Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Daily Teaser — 20-8-2014: H. P. Lovecraft

You know, I have to admit to a thing about a good documentary.

No, really.

I’ve got one playing in the background, as I write: part one of the BBC’s Everyday Miracles series.

I don’t know if it’s telling much I don’t know.

But it’s fascinating to watch, anyway.   And amazing to find out some details.

And still more amazing to be reminded of details I’d already known.

The man who made the modern day safety razor so much more than what it was.

My only question … ?   Is how on Earth did he end up with a name like that … ??

But let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s slightly tentacular questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 20th August saw the birth of writer, H. P. Lovecraft.   What did the P stand for?
Q2) In which year of the 1890s was he born … ?
Q3) Lovecraft was best remembered for writing in which genre: horror, westerns or romance?
Q4) Lovecraft was born in Providence: the capital city of the smallest state of the USA.   What is that state?
Q5) Lovecraft was a regular contributor to Weird Tales Magazines.   Made from cheap paper, Weird Tales — and magazines like it — were consequently known as what: pulps, rags or glossies?
Q6) One of H. P’s best known works — The Call of Cthulhu — was turned in a silent film.   In which year of this century: 2004, 2005 or 2006?
Q7) Under The Pyramids was one of the rare stories Lovecraft was commissioned to write.   Which real-world escapologist was the central character … ?
Q8) Many of Lovecraft’s stories feature academics from Miskatonic … where: Academy, College or University?
Q9) In Lovecraft’s fictional universe, that institution had one of the few genuine copies of the spell-book Lovecraft frequently mentioned.   What was that spell-book called?
Q10) Finally … Lovecraft’s fictional universe is known as the Cthulhu … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 19th August, 2013, saw saw the date set for the trial: of which South African athlete?
A1) The Bladerunner, himself, Oscar Pistorius.
Q2) 19th August, 43BC, saw the Emperor Augustus named as Consul.   By whom?
A2) The Roman Senate.
Q3) 19th August also saw the death of Augustus: in which year?
A3) 14 AD.
Q4) 19th August, 1987, saw the date of the notorious Hungerford Massacre: when fourteen people were killed by Michael Ryan.   Which Sylvester Stallone film was by by Britain’s tabloid press, at the time of the massacre?
Q5) 19th August, 1921, saw the birth of Gene Roddenberry: best remembered as the creator of which TV series?
A5) Star Trek.
Q6) Finally … 19th August, 2012, saw the suicide of which noted director?
I’ll leave you with Margate Fhtagn, by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing … 

And this thought from the man, himself …
“As human beings, our only sensible scale of values is one based on lessening the agony of existence.”
H. P. Lovecraft, August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937.
Enjoy the day … 

*        Will do, Debbi!   (I’ll look forward to it!)   (Oh, I got Babylon from iTunes, Debbi.   Whether it’s on the US one, I don’t know.   I DO know The Call of Cthulhu is on the US iTunes store: but not the UK one.   Work that out!)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Go figure! :)

1. Phillips
2. 1890
3. horror
4. Rhode Island
5. pulps
6. 2005
7. Harry Houdini
8. University
9. the Necromicon
10. Mythos