Friday, January 30, 2015
Eric “The Eel” Moussambani (pictured), a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and before coming to the Olympics, Moussambani had never seen a 50 m (160 ft) long Olympic-size swimming pool taking up swimming only eight months before the Olympics practicing in a lake in Malabo.
Becoming one of the most recognisable tunes, in part because of its place at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive" is a disco song by the Australian group the Bee Gees and written by the Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) which upon release on 13 December 1977 climbed the charts to hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of 4 February 1978, remaining there for four weeks.
In French composer Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, Carmen works in a factory making cigarettes.
The South American Bauru sandwich originated in Brazil with the traditional recipe calls for cheese, usually mozzarella, melted in a bain-marie, slices of roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun with the soft inner part removed.
The comic character Snoopy plays shortstop in baseball in the Peanuts comic strip.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner better known by the stage name Sting is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist and is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the pioneering new wave rock band The Police and for his influential subsequent solo career.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was mother to Queen Elizabeth II.
SS Principessa Jolanda the largest Italian ocean liner built up to that time, capsized in 1907 while being launched and was declared a total loss.
The larvae of the terrestrial Sri Lankan (Ceylon) caecilian have gills and a tail fin developing in water and then grow to about 23 to 40 cm (9.1 to 15.7 in) long and resemble a large earthworm.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Tokyo Big Sight convention centre, the popular nickname for the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre (pictured), looks like four upside-down pyramids and opened in April 1996.
The village of Najran in Syria was named after the Najran of South Arabia, whose inhabitants, the Balharith, fled to Syria in the 520s.
The Bermuda Bowl is the biennial world championship of the popular card game of Contract bridge and started out as a competition between USA, Europe and Britain in 1950.
Directed by Peter Weir and starring Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell was the 1990 movie Green Card with Peter Weir writing the script specifically as a vehicle to introduce Gérard Depardieu to a wide English-speaking audience.
Considered the bible of the beat generation was the 1957 published novel by American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac On the Road based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America.
Balaklava is a town located in South Australia, 92 kilometres north of Adelaide in the Mid North with the region’s first European settlers in the area being James and Mary Dunn who opened a hotel in 1850 with the town being named after the Battle of Balaklava.
Asclepius is the Greek god of medicine and healing with the rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, a symbol of medicine.
Despite having such actors as Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles, New York Magazine described the 1968 film directed by Philip Saville Oedipus the King as an "almost comical" film adaption of the dramatic play by Sophocles.
In the 1930’s the Wong brothers, Nelson, Joshua, and Othniel, three ethnic Chinese film directors and cameramen active in the cinema of the Dutch East Indies, were bankrupted, then made rich, by working with Dutch-Indonesian journalist and filmmaker Albert Balink.
The 1982 the US top 10 hit song Rock the Casbah was released by The Clash an English punk rock band on their album Combat Rock.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Australian athlete Cathy Freeman won two World Championship gold medals in the 400 metres event and became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics at which she lit the Olympic Flame (pictured).
Iceland is often referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice as it has snowy highlands and glaciers but underneath the surface geysers, hot springs and volcanoes.
Succeeding Francois Mitterrand as President of France in 1995 was Jacques Chirac.
In the 1993 – 2004 American sitcom TV series Frasier, Frasier’s brother’s name is Niles, a fellow psychiatrist.
Svierge is another name for the country of Sweden the Scandinavian country in Northern Europe and borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund.
American playwright Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953.
The Everglades National Park is in the US State of Florida and was established in 1934 to protect the quickly vanishing Everglades, and dedicated in 1947.
Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot, who in 1947, he became the first pilot to (officially) travel faster than sound.
American lawyer and Democratic politician Charles Warren is best known for political leadership in environmental matters, he also initiated and developed the first U.S. state-wide 9-1-1 emergency telephone service program in California with the Warren – 911 – Emergency Assistance Act becoming law in 1973.
Wielding the lasso of truth is the DC Comics character Wonder Woman first appearing in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941 and first cover-dated on Sensation Comics #1, January 1942.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.
Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.
Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.
Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?
Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.
Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
Answer: Normal .
Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answer: The never ending coffee break.
Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.
Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.
And, my very favourite....
QUESTION: What do you do all week?
Answer: Monday through Friday, NOTHING..... Saturday & Sunday, I rest.
Banoffee pie (pictured), made from bananas, cream and dulce de leche on a pastry or biscuit base, originated in the United Kingdom with credit for the pie's invention claimed by Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie, the chef and owner respectively at The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex in 1972.
Crop circles are sizable patterns created by the flattening of a crop such as wheat, barley, rye, maize, or rapeseed and are studied by a cereologist.
Civilian scout Amos Chapman was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in 2012 for his actions which saw him awarded the Medal of Honor in 1874 for gallantry while in service of the United States Army during the Indian Wars.
The latitude in degrees of the Earth’s Equator is 0O.
Deep Blue was a computer best known for playing games of Chess and was developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine, with human intervention between games, won the second six-game match against world champion Garry Kasparov by two wins to one with three draws.
The capital of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is Palermo which was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz.
The British racehorse Teenoso won the 1983 Derby Stakes with the slowest winning time winning time of 2:49.07 of this race in the 20th century.
With the main hangar built in 1954, the Loring Air Force Base Double Cantilever Hangar, in Limestone, Aroostook County, Maine, was capable of storing five B-36 Peacemaker or six B-52 Stratofortress aircraft.
The term used to describe a fear of the number 4 is tetraphobia.
Claude Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral series of paintings in the 1890’s with each painting in the series capturing the façade of the cathedral at different times of the day and year, and reflect changes in its appearance under different lighting conditions.