Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Daily Teaser — 4-10-2014: The First Satellite

You know, you can TELL it’s Saturday, can’t you … ?

Most of us will have today and tomorrow off work.

Personally … ?

Well, personally, I’m off work: and was a barman for many years.   So a weekend isn’t that stunning a thing.

 Still … 

I can get me job-searching done.   AND there’s a good chance of a night out, tonight.

It’s all good.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s rather scientific questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 4th October saw the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite.   In which year of the 1950s?
Q2) What was that satellite called … ?
Q3) The satellite’s name translates as what: orbiter, satellite or moon?
Q4) The satellite was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome.   The Cosmodrome is now in what’s country: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan?
Q5) The pad the satellite was launched for is named after the first man in space.   Who was he … ?
Q6) What nation launched the satellite: the USA, the USSR or the People’s Republic of China … ?
Q7) The country concerned put the first man in space: in a spacecraft called what: Vostok 1, Bostick 1 or Vladimir 1?
Q8) The satellite took roughly an hour and a half to orbit the Earth: traveling at 8, 100 m/s.   m/s means what: miles per second, metres per second or millimetres per second.
Q9) In response to the launch, the US had a crisis: and launched its space agency.   What is that agency called?
Q10) Finally … the period that this launch help start was called the what Race?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd October, 1849, saw Edgar Allan Poe found gibbering in a gutter … in which US city?
A1) Baltimore.
Q2) Which bird — according to one of Poe’s more famous poems — famously said “Nevermore”?
A2) The Raven.
Q3) In which Terry Pratchett novel does a character called Quoth — a talking bird of the same species as Poe’s example — first appear?
A3) Soul Music.   (Quoth the Raven — on the Discworld — “… doesn’t do the N-word”.)
Q4) Poe’s poem was an inspiration for a John McTeigue directed film about Poe’s last days.   In which year was it released: 2010, 2011 or 2012?
A4) 2012.
Q5) More to the point, who played Poe in that film?
Q6) On which date of each year did the mysterious Poe Toaster raise a glass of cognac at the author’s grave?
Q7) More to the point, what was the LAST year the Toaster appeared: 2008, 2009 or 2010?
A7) 2009.
Q8) Which of Poe’s short stories was filmed in 1964, with Vincent Price as Prince Prospero?
Q9) One of Poe’s short stories is called ‘The Cask Of Amontillado’: what type of drink is Amontillado: Madeira, Sherry or Port?
A9) Sherry.
Q10) Finally … which of Poe’s tales is usually agreed to be the first detective story?
I’ll leave you with this thought … 
“On Friday, October 4 [ … someone] orbited the world’s first artificial satellite. Anyone who doubted its existence could walk into the backyard just after sunset and see it.”

Mike Gray, Angle Of Attack.
And possibly the only ‘tune’ that’s appropriate … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        You know, it SUDDENLY occurs, Debbi: I gave you one HELL of a home-field advantage with yesterday’s set.   Well … Given the city where Edgar died … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yes, I suppose. :)

1. 1958
2. Sputnik 1
3. satellite
4. Kazakhstan
5. Yuri Gagarin
6. the USSR
7. Vostok 1
8. metres per second
10. the Space Race