Questions for March 2017

Still staggering along. Now and then I find some new material. Have a go, post a sarky comment!

1. When they wind up the clockwork clock at the Houses of Parliament (whose hour bell is named “Big Ben”) what source of the correct time, if any, do they check it against?

2. What was the highlight of the 1894 London stage production of Ben Hur?

3. Cats come in various colour schemes. What colour cat was preferred by the Vikings?

4. What did Thomas Edison irrationally fear?

5. Which country burns the most firewood per head of population?

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5 comments

  1. Please Dr Bob or whoever, tell me it isn’t really ‘The late Dr Bob’s Answers –…’ but Dr Bob’s late answers’

    ==> Yes that is right. Dr Bob still exists, albeit burdened by existential despair and posts mundanities on his blog every couple of days http://www.stevethings.wordpress.com

  2. The late Dr Bob’s Answers –

    1. They phone 1194 and check the speaking clock.

    2. The final chariot race was done live on a revolving stage, with real horses plunging toward the audience.

    3. Orange. A prevalence of orange cats has been noted anywhere where Vikings have been.

    4. Edison was afraid of the dark.

    5. Bhutan, of all places. They are using more firewood than they can produce.

  3. 1. When they wind up the clockwork clock at the Houses of Parliament (whose hour bell is named “Big Ben”) what source of the correct time, if any, do they check it against?

    Simply asked a German tourist if they knew the time. If they didn’t it was “Vee haff vays und means of making you tock”.

    2. What was the highlight of the 1894 London stage production of Ben Hur?

    It certainly wasn’t the ticket charges being the same as Australia’s. Top West End show London – under 40 quid. Same show Australia $250 PLUS.

    3. Cats come in various colour schemes. What colour cat was preferred by the Vikings?

    A trick question this Dr Bob. Everyone knows vikings only ever used monohulls (think about it)

    4. What did Thomas Edison irrationally fear?

    He was profoundly deaf. He feared Oscar Wilde’s “There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about” might refer to him.

    5. Which country burns the most firewood per head of population?

    North Korea. If Kim Jong-Il says we burn the most firewood, then we burn the most firewood.

  4. 1) Hammer Time! Dun-dun-dun-dun! De-dun! De-dun! YOU CAIN’T TOUCH THIS! Actually, it’s likely to be the talking clock on the phone.

    2) Charlton Heston? He was young enough at the time. Actually, all the London theatres were going through a stage (Ha! See what I did there?) of installing complicated props and machinery for special effects. So let me guess: A chariot race with real horses on treadmils?

    3) Edible. I suspect there weren’t a lot of thin Vikings on those loooooooooooong sea voyages.

    4) Scientists. He wasn’t one himself just a patent-stealer, and he was exceedingly dark on smarter people like Nikky Tesla.

    5) …which countries burn firewood on their heads?? Is this some sort of hold-my-beer-and-watch-this Finnish notion of fun??

  5. 1. By the train arrivals in Italy. I thought I’d get in quick, before someone else says it.

    2. It was the origin of the movie and stage cliche where a flaming wheel passes by after some transport is destroyed.

    3. Evening glow

    4. That someone would steal his ideas

    5. Antarctica. Divide by zero error.

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