Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Daily Teaser — 4-3-2015: The Birthday Present … 


You know, I WAS planning to try and get some sleep, last night.



Managed to get talking — via SMS — with an old friend.

Which was nice.

It ALSO amazes me the kind of thing you get talking about, at that time of night … !


Which is something to admit to, the morning of your birthday.

Either way … ?   Let’s get a move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) If I were 100 years old, today: I’d expect to get a congratulatory telegram from whom?
Q2) I’d ALSO get one for celebrating my Diamond wedding anniversary: how many years is that?
Q3) In Japan, one can celebrate ‘Coming Of Age Day’: on the second Monday of January.   It’s celebrated when one reaches how old?
Q4) In observant Jewish families, a boy celebrates his Bar Mitzvah: on which birthday?
Q5) President’s Day — in the USA — is a federal holiday that celebrate’s which President’s birthday?
Q6) Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated: by devout members of the religion he founded.   What IS that religion?
Q7) The Birthday Problem is the probability that members of a  randomly chosen group of people will share a birthday.   In which branch of Maths: number theory, probability theory or set theory?
Q8) The term, unbirthday — a day of the year when’s it’s NOT your birthday — was coined by which English writer?
Q9) In some parts of the world, it’s common to celebrate a Name Day, rather than a birthday.   Those celebrating a name day, celebrate the feast day of a what?
Q10) Finally: in many parts of the world, it’s traditional to give someone a birthday what: cake, watch or stick of celery?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd March, 1575, saw Emperor Akbar and his forces defeat a Bengali Army: in the Battle of Tukaroi.   Which Empire did Akbar rule?
A1) The Mughal Empire: in what’s now India.
Q2) 3rd March, 1865, saw the founding of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank: now, generally known as the HSBC.   Hong Kong and Shanghai are in which country?
A2) The People’s Republic Of China: mainland China, in other words.
Q3) 3rd March saw the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia.   In which year of the 1930s?
A3) 1938.   (There’s possibly a #Teaser in this: at some point next year. We’ll have to see.)
Q4) 3rd March, 1969, saw the launch of the Apollo 9 rocket.   What did NASA want to test with this launch: Teflon coatings, Unix or the lunar modules?
A4) The lunar modules.
Q5) Finally … 3rd March, 1997, saw the Sky Tower, the largest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, open.   Which country is the Tower in?
A5) New Zealand.
I’ll leave you with these wise words …
“You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”
Bob Hope.
And this tune …

Have a good day.   I’m marking a birthday.

If you’re not?

You’re having one of these … 

*        From what he told me, Debbi … ?   You’d possibly find the shop quite easily.   (The site that photo’s from is actually an archive page: and dates back to the 1980s.   I believe the building is still Hotel Portmeirion’s Prisoner shop: but it’s no longer run by Max Hora.)

†        As is traditional?   We open a birthday … by screaming … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

That's cool. And happy birthday!!

1. the Queen (how nice of her!)
2. 60
3. 20
4. 13
5. Washington (and Lincoln, actually)
6. Sikhism
7. probability theory
8. Lewis Carroll
9. the saint for whom one is named
10. cake