Questions for May 2015

Sorry a few days late, I was whooping it up in Sydney … here they are for this month, very British and one Czech.  Czech it out … Feel free to post witty/sarcastic answers as comments.

  1. On the Beatles’ first record, backing Tony Sheridan in Hamburg – why were they called the Beat Brothers instead of Beatles?
  2. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) began in Britain in 1958; its Aldermaston marches and rallies attracted many thousands of protesters in the 1960s but steadily declined to only about 200 people, before a huge resurgence in the Reagan/Thatcher era of the 1980s. However the 1972 rally attracted 10,000 people – what was the big issue?
  3. Why is rowing (in a boat) said to be a typically British sport?
  4. What is measured in units of magnitudes per square arc-second?
  5. Bohumil Hrabal tells the story of two identical twins, Ludvicek and Vincek, one of whom drowned in the bathub at the age of a few months, and they were not sure which one it was so they flipped a coin and decided it was Ludvicek. Vincek grew up not sure if he might really be Ludvicek … how did he deal with this?
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  1. Dr Bob’s Real Answers –

    (1) Because “peetle” in Hamburg dialect denotes a certain part of the male anatomy. The band name would have sounded like “Tony Sheridan and His Penises”, leading to stampedes in record shops, etc.

    (2) The march ended with a concert by Hawkwind. (no wonder there was no need for atomic bombs)

    (3) Because you face backwards while doing it. And, only people from Oxford or Cambridge are allowed to do it.

    (4) The brightness of areas of the night sky

    (5) He kept wondering if he was really not himself but the other twin, and was therefore wandering around in the afterlife. He became depressed – as I surely will, in the afterlife – he took to drink, fell into the local river and drowned.

  2. 1. It was the era of the so called beat generation. The Beatles were on the road in Hamburg, so my guess is that the abbreviated name is a homage to Jack Kerouac.
    2. People were sucked in by the April Fools Day announcement that the Beatles would be reforming for the concert at the end of the rally. They got Hawkwind instead.
    3. The competitors are sitting down, facing backwards, avoiding physical contact with the water beneath and taking orders from their cox. How much more British can you get?
    4. The IQ of creationists.
    5. Babies. one of whom was already dead, flipping coins? He drowned in the backyard pool, or as the coroner put it as a result of an act of god.

  3. Q2. Is this related to the famous incident of the affair of the radiation leak in dairy country and the subsequent increase of the reported (as distinct from actual) national milk yield?

    Q4. Well astronomers never use SI units if they can help it, can they? Angstroms instead of nanometres to measure wavelengths of light, Janksys as (from memory) 10^-38 watts per square metre per Hertz – like who else would even want to know that? And interestingly of all scientists, astronomers are most heavily respresented in the disbelievers of AGW (that’s Alleges Global Warming), aka So-Called Climate Change. And why? I think I have the answer. Because of all the scientists who feed at the research grant trough, astronomers alone have studied climate on other planets. And realize that Climate Change is a tautology. Climate is ALWAYS changing. Climate without change is as absurd as evolution without change. End rant mode.

    Q5. Well, if it happened at the age of only a few months, and if even his parents didn’t know, then, like, who cares? If he had any sense as an adult, then he would have built a brige and got over it, and never concerned himself with it again. LIfe’s too short to wonder about who I might have been. I also wonder why his parents told him at all. What gain was there in that?

  4. 1. They heard that in Australia they pay less tax if they form a family trust. Then they found it’s only in Australia, so they’d get less money than they thought. Hence Beat-less.
    2. Only forty more years till the end of the world.
    3. Everyone else rows in the water.
    4. Just a minute, Isn’t it a matter of degree? In SI units it would be gigamagnitudes per square radian.
    5. Just to be sure he was right, he changed his name to cek. To make sure it didn’t happen again, he invented the cek list.

  5. 1.On the Beatles’ first record, backing Tony Sheridan in Hamburg – why were they called the Beat Brothers instead of Beatles?

    Whoever would have guessed their first record was called “Backing Tony Sheridan in Hamburg”? Catchy title mind.

    2.The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) began in Britain in 1958; its Aldermaston marches and rallies attracted many thousands of protesters in the 1960s but steadily declined to only about 200 people, before a huge resurgence in the Reagan/Thatcher era of the 1980s. However the 1972 rally attracted 10,000 people – what was the big issue?

    Angry protester to sign-writer cowering in fear.
    “Idiot I told you to paint BAN the Bomb, not BANG the Bomb” !

    3.Why is rowing (in a boat) said to be a typically British sport?

    Because it’s the only sport that covers the sandals with socks !

    4.What is measured in units of magnitudes per square arc-second?

    Sounds like something the writers of Star Trek would use so’s Jean-Luc Picard wouldn’t get lost.

    5.Bohumil Hrabal tells the story of two identical twins, Ludvicek and Vincek, one of whom drowned in the bathub at the age of a few months, and they were not sure which one it was so they flipped a coin and decided it was Ludvicek. Vincek grew up not sure if he might really be Ludvicek … how did he deal with this?

    Had himself cloned of course. Problem sorted !

  6. Q1.On the Beatles’ first record, backing Tony Sheridan in Hamburg – why were they called the Beat Brothers instead of Beatles?
    A1. Because it took them a while to realise they were not, in fact, brothers. They changed their name to Beatles later.

    Q2.The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) began in Britain in 1958; its Aldermaston marches and rallies attracted many thousands of protesters in the 1960s but steadily declined to only about 200 people, before a huge resurgence in the Reagan/Thatcher era of the 1980s. However the 1972 rally attracted 10,000 people – what was the big issue?
    A2. Aldermaston is a long way from Canberra but the marchers decided to have a big rally in support of Gough Whitlam, then the Oz Opposition Leader, because Gough & his chums were generally anti-American & anti-nuclear. And it worked – Gough was elected on 2 December that same year with his fervent anti-nuclearite Jim Cairns then enjoying more power than he ever imagined.

    Q3.Why is rowing (in a boat) said to be a typically British sport?
    A3. Well, something had to be. Other than Tory MP sex romps, that is.

    Q4.What is measured in units of magnitudes per square arc-second?
    A4. But aren’t arcs a sort of roundish semicircularish shape, Dr Bob? If so, how can an arc-second possibly be square? This is one of your trick questions, unless, of course, you are thinking of Orcs and then misspelled it.

    Q5.Bohumil Hrabal tells the story of two identical twins, Ludvicek and Vincek, one of whom drowned in the bathub at the age of a few months, and they were not sure which one it was so they flipped a coin and decided it was Ludvicek. Vincek grew up not sure if he might really be Ludvicek … how did he deal with this?
    A5. Vincek, if indeed that was he, migrated to America and changed his name to the plainest moniker he could think of, viz. Joseph Smith. Poor renamed Vincek then discovered he had to found a religion and marry lots of women if he was to survive successfully in the New World. He lived happily ever after, at least until he was bumped off aged just 38. Vale Vincek…

  7. 1. As a long time Coleoptera nuciferous, I will let your pet pupils get special treatment, once again, for stating the bleedin’ obvious.
    2. It was the alpha version of the beta Big Issue magazine.
    3. Looking backwards while trying to go forwards? Or just another example of the Poms pinching an old sport and claiming it as their own. (I do guess you know).
    4. The body-fluid displacement area when a Beiber is ejected under standard pressure/temperature.
    5. He went to Las Vegas to study the difference between odds and probability. And got married in the Little Elvis Chapel.

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