Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 07-08-2012

You know, last night was something.

It’s the first time in a while I managed to actually post up something that wasn’t a Teaser: or about movies, music or a TV show.

I got a bit … political … 

Not something I usually do, but I have an excuse.

I’m still annoyed enough about the Coalition the Lib-Dems went into, to say so.

At every possible opportunity.

Hmmm … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Before I bore you … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Trevor and Debbi putting in their answers: with Trevor scoring 5 out of 6, and Debbi scoring 6, it also saw Trevor* demanding a recount for the day before, and Debbiª telling us about her latest post.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 7th August, 1947, was the last day of the voyage of the Kon-Tiki: across which ocean?
Q2) 7th August, 1964, saw the world’s oldest tree cut down: what species of tree was it … ?
Q3) More to the point: how was it known … ?
Q4) 7th August, 1959, saw a US 1 cent piece go into circulation: with what as it’s reverse design … ?
Q5) 7th August, 1947, saw the Bombay Municipal Corporation take over BEST: name either of the services BEST supplied … 
Q6) And finally … 7th August, 1987, saw Lynne Cox complete a swim from  Alaska … to where … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th August, 1945, saw the Little Boy A-bomb dropped: on which Japanese city … ?
A1) Hiroshima.
Q2) More to the point, roughly how many people were killed in that explosion: 50000, 60000 or 70000 … ?
A2) 70000.
Q3) Moving on … 6th August, 1991, saw Sir Tim Berners-Lee release the plans for the World Wide Web to the world.   Sir Tim’s recently taken part in the opening ceremony for what …?
A3) The 2012 Olympic Games.   (Complete with the original NeXT workstation he designed it on … )
Q4) Equally to the point, the first web browser was designed by Sir Tim: what was it called … ?
A4) WorldWideWeb.   (Although it was preceeded by ENQUIRE)
Q5) 6th August, 1940, saw which country illegally annexed by the Soviet Union … ?
A5) Estonia.
Q6) And finally … 6th August, 1862, saw the scuttling of which Confederate ship … ?
A6) The CSS Arkansas.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later.

Once I’ve left you with an official Stan Freberg soundtrack … 

And a thought for the day from Mata Hari … 

“I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win.”
Mata Hari 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917

*        Think I’m going to be strict on that one, Trevor, if that’s OKº … ?   The estimates — in the relevant Wikipedia entry — do give a 70000 to 80000 range, but if you look at the question … 

º        Although I was um’ming and ah’ing about it … 

ª        Yeah, I’ll be along a touch later, Debbi, if that’s ok … ?


trev-v said...

Another recount demanded.

on the day page of Wikipedia it does say 70,000 killed but if you got the Hiroshima page of the same Wikipedia it says 80,000.

Now which is correct ?

Once again a dodgy question.

trev-v said...

A1 Pacific Ocean
A2 Pinus longaeva, the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine
A3 Prometheus (aka WPN-114)
A4 Lincoln Memorial
A5 Motor Buses, Electricity
A6 Siberia

I hope I do not have to ask for a 3rd recount tomorrow.

Nik Nak said...

Well … It’s sort of why I set the question the way I did: given the latter — in this section of the article — article ALSO says 70, 000, but elsewhere says 70,000 to 80,000 … !

I had to phrase the question that used the most frequently figure.

Debbi said...

That's fine, Paul! Take your time. :)

1. Pacific Ocean
2. a bristlecone pine
3. Prometheus
4. the likeness of President Lincoln
5. bus transportation service and distribution of electricity
6. the Soviet Union