Monday, 10 December 2012

The Daily Teaser — 10-12-2012

Sir Patrick Moore.
Oh, now that’s sad: it seems noted astronomer and TV presenter, Patrick Moore has died, at the age of 89.

Which is sad.   The man presented The Sky At Night continously for over half a century, influenced me in me (admittedly vague) interest in science, most of Britain’s astronomer’s — amateur and professional — into their work … AND provided the moon maps that NASA and the Soviet space agency used to explore.

Britain might not have got to the moon: but a British giant help humanity get there, and should be honoured as such.   If nothing else, by say RIP.

Let’s move on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with telling us she’ll be starting her publishing project*, 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 area, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) 10th December saw the first Nobel Prizes awarded: in which year … ?
Q2) More to the point, who won the first Nobel Physics Prize … ?
Q3) More to the point, who — in 1989 — won the Nobel Peace Prize … ?
Q4) How many Nobel Prizes, currently, are there … ?
Q5) Name one of them … 
Q6) Albert Nobel, the man who founded the Prizes, owned which armaments company: Bofors, Bushmaster Firearms or Lürssen … ?
Q7) Nobel famously invented dynamite: in which year of the 1860s did he patent it … ?
Q8) More to the point, in which year of the 1850s did he register his first patent … ?
Q9) Moving on … In which country is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded … ?
Q10) And finally … who won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 9th December, 1922, saw Gabriel Narutowicz named as the first president of the Second Republic … of where … ?
A1) Poland.
Q2) 9th December, 1960, saw the broadcast of the first episode of the world’s longest running TV soap opera: what’s it called … ?
A2) Coronation Street.
Q3) More to the point, the soap is set in a fictional area of where: Greater Manchester, Greater London or Greater Birmingham … ?
A3) Greater Manchester.
Q4) 9th December, 1952, saw heavy fog clear after 4 days: in which British city?
A4) London.
Q5) 9th December, 1965, saw an apparent UFO crash in Pittsburgh.   What — in 2005 — did NASA admit it was … ?
A5) A crashed Russian satellite.
Q6) And finally … 9th December, 1851, saw the first YMCA open in North America: in which Canadian city … ?
A6) Montreal.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Alfred Nobel, himself …
“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”   
Alfred Nobel, 21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896
And with A. R. Rahman’s Jai Ho: as he popped up at the Nobel Peace Concert, a few years ago … 

*        Would a new cover be out of the question, Debbi … ?   I can’t help but think something that matches Least Wanted and Riptide would be an idea.   You know, with a block colour background, and some sort of symbol … ?   Just a thought … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I'm on the fence about the cover. I have this thing for the original cover, but then again, maybe it's time to "rebrand" it to match the other books, so to speak. :)

In any case, it will say "New York Times bestseller" on it. Ha ha! :D

1. 1901
2. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
3. The Dalai Lama
4. 5
5. Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace
6. Bofors
7. 1867
8. 1857
9. The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the other prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.
10. the European Union