Monday, 11 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 11-7-2016

Right … 

That’s what a good night’s sleep feels like … ?

I might just give up: given I’ve woken up, this morning, feeling … 

Well, feeling as if an extra half an hour in bed wouldn’t hurt!

Still … 

It’s a Monday.

Which means, of course, that it’s time for I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, this evening.


I’m looking forward to that.

I just hope there’s a round of Mornington Crescent.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video

Q1) 11th July, 1889, saw the founding of the city of Tijuana.   Tijuana is in which country?
Q2) Skylab 1 crash-landed back on Earth: on 11th July of which year of the 1970s?
Q3) Astromnomer, Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet: on 11th July, 1801.   How many periodic comets are named for him: two, three or four?
Q4) 11th July, 1991, saw MP, Terry Fields, sentenced to sixty days in prison.   For refusing to pay what?
Q5) Finally … the discovery of Styx was announced: on 11th July, 2012.   Styx is a moon of where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 10th July saw the launch of the original Telstar satellite.   In which year of the 1960s?
A1) 1962.
Q2) The satellite was launched by whom: NASA, AT&T or the GPO?
Q3) The satellite was owned by whom: NASA, AT&T or the GPO?
A3) AT&T.
Q4) Telstar, itself, is roughly what shape: cube shaped, ovoid or spherical?
A4) Spherical.
Q5) Geosynchronous orbits are ones where the satellite is stationary: over one place on Earth.   Was/is Telstar in a geosynchronous orbit?
A5) No.
Q6) Was Telstar in a circular, or elliptic, orbit?
A6) An elliptic orbit.
Q7) Because of its orbit, Telstar could only send signals when it was over what: the Pacific, Atlantic or Arctic?
A7) The Atlantic.
Q8) The satellite received control signals through an antenna at its top.   What shape was that antenna: mast-shaped, helical or horn-shaped?
A8) Helical.
Q9) Telstar’s signals were received by a US station in Maine, and a  French station in Pleumeur-Bodou.   Where was the UK’s receiving station?
A9) In Cornwall: at the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station usually called Goonhilly Downs.   (The first satellite receiver at the Downs — known as Arthur — is now a listed monument.)
Q10) Finally … is Telstar still in orbit?
A10) Yes.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear.”
E. B. White, July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985.
And this tune …

Enjoy your day.

*        The Death Star, Olga‡?   I always think it looks more like R2-D2 … !

†        Could be worse, Debbi‡, we could’ve been looking at Britain’s biological weapons testing station, Porton Down.   (It’s the UK’s secret research base: you might think the NSA’s paranoid and closed mouth, but they’re village gossips, compared to the Porton Down gang.)

‡        Oh, Olga, Debbi, the US ground station antenna is horn-shaped.   The antenna built onto Telstar itself, is helical.

Horn antenna


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Actually it probably looks more like the new one... BB-8 (I had to check). Missing the little circle on top, the bonnet-eye?
Here is so hot and yesterday evening I wasn't feeling too great so I think it was like trying to sleep in a sauna...
Q1) Mexico
Q2) 1979
Q3) Three
Q4) The poll tax
Q5) Pluto
I hope today is a light day and you enjoy everything.

Debbi said...

You should see the documentary "Citizenfour" about Snowden. Very interesting and creepy! :)

1. Mexico
2. 1979
3. three (or four, if you count the one that was renamed)
4. poll tax
5. Pluto (which IS a planet, I say! :))