Questions for April-May 2017

1. Who was the director of the British MI6 who pointed out that semen made a good invisible ink for use by spies?

2. When James Dodson, at the age of 47, found that life insurance was available only for persons up to age 45, he decided to start his own insurance scheme that catered for all ages. Why didn’t it go ahead?

3. What was unusual about F.D.C.Willard, FRSC – who co-wrote a paper on low temperature physics with Professor Jack Hetherington?

4. What was it that Mick Jagger had, of enormous size, that greatly impressed the young journalist Lola Bensky?

5. What did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II say, when someone who had not recognised her said that she looked like the Queen?

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8 comments

  1. Dr Bob’s actual answers:

    1. Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming. I can’t see what the joke about his name is … what’s funny about “Smith”?

    2. Before Dodson could get his scheme up and running, he dropped dead.

    3. F.D.C.Willard was not a human being – he was Prof Hetherington’s cat. People say a scientific paper looks better if it has more than one author. Jack Good once published jointly with someone called K.Caj Doog. My own cat has a PhD in divinity from a minor American university.

    4. His fridge. It was a very big one. Indeed, the size of Sir Michael’s refrigerator has often been the subject of comment.

    5. “How very reassuring”

  2. 1) “C” (which might stand for any number of naughty words), aka Mansfield Cummings. Hilarious as always, Dr. B.

    2) Some stupid argument in the details of the policy by the office staff caused them to withhold payment pending further investigation of the claimant. They suspected Dodson’s death was faked and that he was trying some sort of “fcam” to rip them off. Fearing a “Thif Daye To-nighte” expose, they sought refuge in slamming doors on the feet of inquisitive scribes.

    3) Willard spoke no known languages, nor could he write. Her actually disliked the cold and sought out warmer places.

    4) A pout.

    5) She said ” Thank goodness you didn’t mistake me for Phillip!”

  3. 1. You should see what else he tried first!
    2. Either he died or someone else did
    3. He was the first scientist with no vowels in his surname and he also discovered the caps lock syndrome.
    4. A pizza. Was there was a song using her name written as a consequence of this meeting?
    5. a I could tell you who I am but I’d have to kill you.
    b I have just had a great idea for a plot. Maybe I can get some money for it if I make it part of the Star Wars saga. Just change my hats to hair-dos.

  4. 1. Who was the director of the British MI6 who pointed out that semen made a good invisible ink for use by spies?

    So that’s why he was called “M”. (snigger)

    2. When James Dodson, at the age of 47, found that life insurance was available only for persons up to age 45, he decided to start his own insurance scheme that catered for all ages. Why didn’t it go ahead?

    Insurance salesmen, politicians, car dealers and estate agents – as my old Dad was wont to say “The only occupations whose members could crawl under a snake’s belly whilst wearing a top hat”

    3. What was unusual about F.D.C.Willard, FRSC – who co-wrote a paper on low temperature physics with Professor Jack Hetherington?

    Willard to Jack. This research is like really cool man…”

    4. What was it that Mick Jagger had, of enormous size, that greatly impressed the young journalist Lola Bensky?

    His quiet unassuming modesty.

    5. What did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II say, when someone who had not recognised her said that she looked like the Queen?

    Guards ! Seize him ! (always wanted to say that !)

  5. I wish, I wish … but sorry George, it fell off the radar. I try to approve all posting within 12 hours.

  6. What happened to my ramblings Dr. Bob ? All too rude to pass muster?

  7. !. Herman Melville, whose obsession with sperm didn’t stop with his moby dick.

    2. His planned Equitable Life Assurance company was lost following a hostile takeover by the Ironic Karma Corporation.

    3. He often deposited dead mice at the door of the lab and never learned to type.

    4. His ego, teapot and brown sugar bowl.

    5. “Which one, Freddie, Roger, Brian or John?”

  8. 1. Who was the director of the British MI6 who pointed out that semen made a good invisible ink for use by spies?
    A1. Retired Admiral Horatio Hornblower who, unsurprisingly, had been practising for years.

    2. When James Dodson, at the age of 47, found that life insurance was available only for persons up to age 45, he decided to start his own insurance scheme that catered for all ages. Why didn’t it go ahead?
    A2. He changed his life’s work from life insurance to righting wrongs affecting Aboriginal people. His sons Mick and Patrick vowed to carry on James’s cause – which they did (and still do) most successfully.

    3. What was unusual about F.D.C.Willard, FRSC – who co-wrote a paper on low temperature physics with Professor Jack Hetherington?
    A3. His wife was frigid.

    4. What was it that Mick Jagger had, of enormous size, that greatly impressed the young journalist Lola Bensky?
    A4. His bank account.

    5. What did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II say, when someone who had not recognised her said that she looked like the Queen?
    A5. “Thank you, but most people mistake me for Max Gillies.”

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