Answers for June 2006

WINNER this month, and for the second time –

Steve Merdith

… who was first to get Q6 right. It was a hard choice to single out a winner from the field this month, there were some good entries. Actually, I am not sure if “good” is the right word . . . There were some entries.


Question 1

What is the farthest place (on Earth) from Pitcairn Island?

Answer

Doha, Qatar – 12427 km

Additional Answers

  • Pitcairn Island, if you go all the way round.
  • 11km SW of this bit of Saudi Arabia (http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?lat=25&lon=50)
  • 25°04’N 49°54’E, which is the antipode of Pitcairn Island (25°04’S 130°06’W), is a spot in the desert in Saudi Arabia approximately 20 Km WSW of the town of Al Udayliyah. No doubt this spot feels every bit as isolated as Pitcairn Island itself
  • 59.54 E 25.04 N – gulf of Oman-ish
  • A place in the the middle of nowhere off the coast of a desert in the middle east.
  • A shelter for sexually abused young girls. [I knew that topic would come up eventually]
  • Abu Dhabi, thank you Google Earth.
  • Algeria.
  • As I see it there is this rock in the Persian Gulf about a mile off shore. I call this rock Rockopolis. Therefore it becomes a place. If I win the quiz and the prize is sufficient, I plan to build a Rock Lobster hotel there.
  • At 10.45N and 58.16E there is this town with the strange name of “We are sorry, but we don’t have maps at this zoom level for this region.” They must sell rather large envelopes there.
  • By some piece of wonderful coincidence I assume it’s probably London. If it’s not then it should be. Spiritually it’s probably NewYork – a lot less boring than Pitcairn.
  • Depends which way you go and when you are prepared to stop.
  • Everest
  • Everywhere. I once spent six weeks in the Falklands in 1982 and thought what a tropical paradise it was compared to Pitcairn. Still at least the families didn’t have the same last name. Although the most popular first name on Falklands was Baaa Baaa Ra
  • Far north European Russia
  • Germany, which explains the lack of mention of the island in any of the History Books that focus on WW2.
  • Greenland
  • Hmm, Pitcairn’s antipodes, obviously. Is that somewhere in East Africa? Nope, Saudi Arabia, more likely. Mecca? Medina? That huge island-sized amphitheatre with the big black rock around which Hajiis swirl? I mean really, who bloody cares?
  • How are you measuring farthest? Geographically? (Anchorage, AL?); Geologically? (The Sahara?); Population? (Rome?); Climate? (South Pole?); Lack of international disputes? (USA?)
  • I’d tell you if I could actually see it.
  • If you head East then it is the little jetty on Western side of the island.
  • In Saudi Arabia, near Qatar
  • In the Persian Gulf, in between Ad Dawah, and Abu Dhabi (24deg, 42min, 13sec North, 52deg, 33min, 39sec East). I would guess on an Oil Tanker. See Google Earth – I put a place marker there for you.
  • Iran
  • Istanbul
  • It might as well be here in Adelaide. The buses don’t go that far. However, surely the answer must be Iceland.
  • Margaret River, West Australia.
  • Maybe Afghanistan?
  • Mecca, both geographically and ideologically.
  • Metaphysically speaking, that would be somewhere near Archangel, if not that city itelf.
  • Monterey, California. Nice! Both beaches, but I know where I’d rather be.
  • My mind.
  • My office
  • My place is the farthest place from anywhere. I never go out. There is no point. It’s too far to anywhere. The only place farther away from here is Abu Dhabi. So that must be right.
  • No, no, no, Doctor Bob you got it back to front. It should be Question, What is the farthest place on earth? Answer, Pitcairn. Do you see how that is so much better?
  • Nriactip Dnalsi
  • Okinawa island group (Japan) is pretty close to it.
  • Phillipines
  • Pitcairn Isand is on Earth.
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Pitcairn’s location of 25 04’S, 130 06’W gives a spot at 25 04′ N, 49 54′ E as the place furthest away – a spot in the Ash Sharqiyah province of Saudi Arabia, not too far from Bahrain and Qatar. I suppose that there is also a case for Bangladesh, with a population density of more than 1000 people per sq km – that must seem a long way from Pitcairn
  • Riyadh geographically. Though both sound like they take the FUN out of fundamentalist.
  • Saudi Arabia, approximately 150km west of Qatar.
  • Somewhere near the Qatar-Saudi border if my map reading skills are not wrong
  • The best site for Pitcairn Girls’ Grammar.
  • The Black Stump
  • The Bounty mutineers would have hoped it might be England but the antipodes of Pitcairn are close enough to Al Hufuf in Saudi Arabia.
  • The brain cells of the people in the cells on Pitcairn.
  • The soul.
  • Topcairn island
  • Um, the other side of Earth?
  • Upper Spindlestani
  • Well if distance could be worked out by a speed of time, the slow walker would say the local tucker shop
  • With the only sign of life being a few desiccated dromedary turds, the farthest place (on Earth) from Pitcairn Island is an impressive field of sand dunes about 50 km SE of Al Hofuf in Saudi Arabia.

