Answers for February 2009

A gratifying substantial response this month was soon marred by the realisation that the questions were so easy (well, so Googlable) that most people were getting most or all of them right. Things went further downhill when I went on holiday and realised I had forgotten to provide the March questions. This caused the quiz to overrun and several new sets of answers came in, as if it was a new quiz. Unfortunately one of these – an exasperatingly correct and witty one – was from Dave Hawley. I really must get things done on time.

Our WINNER this time has returned to the quiz after an 8-year absence! It probably takes that long to recover from having breakfast with me on the streets of Brisbane in 2001. Welcome back, the only contestant to add the scholar’s name to Q1 –

Myfanwy Oldershaw


Question 1

In the late 1700s a scholar visited Alcala, Spain to consult the original parchments of Biblical text, from which the Complutensian Polyglot had been printed in 1517.  But he was told that they had all been sold off in 1749, to a man named Toryo. What was Señor Toryo’s occupation?

Answer

Fireworks manufacturer

Additional Answers

  • A rocket scientist!
  • A rocket maker, who used them to make fireworks. This was his way of spreading the “word”.
  • An E-Bay reseller
  • Chief censor of Spain. Obviously didn’t do a great job, considering the amount of perverse sexual stuff still present in the Bible to this day.
  • Clearly, Toryo was a Japanese matador.
  • First Google hit on “Complutensian Polyglot toryo” says that he made rockets. Dr Bob, why are you including questions in your quizzes that Google can answer instantly? What’s your thinking here?
  • Garbo
  • He dealt in fireworks. The old parchments were the best for this purpose. Still are, actually.
  • He made rockets and made fireworks from the parchments.
  • He was a fireworks dealer. He used them to make rockets which were then shot into the heavens (couldn’t resist Dr Bob). These may have been the rockets used on the Titanic, which the California saw. Very good they were too.
  • He was a rocket maker though worked part time as a pizza delivery boy and professional narcissist. He was subsequently arrested in 1755 for burning down a local nunnery. He explained “It seemed like a good idea at the time”.
  • He was a Toryo-Door, though which the information contained in the parchments passed through to the fourth dimension.
  • He was an undercover Spanish agent working ‘for’ the Japanese government.
  • He was the first paper recycler – invented toilet paper made from old useless parchments!
  • He was the subject of a number of popular and modern songs including Elton John’s Rocket Man!!
  • I can see the light! (Well someone in the 18th century could literally see the light!)
  • It was Toryo’s job to line the drawers in hotels with old paper.
  • Making fireworks. He bought the parchments as filling for rockets
  • Male stripper
  • Mutha F**kin’ P-I-M-P!
  • Osaka based manufacturer of industrial paints.
  • Purveyor of framed religious memorabilia. (Photos, toasted sandwiches, etc)
  • Rag dealer.
  • Scrap dealer.
  • Senior Toiletman
  • Senor Toryo’s occupation was “bullshit artist”. He travelled from village to village telling stories and one day came accross a garage sale and he purchased some parchment with some writing on it. He used that in his show saying it was a blueprint for a time machine
  • Señor Toryo was a rocket maker. He whizzed and banged for a living. All credit to him too for doing something truly useful with biblical texts although he could have spared a few for posterity.
  • Sold Fireworks, Rockets and other WMD
  • The “useless parchments” were sold to Toryo for use in making rockets, as he dealt in fireworks.
  • The documents were incendiary, and he was a firebug! It all fits! 🙂 But technically, he was fireworks maker, and the documents were sent heavenwards as rocket packing and fuel.
  • The gentleman was a pyrotechnician – and the librarian sold the useless stuff to gain room.
  • The scholar was Danish, by the name of Moldenhawer, and as a book-lover myself I can well imagine his reaction to being told the manuscripts had been sold to a rocket maker as “useless parchments”. I wonder if they produced a more holy type of firework? Have been unable to find any contemporary accounts to satisfy my curiousity on that one!
  • This is about the Bible, so I assume the dates are AD, not BC, so unless the scholar waited about 40 years to hear the answer, there is a chronological problem with being told the parchments “had” been sold off in the future. I would conclude Señor Toryo’s occupation is character in a fictitious story. Ps I have chosen to interpret the late 1700s as 1708 or 1709, not the 1790s or 1780s, since otherwise, I haven’t a clue, unless he was a printer looking for the original to reprint the Bible.
  • Toilet paper aficionado.
  • Well I’m sure there were some fireworks when he found what they’d been used for. He would have gone off like a Roman Candle – in fact he’d probably have exploded!
  • Quality engineer at Morton Thiokol

Question 2

The Empire State Building is now often spotlighted in colours, including in green for Eid-Ul-Fitr in October 2007.  Before this, why was it lit in green in early 2004?

