Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Daily Teaser — 18-12-2014: Piltdown Man and Other Frauds.

Hmm … 

That’s a first … 

Have you been following the news, recently?

If you have, you’ll realise that The Interview — directed by Evan Goldberg, written by Dan Sterling, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, distributed by Sony Pictures, and having a negative portrayal of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un — was due to be released on Christmas Day, this year.

That release has been cancelled by Sony.

After a severe cyber attack linked to North Korea.

Personally … ?   Personally, I think I can appreciate Sony’s actions.   After all, some of the threats made were … distinctly worrying, let’s put it that way.

Mind you … ?   I’d not mind seeing The Interview.   OK, it could well be a seriously bad film.

But if Kim Jong Un and his country don’t want me to see it?   I think I’d like to have a look at it.

Just because … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

Q1) 18th December, 1912, saw the announcement of the alleged discovery of Piltdown Man.   The man who announced the hoax was called Charles what: Dawson, Higson or Dixon?
Q2) The fake human ancestor was discovered in Piltdown.   Which was a small village in what was then which county: East Sussex, West Sussex or Mid-Sussex?
Q3) The hoax skull consisted of the upper part of a modern human skull, and the lower jawbone from which great ape: a gorilla, chimp or orangutan?
Q4) Piltdown Man was described as the missing … what?
Q5) Piltdown Man was finally exposed as a hoax in which year of the 1950s?
Q6) Which detective author was felt — by some — to be the man responsible for the hoax: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Dorothy L. Sayers?
Q7) Mike Oldfield pretended to be Piltdown Man on which of his albums?
Q8) While we talking of hoaxes, the fake automatic chess player, famous in the 18th Century, was known as the Mechanical … what?
Q9) P. T. Barnum, the original Prince Of Humbug, famously exhibited the Feejee what: Mammoth, Mermaid or Monkey?
Q10) Finally … which Christian church’s holy book is felt by many to by a hoax, invented by its founder, Joseph Smith?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th December, 1987, saw the release of Final Fantasy: the first game in the series.   The game was released for what Japan called the Famicom: and everyone else called what?
A1) The Nintendo Entertainment System: better known as the NES.
Q2) 17th December, 1983, saw the Provisional IRA explode a car-bomb: outside which London department store?
A2) Harrods.
Q3) 17th December, 2003, saw the first powered flight by SpaceShipOne: the world’s first private spacecraft.   The port it flew from is in which Californian town?
A3) Mojave.
Q4) 17th December, 1981, saw Brigadier James L. Dozier kidnapped by Red Brigade terrorists.   In which European country?
A4) Italy.
Q5) Finally … 17th December, 2010, saw the death of musician, Don Van Vliet.   Don was better remembered as whom?
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“In an earlier paper (1914) I have reviewed the controversy over the Piltdown remains (Eoanthropus dawsoni), emphasizing the entirely human character of the brain-case, the essentially ape-like character of the lower jaw and teeth and the doubts as to their association already expressed by several authors.”

W. K. Gregory, writing in 1916.
Enjoy your day.

*        Oh, Yes … ! :D   (Oh, that’s a thought, Debbi, did you hear about The Interview?)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've heard about it, yes!

1. Dawson
2. East Sussex
3. an orangutan
4. link
5. 1953
6. Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Tubular Bells
8. Turk
9. Mermaid
10. the Book of Mormon