Question 2

When the Bounty mutineer Alexander Smith decided to study the Bible for guidance on how to sort out the rampant violence then occurring in the Pitcairn community, what two major problems did he immediately have to overcome?

Answers

He had no Bible, and he couldn’t read

Additional Answers

  • He was illiterate.
  • He was living alone. This was eventually solved when Edward Young turned up and read with him, word-by-word from 1 Genesis. Although Young dropped dead before reaching the New Testament, Smith had by then got himself literacy, and was able to continue reading and eventually to teach others.
  • He was an atheist
  • He went through several months of alcohol withdrawal after destroying the only still on the island
  • The Pitcairn island Bible shop had closed for the weekend due to the up-coming skeptics beer and prawn festival.
  • He only had the old testament so he went all “smite and slaughter” on them.
  • There are no provisions in the bible for murder by stuffing someone full of coconuts.
  • The only bible he had to hand was written in Spanish, while he could only read an otherwise extinct Mongolian language.
  • Lacking a common language with the other inhabitants, his communication ability was reduced to smacking the other inhabitants lightly in the face, which did little to reduce the level of violence; Since it caused him to become the focus of most violence on the island, he did have some measure of success as far as the other inhabitants were concerned.
  • Lack of literacy, and the invention of a still.
  • After he’d grown bored with the exciting stuff like rape and murder he decided to learn the Bible. 1. Only a minor problem – he had to learn to read… 2. He didn’t actually have one but had to search the wreck of the Bounty to find it.
  • Alchoholism and Illiteracy
  • Alcohol & violence by the Tahitian men (plus the minor matter that he could not read)
  • Apart from the fact that he couldn’t read? No that must be one problem. But I don’t think it is actually. I think he wanted to learn to read first and used the bible for that. Oh and that wasn’t his real name and he was pissed as a parrot.
  • Are you sure this is a good question? Oh yeah right. Well that wasn’t his real name. But well I don’t think that’s how it worked anyway. He couldn’t read. He was a drunk. Will that do? I could go on and on and on.
  • Dyslexia on his part and mass illiteracy on the part of the rest of the colony.
  • Firstly the old Bounty bible was so mouldy that one could barely read it and secondly he was illiterate.
  • He didn’t speak the local language
  • He couldn’t read (and being the only survivor off the boat, had no-one to teach him), and rampant alchoholism drinking home made hooch (always good for the neurons).
  • He couldn’t read and he did not have a bible
  • He couldn’t read and he didn’t have a bible.
  • He did not have a bible and he could not read.
  • He didn’t have a bible and he couldn’t read.
  • He didn’t have a Bible during the worst of the violence and orgies and he couldn’t read. When he found the Bible there were only two men left, himself and Edward Young. Young was dying of consumption but he taught Smith to read.
  • He didn’t have a Bible, and he couldn’t read anyway. And the Bible (which he didn’t have) was in Latin (which he couldn’t read either).
  • He had to find a bible. He had to learn to read.
  • He had to learn how to read, give up his sex life to improve his eyesight and the last bible they had the whores were pissing on (ohh no that last part was from the Life and times of Judge Roy Bean, sorry).
  • He had to learn to read and he had no Bible.
  • He was pissed as a trooper as were the rest of them and he couldn’t read. It’s true I was lazy on this one and my old mate Barry Ocker helped me out.
  • He were illiterate and illbibleate (had no bible)
  • Illiteracy and bad eyesight
  • Illiteracy, Lack of a Bible.
  • No Bible available for study. Too busy avoiding violence to read it anyway.
  • Paper cuts and who are these savages and can we still run rampant over the island with such in fighting occurring
  • Rampant violence and the fact that he is a Bounty hunter causing 50% of the violence anyway
  • That the guys who wrote the Bible had never heard of Pitcairn and the bible is a load of crap anyway. Luckily for him he was drunk so paid no attention to any of that.
  • The DTs and illiteracy
  • The fact that he couldn’t read and that he was living alone. He firstly had to win the trust of the locals, and after he was taken in by the locals, he learnt to read from the other remaining Bounty survivor, Young. Young was taken in by the locals earlier (all women and children) because he was dying of consumption.
  • The inability to read and write.
  • The only Bible that survived the mutiny was in French, and none of the mutineers spoke any French
  • The rampant violence in the Old Testament and trying to have people take him seriously while he was wearing his mutineer ears.
  • The Rampant Violence, Studying the Bible
  • The young girls resistance to acting out the “Lot’s daughters after Sodom” routine; and the dirty old men’s attempts to test the temptations of the “you shall not uncover the nakedness of . . . ” verses.
  • There was no problem. Not having a book doesn’t count as a problem if you can’t read it. Not being able to read is not a problem if you don’t have a book.
  • There was only 1 man on the island, 10 women and many children… (marriage, huh?), and he couldn’t read….
  • Well the Bible didn’t have answers for him (much like me for you). He probably tried to hit the bad boys with it but they didn’t notice. He had learned to read by then though. So that wasn’t a problem at that stage.

