Questions for Sept/Oct 2016

I’m travelling a lot these days and will have to end this quiz soon, after 20 years!! but I will soon put up a “Best of” compilation of a few of the earlier questions that got the best sarcastic answers. (I remember promising to do that 15 years ago, in August 2001). So here are some picture questions until I get home … witty comments are welcome.


1. This is Leonardo’s idea for a tank. What’s wrong with it?


2. These men are, would you believe, looking for a job. What job?


3. What does this device do?


4. This is a list. What are the items listed?


5. These are post-war Germans in Berlin. What are they looking for?

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5 comments

  1. Dr Bob has returned, and these are the answers:

    1. Leonardo’s idea for a tank – Look at the cranskshaft that drives the wheels – it would drive them in opposite directions. Actually, the Swedish Army had a 20th-century tank that did this, in order to dig itself into the muddy ground and present a lower profile when being shot at, but Leonardo’s would have been human-powered.

    2. Men looking for a job – painting the Brooklyn Bridge. They were made to walk along the main cable in this way, to see if they were at ease when working at heights. Any men who fell off, did not get the job.

    3. Filing-cabinet-like device – this is … put your coffee down before you read on .. this is a German device for copying homeopathic remedies. It’s like a photocopier – you put in a bottle of the remedy and a bottle of water, press the button and using orgone principles it copies all the woo across into the water. Of course it’d be dangerous to forget to put in the remedy bottle, as the resulting copied water would be far too potentised.

    4. What are the items on the list – Papal indulgences. If you need a big one, it costs more. It must depend on what you’ve done. But as you see, the Pope can be very indulgent.

    5. Post-war Berliners in the Tiergarten – they are looking for acorns, which can be used to make coffee. Actually Berlin is more prosperous than this now.

  2. 1. This is Leonardo’s idea for a tank. What’s wrong with it?

    – Wooden wheels, wooden hull, wooden gears – no wonder it ‘wooden go’.

    2. These men are, would you believe, looking for a job. What job?

    – Just learning the ropes…hee hee

    3. What does this device do?

    – It’s my letterbox full of this year’s Christmas presents. (Expensive bottles of booze mainly)

    4. This is a list. What are the items listed?

    – Obviously the list of TVs and DVRs that ‘universal (ahem)’ remote controls are supposed to work with. ie ZERO. Has anyone ever got one of those gadgets to work? GROWL.

    5. These are post-war Germans in Berlin. What are they looking for?

    – Schweinhunds! “Ve haff vays und means of making you tock”!

  3. 1. It works better when the wheels contact the ground rather than the air, although in the latter case they are much easier to move without the help of an engine.

    2. Painters.

    3. Cold Storage for IVF. Works best with the door closed.

    4. Black market list for copies of Dead Sea Scrolls.

    5. Answers. Choosing Hitler to lead the country wasn’t the right one.

  4. 1. When the Americans built an operating version, they had to have an elite, trustworthy group of people to drive it. Hence, you can bank on the yank tank crank rank, You’re welcome.
    2. a) string pluckers for an ultra-bass harp.
    b) testing various approaches to ‘how can you use a barometer to measure the height of a bridge’
    c) the application called for a re-view of the city.
    Must be one of these
    3. Whatever it was supposed to do, it didn’t.
    4. When scrolls were converted to books, there were a lot left over.
    5. One of these holes must be deep enough to go to China, where we’ll be far away from the pesky communists.

  5. 1. For every non-traction there is an equal and opposite non-traction. And it’s too small for soldiers.

    2. Early model crash test dummies for “please follow the straight line” drink driver testing.

    3. It is the work station where Kate Bush composed the song/video for “Cloudbusting”

    4. First mail order catalogue for “Ladies Therapeutic Massager and Anti-Hysteria Wands”

    5. Pokemons or squirrel droppings.

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