Questions for April 2015

Yes I know it is April 1, but here they are for this month.  Feel free to post witty/sarcastic answers as comments – I’ll try to moderate them quickly. A sort of theme: TIME

  1. The Norse god Odin had the power to see into the future. What was his attitude and personality like?
  2. What proportion of Time Capsules are lost without trace?
  3. If you were incarcerated in the UK’s high-security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor, but nevertheless you had retained enough sanity to try to escape, and to organise that properly … when would be a good time of the week to make your dash for freedom?
  4. It takes 150 years to grow a decent oak tree, and in 1829 the Swedish Government foresaw a severe shortage of oak trees for building naval ships;. They therefore planted a new oak forest, at Visingso. What happened to it?
  5. Pitcairn Island, much troubled lately with under-age malarkey, was first sighted by Midshipman Pitcairn on 1, 2, or 3 July 1767 – and then promptly lost again, due to the ship’s captain not knowing where he was. Or, apparently, what day it was. How old was Midshipman Pitcairn at that time?
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  1. THE LATE Dr BOB’s ANSWERS –

    1. One of the principal attributes of Odin was that he was always very gloomy.

    2. 70%

    3. Well, they test the sirens at 10am on Mondays. And, as was pointed out, that’d be tea break time.

    4. 150 years later, in 1980, the Forestry Department wrote to the Navy to report that the oak trees were now ready for harvesting.

    5. He’d just turned 15

  2. 1.The Norse god Odin had the power to see into the future. What was his attitude and personality like?

    Very unpredictable.

    2.What proportion of Time Capsules are lost without trace?

    Better ask Odin about that one.

    3.If you were incarcerated in the UK’s high-security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor, but nevertheless you had retained enough sanity to try to escape, and to organise that properly … when would be a good time of the week to make your dash for freedom?

    Melbourne Cup Week. Just tell the doc you’re feeling a “little hoarse…” and need some fresh air.

    4.It takes 150 years to grow a decent oak tree, and in 1829 the Swedish Government foresaw a severe shortage of oak trees for building naval ships;. They therefore planted a new oak forest, at Visingso. What happened to it?

    Once they discovered just how steel-hulled ships, they decided oak trees “wooden” be necessary any more.

    5.Pitcairn Island, much troubled lately with under-age malarkey, was first sighted by Midshipman Pitcairn on 1, 2, or 3 July 1767 – and then promptly lost again, due to the ship’s captain not knowing where he was. Or, apparently, what day it was. How old was Midshipman Pitcairn at that time?

    The only people who could answer that were the captain, Master Bates, and Roger the cabin boy…

  3. 1. Very positive. He saw that connections had cunningly disguised the form of the noble beast Wotan (another form of the the Odin identity).in the 1936 Melbourne Cup. Only the gods or the desperate could have backed him at 100-1, so Odin had a nice little result.
    2. 100% of the ones that are lost are lost without trace, or else we would find them.
    3. When you’ve been let out for the day and the guard has a toilet break. But running down the road whilst chained to a table is a bit of a giveaway.
    4. Visingso is an island. Before the planting could mature, they ran out of wood suitable for shipbuilding, so the burgeoning forest grew unrestrained until the arrival of the first metal boat in 1885.
    5. He didn’t know where the international dateline was either, so he could have been either 15 or 16. That new fangled chronometer thingy was to blame; it wouldn’t catch on.

  4. Q1.The Norse god Odin had the power to see into the future. What was his attitude and personality like?
    A1. Lousy attitude; worse personality. Not unlike every other god, including God. All gods should be in Broadmoor.

    Q2.What proportion of Time Capsules are lost without trace?
    A2. Zero. All leave some trace; it’s just that most people don’t know (or care) where that trace is, so your question should relate to time capsules lost with trace. Except for time capsules buried in Broadmoor.

    Q3.If you were incarcerated in the UK’s high-security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor, but nevertheless you had retained enough sanity to try to escape, and to organise that properly … when would be a good time of the week to make your dash for freedom?
    A3. This question drove me nuts.