Question 3

Pitcairn Island became devoutly Christian some time between 1801 and 1808. What day of the week did the Pitcairners worship on?

Answer

They thought it was Sunday, but actually it was Saturday because the mutineers did not know about the International Date Line

Additional Answers

  • What they thought was Sunday. However Fletcher Christian did not realise that they had crossed the International Dateline and it was really a Saturday. This was adjusted to the correct day in 1814. When the Islanders were converted by the Seventh Day Advetists (God bless their tiny souls)in 1887, it reverted to Saturday
  • They worshipped days? If that is true, then I guess Friday, the patron god of castaways.
  • (devoutly fletcher christian?) – saturday
  • 7th day
  • a holy day
  • a new day of the week was invented, known as “Godsmostholyandrevereday” and positioned between alternate thursdays. Pitcairn Island then ran on a cycle of alternating eight and seven day weeks until a new generation decided the name of the extra day was too long and “a bit of a drag”. A satanic religion then rose to prominence for three months before sacrificing itself out of existence.
  • all day every day, and some nights
  • Anyday, every day was Sunday and Friday did all the work. The Pitcairners were really the only people to get all their work done by Friday
  • As the estimable Mr John sang: Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday…
  • Basil day, it occurs between third tuesday and second wednesday in the month of octaugovember.
  • Devout people worship The Lord every day. Or on the weekend, whatever.
  • Doctor Bob, what is this? [It’s a computer monitor with a web page on it]. They became Seventh Day Adventists MUCH later and so then worshiped on a Saturday. Before that they were C of E so would worship on a Sunday or be damned to hell. Or was it Wednesday? Or some other day with a D in it?
  • Every day is Sunday there.
  • Everyday
  • Friday
  • Friday. That way, worship services did not interfere with the weekend.
  • Hmmmm. Christians. Let me call a local church and find out.
  • I guess all of ’em if they were really devout.
  • Later on Saturday as they became 7th Day Adventists. But back then probably Sunday as they were C of E to start with. But with my great experience with this quiz I’m gonna say some day that ends in a y.
  • Like they knew what day it was? Like I know what day it is? Later, much later, Saturday.
  • Monday
  • Mondesday; it’s the devout name for Tuesday here in the earthly dominions of Bwalaria, and is always a holiday, and sunny.
  • On the Sabbath, of course, for so it was written! Ironically the whole community later converted to Seventh-Day Adventism after a missionary visited in 1886.
  • Originally they called Sunday the Sabbath, but I guess since they all converted to Seventh Day Adventism that now they would celebrate Saturday as the Sabbath.
  • Saturday
  • saturday
  • Saturday
  • Saturday
  • Saturday. Sundays are made for football.
  • Saturday?
  • Since the island is 100% Seventh Day Adventist – Saturday.
  • Sunday
  • Sunday
  • Sunday – as all good C of E’s do, except that due to an error with the date-line, it became Saturday, like all good Seventh Day Adventists do, which later became strangely convenient…
  • Sunday or Monday
  • Sunday! But of course worship had to end as soon as Bunnings opened.
  • sunday.
  • Sunday. They became Seventh Day Adventist much later and presumably shifted it to Saturday?
  • The sabbath
  • The Sabbath
  • The sabbath
  • The Sabbath
  • The Sabbath of course. Which day was the Sabbath – who knows – who cares… It’s got to be a day of interminable boredom with nothing to do.
  • They are now Seventh Day Adventists so their Sabbath is Saturday. Before that, under Smith, they worshipped every day and had a Sabbath school on Wednesday.
  • They don’t have clocks or calendars there, its too technologcially advanced for them. And they’ve only just worked out that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so i’d wait a little while longer for the answer.
  • They forgot what day it was until much later then they went for Saturday. Best I could find on Google in a few minutes.
  • Thursday, after late night shopping.
  • Thursday, because its the seventh day of the week in the French Bible
  • Thursday, because that was the only day the priest could make it.
  • Tuesdays and every other Thursday after nude bingo.
  • Wednesday
  • wednesday
  • What ever day they wanted… Those pesky English could’nt tell them what to do now, could they??? I would say Thursday.
  • They didn’t worship On at all. They worshipped the Christian god.

Question 4

How many different CDs of music from Pitcairn Island can you buy?

Answer

Only one – by Meralda Warren – but you can get it in two different covers.

