Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The Independence Day Teaser — 4-7-2012

Hmmm … 

You know, I HAVE to admit, science is baffling, sometimes.

At least, to a layman.

What’s got me mentioning that … ?

Is the simple fact that I’ve had both the BBC’s news channel on, AND BBC Radio 4.

Who’ve both mentioned the hunt for the Higgs Boson: Radio 4’s talking about it again.

From where I’m sitting … ?

I can’t help but think ‘The Hunt For The Higgs Boson’ sounds like a really bad science fiction movie.

Complete with a trailer voice by the late Don La Fontaine.

Hmmm … 

Let’s move on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting her answers: along with turning in an absolutely fantastic* post on her Life on the Midlist blog AND telling how she was thinking of getting a quick shout outº, also bagging 5 out of 7^.

Let’s see how she, you, AND the rest of my US readers do with today’s Independence Day questions, shall we?

Here’s the questions, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 4th July is US Independence Day, commemorating the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted: in which year … ?
Q2) Traditionally, 13 Gun salutes are held at many Independence Day celebrations: the guns of that salute represent the original 13 what … ?
Q3) 4th July, 1777, saw the first 13 gun salute held to celebrate US Independence Day: in which US state … ?
Q4) Name either of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence to later become US Presidents.
Q5) More to the point, who’s the only US president to be born on the 4th of July … ?
Q6) In the film, Independence Day, who played Captain Steven Hiller … ?
Q7) Moving on … 4th July, 2009, saw which tourist attraction re-open, after it had been shut during the September 11th attacks … ?
Q8) 4th July, 1976, saw Israeli commandos rescue 100 hostages from Entebbe Airport: in which African country is Entebbe Airport?
Q9) 4th July, 1977, saw who sacked as manager of Manchester United … ?
Q10) And finally … 4th July, 1985, saw who named as the youngest Briton to receive a degree from Oxford … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd July, 987, saw Hugh Capet crowned as King of France.   His dynasty stopped ruling France in which revolutionary year … ?
A1) 1792.   (There’s been other King of the line since: but King Louis 18th and his four descendants barely count …)
Q2) More to the point, who WAS that — latter — French king … ?
A2) Louis 16th.
Q3) 3rd July, 1886, saw the New York Times become the first newspaper to use a Linotype machine, which eliminated what: woodblock printing, screen-printing or manual letter-by-letter handset printing?
A3) Manual letter-by-letter handset printing.
Q4) 3rd July, 1996, saw the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland: in which English city had it been, until then … ?
A4) London.
Q5) More to the point, in which church and tourist attraction … ?
A5) Westminster Abbey.
Q6) 3rd July, 1971, saw who found dead in a bath, in a Paris hotel … ?
A6) Jim Morrison, of The Doors.
Q7) And finally … 3rd July, 2005, saw which country announce legalized same-sex marriage … ?
A7) Spain.
Enjoy those, everyone: Happy birthday, America … 

Here … 

Let’s see what Jimi‡ can do, shall we … ?

Oh … And just to poke fun at an American icon … 

*        Hang ON, there, Debbi, that extract’s just the first draft … ?   Bloody HELL!   Save me a copy of that: the draft’s superb … !

º        If it’s any help, Debbi … ?   The Brentwood branch of Starbucks has free wi-fi: as does Café Nero.   And most of the pubs in town, along with some of the restaurants.   Ok, that’s a HELL of a way to travel … 

‡        You know, he’s probably getting a bit hacked about being dug up, every 4th of July, but … 

^        Got to admit, Debbi, I was looking a BIT further down the list … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thank you, Paul, for your kind words! :) BTW, I couldn't view the second video. :(

However, the Jimi Hendrix was awesome! :D

1. 1776
2. colonies
3. Rhode Island
4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
5. Calvin Coolidge
6. Will Smith
7. the Statue of Liberty
8. Uganda
9. Tommy Docherty
10. Ruth Lawrence

And thanks on my country's behalf for the birthday wishes! Ha ha ha ... #iamfoolish