Friday, 25 May 2012

The Daily Teaser — 25-5-2012

Hmmm … Weird … 

Radio 4’s just had a piece about the Myochin Hibashi — look it up, I’m blowed if I can find it! — which, seemingly, is one of the world’s rarest instruments.

I wish I could find a picture!   The journalist describes them as ‘metal chopsticks’: chopsticks that sounded to my western ears, like very delicate wind-chimes.

Hypnotically so, in fact!

Hmmm … 

I’ll leave you to look those up, shall I … ?

You might have more luck … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s!


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with mentioning she’s DEFINITELY alive*, and that today is also Towel Dayº, also bagging 7 out of 7.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are,a long with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 25th May is — on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld — the anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: what flower do characters honouring it wear … ?
Q2) 25th May is ALSO Towel Day, honouring Douglas Adams of The Hitch-hikers Guide To the Galaxy fame: what’s the name of the show’s main (human) character … ?
Q3) 25th May, 2011, saw the last mainstream broadcast of which US talk show … ?
Q4) 25th May, 1961, saw President John F Kennedy announce the USA was to try and put a man, where … ?
Q5) And finally … 25th May, 1979, saw the UK price of what, go up to 15 pence a pint … ?

End here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th May, 1595, saw Leiden University Library become the first library to introduce a what: a printed catalogue, tickets or date stamps … ?
A1) A printed catalogue: they called theiriece about the  version a nomenclature.
Q2) 24th May, 1930, saw Amy Johnson become the first women to fly from England to Australia: in which Northern Territory city did she land … ?
A2) Darwin.
Q3) More to the point, roughly how many miles is it from England to Australia: 11000, 12000 or 13000 … ?
A3) 11000.
Q4) 24th May, 1976, saw which US state do rather well in the 1976 Judgement of Paris?
A4) California.
Q5) More to the point, what sort of contest was the Judgement of Paris … ?
A5) A wine tasting contest.
Q6) 24th May, 15 BC, saw the birth of Roman noble, Germanicus Julius Caesar: which Roman emperor was he the father of … ?
A6) Caligula.
Q7) And finally … 24th May, 1956, saw the very first Eurovision Song Contest: which country won … ?
A7) Switzerland: with a song called Refrain

Enjoy those, everyone: as it’s THAT kind of day … ?

I’ll leave you with a couple of tunes.

This one’s for Gustav Holst, as it’s his birthday … 

With Eric Idle’s Galaxy Song: as it’s THAT sort of Day

And as it’s the anniversary of the People’s Republic of Treacle Mine Road … 

Have a good day … !

*        You know, I don’t even know if it’s just the Python gang: I seem to remember Terry Pratchett having on of his characters — Om, himself, if I’ve got it right, but possibly also Brutha — saying SOMETHING along the lines of “You are Here: it is Now”.   Which seems to fit just as easily … !

º        Funny you should mention that, Debbi … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Awesome! :) I did a Towel Day post, but overlooked the bit about Terry Pratchett. That might merit another update. :)

1. lilac
2. Arthur Dent
3. The Oprah Winfrey Show
4. on the moon
5. milk

Any thoughts on Sam's motion to mediate the problems with the publishing business? Just curious. :)