You’ve probably worked out I like history, hadn’t you … ?
Oh, you hadn’t … ? Pay attention at the back, there … !
At ANY rate, I’m fond of history: even if I’m no expert student of it.
One thing that does catch my attention is scientific history: childhood interest, what can I tell you?
So when the BBC does a documentary about the history of measurement — I’ve got episode two of Precision on, in the background — you can bet I’d be recording it, to watch later.
Fascinating stuff: did you know there’s a direct mathematical relationship between the amount of the amount of electricity going through a wire, and the amount of weight place on the tray hooked up to those wires … ? The more the current the heavier the object.
Ever wondered how the weighing machines at your local supermarket work? The ones at the till … ? The ones they’ve just weighed your cabbages with … ? Now you know …
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with getting four and a half out of five*, she also let us know she has a cartoons/animation board on Pinterest†. It also saw Trevor putting up some of the speculation he’d encountered — during a long career programming — as to what IBM ACTUALLY stood for.
Let’s see how she — or possibly they — do with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) 18th June, 1264, saw the first recorded meeting of which country’s Parliament … ?
Q2) 18th June — in 1812 — saw the start of the War Of 1812: between the USA and where … ?
Q3) 18th June, 1873, saw Susan B. Anthony fined $100: for attempting to do what … ?
Q4) 18th June, 1830, saw France invade which North Africa country … ?
Q5) And finally … 18th June, 1178, saw five Canterbury based monks observe the Giordano Bruno crater being formed: where is that crater … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th June, 1900, saw Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts: in the Chinese city of Tianjin. During which Rebellion … ?A1) The Boxer Rebellion.
Q2) Talking of which … 17th June, 1953: during an uprising, Soviet troops were called into which East German city … ?A2) East Berlin.
Q3) 17th June, 1967, saw which Far Eastern country announce it had successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon … ?A3) The People’s Republic of China.
Q4) 17th June, 1980, saw the UK Government announce that US missiles would sited at two RAF bases in the UK. Which RAF bases … ?A4) RAF Greenham Common and RAF Molesworth.
Q5) And FINALLY … 17th June, 1944, saw which country declare independence … ?A5) Iceland.
I’ll leave you with this point from Isabella Rossellini …
“I am much more radical in my beliefs than my products represent me to be.”Isabella Rossellini, born 18 June 1952.
And with this tune from birthday boy, Paul McCartney …
Enjoy your day …
* Actually, Debbi, it was RAF Greenham Common …
† I’ll have to check that out, at some point, Debbi! Pinky And The Brain was one of the funniest things I saw on TV … ! (Apparently, Pinky’s supposed to be a cockney. I’ll be tactful, Debbi, his accent’s not convincing … )