Answer

75th anniversary of Popeye!!! It was lit green on the weekend of January 16-18, 2004 as a tribute to the icon’s enormous love of spinach.

Additional Answers

  • Ah, to be sure, ’twas for the Leprechauns!
  • All we are saying, give Greenpiss a chance…
  • As part of the NY state government’s campaign to promote the consumption of spinach (pronounced spennech) in young humans for the improving of the healthiness. The colour (or should I say color?) association didn’t quike work for most people though…
  • Because in retro 2004 green made everyone go JIMENY! JIMENY! JIMENY!
  • Because spinach is green.
  • Because the gorilla sneezed and a great big bit of snot went onto the light bulb
  • Bet you thought I wouldn’t get this one, huh! 🙂 WRONG! 16-18 Jan, 2004. Popeye’s 75th Anniversary, celebrating all things to do with tinned spinach. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye#Events_and_honors
  • Chlorophyll, that’s why. There’s too much of it in spinach and it bio-accumulates in sailors who eat it from tins for 75 years.
  • Corporate philanthropy day
  • Could it have been St Patricks Day March 17, 2004 – (just a stab in the dark.)
  • ehe ehe ehe ehe me old shipk matek Popeye’s 75th birfdee toot toot
  • Go ahead signal to incoming commercial airliners
  • i yam what i yam……
  • Is June considered early by you? To celebrate Popeye’s 75th Anniversary. Or St Patricks day but surely you wouldn’t have made it THAT simple.
  • It had just watched our Nicole K in “Bewitched” and was feeling a bit seedy.
  • It usually is on March, 17 – St. Patrick’s Day.
  • It was a promotion for “The Hulk” starring Eric Bana. Warners paid $US5million for the privilege
  • It was envious.
  • It was the fashion at the time
  • It wasn’t actually lit green. So many Americans picked their noses and wiped it on the side of the building, it looked green…
  • Mal Meninga’s birthday. Quite right, too.
  • Man – this was a hard one, Dr Bob! But through a series of deductions it must have been for Popeye’s 75th Anniversary.
  • Part of a movie sequence.
  • Rain Forest Awareness Month
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • St Patrick’s day.
  • St patricks day
  • St Patricks Day?
  • St Patricks Day?
  • St Patricks Day. Peeps at the Empire State got really into celebrating.
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day.
  • The eye is most sensitive to green, I assume it was so pilots could see it easily.
  • The Irish Occupation Celebration, better known as St. Patrick’s Day.
  • The King of the Leprechauns made a speech at the UN.
  • They were probably celebrating Earth Day by aiming several thousand Watts of lights at a building for purely aesthetic reasons. At least that would be funnier than if the answer were St. Patrick’s day.
  • To be sure to be sure – and would that have been for St Patricks day and all.
  • To celebrate Popeye’s 75th birthday.
  • To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s coup? The 100th anniversary of King Edward VII’s visit to Ireland? A century of Australian cricket’s baggy green cap? Or just to make passers-by feel ill for no good reason?
  • To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the comic of Popeye the sailor man
  • To hide the moss.
  • To kick off the yearlong celebration of Popeye the Sailor Man’s 75th Anniversary, the Empire State Building illuminated its world-famous tower lights green during the weekend of Jan. 16-18, 2004, as a tribute to the sailor’s enormous love of spinach. BTW: Do you know why Popeye’s apparatus never became rusty? – He kept dipping it in olive oil.
  • Toys’R’Us opening

Question 3

Who was first to goof the floof?

