Answers for September 2008

ANSWERS for September 2008. Maybe the questions were really too obscure this month, but for whatever reason there was not much response …. The theme was Music, but I am not at all musical. For example, I like the music of Philip Glass. Anyway this month *I* went on a holiday. But now it’s back to the keyboard and the WINNER looks like being – good on yer –

John Wilson

Question 1

What is the greatest altitude at which bagpipes have been played, in the open air?


18,000 feet, on the slopes of Mt Everest

Additional Answers

  • 1,267 feet. What a great altitude. I love that altitude. This is a slightly subjective question though, unless I’ve hilariously misunderstood the meaning of the word “great.”
  • 1000 meters
  • 8848m. Not that one? How about 5895? Not that one either? Hmmm 4808m? Surely not. Must be higher than 2228m. What about 3754? They’re all Scottish descendants. No? 4477m? That one has a nice tone to it (ha ha). But if its 1344m I’ll be really disappointed.
  • Above sea level? Above the Earth’s crust? Measured from the center of the Earth? I betcha some nut has played bagpipes on all three winners just to be sure.
  • Bagpipes were traditionally used to by Scots balloonists too lazy to jettison ballast manually. The basket being somewhat confined, a coupla out-of-tune verses of Marie’s Wedding and the ballast jettisoned itself. Only useful if the ballast had paid balloonist in advance, och aye.
  • DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT BAGPIPES! I hate hearing that piercing, squeaky noise!!!!
  • God plays bagpipes in heaven and thus creates thunder. So that’s probably the highest ‘tude you get.
  • Hopefully nowhere near habitation.
  • I assume some idiot played them on top of Mt Everest.
  • I thought it was recorded as some bloke jumping out of a plane– but they were not bag pipes– he was just scared
  • If there was oxygen present, it was still too low. Actually, Hamish McDougall played them at nearly 15,000 feet on his ill-fated expedition. Unfortunately his flatus powered dirigible was lost when the pickled eggs & Guinness ran out somewhere over the north sea. Hence the smug little smiles on Scotsmen when they hear the term “North Sea gas”.
  • On board the starship Enterprize when Scotty played them for Spock’s funeral in the movie.
  • On top of rooty hill, while waiting to attend a talent quest at the local arry
  • The greatest altitude that bagpipes should be, as opposed to have been, played is one millimetre above the floor of the Mariana Trench. (Yes, yes, I know the M.T. is not in the ‘open air’ but it is a benign environment if you happen to be a Bythograea Thermydron. Preferably a deaf one.)
  • Top of Everest -Why ? Because they could !
  • Very great. Approx 29,000 feet up. There’s an unsubstantiated rumour that a recording of “Mull of Kintyre” was played by a mountaineer near the top of Mt Everest in the late Eighties.
  • Well, I dont know. Thats right, I dont know and I bet if you hadnt looked up you wouldn’t either
  • Where ever it is, it isn’t far enough away.

Question 2

The score for the ballet “Appalachian Spring” – What aspect of the Appalachian Spring inspired Aaron Copeland to write this music?


None – he wrote it first and then thought of the title

Additional Answers

  • He saw someone get their backside wedged in one of those Adirondack chair thingies, then leap around squealing afterwards.
  • Horny rednecks eyeing off their sisters
  • I don’t understand the question so I cant come up with an answer– I know– the melting of the snow!
  • It was made of stainless steel.
  • It was old, crooked and rusty. Rusty it was because of the galvanic corrosion of the iron from which the Spring was made, also known as rusting. Now rusting works this way. You with me? Y’see, imagine a water droplet on an iron surface. The dissolved oxygen concentration in the droplet is greater in the droplet’s outer layers than in its centre. Therefore, the iron surface in the middle of the droplet becomes anodic. This means it loses Fe2+ ions into the droplet (an oxidation reaction). Around the outside of the droplet is the cathodic site, where water and oxygen react to form hydroxide ions, which combine with the Fe2+ to form iron hydroxide. This is really unstable stuff, so it reacts with some more oxygen to form hydrated iron oxide Fe2O3.H2O, as well as some other stuff. Meanwhile, electrons flow through the iron from the anode to the cathodic sites to maintain a balance of charge, y’know what I mean? This iron oxide is the rust we all know and love so well. It is deposited around the outside of the droplet, forming concentric rings as the droplet dries out. A similar reaction happens when a film of water coats an iron surface. Watch out, Iron Copeland!
  • It was the athletic leap of the Appalachian Jackalope; similar to the pronking bucks seen on the African Veldts during spring but without the testosterone.
  • Its springiness
  • No aspect as he did not name it Appalachian Spring. It was commissioned by Martha Graham for a ballet which she named Appalachian Spring (from a poem by Hart Crane) and the music got its name from that.
  • No aspect. Not one. Not a sausage. None. “Dancer Martha Graham chose the title after Copeland had written much of the score, though he said that her dance style must have evoked Appalachia. The music and dance were perfect complements; together they reflect youthful aspiration in the American heartland.” His original working title was “Ballet for Martha”
  • Spring lovin’ baby. He could never wait until summer.
  • Swan Lake
  • The beginning- It was crap so he should have ceased then
  • The shotgun blasts from behind moonshine stills when the “revenuers” showed up (Kentuckians will understand this).
  • The spring racing carnival– nothing like checking out the fillies
  • The torsion coefficient. (At least until Wikipedia fixes it back . . .I commented the real thing out, so I can restore the article before some 6th grader fails history . . . unless my IP gets banned)
  • The water?
  • The weather
  • Upskirt
  • Was it not the sound of Duelling Banjos gently floating across the misty Spring valleys of Appalachia?

