Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Daily Teaser — 28-2-2015

You know, THAT’s … upsetting … !

When I was young, the BBC only showed two science fiction shows.

Dr Who was one.

And, in between Dr Who seasons?   They’d show the original version of Star Trek.

I remain a lifelong Dr Who fan as a result.   And someone who’s thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek, ever since watching the repeats growing up in the 1970s and 80s.

So yesterday’s news — that actor, Leonard Nimoy, who’d played Commander Spock — was both saddening … and something I found genuinely upsetting.

After all … the man who played the one visibly alien — and friendly alien, although I’m sure Spock would raise an eyebrow at the word — was iconic: and helped make both the role, the series, and the genre, the winning things they are, today.

RIP, Leonard Nimoy.

Earth is a lesser place, after your death.


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 she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video

Q1) 28th February, 1900, saw the end of the Siege Of Ladysmith: during the Second Boer War.   The Siege, the War, and Ladysmith, itself, were or are in which country?
Q2) 28th February, 1935, saw Wallace Carothers invent Nylon.   Nylon is what: a polyparrot, a polyamide or a polypeptide?
Q3) 28th February, 1998, saw the first flight of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk: the first of its kind to fly in the US.   Was it wingless, tailless or unmanned?
Q4) 28th February, 1906, saw the birth of which Jewish American gangster?
Q5) Finally … 28th February, 1933, saw the issuing of the Reichstag Fire Decree: by the (then) President of Germany.   Who WAS he?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th February, 380 AD, was the date of the Edict of Thessalonica.   This forced Roman citizens to convert to what: Judaism, Christianity or Islam?
Q2) 27th February, 1940, saw the discovery of Carbon-14: a radioactive form of carbon.   What’s the usual form?
A2) Carbon-12.   (Also written as ¹²Carbon.)
Q3) 27th February, 2004, saw the initial publication of the John Jay Report.   The report was was about sexual abuse committed by whom?
A3) Roman Catholic priests in the US.
Q4) 27th February, 1900, saw the founding of Britain’s Labour Party.   Who, in 1924, was Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister?
Q5) Finally … 27th February, 2013, saw a mass shooting: at a factory in the town of Menznau.   Menznau is in which European country?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“When I think of the people who have been there, and the people I grew up admiring – the likes of Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard — it’s just incredible that I’m in the same sort of club.”

Barry McGuigan, born 28 February 1961.
And with this tune … 

And … ?

And Leonard Nimoy’s last Tweet … 
Enjoy your day: live long … 

*        I know, Debbi, I know.   Personally, though?   I’m just glad you and Kaiju — and everyone else, over the years — take time out of your respective days, to do the Teaser.   Saying that … ?   He DID throw up this tweet … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yes, I saw that! I'm enjoying the Monty Python. :) Thanks!

1. Natal
2. a polyamide
3. unmanned
4. Bugsy Siegel
5. Paul von Hindenburg