Answer

Xenu, 75 trillion years ago

Additional Answers

  • A chap named Xenu maybe?
  • According to L. Ron Hubbard, it was XEMU
  • Adam – well, he had to do something while he was waiting for Eve. Tho’ the scientologists think it was Xenu.
  • Asterix
  • Damn! I only know who was first to stoof the moof. Stupid quiz.
  • Everybody’s favorite overlord, Xenu. The ‘floof’ in question never really got over it.
  • I’ll wait until next month when you ask who was the first to Cruisey the Floosy. Or maybe March for Volta the Bolta.
  • If not Xenu, certainly Lafayette Ron Hubbard. Ron’s hairy-palmed followers are still handy at it today.
  • kane or able- it gets pretty lonely when you dont have any friends– but the introduction of a sao biscuit was taking it a step too far
  • L. Ron
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • L. Ron Hubbard the not so well known writer of Science Fiction & Religious Fathytales. Tom Cruise & John Travolta came (ha ha!) later.
  • L. Ron Hubbard. Or, if you believe ancient Egyptian theology, the great god Amun.
  • Lets make something clear. I don’t like you asking me questions about religion. Particularly about something I do religiously.
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Monsieur Spoof.
  • Mott the Hoople
  • Oh you dirty dirty person! I believe that was Master Bates.
  • Probably Adam, when Eve said she had a headache…
  • Probably Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, and Tom Cruise won’t be the last, unfortunately.
  • Professor Poof Scloofermann, of New Minnesota
  • Roof, the ruthless flamenco dancer. Mother of Doof, the inventor of the new power source of Subaru Imprezas
  • Sizzle ma nozzle, no bleedin idea, ma man.
  • Some chap with dyslexia?
  • Some clown named Xenu, but really I think L Ron Hubbard used to goof HIS floof while he was writing his outer space fairytales. I bet he went through a lot of socks.
  • Sorry, that would be me. Sorry.
  • Speaking of spreading the “word”, for your dancing and dining pleasure: The Almighty Xenu of Theta.
  • Suposedly Onan but I reckon it was Adam and if he says otherwise he is lying.
  • The first person to talk with his mouth full.
  • The Great Dictator – Xenu (actually it was really L Ron Hubbard who used to do it regularly – he’d floof everywhere until his mother complained it made the sheets crusty)
  • The über-jerk himself – L. Ron Hubbard
  • This depends on whether you’re a creationist or subscribe to the evolutionary viewpoint. For those of us with the evolutionary bent, we would think that the creationists would answer “Adam”, but the creationists would say that Adam certainly would not have ‘goofed the floof’ because he would have gone blind, would never have found Eve in the Garden of Eden, and man as we know it would not exist.
  • We shouldn’t be discussing things of an intimate nature here Dr Bob ! (stop it or you’ll go blind !)
  • Well according to L. Ron Hubbard it was Xenu.
  • Xenu
  • Xenu
  • Xenu
  • Xenu
  • Xenu
  • Xenu – according to Mr. Hubbard.
  • Xenu (good grief) 😦
  • Xenu the supreme officer in Scientology “goofed the floof” just before he buggered everything up
  • Xenu, about 75 million years ago when dinosaurs were still around.
  • Xenu, approximately 75 million years ago!
  • Xenu! He had success with other dance moves too.
  • Xenu. Or technically, L Ron Hubbard. It reputedly means to pass idle time by masturbating. Supposedly Xenu had lots of idle time available in his 75 million years (give or take) trapped in a volcano. The Sunday papers can only keep you entertained for an hour or so, especially now they are cutting down on the funny pages. I also suppose I could now make an obligatory but predictable comment about Elron being the biggest wanker of all time and I would probably not get much disagreement (except from certain quarters). But I won’t. That would be creepy, amusing, icky and obvious – a strange mix…
  • Xenu. From what I gather L. Ron Hubbards ego would not have allowed him to waste his seed in such a cavalier fashion

Question 4

What would you measure, using the Mull of Kintyre for reference?

Answer

The propriety of images of naked men.

