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with a comment about Steve Jobs*, ALSO bagging 5 out of 5.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we? Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video
Q1) 17th January, 1944, saw the start of the first Battle of Monte Cassino: which Italian city did the Allies hope to capture, at the end of this … ?

Q2) 17th January, 1946, saw which body hold its first meeting: the UN Security Council, the ANC Council, or the EU General Assembly … ?

Q3) 17th January, 1996, saw the Czech Republic apply for membership of what … ?

Q4) 17th January, 1997, saw which European country grant its first divorce … ?

Q5) And finally … 17th January, 2007, saw the Doomsday Clock set at 23:55, as a result of nuclear testing, where … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th January, 1920, saw the first council meeting of the League of Nations: in which city … ?
A1) Paris.

Q2) 16th January, 1412, saw which family named as the official bankers to the Papacy … ?
A2) The Medici.

Q3) 16th January, 1547, saw who become the Tsar of Russia … ?
A3) Ivan the 4th: also known as Ivan Chetvyorty Vasilyevich, or Ivan Grozny or Ivan the Terrible.

Q4) 16th January, 1970, saw who become Premiere of Libya?
A4) Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Q5) And finally … 16th January, 2006, saw Ellen Johnson Sirleaf become Africa’s first elected head of state: which African country was she president of … ?
A5) Liberia.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with some Beethoven …

Oh … And a tune from birthday boy, Kid Rock, just as a contrast …

* What’s alarming, Debbi …? Is that the BBC — and the Guardian — have run the odd piece about psychology, over the years: including one about psychopaths (and psychopathic bosses) in the workplace: it’s a touch more common than we think. And usually has me eye Bill Gates and Richard Branson … … … …

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I do believe Bill Gates would be quite the tough boss to work for. Personality disorder, indeed. :)

1. Rome
2. the UN Security Council
3. the European Union
4. Ireland
5. the United States, Russia, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, and North Korea

Heaven help me! One or more of that last lot has to be right. :)