Answers for August 2008

ANSWERS August 2008. It is said that a cat has 4 thoughts, one for each paw: food, food, sex and food. So by analogy, when I was looking for a theme for the quiz this month … I thought, well, why not the Titanic? After all, people might be amused by this sudden appearance of this theme in my questions. Now, as regards Q1, whereas Napoleon had his Waterloo, so Dr Bob has his iceberg … Here’s a freebie. The Titanic was of revolutionary and er, courageous design in many aspects and this was talked up a lot before the voyage. After the voyage, among the commentary there was a very impressive cartoon of the ship steaming straight at the iceberg. On the ship was marked “Theories” and on the mighty, towering iceberg was marked “Facts”. Anyway, to business. Among the best answers were 6/6 efforts from two people new to the quiz! Well done to my fellow Melburnian –

Sue McLeod

Question 1

\When was the first call using the code “SOS” transmitted?


Dr Bob thought it was the Titanic, but then he would, wouldn’t he? At least this much is true: Capt Smith asked what call was being sent and the wireless operator said “CQD”, which was the emergency signal at the time. The other operator then said “Send SOS instead, it’s the new call, and besides, this may be your last chance to send it!” at which all three laughed heartily.  Ha ha ha.  Ho ho ho.  Glug glug…

Additional Answers

  • 10 June 1909, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia sank (not the titanic!)
  • 10 June 1909, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores. Which shows you really shouldn’t rename a ship since it was launched on 15 November 1902 as the YAMUNA for the British India Line. Cunard bought it and renamed it in 1904.
  • 1850
  • 1862
  • 1905
  • 1912
  • 1992, in my bedroom. She certainly didn’t look that bad at the pub but I suppose I was tricked, I think I was drugged
  • Another Cunard, the Slavonia, June 1909.Oh, no, Dr. Bob, is this going to be ANOTHER Titanic quiz?
  • April 14/15 1912, the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
  • April 14th 1912
  • April 1912 off a ship called the Titanic.
  • April 1912 when the call SOS was mixed with CQD as a distress call from the Titanic.
  • August 1909..from the SS Arapahoe
  • Before the introduction of the ‘SOS’ code the recognised call sign for ships in distress was ‘CQD’. The ‘SOS’ signal was established as an International Distress Signal by an agreement made between the British Marconi Society and the German Telefunk organisation on the 3rd October 1906 at the Berlin Radio Conference. The signal was formally introduced on the 1st July 1908. The first time the ‘SOS’ signal was used in an emergency was on the 10th June 1909, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores. Two steamers received her signals and went to the rescue.
  • It is believed the first ship to have sent out an SOS signal was the American steamer Arapahoe in 1909.
  • It was by Lucky and the other dalmations stolen from Pongo and Missus. Where’s your knowledge of history?
  • Just before it was received.
  • NOT by the Titanic. I believe that it was first transmitted in 1909 near a Portugese area.
  • Not the bloody Titanic, the Cunard liner Slavonia on June 10, 1909, according to “Notable Achievements of Wireless” in the September, 1910 Modern Electrics.
  • On the Titanic. Poor Jack.
  • RMS Titanic April 1912
  • Samuel Morse’s message to his wife whist on his sea voyage home in 1832 meaning: “Send Oars Sarah”. [This was to clear up an unfortunate misunderstanding after the message had been relayed by voice]
  • SOS was adopted in 1906 and ratified as the international distress signal in 1908 and its first use was probably by the steamship’Arapahoe’ in August, 1909 (even though the US did not officially adopt the signal till 1912 – why are they never keen to adopt international agreements?) at least according to an article in the New York Times published in 1910 i.e. TWO years before the Titanic’s radio officers who are often quoted as the first users of the new signal. They first used the old signal CQD several times then interspersed it with the newly adopted (well, four years old) signal SOS. it would be a bit much to assume that no ships had been in distress in those four years but the Titanic’s sinking became such an iconic event that the first use of SOS got sucked into the whirlpool of stories surrounding it. Interestingly, the radio officer of the ‘Arapahoe’ was not only the first sender of an SOS in the US but the first receiver of one as well when he responded to a signal from the “Iroquois” a few months later.
  • The Cunard liner Slavonia on June 10, 1909.
  • The first call using SOS was early after the development of wireless signalling in the 1890’s. A ship returning to New York harbor was ordering a Sosage (sic) pizza.
  • The first recorded use was June 10, 1909 by the Slavonia. However, I would have to put the the time as being between April 1, 1905 (When it was first adopted by the German government in radio operations) and June 10, 1909. [Evidently the Germans were so well organised that they had no disasters] This is because it’s possible that another ship transmitted it prior to the Slavonia, but the signal was not received or recorded.
  • The first ship to transmit an SOS distress call was the Cunard liner “Slavonia” on June 10, 1909 (Notable Achievements of Wireless – September, 1910 Modern Electrics.) In April, 1912 the RMS Titanic sent mixed distress signals of CQD and SOS when the ship sank on its maiden voyage. [Pedantically, they were sent before the ship sank]
  • The first time the ‘SOS’ signal was used in an emergency was on 10 June 1909, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores. Two steamers received her signals and went to the rescue.
  • The signal was formally introduced on 1 July 1908. The first time the ‘SOS’ signal was used in an emergency was on 10 June 1909, when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores. The first Radio Distress Signal ‘CQD’ was transmitted from the East Goodwin Lightship on 17 March 1899 when the merchant vessel Elbe ran aground on the Goodwin Sands.
  • Well it was not the Titanic as popularly thought but was most likely the SS Slavonia in trouble off the Azores on Tenth June 1909.
  • When some guy who couldn’t spell tried to inform his mission headquarters that he’d run out of sausages (SOSSIDGES) – or else that his sossidge was too idle out at sea. I know it’s a bad joke, but then you wouldn’t understand more refined humour, Dr Bob, in’t that right?
  • When some stupid li’l kid got hold of the morse apparatus and started making stupid tunes consisting of alternating … and —.
  • When someone was in trouble
  • The release date was 1975 but cell phone ring tones weren’t popular until around the turn of the century and the young folk aren’t much into ABBA. Tough question. I’ll say 2002.