Additional Answers

  • How long it takes me to get bored by a song? No, that’s not seriously my answer. It’s actually a measure used by the Broadcasting Standards Commission to determine if a penis is sufficiently flaccid to permit it being shown on television.
  • 3/4 time?
  • A mighty good bong.
  • An old tool used to navigate the desert using the stars: the angle of erection
  • Arousal state of the Men’s organ. Used by the Brit Prudes to decide whether an image of a man’s penis could be shown in a film.
  • Awesomeness!
  • Crap Lyrics
  • Er, the angle of the dangle.
  • Flaccidity of male member in an image, to see if it is acceptable to show on television according to the British Board of Film Classification
  • How bad a song is!
  • How much wood a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  • Hydrocarbon contamination in mussels, where the Mull measures close to zero.
  • I would measure nothing using the Mull of Kintyre for reference. Someone at the BBC in Great Britain, however, has a job they must really love, or really hate.
  • I would start to measure the length of the copper wire made when two locals were fighting over a two cent coin
  • If I’m wrong don’t judge me too harshly but isn’t it how erect a penis can be before it’s pornographic?
  • Mist rolling in from the sea
  • MoK provides the upper benchmark for measuring the excruciationicity of ‘Wings’ songs (on a scale of zero for total silence to 100 for ‘Mull of Kintyre’). For example, ‘Live and Let Die’ rates only 19 (good) while ‘Coming Up’ rates 87 – highly excruciating but still less so than MoK. Obviously, no ‘Wings’ song can exceed 100 even though some other McCartney songs would do so. Analysts rate ‘Ebony and Ivory’ at 693 on the MoK scale, even after compensating for the significant added skew in the Michael Jackson version.
  • Mull of Kintyre was/is an excellent sire of sprinters, so would be used as a measurement of sire or dam dominance in thoroughbred racehorses.
  • Multimullkintyres.
  • My big dangling twaggly.
  • Need to think about this for a while.
  • Penis flaccidity
  • Personally I would not. But UK broadcasting officers are said to judge whether a naked man can be shown on TV by comparing the extension of his penis to the size and position of the Mull of Kintyre in relation to the British mainland. If it is similar, the man may be shown. (You will never again have an innocent look onto a map of scotland hereafter.)
  • Pornography. The BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical was larger than that of the Mull of Kintyre
  • Softish boiled eggs, or a medium steak. The song goes for 4 minutes and 44 seconds, just right for both of these. Though you’d have to play it twice for the steak, once for each side.
  • Tee hee!! The “Mull of Kintyre test” was an unofficial guideline said to have been used by the British Board of Film Classification in the United Kingdom to decide whether an image of a man’s penis could be shown.The BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical (the ‘angle of the dangle’ as it was often known) was larger than that of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, on maps of Scotland.
  • The absolute awfulness of pop songs.
  • The amount of extension of a penis that can be shown on British Television
  • The angle of a vertical object (which could be a phallic Symbol) being shown in a film that is being viewed by the British Film Censorship Board
  • The angle of male arousal which the BBC allows on TV
  • The angle of the dangle.
  • The angle of the dangle. In 1960’s and 70’s (i.e. Thatcher’s) Britain, there was presumed to be a test whereby full frontal male nudity was only allowed if the lack-of-flaccidity of the penis in view was at an angle less than that of the Mull from a true north heading on the map. Failure to meet this test (or, more accurately, being too successful) would lead to a loud and persistent banging on your knob in the night. Sorry…that was the previous question, wasn’t it.
  • The clue is to listen carefully to the real words: “Mull-i-gans Tyres, the tread’s on the inside …”. A Navy friend told me that one.
  • The combined Crap Quotient (official term) for a pop song and its film clip.
  • The duration of Paul McCartney’s song writing career.
  • The extent of the tumescence of the penis. This only applies to men who have penises that are actually long enough to hang down, something of a novelty in the BBC.
  • The length of a boring Rod Stewart song.
  • The Mull of Kintyre test was an unofficial guideline said to have been used by the British Board of Film Classification in the United Kingdom to decide whether an image of a man’s penis could be shown.The BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical (the “angle of the dangle”, as it was often known) was larger than that of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, on maps of Scotland.See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Kintyre.PNG
  • The piefulness factor of pie.
  • The size of the task in hand? Also known as the “angle of the dangle” – It’s what happens when you goof the floof.
  • This ancient landbridge makes a convenient sea level indicator, hence its nickname: the great dipstick
  • To measure the angle of the dangle 🙂 for film classifications
  • Tumescence of a penis.
  • Well, need I say it? That thing downstairs, if you know what I mean.
  • You could use the lighthouse to measure your position at sea. You also could use it as a reference point to measure the distance from Scotland to Ireland or the US. Alternately it could be used as a standard to measure the popularity of pop songs against.

Question 5

Americans have begun to sell milk in square containers that also serve as jugs – the shipping and packaging costs are lower.  What problem is being encountered with the square jugs?

