Friday, 7 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 7-3-2014: Parody

Phew … ! 

An early night … 

Which is what I had, night, it has to be said.

I have to say, the course is proving very useful: but being up at five in the morning to get the bus … ?

Well, it’s fun.

But exhausting.

Oy veh … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring ten out of ten.

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

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense, and video† … 

Q1) 7th March, 1994, saw the US Supreme Court rule that parodies were Fair Use, under US law.   Who released a parody version of Michæl Jackson’s Beat It: called Eat It … ?
Q2) More to the point, which song — released internationally on 7th March, 1985 — was parodied by the Spitting Image team as We’re Scared Of Bob … ?
Q3) BBC sitcom, ’Allo ’Allo! took the mickey out of which rather more serious BBC series?
Q4) Classic Spanish work, Don Quixote, parodies medieval romances.   Who wrote Don Quixote … ?
Q5) Which Monty Python film parodies the tales of King Arthur … ?
Q6) Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, was a parody of travelers tales popular in the 18th Century.   What’s the book’s full name … ?
Q7) Who, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was the first person to use the word, parody, in English … ?
Q8) Which parody religious belief is organized by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster … ?
Q9) Who co-wrote and directed the Star Wars parody, Space Balls … ?
Q10) Finally … Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, parodied who … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th March saw Aspirin registered as a trademark.   In which year of the 1890s … ?
A1) 1899.
Q2) More to the point, what was the name of the company that registered it: Schwarz, Bayer or GlaxoSmithKline … ?
A2) Bayer.
Q3) Aspirin famously is supposed to help act as what: an anti-inflammatory, an anti-pyretic (reducing fever) or an analgesic (reducing pain) … ?
Q4) The company that registered Aspirin is headquartered in which German city: Dusseldorf, Leverkusen or Cologne … ?
Q5) That company also marketed Heroin: in the run up to which World War … ?
Q6) Equally, they marketed Heroin as completely non what … ?
A6) Non-addictive.   (How wrong can you be … ?)
Q7) While we’re on the subject: Heroin is a stronger version of which drug: morphine, cocaine or ecstasy … ?
A7) Morphine.
Q8) Heroin — and its associated drugs — are all made from a version of which flower … ?
A8) The poppy.
Q9) Aspirin ultimately comes from the bark of which tree … ?
A9) The Willow.
Q10) In the film version of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, which character says “Now I’ve got a headache …!” … ?
A10) Marvin the Paranoid Android.
I’ll leave you with this thought from the late Larry Hagman …
“After ten or twelve years you can only play something so long and then you start to parody it.”
Larry Hagman.
And, as we’re in parody mode, this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        Actually, since you mention it, Debbi‡, did you know Chicken Tikka Masala’s supposed to have been invented in Glasgow … ?   Which makes it as Indian as the deep-fried Mars Bar … !

†        Actually, today’s Teaser video includes a bad pun: that’s if you work out who that song’s by … 

‡        As you’ve mentioned Marvin, Debbi … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ah, poor Marvin! :) Just loved that robot.

1. Weird Al Yankovic
2. Do They Know It's Christmas
3. Secret Army
4. Miguel de Cervantes
5 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
6. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships. (Wow!)
7. Ben Johnson
8. Pastafarianism
9. Mel Brooks
10. Hitler