Question 3

For several decades Richard Strauss (1864-1949) carried on a long and deeply intimate musical collaboration with the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal.  After how many years did they begin to call each other “Du” instead of “Sie”?


Never  😦

Additional Answers

  • 25 years. They originally started out referring to each other with an informal “Sie here, matey”, or words to that effect, until after all those years the old adage “familiarity breeds contempt” led to the occasional “Du(cky)” appearing.
  • About the same number of years it took those two blokes in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ to do likewise (albeit in English).
  • About two years after they’d started sharing a bed. (This isn’t an immature joke about homosexuality, but a witty aside about the length of time it takes Germans to lose their formality. You people are so coarse!)
  • Ah, the old problem of one friend not wanting to appear too homosexual to the other. Thankfully we don’t have that problem in English, and I know YOU feel the same.
  • Drei.
  • More than 2 and less than 3248.
  • Never. They both thought it was so hilarious that Sie also means ‘she’ in German that they kept the formal version and made unbelievably funny puns on it.
  • Pie!
  • Probably after their fifth date after Hugo had too much to drink.
  • They called each other “dude” instead of “sir” immediately.
  • They didn’t
  • They instantly called each other “dude” and after a long session with billy it was condensed to ‘du’, so not years just hours actually
  • This question is a DuSie. <—-Worst pun of the month?????
  • When the seven year itch set in
  • When they began their deeply intimate sexual collaboration.

Question 4

When Mick became Sir Michael Jagger, Keith Richards took a break from performing, having reputedly said  “I don’t want to step out on stage with someone wearing a f…ing coronet and sporting the old ermine”.  Anyway .. Which Rolling Stone was the first to meet the Queen?


At age 14 Keith sang in a school choir before the Queen.

Additional Answers

  • A better question would be ‘How many of them have been entertained at one of Her Majesty’s Bed and Breakfasts?’
  • A dislodged chunk of granite that disrespectfully rolled down the hillside within !!!10m!!! from where the QUEEN our Dear Leader was walking during her visit to the Brindabella or whatever Ranges (remember the toilet with a golden handle? heh heh). What a disgraceful case of l`ese-majeste!
  • Ahhh, the strolling bones– nice band– I thought they played with queen one time in the seventies but not sure who met him first
  • Bianca Jagger, in Managua.
  • Brian Jones
  • Clearly the Stone of Scone (formerly known as the Scone-Rolling Stone). After it’s poor naming (geological nominative determinism at its worst) along with the introduction of self-raising flour making scone-rolling a much easier task, the Stone has now settled down and has really just become part of yet another piece of heavy furniture.
  • Clint Eastwood.
  • I gather the first Rolling Stone was that Moss bloke, formerly of Macquarie Bank I believe. Didn’t know he knew anything about music, though, except for the mellifluous sounds of convoys of Euclids laden with clinking coin. But, then again, what do the Rolling Stones know about music either?
  • It was Mick Jagger’s lips.
  • Keith Richards, when he sang as a trio of boy sopranos in 1958-ish.
  • Mick Jagger
  • That guy with the hair…and the ears…you know who I’m talking about. Yeah that one!
  • The fastest
  • The one fired from fergies sling shot– we all have our own feelings on the mother in law but that was just going to far. She should have used a 410, that would have let the old girl know she was alive
  • The one that chased Indiana Jones. It was awarded an MBE for services to rock.
  • Tsuo Jie-pounh Trang Tua
  • Wouldn’t it be cool if McCartney and Jagger got all dressed up in plate mail and charged each other with lances. I think Mick would unseat Paul since Mick being so thin would be hard to hit with a lance. But, I bet McCartney would then beat Jagger’s arse with his broad sword.

Question 5

George Frideric Handel once lived in a house in Mayfair, London. Later, what famous musician lived in the house next door?


