Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Daily Teaser - 18-2-2012

Well, it’s official, just in case you missed me telling you about it, last night.

I’m now an OFFICIAL World Book Night book giver.

Just in case you didn’t know about it? The second World Book Night is on 23rd April, of this year: and in case you hadn’t guessed, I’ll be handing out copies of Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman novel, Good Omens.

I’m looking forward to it.

Anything to get people reading, eh … ?

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ? Yes, let’s … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Mr Strict and Debbiº putting in their answers: with both scoring 7 out or 7, it ALSO saw both confirming their official Big Beast status, by managing to put up the correct amount of victims of Jeffrey Dahmer*.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we? Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video
Q1) 18th February, 1954, saw the first Church of what open, in Los Angeles … ?

Q2) More to the point, which writer started that Church … ?

Q3) 18th February, 1954, also saw US Army Secretary, Robert T. Stevens, order two generals ignore a summons to face whom … ?

Q4) 18th February, 1969, saw pop singer Lulu get married to which member of the Bee Gees … ?

Q5) 18th February, 1996, saw three people killed after a bomb went off on a London bus: which terrorist group had set that bomb … ?

Q6) And finally … 18th February, 1885, saw the first US publication of Twain’s Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: along which river is the book set … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th February, 1621, saw Myles Standish named as commander of Plymouth Colony: in what’s now which US state … ?
A1) Massachusetts.

Q2) More to the point, Plymouth holds the oldest continually operating museum in the US: what’s that museum called … ?
A2) The Pilgrim Hall Museum. (It features the history of both Plymouth and the Pilgrim Fathers. Which is a shame, I was hoping it’d be a history of Apple … )

Q3) 17th February, 1904, saw the premiere of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly: at which Italian theatre … ?
A3) La Scala, in Milan.

Q4) 17th February, 1972, saw sales of which car out-do those of the Model T Ford … ?
A4) The VW Beetle.

Q5) That (1972) car was originally ordered into production by whom … ?
A5) Adolf Hitler.

Q6) 17th February, 1992, saw Jeffrey Dahmer sentenced to life imprisonment by a US court: how many people had he killed … ?
A6) 17.

Q7) And finally … 17th February, 1874, saw the birth of Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM: what does IBM stand for … ?
A7) International Business Machines.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later.

* I actually thought it was 15: turns out it was 17. Hmmm …

º Oh, I don’t know about good, Debbi: my grandfather was one of the troops who liberated Dachau, I think it was: the big camp that was one of the few in Germany itself. The actual stories he told us, when we were kids … ? Were hairy enough to give Hitler little in the way of reassessment …

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Believe me, Paul, the invention of the VW bug doesn't begin to make up for what Hitler did.

I can't even watch movies about the holocaust. Watching Sophie's Choice was almost more than I could bear.

There's something about that subject that really gets to me. I think that's part of why the short film at the seminar had such a powerful effect on me.

1. Scientology
2. L. Ron Hubbard
3. Joseph McCarthy
4. Maurice Gibb
5. the IRA
6. the Mississippi River