Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Daily Teaser — 13-6-2012

Oh … 

Now THAT’S nice to know.

Seemingly, Linus Torvalds, the man behind the Linux OS — and the man who still maintains the kernel, even today — is up for a big prize, at some point, today.

Good luck to him for that … !

What’s tickled me, though … ?

Is that, according to this interview, someone at a well-known, Redmond based, software company accused him and Linux of being un-American.

Well, of course it’s un-American!

Linus Torvalds is Finnish … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and along with putting up this* post, she ALSO managed to bag 6 out of 6.

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) 13th June, 1934, saw Benito Mussolini met Adolf Hitler, for the first time: Mussolini is later said to have described the Nazi dictator as a “silly little … ” what … ?
Q2) 13th June, 1831, saw the birth of physicist, James Clerk Maxwell.   His famed equations describe what: the electromagnetic field, gravity, or subatomic particles?
Q3) 13th June, 1955, saw the discovery of the first diamond mine in Soviet Russia: what’s the main chemical element in diamonds … ?
Q4) 13th June, 1978, saw Israeli troops withdraw from which country … ?
Q5) And finally … 13th June, 1983, saw the Pioneer 10 leave the Solar System, by passing the planet furthest from the Sun: which planet was it … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th June, 1381, saw the rebels of the Peasants Revolt reach which London suburb … ?
A1) Blackheath.
Q2) More to the point, the triggering incidents for the revolt took place in two Essex villages: name either … 
A2) Fobbing and Brentwood.   (Fobbing’s in-between Basildon, Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope.   Brentwood, of course, is over here … *Waves frantically*)
Q3) 12th June, 1994, saw the first (test) flight of the world’s largest twin-jet engine plane: what plane is it … ?
A3) The Boing 777.
Q4) 12th June, 1922, saw King George 5th receive the Colours — or regimental flags — of six soon to be disbanded Irish regiments.   Name any of those regiments.
A4) The Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the South Irish Horse, the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Q5) More to the point, why were those regiments disbanded?
A5) Because of the establishment of the Irish Free State.
Q6) And finally … 12th June, 1806, saw the birth of engineer, John A Rœbling: which of New York’s bridges did he design … ?
A6) The Brooklyn Bridge.
Enjoy those, everyone.

As today is David Grey’s birthday … ?

I’ll leave you in Babylon … 

*        I think we can say, Yes, I caught the corker, Debbi!   Actually, remind me to dig up the old joke about Chewbacca’s rear, if it’s ever needed: Wookey Holeªº … ?  No … ?   Just a thought … 

ª        OK, the joke in question WAS one that was popular when I was 10.   Not long after Star Wars was originally released in the UK.

º        Drat … !   I can’t find a decent shot of the Witch of Wookey Hole … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ha ha ha ... glad you enjoyed it! :)

BTW, your blog has been nominated for an award. :)

Here are the rules, if you'd like to play along:

1. monkey
2. the electromagnetic field
3. carbon
4. Lebanon
5. Neptune