Jimi Hendrix …. whom, believe it or not, Dr Bob has seen playing live, twice. The first time, the ticket cost 3/6d

Additional Answers

  • Art Garfunkel.
  • Both of them
  • Boy George
  • George Lewisham Gershwin (no relation but it’s a common error) lived just past Go in Old Kent Road. The Tax Collection Office was on the other side.
  • Henry Paul– was he a singer??– I know he went out with a bang at least
  • I’m going to avoid the obvious (Hendrix) and will point out that Giorgos Seferis lived in the same street instead. He was famous, and some of his words were set to music – does that count?
  • It was Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr – they later teamed up for the unsuccessful new-wave/baroque supergroup “Handel with Kerr” (sorry)
  • Jim Morrison.
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jimi Hendrix at 23 Brook St Mayfair. Handel lived in 25.
  • Nearly tricked me here, Dr Bob. I thought of “Trout Mask Replica”, Philip Glass, Hawkwind, that Icelandic mob and other favourites of yours. [But the house would not be big enough!] The subjects of your musical questions are finally of higher standard. Jimi Hendrix.
  • Philip bloody Glass, I suppose. Sigh…
  • Pink! She didn’t live their legally but she said “so what, I am a rock star!” and started a fight.
  • Probably whoever is the answer to #4. Can I have partial credit even if #4 is wrong?
  • Rolfe harris– ha, one of better exports and if not rolfe then the chipmonks
  • Strauss
  • Who bloody cares? I live in a house too, in Newcastle, NSW. A flat, if you wanna know. Big deal. Hang on – did I miss something…?
  • Yyyssö Hatkovauttineellinen

Question 6

This is a street in Bolton, NW England.  What pop star lived here, _after_ achieving fame?


P J Proby

Additional Answers

  • A very stupid one– who would want to live there?
  • Boy George
  • Come on, no pop star “lives” after finding fame, by then all the living is over
  • Don’t know, but did they previously live in Ipswich or was it Notlob?
  • Dr. Starpopper-Fartzinger
  • George Frideric Handel, unfortunately he had to move because the ever popular bagpipe playing balloonist, Hamish McDougall moved in next door.
  • Gyormokmokmok Jeszvőhapvanabas
  • It is not Captain Stanley Lord, Captain of SS California. Nor was it Sir Arthur Rostron, Captain of the RMS Carpathia, first ship to aid the RMS Titanic. I think it is David Potts.
  • Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues.
  • Madonna
  • Me! I live there and I’m totally famous so of course you’re talking about me 🙂
  • Michael Bolton
  • Neither; they both died there
  • Normie Rowe? Delta Goodrem? That Australian Idol bloke with the big hair? Tch, Dr Bob, we quizzoids are far too immersed in arcane academic matters to know anything about pop stars. And how do you define ‘fame’ so one has a start point for finding the answer to your wretched question? After all, maybe an unfamous (or insufficiently famous) pop star lived there in addition to the particular star that you seek.
  • Probably whoever the answer is to #5. Can I have partial credit even if #5 is wrong?
  • Shane McGowan, but it’s more accurate to say that he lived in the gutter out the front.
  • That literally could be ANY street in Bolton. Hm, pop stars from here include Badly Drawn Boy, Danny from McFly and Stu “Ooh, I could crush a grape” Francis. But I’ll have to guess that someone from Sigur Rós came here for a few months to enjoy our Icelandic climate – Bolton Wanderers once had an Icelandic footballer who claimed to love the drizzle more than anything else in the town.


  • 15,000 words in a week – what was I thinking? Hey, did you hear that Shane McGowan is getting himself a pair of dentures at long last.
  • A bit hard for me Bob. This is my first time on this site
  • Alaska is the USA’s Outback, where GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin is from. Have any of your PM’s picked deputy PM’s from your Outback?
  • Cracking toast Gromit!!
  • I didn’t do very well.
  • I’ve seen some of your earlier quizzes. Why do you rip off Russia so much? I’m a russian, f’revvensake. Workers of the world, untie!
  • Make the quiz a bit easier Im only 12!!!
  • New rule: If your 6-digit code is prime then you drink double for mathy questions like the “If all the seas were ink . . .” or “If you stand on a globe and look down . . .”
  • Sorry interviews must be pre- arranged!
  • Thank you. My work here is done.
  • The Republican Veep candidate is getting mixed press. One critic thought the names she gave her kids (Track, Willow, Trig etc) mean she is unfit for fame. Same critic likes Elvis…
  • Today is a truly sad day for me – my last day in Year 12. Or is it meant to be a happy day?? Dammit, I haven’t worked these things out yet…..
  • Why do du never call? [Because I am going to come around and Sie you instead]