the Pedant’s Revolt

From a pedant.

I must give up watching TV quiz shows, because I end up shouting in annoyance at the screen.

Yesterday on “The Chase”:

Question: “During which war was the Special Boat Service created?”

Answer: “WW2” – “Correct”

Actually, wrong.  The Special Boat Section was created in 1940.  The Special Boat Squadron was created in 1977 and the Special Boat Service in 1987, during the Laos-Thailand Border War.

A TV advertisement competition broadcast today required the single word (sic) answer “Windsor Castle”.

And to cap it all I spent over half an hour this morning trying to work out an unsolvable “cross-sum” puzzle on my tablet, wherein the numbers 1-9 must be put into a grid to make 6 correct calculations.  The result required,  and checked with the official answer, included the calculation “1+6/3=2”.

is it just me?

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

3 thoughts on “the Pedant’s Revolt”

  1. My wife enjoys “Jeopardy”, so it’s on every evening. The information these learned, smart people do not know is astounding:
    > An entire Army surrendered there in early 1943, one of the great turning points of WWII. None of the 3 contestants apparently had ever even heard of Stalingrad, and offered no answer.
    > The war during which the Star-Spangled Banner was written. First person’s guess: the Civil War? Second person’s guess: the Mexican War? Third person’s guess: The Revolutionary War? By that time I was ready to throw my drinking glass at the screen..

    It is to weep.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

  2. When a gentleman reaches *ahem* more senior years, Shouting at the Radio is how folk know that you are still alive, and not enjoying that final moment of rest in your comfy chair 🙂

    Regards, Chris.

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