Additional Answers

  • Captain be gone, by the Scurvy Fletchers
    Captain come back we cant read French, by the Incests
    Bring me bling, by the Nriactip Srednalsi
  • “She Ain’t Native, She’s My Wife” by Fletcher and the Fletch-tones and a punk album called “What Do You Mean We’re Out Of Rum?” by The Flaming Mutineers.
  • 0
  • 1 – the ‘national’ anthem
  • 2
  • 2, if you are shopping on Amazon.com
  • 3
  • 3 – But as I’ve been banned from Ye Olde Pitcairn CD Shoppe for not wiping my feet before leaving. I guess I’ll miss the pleasure of the purchase.
  • 5
  • 8
  • 25
  • According to the Pitcairn Island Virtual Shopping mall, Two:
    * Favorite Gospel Songs by the Tom Christian Family
    * Meralda Warren Sings Pitcairn Songs
    It should be noted that “Songs & Hymns of Pitcairn” is a cassette tape.
  • All of em – just use amazon.com.pn.
  • All of them.
  • All of them. I’m rather well off these days.
  • Another hard to figure question. Do you mean the two that were supposedly composed there or maybe partly on Norfolk and recorded in Sydney. Or the four that one can buy on the internet from the internet shops that are probably not hosted on Pitcairn?
  • As many as you need
  • At least available for purchase 4 online, ignoring cassettes: “Favorite Pitcairn Gospel Songs” by the Tom Christian Family; “Trip down memory lane with Trent Christian”; “Pitcairn Songs” and “The Cause” by Meralda Warren.
  • CDs only come in round.
  • Depends on how much money you have
  • Each cd being a different cd, as many cds as one could wish (I thought all cds were different from PI any way?) Do you know the work of Ivor Cutler? ‘Walking to a farm’ is an undiscovered gem.
  • Far too many, the humming CD is a doozy, with the whale music by the single lesbian black irish catholic mothers for a free trade deal with cuba tree huggers mutual support group coming a close second.
  • Four thousand, six hundred and seventeen, but only from a small self-publishing stand on Bali which is being investigated by the authorities.
  • Four, three, two, one, zero. COUNTDOWN Yay!! Cue Molly.
    Me: Molly how many CDs come from Pitcairn Island
    Molly: Is that a band?
    Me: No it’s an island
    Molly: Is it a pop island or a rock island.
    Me: Its just a rock in the middle of the ocean type island.
    Molly: Oh yeah then, fine.
    So now you have the expert opinion.
  • Frankly, my dear Dr Bob, I don’t give a damn.
  • How ever many they sell
  • I can’t say ‘cos my mate Barry Ocker told me the answer was one. But I think it is two. Barry is a dickhead but he says he has “inside information”. Besides if I lie and win it seems that I might win the bloody CD as a prize. So I say, um, er, not that one all those other ones. Four.
