Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Daily Teaser — 16-7-2014: SNAKES!

Bleugh … 

I’m up early, again.

And, yes: I’m off to the job centre, again, for my usual daily job search.

AND later, to sign on.

Twice in one day.

Joy, never ending, eh … ?

But let’s move on, shall we?   As I’m feeling rushed … !

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

With her taking a break for a while, let’s see who you do with today’s rather reptilian questions, shall we?

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

Q1) Apparently, 16th July is World Snake Day.   Are snakes reptiles, lizards or mammals?
Q2) Vipers, cobras and and vine snakes are what: poisonous or venomous?
Q3) Boas and python both kill by constriction.   Which of the two groups lay eggs?
Q4) Which species of snake is the only one to regularly exceed twenty feet in length?
Q5) The second longest species of snake is also generally the heaviest snake on record.   Which South American species are we talking about … ?
Q6) A snake’s brille is the part of its skin that covers what: its tail, eye or genitals?
Q7) If you were blowing a pungi, what would you be doing … ?
Q8) The Ouroboros symbol is that of a snake eating what … ?
Q9) In the biblical book of Genesis, Eve is tempted by a snake — or serpent, in some translations — into eating the fruit from the Tree of what … ?
Q10) Finally … the Uraeus was a symbolic snake: on whose crowns?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th July, 1799, saw the Rosetta Stone found: in which North African country?
A1) Egypt.
Q2) By an officer from which country’s army … ?
A2) France’s.
Q3) Who, famously, was the leader of the expedition?
Q4) The officer who found the Stone was Pierre-François Bouchard.   What rank did he hold: Captain, First Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant?
A4) Captain.
Q5) The Stone was used to translate Ancient … what … ?
A5) Ancient Egyptian.
Q6) The text on the Stone is written in three different alphabets.   Name one of them.
A6) Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Demotic Egyptian and Ancient Greek.
Q7) Which French scholar successfully translated the most ancient language on the Stone?
A7) Jean-François Champollion.   (It was his work that pointed out Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs were a mix phonetic letters — where each sign represents a sound — and ideographic signs, where each ‘letter’ represents an idea.)
Q8) The Stone was issued in the reign of which Egyptian ruler: Ptolemy 3rd, Ptolemy 4th or Ptolemy 5th?
Q9) The Stone was originally erected in which ancient city:  Amarna, Memphis or Thebes?
A9) Memphis.
Q10) Finally … the Decree on the Stone includes what: a tax announcement, a declaration of war or announcing a royal birth … ?
I’ll leave you with this tune … 

And this thought, from Mr Fields …

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.”
W. C, Fields.
Enjoy your Wednesday … !

*        Not for two long, I hope, Debbi.   (Oh, I don’t know if Channel Four’s going to be exporting Utopia to the US, but it MIGHT be worth keep an eye open for it!)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! Just once more before I take the break.

1. reptiles
2. venomous
3. python
4. fishfreak
5. the anaconda
6. eye
7. snake charming
8. its own tail
9. Knowledge
10. the pharaohs