Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Daily Teaser — 14-4-2012

Hmmm … 

I’ve got to admit, I THINK I’m in a rush, what with one thing and another.

Usually … ?

I’m up at either 6•30 or 7, and writing by 7/7•30.

Lord knows how I’ve managed to get going by 7•45 … !

I think … I’m going to blame Bill Gates.

Actually, no … 

I’m blaming O2: normally, their signal’s fine, apart from just recently.

It, like my sleep patterns, seems to have gone for a burton, just recently … !

Let’s get moving, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with recommending a tune* or two, ALSO bagging 9 out of 9ª.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   There they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video
Q1) 14th April, 1912, saw the beginning of the sinking of the RMS Titanic: at what time … ?
Q2) More to the point, what’s the name of the first English language film about the sinking … ?
Q3) 14th April, 1968, saw student unrest worsen: in which city … ?
Q4) 14th April, 1865, saw the assassination of which US president … ?
Q5) More to the point, by whom … ?
Q6) 14th April, 1956, saw the first demonstration of what, in Chicago: the desktop calculator, the transistor radio, or the videotape recorder … ?
Q7) And finally … 14th April, 1931, saw the first edition of the Highway Code, published in the UK: it’s published on behalf of which government department … ?

And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Who plays Vince Ferro, in the 2010 film, 13?   
A1) Sam Riley.
Q2) What name is given to the fear of Friday 13th … ?   
A2) Paraskevidekatriaphobia: or friggatriskaidekaphobia, in some sources … 
Q3) How many Friday 13th’s are there, this year … ?   
A3) 3: yesterday, one in January, and another in July.
Q4) 13th April, 1997, saw who become the youngest winner of the US Masters Tournament?   
A4) Tiger Woods.
Q5) 13th April, 2029, is the theoretical date that WHICH asteroid nears Earth … ?   
A5) 99942 Apophis: also known as 2004 MN4.
Q6) 13th April, 1964, saw Sidney Poitier become the first black American male to win the Best Actor Oscar: for his role in which film … ?   
A6) Lilies of the Field.
Q7) More to the point, who was the first black person to win an Oscar … ?   
A7) Hattie McDaniel, for her role in Gone With The Wind.
Q8) 13th April, 1953, saw CIA director, Allen Dulles introduce the MKULTRA project: what did this research … ?   
A8) Mind control.
Q9) And finally … 13th April, 1852, saw the birth of F. W. Woolworth: the American chain of Woolworth’s stores is now called what … ?   
A9) Footlocker.

Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you after I’ve left you with Arcade Fire’s We Used To Wait, as it’s lead singer, Win Butler’s, birthday … 

Actually … You’ want to have a look at this version, as well: make sure you’re watching with an HTML 5 capable browser, you’ll only miss things … !

And as a final point … ?

Let’s have dinner … 

*        Hang on, Debbi, Amish Paradise … ?   You’ve got to be kidding.   :D   Or, at least,  giving Harold Lloyd some credit for that barn raising gag … 

ª        Looks like the Lady’s back on form … !


Mr Strict said...

1> 20 minutes to 12 (23h40)
2> Saved from the Titanic 1912
3> Berlin.
4> President Abraham Lincoln.
5> John Wilkes Booth.
6> The videotape recorder.
7> Department for Transport.

Debbi said...

Awesome! :D Weird Al and being back in form ... well, I can't help grinning, ear-to-ear. Ha ha ha ...

You're right about the barn scene. Just like that one with Harold Lloyd. :) He was one of the comic greats.

1. 23:40 to 02:20 (ship's time)
2. Saved from the Titanic (1912) (silent with English subtitles) or Atlantic (1929) (first sound film in English), depending on which type you meant
3. West Berlin
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. John Wilkes Booth
6. the videotape recorder
7. the Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions