Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 27-6-2013: KerChing

It has to be said, the BBC’s Horizon programme — I recorded last night’s episode, to watch, this morning — is interesting.

It’s all about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy.

The show’s given us a potted explanation of the objects, and the hunt for the one that’s there.

The bit that’s getting astronomers excited … ?

Is that — for the first time in human history — there’s a gas cloud going past it … 

Getting sucked in by it.

The part of me that takes an interest in these things is fascinated: as you’ve possibly guessed.

The more impish side — the part of me with the weird sense of humour and the deeley-boppers — has decided the black hole’s called Fred, and is currently eyeballing that gas cloud and saying “Oooh, a gas cloud! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!”


Let’s get a move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with bagging three out of five, also letting us know her website’s delayed*.

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) 27th June, 1967, saw the first use — publicly — of an ATM machine: what does ATM stand for … ?
Q2) It was used — for the cameras — by comedy actor, Reg Varney: who starred as Stan Butler in which English sitcom … ?
Q3) That ATM machine was in a branch of which bank … ?
Q4) More to the point, in which part of London: Kentish Town, Canning Town or Enfield Town … ?
Q5) Finally … The cash machine’s inventor, John De La Rue, finally got a OBE for his work in which year: 2004, 2005 or 2006 … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 26th June, 1974, saw the Universal Product Code scanned into a till for the first time: as it was on a packet of Wrigley’s Gum.   How is the Universal Product Code better known … ?
A1) The barcode.
Q2) The UPC is a series of black and white stripes.   A QR code is a series of black and white … what … ?
A2) Squares.
Q3) Moving on … 26th June, 1927, saw the opening of the Cyclone roller coaster: on which island … ?
A3) Coney Island.
Q4) 26th June, 1870, saw the US Federal Government declare what to be a federal holiday … ?
A4) Christmas.
Q5) Finally … 26th June, 1940, saw the signing of the UN Charter.   In which US State … ?
A5) California.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Benjamin Disraeli …
“As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.”
Benjamin Disraeli.
And this song from Pink Floyd … 

*        Really … ?   What’s happened there, Debbi … ?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Someone at Wordpress doesn't like me. You can read today's post and see if you understand. Probably not, but, oh, well.

1. Automated-teller machine
2. On the Buses
3. Barclays
4. Enfield Town
5. 2005