Question 2

The New York Times was just one of many newspapers local to New York, but is now world class – what great scoop began its move to this pre-eminent position?


Among other scoops – the NYT reported that the Titanic had actually sunk, this being only a guess at a time when the only fact available was that the Titanic simply hadn’t turned up, thus scooping every other paper in the country.

Additional Answers

  • “Brad and Angelina adopt AGAIN!”
  • 1870-71 when it published a series of exposés of Boss Tweed
  • A pistachio scoop.
  • A report on how awesome I am
  • After Mr. Giuliani’s run at presidency I am led to believe 9/11 or to a lesser extent the pentagon papers detailing the U.S government’s ‘strategy in the Vietnam war.
  • An excessively large scoop of strawberry icecream in Bill Hutchcruckey’s Ice Cone Bar that grabbed the headlines.
  • Could you be looking for the Boss Tweed ring in 1870? Perhaps the 1904 first reception of a wireless transmission from the press boat Haimun during the Russo-Japanese war? I’m going to go with the addition of the Crossword in 1942 as a regular feature since this allowed pompous intellects to brag about completing it in ink…
  • Expose of Boss Tweed ring corruption of New York City Hall
  • Extra, extra Stuyvesant doesn’t have a leg to stand on!
  • First live transmission from a naval battle
  • George bush and a goat????? [But I’ve seen that picture everywhere. By the way, the goat is on the left]
  • Hindenburg disaster
  • Hmm, there might be several, I would be backing the Titanic news, but others are: The paper’s influence grew during 1870-71 when it published a series of exposés of Boss Tweed that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s city hall. 1859 June During the Italian war for independence, the times gets a 10-day jump on the other New York Papers with his eyewitness account of the Battle of Solferino. His wife, in Paris, gets his report onto the last mail boat to New York. 1909 September The Times helps to sponsor Robert E. Peary in his race for the North Pole. Peary sends exclusive reports. 1912 April 14 Combing through vaguely worded telegraph reports, Van Anda concludes that the Titanic is sinking. The Times is first with the news, and its subsequent coverage is far ahead of the competition.
  • In 1904, the Times received the first on-the-spot wireless transmission from a naval battle, a report of the destruction of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Port Arthur. Unlike the Slavonia the New York Times was not renamed in 1904.
  • It created and secretly distributed a “newspaper virus” that changed all the other papers’ contents to “I like pie”.
  • It published a series of exposés of Boss Tweed that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s city hall – but that doesn’t like sound much of a “scoop” to me really.
  • New York’s paper is the Post, not the Times Dr. Bob. Here is a headline of the article I think you mean. HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR (New York Post, 1982). Of course the:TWEED GREED, TWEED FLEED and TWEED COLLAR headlines of the 1870’s rank up there, too.
  • Pentagon Papers
  • Probably because of its expose of city hall corruption by the gang boss Tweed. Some things never change.
  • Reporting that the Titanic had sunk
  • Sinking of the Titanic
  • Sinking of titanic
  • Sponsors the world series
  • The destruction of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Port Arthur.
  • The first on the spot wireless transmission from the naval battle resulting in the destruction of the Russian Fleet in the Yellow sea at Port Arthur in 1904.
  • The first reports of the sinking of the Titanic were carried by the New York Times – the first published report the next morning says it is ‘special to the New York Times’ which seems to be early 20th century newspaper speak for ‘exclusive’ (I don’t think they paid anyone for it though so perhaps it doesn’t count?) For people of my generation, ahem, the Pentagon papers publication probably pushed the paper to prominence (in 1971) but it is a paper with a longstanding preeminent position and has won more Pulitzers than any other paper (despite Jayson Blair – ‘plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize. Let no-one else’s work evade your eyes’and if you can’t plagiarize fake it and pull the race card when you get caught, and Judith Miller who publicised the reports from her well placed sources in the Iraqi government-in-exile to tell the people of the US all about Saddam’s WMD and where they were going to find them in Iraq. They need to watch their Ps and Qs – well their Ps anyway)
  • The giant scoop of lollies they gave to each employee each day – the sugar high kept then driving on all day.
  • The New York Time received increasing popularity in 1870 when it published a series of exposés of William M. Tweed (Boss Tweed) that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s city hall.Judging by the theme of these questions, however, the article in question was “Biggest Liner Plunges to Bottom at 2:20am.” The New York Times were one of the first newspapers to publish the “scoop” that the ocean liner Titanic had sunk on its ill-fated journey to New York.
  • The New York Times’s influence grew during 1870 when it published a series of exposés of Boss Tweed that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s city hall. In 1896, The Times was acquired by Adolph Ochs, publisher of The Chattanooga Times. In 1897, he coined the paper’s slogan, “All The News That’s Fit To Print,” a jab at competing papers (the New York World and the New York Journal American) known for unprofessional journalism. Under his guidance, The New York Times achieved international scope, circulation, and reputation.
  • The paper’s influence grew during 1870-71 when it published a series of exposés of Boss Tweed that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s city hall.
  • The pooper scooper
  • The sinking of the titanic
  • Watergate
  • When an unsinkable ship sank, failing that it might have been when new yorkers were short of a quid during the depression and thought the paper would tell them the time and being cheaper than a watch they flew off the shelves
  • With the headline “America– yes you ya bum”
  • The Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall scandal [e.g., the gov’t was being charged $42,000 per broom: ‘plus ca change…’]. Or the 20th century one: an editor’s extrapolation from the Times’ archive that the Titanic was sunk by an iceberg scooped other newspapers before the truth was known. Yup. Gonna be Titanic. Sigh!

Question 3

Why did the London Hippodrome offer Senator William Alden Smith (Republican – Michigan) $50,000 to give a one-hour lecture on any subject he liked?


Due to his perceived naivety, bordering on farce, in chairing the investigation of the loss of the Titanic

