Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Daily Teaser — 17-6-2014: Mum’s Gone To Iceland … !

Gosh, I feel tired … !

Which is what happens when you stay up late, making Teaser movies … !

But at least that batch is one job out of the way: including today’s themed one.

Which was fun … !

Especially finding the photos: this is going to sound daft, but it’s — however minor — a nice intellectual challenge.

Ho hum!

At any rate, let’s get a move on, shall we?   The quicker we start, the sooner I can get on with the next batch … !


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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Icelandic set, shall we?

Here it is, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 17th June, 1944 — 70 years ago, today — saw Iceland become a republic: after severing formal ties from which country’s monarchy?
Q2) Technically, Iceland had been a kingdom: since which year of the 20th Century … ?
Q3) What’s the name of Iceland’s Parliament … ?
Q4) The head of the Icelandic government is the Icelandic Prime Minister.   The head of state is … ?
Q5) Is the President’s last name a surname … ?
Q6) The Church of Iceland is what: Anglican, Lutheran or Methodist … ?
Q7) Which Chess player made his home in Iceland in the last years of his life?
Q8) Icelandic singer, Emilíana Torrini, recorded Gollum’s Song: for which of the Lord Of The Rings films?
Q9) Askja, Hekla and Laki are all Icelandic what: cities, volcanoes or mountains?
Q10) Finally … what’s Iceland’s capital city?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th June, 1911, saw the foundation of IBM - through the merger of how many companies: one, two or three?
A1) Three.
Q2) IBM stands for International Business … what … ?
A2) Machines.
Q3) Some of IBM’s early machines used punched … what … ?
A3) Cards.
Q4) The company’s first CEO was Thomas J. Watson, Senior.   CEO stands for Chief Executive … what … ?
A4) Officer.
Q5) IBM is — given the colour of its logo, packaging and (some) products — as Big … what … ?
A5) Big Blue.
Q6) 1964 saw the company introduce its System 360 computers.   What would we now call these: a microcomputer, minicomputer, mainframe or supercomputer … ?
A6) A mainframe.
Q7) At one point, IBM made the M1918 Browning automatic … what?
A7) Automatic rifle.   (OK, I  knew there was a reason to buy shares in Apple … )
Q8) IBM is also credited with inventing the Universal Product Code, or UPC.   A UPC is a type of what … ?
A8) A barcode.
Q9) IBM introduced the Hard Drive.   In which year of the 1950s?
A9) 1956.   (More and more computers are being produced with whats called SSDs, or Solid State Drives: giant flash drives, in other words.)
Q10) Finally … IBM was instrumental in introducing the IBM PC.   What does PC stand for … ?
I’ll leave you with Iceland’s national anthem … 

And this thought …
“Iceland is not a little country. Iceland is the most big country in the world.”
Dorrit Moussaieff, Iceland’s current First Lady of Iceland.
Enjoy the day!

*        I’m glad to hear you glad, Debbi!   (Hang on … we’re start to sound like Sesame Street characters! :D At ANY rate … ?   Can you remind me to get me rear in gear and get working on a book?   I’ve had an idea for recycling the early Teasers and Friday Question sets, and never done anything with it … !)


Debbi said...
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Debbi said...

Consider this my reminder. Just do it! :)

1. Denmark
2. 1918
3. Alpingi
4. Sigmunder Gunnlaugsson
5. yes
6. Lutheran
7. Bobby Fischer
8. The Two Towers
9. volcanos
10. Reykjavik

Thick, windproof pink fluff is necessary in Iceland said...

1. Denmark
2. Not my period
3. Al þingi
4. President
5. Traditionally Icelanders take as their last name their father's first name + son or dottir. So I suppose the answer you want is no.
6. Lutheran, but the Lutheran church and the Anglican church are in communion.
7. Not my subject
8. Probably the last one. Is that Return of the King?
9. Volcanoes
10. Reykjavik

Wot no glaciers? Or wildlife?
11. What is the biggest glacier in Iceland?
12. The last Great Auk was killed in Iceland. In what year?

Nice anthem.