  • I could find two and one cassette based on a web search at http://www.lareau.org/pivsm6.html though horrors there may be more hiding out there.
  • I could only find 3 but I’m sure there are more
  • I’ve found three but there are probably more.
  • just about one if i were delusional
  • Just one. That’s enough.
  • Meralda Warren sells one CD on her site and some more music (http://www.lareau.org/pivsm6.html). Tom Fletcher sells another here (http://www.pitcairn.pn/~flatcher/), so I guess it’s two CDs.
  • Music that is (sort of) actually from Pitcairn 2. CDs of music that can be bought on the inter webby thingy 4.
  • No, no, no! You must not BUY any – they must be stolen, or given as a gift! Buy one and you are cursed!
  • None
  • None, I have no money.
  • None, they only have cassettes.
  • Not many – it’s an off-pay week unfortunately
  • Not many I guess. However, it would be a good idea to dump some so-called “Musicians” on the loneliest place on earth.
  • One, wild guess. Like there would be more than that?
  • One. “The 20 Greatest Hits of Pitcairn Island.”
  • Only one, by Meralda Warren – reissued.
  • They have music their now, bet it is the Brady Bunch family album, the Best (least worst) of the Partidge Family, or the Bert and Patty Family Album. Although recently they have been listening to Helter Skelter by the Manson Family.
  • Three – if you call it music. 2 boring Religious and one mostly boring religious – that’s according to the Pitcairn Virtual Mall.
  • Three CDs, and there is also a “non-professionally produced cassette tape includes songs by Pitcairners and about their Island”
    MERALDA WARREN SINGS HER OWN PITCAIRN ISLAND SONGS ON 2 ALBUMS
    1.CD Pitcairn Songs $15 inc postage
    2.CD “The Cause” $15 inc postage
    and
    3. Favourite Gospel Songs by Tom Christian family. $10.00
  • Three: cover versions of Message in a Bottle (originally by Sting), Island of Lost Souls (Blondie) and a disc of Gary Glitter medleys performed by Pitcairn Girls’ Grammar School Wind Ensemble.
  • Twelve.
  • Two: “Favourite Gospel Songs by Tom Christian family” & “The Cause” by Meralda Warren
  • Two: Pitcairn Love Songs and Pitcairn Reloaded
  • Zilch–there are none.

Question 5

What is the punishment if you borrow the Pitcairn Island blacksmith’s anvil and hammer and fail to return them?

Answer

“Any person taking the public anvil and public sledge-hammer from the blacksmith’s shop is to take it back after he has done with it; and in case the anvil and sledge-hammer should get lost by his neglecting to take it back, he is to get another anvil and sledge-hammerand pay a fine of four shillings.”