Additional Answers

  • After the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, Smith chaired Senate hearings that began the day after the survivors landed. Senators and spectators heard dramatic testimony from the surviving passengers and crew. Smith’s subcommittee issued a report on May 28 that led to significant reforms in international maritime safety. He subpoenaed all the surviving officers of the Titanic and 29 members of the crew. When he learned that five other crew members, ducking the subpoena, had sailed furtively out of New York aboard the Lapland, Smith responded by sending a vessel to bring them back. (Senator Smith simply asked President Taft for a naval ship; request granted; Lapland stopped.) The tenacity with which he challenged the behavior of British officers, British architects and British administrators was undiminished by Senator Smith’s ingenuous ignorance of the sea or of shipboard terminology.
  • After the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 lives lost, Smith chaired Senate hearings that began at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City the day after the survivors landed. So I expect they thought he would talk about that.
  • Any MARITIME subject, actually. They thought him an ignorant colonial for his lack of nautical knowledge – imagine not knowing the difference between a ships head and its bow – and saw it as a way to get back at him for his perceived harassment of British (merchant) naval officers
  • Because he was a laughing stock in london due to his naive questions asked in his role as chair of the senate hearings on the sinking of the titanic
  • Because they could make more than $50,000 in tickets
  • Because they hated him like the rest of the place and it took one hour to clear the block and then the set of a car load of semtex– well they wanted to….
  • Chaired Senate hearings RE titanic, and being an idiot
  • Good old “Watertight Smith” – I assume because he chaired the Senate inquiry into the Titanic.
  • He claimed Titanic compartments were watertight and was prone to putting his foot in it and becoming fodder for the press.
  • He could not spend pounds in the US.
  • He had great ‘cans’ and awesome pyrotechnics.
  • He heard all the stories from the survivors of the Titanic
  • He led the American investigation into the sinking of the Titanic, but was completely ignorant about anything related to maritime life. This intrigued the british press so much that they invited him to talk on ‘any maritime subject’ of his choosing.
  • He was good value for the satirical press, being involved with the trial on the sinking of the Titanic, but having no nautical knowledge, or apparent common sense.
  • He was speech impaired.
  • He was the hero of the Titanic enquiry
  • His Titanic lecture. (he was a US senator & conducted the Titanic enquiry.)
  • Hmm, because he chaired a gov’t commission on US relations with Canada? Too obvious. Something Nazi-ish? A leetle early. So I’ll say because he chaired the Senate committee on the Titanic and interviewed surivors the day after they landed in New York [and also from wiki: ‘Watertight’ Smith thought the watertight compartments were for passenger storage]
  • Hmm, more Titanic questions. Two possibilities, either: After the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 lives lost, Smith chaired Senate hearings that began at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City the day after the survivors landed. Senators and spectators heard dramatic testimony from the surviving passengers and crew. Smith’s subcommittee issued a report on May 28 that led to significant reforms in international maritime safety. Or: The first GAME WARDEN (salaried game and fish warden) was William Alden Smith, of Grand Rapids, Mich., appointed for a four-year term at $1,200 annually and expenses under Act No. 28, Public Acts of Michigan, approved March 15, 1887, “an act to provide for the appointment of a game and fish warden and to prescribe his powers and duties to enforce the statutes of this state for the preservation of moose, wapiti, deer, birds and fish.” Wisconsin approved Act No. 456 on April 12, 1887.
