Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Daily Teaser — 7-10-2015: Mars Needs Global Surveying … !

That reminds me: I really need to set up my timers … !

No, really … !

Bless her, one of my kid sister — Jude’s auntie, Anna — has decided she’s going to take me to see a movie, tonight.

And not just ANY movie.

The most recent James Bond flick, SPECTRE.

Which really DOES look rather good.

I’m looking forward to it, frankly.

But … ?

It’s Saturday.   Which means Dr Who’s on.

Yeah … 

I really want to make sure I put my timers on … !


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* and Olga† putting in their answers: with Debbi scoring four and and half, and Olga bagging five.

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

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

Q1) 7th November, 1996, saw NASA launch its Mars Global Surveyor: NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space … what?
Q2) More to the point … the Surveyor was launched from NASA’s Cape Canaveral Airbase: in which US state is Cape Canaveral?
Q3) Moving on, slightly … in which year did the Mars Global Surveyor reach Mars: 1997, 1998, or 1999?
Q4) Mars, of course is known as the what planet: red, white or blue?
Q5) More to point, name either of Mars’ moons.
Q6) The highest known mountain on any planet in the Solar System is on Mars.   What’s its name: Tartarus Mons, Chronus Mons or Olympus Mons?
Q7) More to the point … Is that mountain a volcano: yes or no?
Q8) While we’re being Martian … science fiction classic, War Of The Worlds, was all about a Martian invasion of Earth.   Which English wirter wrote that novel?
Q9) Which 2012 film told us all about the adventures of John Carter of Mars?
Q10) And finally … Bugs Bunny cartoon, Haredevil Hare, saw the first appearance of which cartoon character: Martin the Martian, Marvin the Martian or Michelle the Martian?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th November, 1928, saw the death of Arnold Rothstein: after he’d been shot by George McManus.   Was Rothstein a member of the Mafia, the Jewish Mob or a Tong?
A1) The Jewish Mob.   (Rothstein was also known as ‘The Brain’: whilst the Jewish-American mobs have been referred to as the Kosher Nostra, and as the Undzer Shtik: the Yiddish version of the phrase ‘Cosa Nostra,’ or ‘Our Thing.’)
Q2) Plutonium was produced for the first time: on 6th November, 1944.   The metal was later used in the atomic bomb dropped on which Japanese city?
A2) Nagasaki.   (The one dropped on Hiroshima had a Uranium based warhead.)
Q3) Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician elected on 6th November, 2012.   Elected to where: the UK’s House of Commons, the US Senate, or the Australian House of Representatives?
A3) The US Senate.
Q4) Baseball team owner and businessman, Art Modell, announced he was relocating his team — the Cleveland Browns — away from Cleveland: on 6th November, 1995.   Which US city is the team now based in?
A4) Baltimore.   (They’re now the Baltimore Ravens.)
Q5) Finally … 6th November, 1494, saw the birth of Suleiman 1st: also known as Suleiman the Magnificent.   In parts of the East, he’s known as Kanuni.   Kanuni means what: Magnificent, Just or Lawgiver?
A5) Lawgiver.
I’ll leave you with this line from a well known radio play …
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.”

Orson Welles, The War Of The Worlds, broadcast 30th Oct, 1938.
And with this tune … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Yeah, sorry about the half, Debbi‡: but the Hiroshima bomb had a Uranium core … !   (Glad I could help with the comment: fantastic little tune.   Amazing how creativity gets sparked by heavy traffic.)

†        Yeah, I vaguely remember seeing that one, Olga‡: but couldn’t find a reference for it!   I think the Gunpowder Plot’s an interesting one: I think it’ll inspire debate for years … !

‡          Either way, thank you both for letting me know about the video: I appreciate it.   (Hopefully, the companies concerned will let the piece stand: as it’s for a review … )


Debbi said...

You never know with YouTube. Take it from one who's tried! :)

1. Administration
2. Florida
3. 1997
4. red
5. Phobos and Deimos
6. Olympus Mons
7. yes
8. H.G. Wells
9. John Carter
10. Marvin the Martian

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Administration
Q2) Florida
Q3) 1997
Q4) Red
Q5) Phobos and Deimos
Q6) Olympus Mons (In many places it says it’s the tallest but it seems there’s a higher one in an asteroid….
Q7) Yes
Q8) H.G. Wells
Q9) John Carter
Q10) Marvin the Martian
I hope you enjoy the movie. And remember the timers.