November questions – please have a god – or better still and correctly typed, have a GO – and send sarcastic answers as a comment.
- When Europeans in wooden ships first appeared to Inuit living on the Greenland coast, one of them (Inuit that is) asked “Who are you, what are you, where do you come from, is it from the sun or the moon?” What was unusual in the way he asked it?
- What do Lego, cockroaches and Keith Richards have in common?
- Count the number of crimps around the metal cap of a beer bottle; there will usually be 21 or 23 of them. (I conducted a proper scientific survey, which was great fun but I found I was unable to write up the results). The number would have to be between about 15 and 30 for engineering reasons, but why 21 or 23?
- Of which mid 20th-century musician was it said that “Nobody has ever reproduced the casual devastating right hand syncopation, which so delicately synchronised with deft left hand chord fingering”
- In the 13 extant examples of his signature, how did William Shakespeare spell his surname?