Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Daily Teaser — 6-11-2014

Blow me!

THAT worked … !

Remember, yesterday, that I said I was going for an interview?

There’s a long story, there: but, through a mix of me not double-checking, and the company not actually saying anything in the email, but I ended up walking to Pilgrim’s Hatch — near where my family live — for an interview that was actually in Mountnessing.

Which is inaccessible to a non-driver, like me.


I was mortified.


Mortified, angry, seriously upset, not a happy bunny: however you want to put it, I was not having a good day.

What SERIOUSLY didn’t help … ?   Was the simple fact that there was no sign — on the website — of a way to get in touch with the relevant manager: to apologise, and withdraw my application.   After all, Mountnessing isn’t accessible for me.

The upside to all this … ?

The upside to all this is the simple fact that the interview I had on Tuesday, for a local fast food joint?

Phoned me up, yesterday afternoon, to tell me I’d got a job, there.

OK, it’s only part time.

But after four years of doing nothing, I’m not complaining!


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 6th November, saw the Hanford Atomic Facility in the USA produce which radioactive element: Uranium, Neptunium or Plutonium?
Q2) More to the point, what’s that element’s chemical symbol: U, Np or Pu?
Q3) 6th November, 1865, saw the formal surrender of the CSS Shenandoah: the last ship of the Southern States to do so, at the end of the US Civil War.   What did the C stand for in  CSS?
Q4) 6th November, 1789, saw Pope Pius 6th name Father John Carroll as the first Catholic Bishop of which country?
Q5) 6th November, 1979, saw the Council of the Islamic Revolution take power: in which Middle Eastern country?
Q6) Finally … 6th November, 1995, saw the Rova of Antananarivo burn down.   The Rova was the palace of the rulers of where: Madagascar, Nauru or Singapore?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th November is — in the UK — fireworks night: making the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.   Fireworks are also known as what: pyrotechnics, hydrostatics or geomancy?
Q2) Many fireworks contain saltpetre.   Saltpetre is Potassium what: Nitrate, Nitride or Nitrous?
Q3) What carbon based substance is in gunpowder: coal, charcoal or graphite?
A3) Charcoal.   (My home town of Brentwood was was originally called Burntwood: referring to the fact it started life as a spot for charcoal burning.)
Q4) Gunpowder also contains which very yellow element: Sulphur, Chlorine or Selenium?
A4) Sulphur.   (Selenium’s a kind of grey colour.)
Q5) Gunpowder was invented in 9th Century where: Afghanistan, China or India?
A5) China.   (It was invented by taoists seeking immortality.   Ever heard the phrase, “That stuff’ll blow your head clean off ”?   That was invented by the taoists that survived the search for immortality … )
Q6) Records show gunpowder being made in England in 1346.   Where: the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Of London or the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich?
A6) The Tower of London.
Q7) One form of gunpowder goes on a handheld firework, that produces white, orange or yellowish sparks.   In the UK, these are usually called what?
A7) Sparklers.
Q8) Muskets, jezails and arquebuses used gunpowder.   What are they?
A8) Early guns.   (They weren’t rifles, I should add: rifles have grooves — or rifling — inside the barrel.   Muskets, jezails and arquebuses don’t.)
Q9) Many commercial fireworks use a mix of aluminium powder with potassium perchlorate.   What’s this called: stun powder, flash-bang or flash powder?
A9) Flash powder.   (The mixture’s used in military stun grenades: nicknamed flash-bangs.)
Q10) Finally … Gunpowder goes into the firework known as a Catherine wheel.   The wheel is named after Saint Catherine of where?
A10) St. Catherine of Alexandria.
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“You just do the best you can with what you’ve got … and sometimes magic strikes.”

Sally Field, born 6th November, 1946.
Enjoy your day.

*        Cheers, Debbi!   (I’m looking forward to starting it.)   Going TOTALLY off the subject … ?   Did I tell you Dark Water’s been getting complaints?   I was pleased, bizarrely: took me RIGHT back to my childhood, and complaints of Mary Whitehouse.

1 comment:

Debbi said...


Wow, a Miami Vice clip, no less! :)

1. plutonium
2. Pu
3. Confederate
4. the U.S.A.
5. Iran
6. Madagascar