  • It had to be a maritime subject. Given Sen. Smith’s knowledge of the subject they thought they would have a merry time. <—Worst pun of the month???
  • It was actually an invitation to lecture on “any maritime subject” offered in contempt of the senator’s lack of maritime knowledge displayed in his investigation of the sinking of the Titanic (particularly re his attacks on British officers, British architects and British administrators)
  • no idea [Exactly – that’s what the British though he had]
  • Smith headed the investigation committee into the sinking of the titanic, however had no maritime knowledge.
  • Smith lead the inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic. The British felt that he knew very little about maritime practices and yet was trying to apportion complete blame for the disaster on British officers and crew and questioned their seamanship. It was a derisory invitation to lecture on any ‘maritime’ subject he liked.
  • Sure it wasn’t any “marine subject” he liked? The Senator was on a committee to investigate the sinking of the titantic. The English thought he was so stupid (“didn’t know the ships bow from the head”), I think they thought it would be a laugh for him to show his ignorance
  • The British press had taken to mocking his questions as Chairman of the Senate committee investigating the Titanic disaster. It was asserted that his questioning was often illogical and ill-informed.
  • The Brits figured that anyone who conducts a massive investigation into a maritime disaster and doesn’t know the difference between the ship’s “bow” and the ship’s “head” would make for a great comic show.
  • The money was stolen….
  • The offer wasn’t to lecture on ANY subject but any MARITIME subject – Smith chaired the US senate committee hearings investigating the sinking of the Titanic (is this a theme?) despite demonstrably knowing very little about anything to do with the sea, sailing, boats, ships etc etc He was from Michigan after all.He famously did not know that there was a difference between a ship’s “bow” and its “head” for instance.
  • The sinking of the titanic
  • They had a spare $50,000 but could not bear to stoop to the dishonour of donating it to the needy. Flamin typical.
  • They had too much money and not enough imagination
  • They liked to see rotten eggs fly and would give a prize if anyone could actually hit him from the crowd as the place is so big?
  • They were high
  • They were piqued by his persecution of the surviving crew of the Titanic despite knowing little about maritime lore or law.
  • They were smoking bongs and they realised that the guy was dead and it was like “weekend at billys”, well for them it was weekend with billys and it just went downhill from there
  • They were trying to impress him. They were also collectively sleeping with his wife.
  • This was a toughie but i am guessing it relates to Q1 as Smith headed up the American inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic and that would have drawn a good crowd
  • To discredit him and his inquiry into the RMS Titanic’s sinking in 1912. As the chairman of the inquiry, Senator William Alden Smith, wanted to gather accounts from passengers and crew while the events were still fresh in their minds. Smith needed to subpoena the British citizens while they were still on American soil. His probing, but often irrelevant questions showed that he had no thorough knowledge of sea-faring vessels, and the British Hippodrome tried to humiliate him.
  • To give the noble citizenry of Britain an hour to bombard him with tender tomatoes and elderly eggs in reprisal for his hurtful comments about British engineering. Or, perhaps, to be entertained and astonished by his particular knowledge of maritime matters.
  • Totally taken in by his Twaineque-like wit. He arrived in a balloon with a scrawny hare beside him, and tried to sell them a monorail.