Additional Answers

  • 6 lashes
  • A birching
  • A four shilling fine according to the 1838 laws (http://www.art-themagazine.com/hybridia/pages/laws.htm)
  • A red-hot poker up the bum. Well, it’s not as if the blacksmith can thump it on his anvil, now is it?
  • A small fine and you have to replace them. Though where would you get a hammer never mind an anvil?
  • A well shod horse at home and a horseshoe embedded in the back of your head.
  • Anvil? They are heavy right? Like I could carry it very far. OK maybe the hammer. The blacksmith is a big guy right? I’m not even tempted.
  • Barry wouldn’t tell me. It’s easy to google it seems but I shall guess. Death by hammer and anvil. Oh and a fine. Of course.
  • Being hit with the hammer
  • Death, well unless you replace them and pay a few shillings fine. But death sounds better. Much more draconian and olde worlde feeling. Was it a four shilling fine or did I forget?
  • Find another anvil and hammer and pay a fine of four shillings. Just as I had to 6 years ago.
  • French citizenship?
  • From the Pitcairn Island Laws of 1838: “Any person taking the public anvil and public sledge hammer from the blacksmith’s shop is to take it back after he has done with it; and in case the anvil and the sledge hammer should get lost by his neglecting to take it back, he is to get another anvil and sledge hammer, and pay a fine of four shillings”. Presumably by 1838 there was an anvil and sledge hammer shop on the island so that the loser could purchase the required replacement. Incidentally 4 shillings = half a barrel of yams or sweet potatoes, third of a barrel of Irish potatoes, 3 good bunches of plantains, or 2 days labor.
  • He beats the living shit out of you and then rapes, shoots and kills you. The blacksmith’s name is Jimmy.
  • He lays your sacred gonads on the anvil and smites them mightily with the Hammer. It is considered painful but only if you leave your thumb under the anvil.
  • He nails you
  • He will smash your penis and testicles between the anvil and hammer (which is why men send women to return overdue smithy equipment).
  • If you are insinuating something you better have proof. No you can’t look in that closet. Hmmmph, all hammers and anvils look the same anyway.
  • Imprisonment for theft
  • No blacksmith
  • No metal items
  • Nothing
  • Sent back to the House of Pain.
  • Sleep with his wife
  • The anvil and hammer did not belong to the blacksmith but to the community. You were required to put them back after use. If they got lost through neglecting to return them, the borrower had to replace them and was fined four shillings.
  • The blacksmith borrows *you* and fails to return you.
  • The entire population of the island chase you down and beat you to death with the hammer.
  • Transportation to Iceland.
  • You are cursed and turn into the PI blacksmith.
  • You are fitted with horse shoes?
  • You are forced to mispunctuate Blacksmith’s.
  • You are officially the island’s blacksmith until you can con some other victim into ‘borrowing’ the anvil and hammer.
  • You are sentenced to be shackled naked to the wall next to the blacksmith’s forge for three months. The UV burn caused by the intense fire is considered a sufficient deterrent to repeat offense.
  • You become the blacksmith?
  • You forfeit your spouse
  • You get to keep them and have to wear them attached to your ear lobes.
  • You have to carry around a really heavy anvil and a hammer
  • You have to learn to read the Bible so you can learn to read the laws so you can pay the fine and give it back.
  • You have to sing the chorus to “Captain be gone” in the pub every night for two hours after happy hour without beer.
  • You have to spend a week in Auckland
  • You mean apart from having to carry the heavy bloody thing in the first place? Do you know how heavy they are, doctor bob? I mean, seriously? That is punishment enough, I rekon. But for some reason death sounds better.
  • You might just become the new blacksmith
  • You must become the new Island Blacksmith, which wouldn’t be so bad, except for the part where the old blacksmith gets to hang the sign on your bum with a pair of ten-penny nails.
  • You must eat it.

Question 6

What’s this?

