Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Daily Teaser — 6-8-2014

Oh … my good lord … 

It’s raining … 

Raining … ! 


Which is possibly an odd way of opening a post, I know.

But the swooshing sounds of the cars going past?   Going over the wet road outside my flat … ?

Is pleasant.

Why that is … ?   I really couldn’t tell you.

It’s possibly because — to me — it sounds vaguely like the sea: waves crashing slowly on the shore.

Something so primal it can’t be explained.

But enough with the vague poetics, and let’s move on …

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How Tolicense and video … 

Q1) 6th August, 1914, saw the Austro-Hungarian Empire declare war … on which country … ?
Q2) The same day also saw the Empire’s archenemy — Serbia — declare war on which country … ?
Q3) 6th August, 1806, saw Francis 2nd abdicate his position: as Emperor of which empire?
Q4) NASA’s Curiosity Rover landed on 6th August, 2012.   Where?
Q5) Jamaica became independent from the UK: on 6th August, 1960.   Which Jamaican sporting team were the inspiration for the film, Cool Runnings?
Q6) Finally … 6th August, 1971, saw Chay Blythe arrive back in Britain after his record breaking around the world sailing trip.   How long did it take: 292 days, 392 days or 492 days?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th August, 1583, saw Sir Humphrey Gilbert found the city of Saint John’s: consider the oldest English speaking city in North America.   In which country is Saint John’s?
A1) Canada.
Q2) 5th August, 1914, saw the first electric traffic lights installed.   In which US city?
A2) Cleveland, Ohio.
Q3) 5th August, 1100, saw Henry 1st crowned as King of England: at what’s now the traditional venue for UK coronations.   What is that venue?
Q4) Until sunset, 5th August, 2014, is the Jewish date of Tisha B’av.   The date commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples.   In which city were those temples?
A4) Jerusalem.
Q5) Finally … 5th August, 1862, saw the birth of tragic figure, Joseph Carey Merrick: better remembered how … ?
A5) The Elephant Man.
Today is the birthday of Pat McDonald of Timbuk3: which gives me an excuse to play this song …  

It’s also the birthday of Elizabeth Beresford, the woman who created the Wombles†: so I give you this … 

Finally, I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Witchcraft always has a hard time, until it becomes established and changes its name.”
Charles Fort, August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932.
Have a good day … !

*        Yeah, sorry about that, Debbi, you just caught  my Vague Wine Professional mode … ! :D

†        You know, I think the original series of The Wombles, back in the 1970s, had a hell of an influence on today’s habit of recycling things … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No problem. :)

1. Serbia
2. Germany
3. Roman empire
4. Mars
5. the bobsled team
6. 292