Answer

*sigh* the poor Americans are finding the containter/jugs tricky to pour from. There is increased spillage, particularly by children. The larger width of the jug’s opening and its small lip are said to produce a wide torrent of milk pouring out when the jug is at a shallow slant. Some shops are holding demonstrations (with free cookies!) on how to use them…

Additional Answers

  • A lot of spillage when pouring due to the absence of a spout
  • Americans do not have square cups to fit square milk.
  • Apparently it makes the milk difficult to pour. My heart bleeds.
  • Being made out of plastic, they are a bugger to recycle. [And so are the milk jugs]
  • Customers were unused to the design and spilling the milk when pouring.
  • Difficult to pour out of
  • Difficult to pour without spills
  • Does not pour well
  • Doris reckons “Ooooohh theyre not propper milk jugs. Theyre not like the old ones” – they are different. Call it consumer resistance.
  • Everyone knows milk is round.
  • Gives the milk a sharp bend
  • Hard to wash rancid milk from corners.
  • I had a girlfriend once with square jugs, and the problem there was … whoops, sorry, daydreaming again. Yes, it’s a cheap gag, but that’s Dr Bob’s quiz all over, isn’t it?
  • Idiots. The new jugs are idiot-hostile. Americans are right now pouring their milk up trouser legs and onto the cat. Or through some sort of space-time-warping spiral into the toaster. Anywhere but on their cornflakes as God intended. So while the new jugs may be much more efficient and saving the consumer considerably in transport and shipping costs, Americans are now having to be given lessons on how to pour milk! (Actually quite true! I mean, seriously, that’s true! Expect fake degress in milkology any day soon!)
  • It goofs the floof and dribbles everywhere.
  • It spills too much milk
  • Knowing American culture, probably the fact that you can’t get it delivered or through a drive-through. Plus it doesn’t come with fries.
  • No-one knows how to open them
  • Not many people are able to afford the training needed in anger management when you’re trying to pour just the amount of milk required in a cup of tea.
  • OMG they can’t pour the milk out without spilling it
  • Pourly educated customers.
  • Reckon I know a bit about jugs. Like the big ones best. Never come across square ones though.
  • Slips out of hand when pouring?
  • Spilt milk
  • Squares are two dimensional figures so the first problem would be that they have no volume. The word “milk” could be printed on them, if people would buy that.
  • The americans are now crying over spilled milk … and a real crappy economy.
  • The cup holders in US cars can’t hold them.
  • The new jugs which have been introduced to save room during transport and storage do not have a proper spout and are therefore difficult to pour. Numerous Americans experience some mess at their breakfast table these days.
  • There is no obvious spout – but there are four bloody corners what is so difficult about that?
  • They are 2-dimensional. (My real guess from seeing them at stores is that for some reason they need to leave a gap of air at the top and so people probably worry that they are underfilled, or that they have been opened already. Maybe the gap is so you get a short time lag so that the first liquid does not spill before you get a glass underneath it?)
  • They are bloody hard to pour from. Split milk and a lot of tears Dr Bob.
  • They are made by capitalist corporations. That should be enough of a problem!
  • They are not as strong structurally as round ones, and so lots get smashed during transportation and the milk goes all over the place. Euuggrrhh.
  • They don’t fit in round boxes
  • They don’t have a spout and Americans are too American to figure out a solution.
  • They don’t roll very well
  • They look fake?
  • They look insufficiently like the Pentagon (Amer.: Pannegahn), thus being deemed “unpatriotic” and “promoting terrorism”.
  • They make excellent hiding places for weapons of mass destruction – spawning a whole new generation of urban terrorists in the kitchens of America.
  • They pour differently. Big deal, people. Get used to it.
  • They spill when they pour – just like me
  • They won’t fit in round drinks holders. Or the fact that drug crazed clubbers are using the corners as lethal weapons and killing people.
  • Typical case of Square pegs in round holes. The stupid containers don’t fit into the round hole of car drink holders
  • Users are having difficulty pouring the milk without spilling it.
  • When handled, square milk jugs eject white liquid everywhere except into the correct receptacle. This proves the new jugs were invented by Scientologists.
  • You can’t pour the milk out of them without making a mess! Sheesh!
  • You can’t put a round hand on a square jug.

Question 6

Exactly when was this Northern European picture taken?

