Monday, 15 February 2016

The Daily Teaser — 15-2-2016

It’s official.

It’s bloody freezing!

I’m in south east England, so you know: in Brentwood, obviously.

And, for the most part?   We’ve had a mild winter period.

Well … apart from the humungous amounts of wind we’ve had.

Last night, though, while I was watching The Strain?

It started snowing.

Oh, it didn’t settle: thankfully.

But … ?

But, this morning, I’ve woken up and got out of bed in the strong awareness that it’s cold.

Cold enough to seriously ramp up the heating, for the first time in a while.

Speaking personally … ?

I’m freezing … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 15th February, 1946, saw the formal dedication of ENIAC: the world’s first general purpose computer.   It was based at which US state’s University?
Q2) More to the point, what did the ‘E’ stand for, in ENIAC?
Q3) British coinage was completely decimalized: on 15th February, 1971.   Up until it was decimalized, one pound was worth how many pennies?
Q4) 15th February, 1879, saw President Rutherford Hayes pass the law that allowed female what to argue in front of the US Supreme Court?
Q5) The first draft of the human genome was published: on 15th February,  2001.   How many pairs of chromosomes do humans have: 22, 23 or 24?
Q6) Finally … 15th February, 1883, saw the birth of author, Sax Rohmer.   His most famous creation was the villainous Dr whom?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 14th February is Saint Valentine’s Day.   One of the Saint Valentines celebrated, today, is Saint Valentine of where: Rome, Milan or Naples?
A1) Rome.
Q2) He’s also the patron saint of what: shepherds, bee keepers or cowherds?
Q3) His relics are — apparently — in an oratory in which English city?
A3) Birmingham.   (There’s ALSO a Catholic church in the Gorbals, in Glasgow, that claims to house them.)
Q4) The Valentine restaurant chain are based in which country: Australia, the UK or Canada?
A4) Canada.   In Quebec, to be exact.
Q5) The Sheik, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse and The Eagle all starred whom?
Q6) If you’re listening to the 2013 song, Valentine’s Day, you’re listening to a song by who: Motorhead, David Bowie or Earth Wind and Fire?
Q7) Rock band, My Bloody Valentine, come from which country of the British Isles?
A7) Ireland.
Q8) The Man in Black, the Black Guardian and Deep Thought.   Which British actor played all three?
Q9) Who played Shirley Valentine, in the 1989 film of the same name?
Q10) Bassist and writer, Gary Lachman, used the stage name, Gary Valentine.   Under that name, he helped found which New York based band?
A10) Blondie.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Difficulties are just things to overcome after all.”

Ernest Shackleton, 15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922.
And, given it’s Ali Campbell’s birthday, this song … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Well, yeah, there’s THAT, Olga … but did I ever introduce you to Law 3 … ?   (I know what I meant to ask, Olga, and it strikes me you’d possibly know.   I’m told there’s an old Spanish custom of given a loved one a book on Saint Georges Day: how much truth is there, in that … ?)

†        Debbi, any kind of stalker at all would be interesting!   (But, yeah, you’re right: and in the job I’m in, I’m very aware we get a lot of teenagers in.   We do try and be careful … )


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Q2) Electronic
Q3) 240
Q4) Attorneys
Q5) 23
Q6) Fu Manchu
It is indeed freezing. I'm keeping fingers crossed it doesn't get worse as I have to leave the country on Friday and have to make my way to Liverpool (John Lennon) airport.
Oh, it's not an old Spanish Custom, it's a Catalan custom. For St Jordi (St George's as it is also the patron saint of Catalonia) roses and books are bought and given as presents. Bookshops and florist have stalls on the streets and writers usually sign books for people and the books are given at a discount. Now it has become the day of the book to commemorate the death of Cervantes (in theory Shakespeare and Cervantes died the same day, although there's an issue of different calendars being used in England and Spain, but well, let's forget about that)... It's a lovely tradition and one of my favourite days...

Debbi said...

Good idea there! :)

1. Pennsylvania
2. Electronic
3. 240
4. attorneys
5. 23
6. Fu-Manchu