Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 25-08-2012

Well, wouldn’t you know it … ?

I had the engineer in, yesterday, courtesy of my landlords, to look over my boiler.

And have to admit, I’m boiling the kettle for a bath.

My boiler … ?   Is officially a) leaking and b) dangerous to health and c) worth switching off until the supervisor can get here on Tuesday, with the relevant parts, to fix it.

Tuesday … !

Frankly, I’m going to smell wonderful by Tuesday … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we?

Before I start really whinging … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with telling us that a small US restaurant called Louis’ Lunch* existed, and bagging 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) 25th August, 1944, saw the liberation of Paris, during World War 2.   Who led the Free French Forces, during that war … ?
Q2) 25th August, 1916, saw the creation of the US National Park Service: what was the first US National Park … ?
Q3) 25th August, 1609, saw Galileo Galilei, demonstrate his telescope for the first time.   In which city … ?
Q4) 25th August, 1939, saw the UK form a military alliance with which east European country … ?
Q5) And finally … 25th August, 2003, saw which city hit by twin car bombs … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 24th August, 1812, saw a coalition of British, Spanish and Portuguese forces lift the Siege of where … ?
A1) Cádiz.
Q2) More to the point, during which war was this … ?
A2) The Peninsular War.
Q3) 24th August, 1989, saw Columbian drugs barons declare war on whom … ?
A3) The Columbian government.
Q4) 24th August, 2006, saw the International Astronomical Union redefine what word … ?
A4) Planet.
Q5) More to the point, this meant that what got redefined as a Dwarf planet … ?
A5) Pluto.
Q6) And finally … 24th August, 1456, saw the printing completed of the Gutenburg Bible: in which German city … ?
A6) Mainz.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this tune from Alexandra Burke, whose birthday it is, today … 

And with this line from a very well known Scotsman … 
“I suppose more than anything else I'd like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso. They know that life is not just a popularity contest.”
Sean Connery, born 25 August 1930

*        I think, Debbi, that going by the Wikipedia entry, there’s some form of controversy: or at least, several different claimants to the title of ‘Creator of the ’Burger’.   And personally … ?   I’m wondering if the Philly Steak counts as the world’s first attempt at a cheese burger.   If nothing else, I can say Dickens was one of the first people to mention fish and chips … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I had no idea that Charles Dickens first mentioned fish and chips. That's a fun fact to know and tell. :)

1. Charles de Gaulle
2. Yellowstone National Park
3. Padua
4. Poland
5. Baghdad