Answer

04:50, 3 Septemner 1967

Additional Answers

  • At 04:50 in the morning of 3 September 1967. Elsewhere in Stockholm young men and women were having unprotected sex at the time. AIDS had not yet been invented and there were cures for everything else. Unfortunately I was on the other side of the world and only 10 years old.
  • Between 0450 and 0500 on 3rd September 1967. At exactly the same time on the other side of the world, I was celebrating my 18th birthday, my new driver’s licence and Dagen H by weaving from one side of the road to the other. If it was Swedish, it was sexy.
  • September 3rd, 1967, at 5:00am. – in Sweden. This was the very moment Sweden switched from left hand traffic to right hand traffic. And as this was only some 40 years ago, there are still different shop concepts in Sweden. Whereas Swedes of less than about 50 years of age tend to move right when entering a supermarket, older Swedes prefer an orientation to the left. Shop owners aiming at the older generation use this knowledge for the placement of products in their shops. [My father in law drives in the middle of the road, there having been very few cars about for most of his life. It is a tribute to the safety of Swedish roads and cars that he is still with us]
  • 03 September 1967. When Sweden changed from driving on the left hand side of the road to the right.
  • 11:00am on Thursday 12th April 2008. The crew had broken for morning tea on the set of Guy Ritchie’s remake of a Fellini classic – title as yet undisclosed. The guy on the motorbike is the 1st AD, who has been sent for coffee.
  • 12 December, 1976 – Hell, it’s a good a guess as any…
  • 16 July 1969.
  • 1665. People escaping the Plague in London. That’s just a guess, by the way.
  • 1945
  • 1952 – about ten minutes after Hubbard’s book came out. Each driver immediately wanted to goof the floof but, as the pic clearly shows, all had to stop so they could (as all good Scientologists do) pull together.
  • 1955 – the year godzilla visited.
  • 1965
  • 1976
  • 1984
  • 3rd September 1967. National Driving Lessons for the Blind Day in Stockholm.
  • Around midnight.
  • As supporters of the winning World Cup Soccer team left the pubs to go home – (the day after the game had finished ) or could it have been the moment when some country changed its road rules to driving on the opposite sides of the road, so they all decided to change over right then !!
  • Could be any day with light traffic in India, but your suggestion that it is from (the normally very orderly) Northern Europe, leads me to the conclusion, that the event pictured is a transition from left to right sided driving, which places it in Sweden (possibly Stockholm) anno 1967 shortly before 5 AM.
  • During the filming of Dick Tracy the movie. I’ve nearly given up on this one, look at the date! It’s the 17th and I am STILL no closer to answer. But if I DO finally work out the answer can I send it by itself?
  • Early Summer 1959 when the Duchy of Grand Fenwick invaded Helsinki as a warm up before invading New York.
  • Episode 3
  • Exactly??? I recon when JFK took a bullet- they knew the yanks were going to blame someone
  • Feb 2009. Hard to be exact because it was taken over a period, (the exposure setting on the camera).
  • In a time of great chaos and uncertainty on the roads, judging from which something has just happened – I’m guessing an assissination [? a new word – death by saying the wrong thing to animals?]. Other than that, I’d say summer (no snow) and sometime between 1950 and 1970 (vehicle models).
  • It was Finlands annual Floof day in the early 60’s. Inaugurated to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Just now when I stripped it off the web page and used it as a screen saver on my wife’s phone
  • Louis Braille’s 200th birthday (observed).
  • Manchester, U.K., April the 14th, 1979.
  • Mexico! According to some english bird on The Weakest Link, Mexico is in Europe. Learn something new every day!
  • Moscow
  • National Park Anywhere You Feel Like It Day…or was it the day the Swedish swapped which side of the road they drove on.
  • No-one can be sure exactly when, due to the relativity of simultaneity. However, “where” is a bit easier – it is probably in either Iceland, Sweden or Finland. The traffic don’t look too ordered…
  • On Sunday 3 september 1967 in Sweden – H-day
  • Some time after Northern Europe came into existence (and got badly shaken up, as far as I see).
  • Some time shortly after 5am Sunday morning, September 3, 1967, when Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right. The picture is of Stockholm on what became known as Dagen H (H-Day or “Högertrafik” – right hand traffic day). Sheesh, what a mess!
  • Sorry no go on this one. [As the picture shows]
  • The day Sweden went LHD (and have had more accidents since)
  • The same day women were granted drivers licenses…
  • This is Dagen H – H-Day – for Sweden! It is 3-Sep-1967, and all the cars in Sweden are being moved over onto the other side of the road. Permanently. So they went from left side of the road (like most of the British Empire does) to right side of the road (like Europe and the USA does). That is, right-hand-drive to left-hand-drive…hell, YOU work it out!! It was also the 29th anniversary of the start of WW2 – how much more auspicious could things get.
  • When someone else happened, elsewhere. (The ultimate one-fits-all answer.)
  • When Sweden changed the side of the road they drove on.
  • When the news that the Titanic had hit Iceland, trying to avoid the falling Hindenburg being piloted by one A.Hitler. No? How about the day Sweden went from driving on the left to driving on the right. Ok I don’t know. [But you DO know]
  • Who cares about when. What the hell is going on down there????

