Friday’s answers

Andrei and J Bloggs posed the questions, and very interesting they were too.

For that they get my thanks and should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual bunch of sweet peas by leaving the answers below.

UPDATE: Teletext also posed questions and earned a virtual bunch of sweet peas for doing so.

4 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    (1 ) Who sometimes believed “six impossible things before breakfast” from what literary work was it taken and who was the author

    The Red Queen from Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    (2) What is “phlogiston”

    There was a theory that postulated combustion was caused by an called “phlogiston” which was given up in the process of burning

    Much work was done on this theory, the science was settled as they say now-a-days, but the theory eventually fell over in the face of new facts and was replaced

    (3) In Spanish you’ld say disparates
    in French “balivernes”
    in Italian “balivernes”
    and Russian “ерунда (yerunda)”

    to get a point write it it in English


    (4) In what book was Billy Pilgrim the protagonist and who wrote it

    Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Junior

    (5) Is your body physiologically sensitive to a 0.7 °C change in temperature? i.e. are you physically aware of a rise or fall in temperature of this magnitude?

    Following Ele’s format this week, this was intended to be an open question with no correct answer but one to raise enquiry into whether the supposed rise of the “average global temperature of 0.7 °C over the past century actually means anything at all.


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) What botanical category definition includes bananas, pumpkins and kiwifruit, but excludes strawberries, raspberries and blackberries?

    The Berry

    2) How was the four way dispute in sovereignty between Britian, the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, France and Spain over Graham Island in 1831 eventually brought to an end?

    Graham Island, which had formed during an eruption in July 1831, was composed of loose tephra, which was quickly eroded by the tides once the eruption ceased. By December 1831, the entire island had disappeared back beneath the surface of the Mediterranian Sea. Should it reappear, it would most likely be in Italian territory

    3) What do San Marino, Lesotho and the Vatican City all have in common, and why is Monaco different?

    They are all Enclaves – autonomous states which are completely enclosed by another state (Italy in the case of San Marino and the Vatican, South Africa in the case of Lesotho). Monaco is not considered to be a true enclave as it is coastal, and thus not completely enclosed.

    4) What is the claim to fame of Emilio Marcos Palma?

    He was the first person to be born on the Antarctic mainland

    5) What is unique about Bir Tawil?

    It is the only piece of habitable Terra Nullius (land unclaimed by any sovereign entity) known to exist. The only other current are parts of Antarctica.


  3. Teletext says:

    Ele, I listed questions as well

    1. Terence Alan Milligan, born in Ahmednagar India on April 16, 1918, was the son of an Irish born soldier serving in the British Army and an English mother. During WW2 he served in the Royal Artillery and later wrote 6 books on his war memoirs. What was the title of the first book?

    Adolph Hitler, My Part in His Downfall

    2. What was the title of the 5th book in the series and what was the “sub title” or reason for writing it?

    Where have all the Bullets Gone. In response to pressing demand from the Inland Revenue

    3. What was the title of the 6th book and “sub title” did it have.

    Goodbye Soldier. The sixth and absolutely, utterly, completely the last volume of the war memoirs for the time being.

    4. In his first book there is a reference to “Armageddon”. What did Milligan and his fellow troops think that this meant?

    One night during training before being shipped overseas, they came upon one of their sentries (a committed christian) doing something he shouldn’t have. They surprised him and he took off shouting “Armageddon” which they took to mean “Arm a geddon out of here”.

    5. In 1960 he took up Irish citizenship through his father’s lineage. Why?

    In early 1960 the British Government changed the law which meant that he, and others in the same circumstance were no longer British subjects. They could, however, apply for citizenship but they had to swear allegiance to the queen and pay 55 pounds. His response was that he had fought for Britain so stuff them.

    Well done Andrei on this and the first question


  4. homepaddock says:

    Teletext – apologies, you did and stumped me with questions 2 -5. Enjoy the virtual flowers.


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