Question 4

British Standard BS3704 states the quality requirements for rubber condoms. On condom dispensing machines, what was commonly graffiti’d under the statement “Compliant to BS3704”


“And so was the Titanic” … But there are others, as we will see.

Additional Answers

  • “My Dad says they don’t work” is a good one. So is “Someone, somewhere wants a letter from you.” However, knowing the good Doctor as I do, I’m guessing his favorite is, “So was the Titanic.”
  • “So was the Hindenburg”
  • “So was the Titanic!!!”
  • “So was the Titanic!”
  • “so was the Titanic” was a common one apparently – along with the Hindenburg, they are not common in ladies loos so I can’t speak from personal experience here! There was a band called BS3704 at one time too, I wonder what they’re doing now? [Or what were they doing THEN? Anyway, I hope it’s something compliant]
  • … But not when used with fat and/or ugly women, see BS350lb+
  • Complain to BS3704
  • I hope not 559 because that is American English and not British English. (Read upside down)
  • If condom fails, please insert baby in slot below.
  • Jesus saves. Maradona gets the rebound and scores.
  • John wuzz here
  • Maximum dick size. Blimey, Dr Bob, that’s a dead giveaway. I didn’t expect this of you. P.S. Thou shalt stille go, to ye Pournographers’ Helle. Or, worsely, to ye Tampon-Fauctorie.
  • My dad says these things don’t work. For refund insert baby here. This machine has the worst tasting chewing gum, but they blow great bubbles.
  • No BS
  • Not intended for use by pricks.
  • Providing she says yes – No means No
  • So was the Hindenberg
  • So was the Hindenburg. It’s all rather confusing really.
  • So was the Titanic
  • so was the titanic
  • so was the titanic
  • So was the titanic
  • so was the titanic
  • So was the Titanic
  • so was the Titanic
  • So was the Titanic
  • So was the Titanic – although I prefer “This chewing gum tastes like rubber” – under which in a different hand was “This rubber works like chewing gum”.
  • so was the titanic!
  • So was the Titanic!
  • so was the titanic…….do I detect a theme
  • Sorry could not find a randy pom around here to ask.
  • This machine is f’d– it says “insert coin”
  • Will you pay the bills if not
  • Yet more Titanic questions! Often graffiti’d is “So was the Titanic!”

Question 5

What is the term for a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia?