Comments

  • “Someone is on your side, no-one is alone”
  • Can we have a Mal Meninga quiz, please?
  • Congratulations Dr Bob – I may even have managed to floof some correct answers there…
  • Did L. Ron Hubbard die an Etic?
  • Easy this month the spinach I’ve been eating must have enhanced my mental muskells ehe ehe ehe. toot toot
  • First time visit, thanks for the site!
  • Fun & obscure, but I like it, the cartoon sums it up. Do you send us the answers? or can we look them up later? [You can look them up immediately .. in bloody Wikipedia 😦 ]
  • Google images “europe filetype:jpg imagesize:199×300” grayscale images only 😉
  • Have to admit to using the internet to find the answers 🙂 The goof the floof one still has me in a bit of a state of shock though LOL
  • Herman Melville thought there were tigers in Africa. Good on him.
  • Hi Dr Bob, it’s nice to be back. Not that I went anywhere. I guess the resources booooooooom must be slowing down. Have these quizzes gotten easier or am I just getting smarter?
  • I actually remember Dagen H quite well. I was listening to the new Swedish ambassador being interviewed in Sydney. He was told, politely, that Australians knew little of Sweden, and he was invited to talk about some of the interesting things happening there at the moment. He thought for a few seconds, and then said, with accented excitement: “Oh yes, all of our cars now drive on the right hand side of the road!” Oddly enough, sales of holiday packages to Sweden showed no immediate improvement.
  • I have been sober for 4 days in a row now!
  • I know you missed me. (I got your license plate so I know YOU missed me.)
  • I love you Dr Bob, more than I love myself!
  • I’m not very smart. I just emailled the answers without any of my details. Computers are not really my thing. Regards
  • Isn’t it amazing how a rocket maker from the 17th century can by just a single purchase make his way into the anals of history. [Er, I think you mean ‘annals’. Or perhaps not]
  • It must be sad seeing old Santa Williams leave.
  • Its too bloody hot here Dr. Bob [At least parts of your city are not on fire]
  • Messy!
  • More godzilla related questions please!
  • My recurring Alzheimer’s made me forget if I recently signed up for membership of your honourable organisation. Could you please look into your crystal-ball?
  • No web pages were harmed in the making of this month’s answers Dr Bob !
  • Nothing about any of the usual suspects this month Dr Bob. Are you ill or something? [No, only stunned that yours and the other set of answers to conme in so far, have 6/6 right.  Not ill, just ashamed]
  • Say Dr Bob, since you seem to have contacts everywhere, can you please explain to Gerry Harvey that with 2009 not being a Leap Year, February will only have 28 days and thus he cannot have a “Once in a Blue Moon” Sale this month?
  • Sorry about the semi serious answer to Q6
  • Thanks Doc!
  • To anyone who will listen, read Jeff’s Pie Shop! It’s a webcomic, and a hell of a blog too (i.e. what blogs look like if they go to hell). You find it at http://www.emergencybananaproductions.com. (Sorry very much for using your quiz as an advertising venue, Dr Bob. How much do you charge me?)
  • Where on Googleearth were you when you came up with Q’s 3 & 4? [Nowhere – I was off the planet. There’s a Google Earth, Google Moon and Google Mars but they ought to do a Google Off The Planet]
  • Would you effing believe it – I knew some of these WITHOUT Googling them! Am I back in form or WHAT!!! 🙂
  • You are an infuriating person Dr Bob. In a good way though. 🙂 xx
  • You have discovered very interesting aspects of life. Thank you.