Friday, 11 May 2012

The Daily Teaser — 11-05-2012

Blimey … !

Isn’t it amazing what you find out, listening to Radio 4?

The Today show’s managed to pick up on a story in The Times Of India about — get this — Tweets In Space.

Apparently … ?

Apparently, a rather avant-garde art project will — this September — be broadcasting any tweet marked with the hash tag tweetsinspace, to GJ667Cc: a planet thought to have life as we known it.

Hmmm … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Before I start speculating* … 

Yesterday’s teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with admitting she’s managed to drive herself to Annapolisº, also scoring 7 out of 8.

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) 11th May, 1997, saw chess player Gary Kasparov beaten by the supercomputer, Deep Blue: who built Deep Blue … ?
Q2) 11th May, 1987, saw the world’s first heart and lung transplant take place: in which US city … ?
Q3) 11th May, 330 AD, saw which city renamed Nova Roma … ?
Q4) 11th May, 1950, saw the birth of quizmaster, TV presenter and journalist, Jeremy Paxman: which quiz show does he host … ?
Q5) And finally … 11th May saw Nazi war-criminal, Adolf Eichmann, captured.   By agents from which country … ?

And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 10th May, 1960, saw which US submarine become the first to circumnavigate the world … ?
A1) The USS Triton.
Q2) More to the point, how did the US Navy refer to this: Operation Sandstone, Sandcastle, or Sandblast … ?
A2) Operation Sandblast.
Q3) 10th May, 1774, saw Louis 16th crowned as King of where … ?
A3) France.
Q4) Who was his Queen … ?
A4) Marie Antoinette.
Q5) 10th May, 2005, saw Vladimir Arutinian throw what, at President George W. Bush … ?
A5) A hand grenade.   (One that turned out to be a dud.   Now … Who’s got a comment lined up … ?)
Q6) 10th May, 1924, saw J. Edgar Hoover named as director of the FBI.   What did the J stand for … ?
A6) John.
Q7) More to the point, what was the FBI called, when he was appointed … ?
A7) The Bureau of Investigation.
Q8) And FINALLY … 10th May, 1941, saw Rudolf Hess parachute into Scotland, to try and negotiate peace: in which tourist attraction was he temporarily held as a PoW … ?
A8) The Tower of London.

Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later … 

After I’ve left you with a tune from the Animals.

After all, it IS Eric Burdon’s birthday … 

*        Nope! Too late!   I can just see the results.   Strange alien creatures turning up on our doorstep, landing outside the White House, marching up to the President, and saying “Take Us To Your Tweader”.   Or a Vogon ship’s captain starting a big broadcast with “Tweeple of #Earth, your #attention, please … ”.

º        Wow, I’m impressed!   Good for you, Debbi, I know exactly what a job that must’ve been … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :) It felt good to know I could. My hand was barking at me a bit, but I managed. :)

My proof copy arrived! I blogged about it. It needs work, but that'll get done. Just having that book in hand is such a thrill.

1. IBM
2. Baltimore
3. Byzantium
4. University Challenge
5. Israel