Answer

The ship’s bell of HMS Bounty

Additional Answers

  • (to the tune of Alouetta): Agapantus, strappy agapathus. Agapanthus, shove it up your nose. Up your nose, up your nose, up your nose … oh dear…Not as good as last time I fear…
  • a badly composed photograph.
  • A boring concrete wall with a boring plant in a pot and some other boring green stuff – probably with some association with either the boring Bounty or the doubly boring Pitcairn island.
  • A cannabalistic plant that is about to devour the photographer.
  • A concrete wall, some leaves, some flower pots
  • A photo of a garden scene showing a wall, a pot and lots of leaves. Probably from Iceland.
  • A photograph of your backgarden.
  • A piece of greenery, hiding a well-camouflaged squad of micro-ninja.
  • A plant. (Hey, I got at least one answer right! You can’t deny it’s a plant!)
  • A pot plant
  • A pot plant in definite need of Viagra.
  • A rather untidy garden, I reckon. It’s shocking! Can you see that dandelion weed sticking out near the bucket? My vege patch would never look that bad!
  • A recently evolved species of snail, mimicking a planter pot in order to escape notice.
  • A very neglected outside toilet on Pitcairn Island. I wouldn’t recommend using it – that looks like thistles at the back. Ouch!
  • Ah yes! It’s the sort of garden they have on Pitcairn. A lot of them over there look like that. [And so do the gardens]
  • Bligh’s garden.
  • Brad Pitt’s cairn. How do I know? Because it’s full of jolly angelica plants.
  • Ding Dong! That, Dr Bob, is the Bounty’s bell!
  • Er yeah, right. That’s a good one doctor Bob. Could it be some plants? In a garden? Bushes (hardly) to puke in? Still they are about as good at being “bushes” as other stuff at Hovind’s park is good at being what it is supposed to be. That pot thingy might have been part of a rocket engine [Not far off, in its day]
  • Flax
  • Gimme a break Dr Bob. It’s a photo of a few weeds and a planter of some sort. OK not all the plants are weeds. Maybe the planter was something else before. Maybe it’s just a picture of your garden? Maybe it’s Mongolian dinosaur vomit in a North Korean railway station covered with a picture of some plants. Or are they the bushes I am supposed to vomit in? Crappy enough bushes for Kent. Yeah I’ll go for the bushes to vomit in. Why not?
  • Grave site of Christian Fletcher
  • How did you get into my backyard????
  • Ipisattana Bobuscinus – believed by some to be a noxious weed, but not by me, much used in hats and soups.
  • It looks like a try pot. That is a pot for boiling down whale, seal or penguin blubber for oil.
  • It looks suspiciously like the corner of John Adam’s grave
  • It’s a little weeed, and a flowerpot. Weeeed! Fluberdub. Bill and Ben have left to see the wider world and this is all that’s left of their once loverley home. Weeeeed!
  • It’s a picture of 37 million US dollars that you can share with me if you mail me back. The money is hidden for security reasons under that little garden. Don’t worry the modalities are well in place. All you need to do is tell me your phone number and indicate your willingness to travel to Nigeria and help me dig up the cash. Would I lie to you about a thing like that Dr Bob?
  • Looks a bit like the graveyard in Pitcairn island.. Considering the earlier questions, could it be the grave of John Adams?
  • My guess is that it is some piece of the Bounty turned into a plant holder
  • On a pathway one can see many things, usually looking past our own feet, its giver of air.
  • Photo of a pair of Chamaeleonidae
  • Pitcairn Island Botanic Gardens
  • Pitcairn Island satellite photo after pressing the + button 23 times.
  • Pitcairn lawn spiders finishing off a Pitcairner (nothing left but the hat)? The before picture in a gardening magazine? Someone using part of the Bounty as a planter? Oh I give up!
  • Plants…a pot…a garden…no wait…a path in a garden…I don’t know, I give up. I never win anyway.
  • Pot plant
  • Potted plants
  • Proof that gardening is not a natural state of affairs.
  • Some plants
  • Some plants
  • Some plants in a garden
  • Some plants, possibly including bread fruit (this an “HMS Bounty” theme after all), one or possibly two glazed pots, a section of low masonry wall and an earthern footpath.
  • The Bounty bell and a few inadvertent plants
  • The Bounty’s anvil [bang!]
  • The last resting place of the previous anvil borrower who failed to return the anvil and hammer.
  • The Pitcairn Botanic Gardens.
  • The Ships Bell from the Bounty now turned into a decorative planter.
  • The splash free short drop used when the long drop is full on Nriactip Dnalsi
  • The supermarket of Pitcairn – fuels the whole population
  • The winning entry of the Pitcairn Island flower arranging contest
  • This is the earliest recorded piece of steganography using a image from Pitcairn Island. The lads in the lab have yet to decode it, but we are certain it is very important.
  • Weed
  • What’s what? Where? The green stuff or the upturned Bounty Bell thingy?
  • Which “this” I ask. Personally I like the weedy looking bit of dandelion poking through there – I am a practical gardener that grows things I can eat!