    Q4.It takes 150 years to grow a decent oak tree, and in 1829 the Swedish Government foresaw a severe shortage of oak trees for building naval ships;. They therefore planted a new oak forest, at Visingso. What happened to it?
    A4. Tony Orlando tied yellow ribbons around each of the 100 oak trees in the Swedish forest in 1973, very close to their 150th anniversary. The chronicles are silent regarding the trees’ subsequent fate, although some claim they were shipped to England to become the hearts of naval ships. Why one would want a heart of oak for a naval ship, or jolly tars for its men, is a matter that only the English could hope to understand. Perhaps that’s why so many are in Broadmoor.

    Q5.Pitcairn Island, much troubled lately with under-age malarkey, was first sighted by Midshipman Pitcairn on 1, 2, or 3 July 1767 – and then promptly lost again, due to the ship’s captain not knowing where he was. Or, apparently, what day it was. How old was Midshipman Pitcairn at that time?
    A5. He wasn’t old at that time; he was young (as midshipmen tend to be). By the way, Dr Bob, it is a little known fact that Midn Pitcairn was labelled Midn Shitcairn by his less-than-impressed subordinate – and insubordinate – shipmates aboard their good ship ‘Venus’. He was not a nice lad, although sensitive, and became so distressed that he eventually wound up in Broadmoor.

  5. 1. Not a hela-va lot is known about this lo ki character. A mean spirited man with a wodin heart and an icy demeanour that never thored out. His wife often complained “Frigg him, he never lets his as-gard down except when he gets on the spirits at the Valhalla pub and gets hammered”.

    2. We can’t ever know if they disappear without a trace, elementary My dear Bobson.

    3. When you are on day work at the prison farm. Get your imaginary friends to distract the guards with a rousing rendition of a good loud hymn such as “We plow the Fields and Scatter”.

    4. It was acquired by the Tunguska Corporation of Siberia to remediate the deforestation caused by the worlds first, disastrous, attempt at oil exploration by comet.

    5. If the “loss” of the island was due to the inaccurate timepieces aboard some of HMS Deathtraps of the era, then perhaps the good midshipman’s birthday was also indeterminate.
    A moveable feast, a bit like Easter (Island).

  6. Dr Bob, I had a really quick go but to be honest I had nothing in the vault for this one. Poor Odin. I feel his burden. I can see into the future too and for the next 18 months it’s hell. But I liked the questions, and I’m interested to know the answer to the Broadmoor one (might need it one day, right?) Have a happy Easter. I’m going on an Easter egg hunt.

  7. 1. The Norse god Odin had the power to see into the future. What was his attitude and personality like? Curmudgeonly–that’s only a suspicion. I’d be a bit peeved if I could see the future and knew we were going to elect Tony Abbott. 2. What proportion of Time Capsules are lost without trace? 95 per cent. My primary school’s time capsule is marked with a plaque, so it can’t be 100 per cent. But, to be honest, why measure this? Who cares about time capsules? They’re full of lame things that won’t work in the future. 3. If you were incarcerated in the UK’s high-security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor, but nevertheless you had retained enough sanity to try to escape, and to organise that properly … when would be a good time of the week to make your dash for freedom? Afternoon tea time on a Sunday. Everything stops when there is a brew and a cake on the table–or is that just at my place? 4. It takes 150 years to grow a decent oak tree, and in 1829 the Swedish Government foresaw a severe shortage of oak trees for building naval ships;. They therefore planted a new oak forest, at Visingso. What happened to it? Odin foresaw that not much shipbuilding would be happening 150 years from 1829. It was destroyed as surplus to requirements and turned into toothpicks for the supporting cast of mafia movies and TV shows in America. 5. Pitcairn Island, much troubled lately with under-age malarkey, was first sighted by Midshipman Pitcairn on 1, 2, or 3 July 1767 – and then promptly lost again, due to the ship’s captain not knowing where he was. Or, apparently, what day it was. How old was Midshipman Pitcairn at that time? He was either 41, 42 or 43. He also didn’t know what year it was.

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