Additional Answers

  • They’re Haligonians. A little known sub-species of shape changing aliens who landed and took over the town some years ago. They subsist mainly on halibut-liver oil and beer.
  • 4 more years then they rise up and take us out
  • 6 years. They can move back to Ontario after 5 years if they have good behavior.
  • A Canadian.
  • A Halide.
  • A Halifacsimile.
  • A Scotician
  • An Acadian
  • An arsehole. I hate Canadians.
  • Bastard, of course that is a generic term used by the Quebecois for anyone not from Quebec.
  • deadun
  • Halafacimilie
  • Halfaxian Novan Scotian
  • Halifaxian
  • Haligonian (pronounced ‘Bluenose’)
  • Haligonian.I like Halifaxer better. If I lived their I’d try to get them to go with go with Hal-raisers.
  • I believe Sir or Ma’am is traditional.
  • In the town of Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, Down at the heart of the Cumberland Mine, there’s blood on the coal and the miners lie… Sorry, what was the question again?
  • Nova Scotian
  • Residents of the former city are referred to as ‘Haligonians’.
  • Sex partner?
  • The same as residents of Halifax in Yorkshire. A Haligonian. So depending on which started using the term first, I guess you could also call the other residents “Copycats”.
  • The ones in the Titanic graveyard are called “unlucky”
  • They are called “Haligonians” I believe. I even know one – well, he isn’t a resident now, of course, he is a resident of Melbourne but I don’t think you ever truly get over it (being a Haligonian I mean). Halifax of course is famous for being the actual destination of Titanic (keeping with your theme) – the final one for the hundreds who are buried there recovered by ships and crews from Halifax. There is even a museum of artefacts recovered from the sea after the sinking.
  • They are called Haligonians, I think Nova Scotians sounds more regal, lol.
  • Titan
  • Titan?
  • Titanics, no how about Haligonians
  • Usually Haligonians!
  • Well, as one who was born in Halifax Olda Yorkshia, I’m guessing, but it’s bound to be something like “Splendid Fellow”.

Question 6

What, apart from the low steam pressure, is wrong in this picture?


This is a still from the 1997 film that depicted the Titanic in 1912 – well, in part of 1912 – but the lettering is in Helvetica font, which was not invented until much later.

Additional Answers

  • It should read “steam pleasure gauge”
  • It appears that zeros have been added to each division, so ’10’ became ‘100’ and so on
  • CAPITALS! please
  • Claimed to be from the titanic, in the film, but it uses Helvetica font (only introduced in 1959).
  • Crap crop.
  • Either it does not say which standard it is approved to or it is from the Titanic!
  • It doesn’t show what the increments are
  • It is supposed to be from the Titanic but uses a font (Helvetica) that was not created until 1959.
  • It looks more like a meter than a gauge. And in any case “Gauge” should be replaced by some unit of measurement.
  • It should have “PSI” on there to indicate the unit of measurement. A guess!
  • It’s in black and white.
  • It’s zoomed in so tightly that you can’t see the hot naked women standing on either side.
  • It’s labeled as steam pressure gauge…should just be pressure gauge or general service gauge
  • Looks like the mark between 100 and 200 might not be 150, and there are no units visible
  • Many things – it is incomplete, pressure is redundant, there is water inside the gauge suggesting a leak in system, it is poorly composed
  • No psi’s????
  • No unit of measurement
  • No units. As PSI to Pascal is a factor of 7000 it is probably important to the safety of many systems.
  • Nothing that I could glean from this picture except it appears to have lost its train.
  • Possibly the use of the word Gauge. Gage may be more correct. Also some sort of scale, should be included (eg kPa) but may be obscured by the cropping of the photograph.
  • Scale is wrong 100…????….200
  • The font, and for a bonus point, ‘I can’t heart serif’ is an anagram of ‘Titanic fears her’
  • The gauges on the titanic went the other way [Well, downwards actually]
  • The number 100 appears without change consecutively.
  • The number 200 is written over the measure lines and from this angle it’s are possible that there are two 100 numbers as the zeros look awfully alike.
  • The number at the top of the picture doesn’t make sense.
  • The number at the top should, according to our glorious Constitution, be 150. But it ain’t. It looks more like the bottom of 160.
  • The numbers are in the wrong place, should be starting from lowest to highest from top, then clockwise around.
  • The numbers should go anticlockwise, and there are two 100s.
  • The photo is taken slightly lop-sided.
  • The Titanic has run out of steam and is going down!
  • The use of the word steam. It doesn’t mean anything in this context.
  • The word Guage is spelt wrong.
  • The writing is upside down and back to front and there is no colour
  • There appears to be another multiple of 100 between the 100 and 200 marks.
  • There are two 100’s it goes 100, 100, 200
  • This has something to do with it being set in Helvetica which is out of date with the Titanic’s sinking?
  • Well of course it’s a gauge…it should be marked “steam pressure” only
  • Well, the steam pressure is way too high if it was going into a certain part of your body. But the question asks whats wrong with the picture, not the gauge so I would have to say that it fails to capture the whole gauge and failing that the answer better be something to do with the picture or I will call a protest and not take this quiz seriously any more.
  • Wrong font for the titanic’s era (Helvetica wasn’t around til 1959)
  • You cant see the whole gauge er no manufacturers name er its a photo of the titanics gauge er its not the titanics steam gauge. How about it does not say what the gauge is in eg PSI.
  • You do mean the spelling of “gauge” don’t you? Not enough numbers? I guess the Titanic must have had lots?? What I know about steam pressure gauges could be written on the back of a postage stamp in very large letters!
  • It only shows a bit of the gauge but I’m not getting steamed up about it. Some people would get the vapours but I’m not going to let the pressure get to me. I did think about condensing the answer but Watt would be the point…