Comments

  • 😮
  • A bit easy in the end, Dr Bob, although quite enjoyable finding out more about Pitcairn Island and its inhabitants
  • Atheists don’t have invisible friends.
  • Been busy trying to get car ready for CF Great Escape again. Wish us luck we need it!!!!!
  • Bill Yeats? *The* Bill Yeats? [No, just *a* Bill Yeats]
  • Bob, I can’t type the red number in the required field, it only allows me to have black characters. Please excuse me! [Don’t worry. I have a black character myself]
  • chow, and try and relax next time.
  • comments…don’t you really mean compliments?
  • Does using maps.google.com count as Googling?
  • does_it_really_take_you_@least 3 weeks to complete the long answers? [Yes, if you include (a) me finding the time to do it and then (b) the webmaster finding the time to put it up. We do both have demanding jobs]
  • Dr. Bob you are a genius, your DNA should be preserved for future generations, possibly the seed of a new master race.
  • Dr. Bob, how about inventing a few more months so we can have a more frequent quiz? I suggest Bobuary, a short month at the dullest time of year, or Mattuary, a 3 day drinking month in high summer.
  • FYI (re: Kim Jong Il) ‘coz I know you can’t get enough of him http://www.theonion.com/content/node/49195
  • Good quiz. Thanks.
  • Gosh, Pitcairn Island is a fascinating place, eh? [Well, you now know just about everything there is to know about it]
  • Having won the quiz, my life is now complete, but my lust for glory is strong. Stronger probably than my knowledge of Pitcairn.
  • Hi
  • I am Stew de Baker Hawke. Small time super hero and 419 crime fighter on the interwebby thingy. I am L33T, I know all about IP addie webby stuff. Fear me. I will hax0r your ass. So did I win?
  • I forget! Should I comment? Do I even exist? It’s too hard. Unlike the quiz.
  • I guess I don’t get a commendation this month. Roll on July.
  • I have just spent three weeks here in LA on business, a hard life if I ever had it.
  • I suppose holidays on Pitcairn make a nice change from Iceland.
  • Interesting Dr Bob, interesting. I guess I have been wrong on all counts, but still an interesting assignment – I learnt a fair bit today.
  • My homeopath swears blind that I’m a Skeptic, which is unusual for a Gemini.
  • New strategy: Send in responses in my own name when drinking and under false names when sober. How did it turn out this month?
  • poor attempts at humour i know, but what are you going to do
  • Really enjoyed this one Doc. Keep up the good work!
  • Thank you very much, Australia, for your fine peacekeeping work in your own back yard, East Timor.
  • This quuiz is a bit silly [and it would be more normal with less of ‘u’]
  • Too easy Dr Bob – what am I going to do for the rest of the month?
  • Tough questions, Dr. Bob !!
  • Weird quiz. I better learn about Pitcairn Island.
  • Well I still don’t know why feckings are related to aglets. Please explain. Anyway it’s late and I’ve had a beer or two so if you lambast me for my spelling. Well It’s my fault
  • We’ve had Iceland and now Pitcairn. What island is next? The island of Dr Moreau? Gilligan’s? No man is an?
  • When I was young I used to understand perfectly what Bill and Ben were talking about. Later when I saw the original I was so surprised that they were not talking a language I could understand. I never had any trouble with understanding them when I was 5. [Well I understood them best when I was about 20 … if I can remember it]
  • While I was looking up these answers I came to one conclusion. Pitcairn Island really is as boring and dull as this month’s questions. They won’t even let you shoot seagulls there … any person detected in shooting, or in any way killing white birds (unless for the sick) shall, for each bird that is killed, pay a dollar. No wonder they’ve resurrected the fine old Pitcairn traditions of rape and murder.
  • why bob?
  • You’re a scurvy dog, Dr Bob!