Friday, 23 January 2015

The Daily Teaser — 23-1-2015

Would you know it?

My alarm clock worked … !

Or went off, I should say.

Which is all good.   I’m not at work, today: which means I have a) the day off on payday.

And b) a chance to go shopping.

OK, hours and pay have gone down, in the post Christmas slump.

AND it’s bloody freezing.

But none the less?   A day off’s a day off.

I might even be able to catch a movie … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yes, let’s … !

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring ten 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) 23rd January, 1368, saw the Hongwu Emperor ascend the throne of China.   Which dynasty did he start: the Han, Ming or Song?
Q2) 23rd January, 1571, saw the formal opening of the Royal Exchange: in London.   Which monarch opened it?
Q3) 23rd January, 1997, saw Madeleine Albright named as the first woman to serve in which US government position?
Q4) 23rd January, 1941, saw Charles Lindbergh testify before the US Senate.   The aviator was recommending a neutrality agreement with whom: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy or Imperial Japan?
Q5) Finally … 23rd January, 1783, saw the birth of writer, Marie-Henri Beyle.   How was he better known: Hergé, Stendhal or Saki?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 22nd January, 1984, saw the airing of the first ad for the Apple Macintosh computer.   Which George Orwell novel was the ad named after?
A1) 1984.
Q2) Which well known British director directed it: Barry Scott, Tony Scott or Ridley Scott?
Q3) The heroine of the advert was played by athlete and model, Anya Major.   She also appeared in the video for which Elton John song: Nikita, Sad Songs or I’m Still Standing?
A3) Nikita.
Q4) The ad was shown during a well known — and very American — sporting event.   WHICH sporting event: the World Series final, the Superbowl or the NBA Basketball finals?
A4) The Superbowl.
Q5) Name either of the teams in that year’s event?
A5) The Washington Redskins or the LA Raiders.
Q6) Apple itself was founded by two Steves: the late Steve Jobs, and who else?
Q7) The original Mac was the first commercially successful computer to use a ‘GUI’: a Graphical User … what?
A7) Interface.
Q8) It was also the first commercially successful computer to use what handheld device?
A8) The computer mouse.   (The Apple mouse is partly why I went mad for Macs: it only has one button, so you don’t need to fiddle about, changing  hard-to-find settings.   That came as a revelation to a southpaw, like me)
Q9) Apple’s currently range of Macs include its famous all-in-one desktop: what’s the name of that desktop?
A9) The iMac.
Q10) Finally … Apple’s current computer operating system — the one on the Mac, not the iPad and iPhone — is called OS X.   What does the X stand for?
A10) It doesn’t stand for a word: it’s actually the Roman numeral for ten.   (There’s a bit of a clue in the question number.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.”

Édouard Manet 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day.

*        Phew!   You had me worried, there, Debbi!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Don't worry. Now and then, I get so busy, I run out of time. And it takes some energy to type. Ack! :)

1. Ming
2. Queen Elizabeth I
3. Secretary of State
4. Nazi Germany
5. Stendhal

Question is, where is everyone else?? :-) Mister Strict? Kaizu? Nina? Hello!