  • Americans please change number 4 to Jesus saves, Gretzky gets the rebound and scores. Also please change my pseudonym from Phillip D. Shiraz to Phillp D. Syrah. Thank you for your consideration.
  • Answering this was a titanic struggle Dr Bob (ho – did you see what i did there!)
  • Back onto your Titanic phase again, eh Doc. Is there any truth to the rumour that the Titanic was the only thing Pammy Anderson hasn’t gone down on.
  • Bit hard this month
  • Crikey
  • Dr Bob very good to see a raft of Titanic questions, they needed some on the Titanic (boom boom)
  • First time I have visited the site. Love the quiz. Great fun researching answers I didn’t know.
  • Great Quiz Doctor. I’ve finally entered the quiz……hopefully I’m not sunk on my maiden voyage
  • Hello from Canberra: the home of lunch break boredom.
  • I am a moron
  • I enjoyed this, and will come back next month. I even learnt some new things, thanks.
  • I fear I have run aground!
  • I would be surprised if anything I wrote was even remotely true.
  • I’m awesome
  • It was a moment of coincidence, on Question 1.  In my family, I am usually the one who has to ferret out internet hoaxes and about a week ago I was scouring Snopes on some bit of naval trivia and came across a header about the Titanic.  The article turned out to be about how it’s false that the Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal for a disaster.  So, when I saw the question in your quiz, I found myself in the rare place of being ahead of the game… My wife just smiles and shakes her head that I veer off on the tangent whenever a bit of Titanic trivia comes along.  I won’t worry until I start doing the same thing with Iceland!
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  • Right, you’ve had your chance. Still no questions on Dear Leader Bush, huh? Contrary to your comments, there’s a lot of stuff about Bush that’s DAMN AMUSING (such as his misunderstandard grasp of English). Well, you’re for it now, Dr Bob. Next time I’m in Melbourne, I and my accomplices will track you down and send you over to Gitmoes, like I said. You won’t know when. You won’t know where (most likely at Pugg Mahones, come to think of it).
  • So glad to see the Titanic return. Now we need more Hitler and some more Icelandic stuff and we’ll know the quiz is back on track…
  • So, how many people do the quiz each month? I’ve been bragging that I’m in the top one thousand regularly. Let me know if I need to up that a bit.
  • Sorry, the mere mention of the word Nova Scotia sets off a very old earworm. Do you get them? They’re maddening.
  • Stay tuned: will next month’s quiz be Nazeptember?
  • Thanks Dr Bob – looking forward to seeing the skeptics in Adelaide
  • Thanks for letting me let off steam. It’s amazing that you can actually quantify it.
  • Thanks for replying my man! I’ve beaten Dr. Bob. I feel so special. Hehe. THIS HAD BETTER GET MENTIONED!
  • What’s your last name? [Bob]
  • You do seem to like Titanic questions.
  • You should have saved Titanic Quiz till June 2009 100 yrs. I tried but looks like I failed to get car in the CF Great Escape this year. No matter try again next year
  • Your name is a palindrome! Why, how interesting.
  • Your quizzes seems to be getting dirtier by the month, Bob. You’d better watch what you say about condoms, given there’s so many Catholics who vote. Democracy, darn it.