Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Daily Teaser — 18-10-2015

It’s got to be said … I’m feeling both vaguely rushed … and rather tired.

In a good way, obviously … !

But that’s kind of my own fault.

I would stay up comparatively late on a night when I’ve got to be up for a staff meeting.

But … ?

Well, at least I got it to see this week’s episode of Dr Who, live.

Quite an episode, that.

Maisie Williams stole the show … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

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

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

Q1) A suicide bombing occurred on the 18th October, 2007: which killed the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.   Who was that PM?
Q2) 18th October, 1851, saw the original publication of the novel then called The Whale.   How is that book better known?
Q3) More to the point, who wrote The Whale?
Q4) The Soviet era Venera 4 probe arrived at Venus: on 18th October, 1967.   Venus’ atmosphere is 96% what: Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide or Oxygen?
Q5) Which country declared itself independent from the Soviet Union: on 17th October, 1991?
Q6) Finally … 18th October, 1867 saw the USA take possession of what’s now Alaska: from which country?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th October, 1091, saw London hit by a what?
A1) Tornado.
Q2) Many years later, 17th October, 1814, saw 8 people killed in London: in a flood of what?
A2) Beer.
Q3) Which European country’s postal service was founded on 17th October, 1558: Spain’s, Hungary’s or Poland’s?
A3) Poland’s.
Q4) 17th October, 1990, saw the initial version of IMDb posted to the ’Net.   It’s still going, and is a site devoted to what: wine, sculpture or movies?
A4) Movies.
Q5) Finally … 17th November, 1919, saw the founding of electronics giant, RCA.   RCA stood for Radio Corporation of where?
A5) America.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.”

From Accelerando, by Charles Strosser, born 18th October, 1964.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day … !

*        I think there’s possibly more than we think, Olga: although I could be wrong.   I know there’s a town near me, called Romford: which was home to a big brewery for many years.   I’m pretty sure there’s been something similar kicking off, there.   (Anywhere there’s alcohol and carts … … … … )

†        Wish I could’ve been there, Debbi!   Still: nice to know it went well.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Benazir Bhutto
Q2) Moby Dick. One of my favourites.
Q3) Herman Melville.
Q4) Carbon Dioxide
Q5) Azerbaijan (18th… or I got it wrong)
Q6) Russia. So, it’s Alaska Day!
On reading about the circumstances of the beer flood, yes, I suspect there would have been a few. When I was a young child there was a brewery in the same street where we live, but have never heard of any incidents.

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! Made 70 whole dollars! :) Amazing.

1. Benazir Bhutto
2. Moby Dick
3. Herman Melville
4. carbon dioxide
5. Moldova
6. Russia