Tuesday, September 2, 2014

An Elsa Lanchester Moment


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Trivia Bits 02 September


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In the Archie comic book series, Jughead Jones’ white sheepdog is called Hot Dog (pictured). Jughead first appeared in Pep Comics No 22 in December 1941.

Presented and written by popular historian Tom Holland, the 2011 BBC British documentary programme Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters speculates that the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology, may have been inspired by elephant skulls.

Brothers Dean and Sam Winchester feature in the 2005 American supernatural drama television series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester.

The Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957 makes it illegal to call another person a wizard in South Africa and prohibits various activities related to witchcraft, witch smelling or witch-hunting.

The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.

Two of the Russian Peresvet-class battleships salvaged by the Japanese after the end of the Russo-Japanese War were incorporated into the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1905.

Harare is the capital of the African country of Zimbabwe, a landlocked country located in southern Africa.

The Kharosthi script was in use from the middle of the 3rd century BC until around the 3rd century AD in ancient Northwest India.

Captain Jack Harkness is a fictional character played by John Barrowman in Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood which is British science fiction television programme following the exploits of a small team of alien hunters, who make up the Cardiff branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, which deals mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials

Quotables 02 September



Monday, September 1, 2014

An Elliott Gould Moment


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Trivia Bits 01 September



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The 1797 oil-on-canvas painting by Spanish painter Francisco Goya Portrait of the Duchess of Alba (pictured), the duchess is wearing her mourning clothes, as her husband died the year before.

The St Albans Hoard, one of the largest hoards of Roman gold coins ever found in Britain, was discovered by a man using his new metal detector for the first time in a field near St Albans in Hertfordshire in October 2012.

In Mexico, sombreros for peasants are traditionally made from straw.

Ready Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV cooking programme which debuted on 24 October 1994 with the last edition broadcast on 2 February 2010.

The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.

The United States Bullion Depository known as Fort Knox is located in the state of Kentucky with the site located on what is now Bullion Boulevard at the intersection of Gold Vault Road.

Dating back to the 15th-century BC, the Royal Palace of ancient Ugarit in Syria had fortification walls whose base sloped outward 45 degrees.

American William W. Cooper, a pioneer of management science, dropped out of high school and worked as a professional boxer winning 58 bouts, losing three, and drawing two, before going to Chicago University where he graduated with a B.A. and Phi Beta Kappa honours in 1938.

American photojournalist known for her work as a war correspondent, Dickey Chapelle was the first war correspondent killed during the Vietnam War in 1965.

The Union ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet.

Quotables 01 September



Sunday, August 31, 2014

An Ella Raines Moment


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Trivia Bits 31 August



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The supersonic Concorde jet (pictured) made its first trial flight on January 1, 1969.

The quarries where the Romans extracted travertine for the Colosseum and other great structures are still being mined today.

Singaporean sprinter C Kunalan's feat of 10.38 seconds in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games 100 metres was a national record for 33 years.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the annual trophy for the winners in the Superbowl for the sport of Gridiron also known as American Football and was named in honour of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.

Jane Delano, a relative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, founded the American Red Cross nursing service on January 20, 1910.

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict running for one season in 1978–79.

The Republic of Israel was established April 23, 1948.

The seven wonders of the ancient world were: ... 1. Egyptian Pyramids at Giza ... 2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon ... 3. Statue of Zeus at Olympia ... 4. Colossus of Rhodes - or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honoured the sun god Helios ... 5. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus ... 6. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus ... 7. Lighthouse at Alexandria.

The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The standard U.S. railroad width (4 feet, 8.5 inches) is directly derived from the width of Roman war chariots. This is because the English expatriates who designed the U.S. railroad system based their measurements on the pre-railroad tramways built in England. Those tramways were built using the same tools used to build wagons, which were also that width. The reason wagons were built to that width is because otherwise, they would break during long treks across the old English roads. Those roads--built by the Romans--were full of ruts carved out by Roman war chariots. All Roman chariots were built to a standard width of 4 feet, 8.5 inches, and so English wagons were built so that their wheels would fit into those ruts.

Quotables 31 August



Saturday, August 30, 2014

An Ella Fitzgerald Moment


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Trivia Bits 30 August



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The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC. The second longest was France's Louis XIV (pictured), who ruled for 72 years, 1643 to 1715.

Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy that was originally broadcast for eight seasons from 1964 and starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Dick Sargent (1969–1972), Agnes Moorehead, and David White and is about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife.

The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453) and between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France for control of the French throne.

The first person to defeat Australian boxer Daniel Geale, former IBF and former WBA (Super) Middleweight Champion, was fellow Australian boxer Anthony Mundine in May 2009.

The influence of ancient Rome on architecture is all around us. The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., is almost a dead-ringer for the Pantheon. And the original Penn Station in New York was modelled on the Baths of Caracalla.

In the TV series Star Trek, Vulcan’s blood is coloured green due to being copper based and his heart is located on the right side of the torso, in between the ribs and pelvis.

The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City in 1921 with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day.

The name of the first airplane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was Bird of Prey.

The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.

The peace symbol was created in 1958 as a nuclear disarmament symbol by the Direct Action Committee, and was first shown that year at peace marches in England. The symbol is a composite of the semaphore signals N and D, representing nuclear disarmament.

Quotables 30 August



Friday, August 29, 2014

An Elke Sommer Moment


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Trivia Bits 29 August


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The pygmy chimpanzee less and often, the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee is also known by Bonoba (pictured) and mainly found in the Congo Basin.

The board game of Articulate, originally released in 1992, includes a circular board 500 cards with 3,000 words and a timer.

Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers paintings of 1888 were intended to decorate the bedroom of his friend and fellow painter, Paul Gauguin.

Vermont, admitted as the 14th state in the United States in 1791, was the first addition to the original 13 colonies.

Running for a total of eight seasons after debuting on October 29 1993, Diagnosis: Murder, a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starred Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke..

American author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s most famous novel was Uncle Tom’s Cabin published in 1852.

Buddy Richard en el Astor by Buddy Richard was the first live album ever recorded on 10 December 1969 at the Teatro Astor (Astor Theatre) in Santiago and released by a Chilean artist on the RCA Victor, Warner Music Chile label.

The first-known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 BC.

People who suffer from anosognosia deny or do not know that they have relatively significant challenges such blindness or paralysis.

The House of Lancaster, symbolized by the red rose, won England's 'War of the Roses.'

Quotables 29 August



Thursday, August 28, 2014

An Elizabeth Young Moment


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Trivia Bits 28 August



Amalienborg (pictured)  is the winter residence of the Danish Royal family and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Chiroptophobia is the fear of Bats which being nocturnal animals, are associated with various dangers and fears of darkness, with the centuries of prejudices and accompanying myths of Dracula and Halloween.

The 1970’s TV show featuring a gravel-voiced transvestite wearing a gold boxing gloves was The Aunty Jack Show being a Logie Award–winning Australian television comedy series that ran from 1972 to 1973.

The headquarters of confectionary manufacturer Whittaker’s is based in Porirua, New Zealand and specialises in chocolate.

American businessman and writer Howard Schultz is credited with starting the chain of coffee houses known as Starbucks in 1987.

Marmolada is the highest mountain of the Dolomite Ranges in north-eastern Italy standing at 3,343 m (10,968 ft).

The first US Marines wore high leather collars to protect their necks from sabres, hence the name "leathernecks."

The 1870s painting The Dance Class was painted by French artist Edgar Degas who was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas on 19 July 1834.

The country with the internet top-level domain of .id is Indonesia.

James Callaghan preceded Margaret Thatcher as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Quotables 28 August



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Elizabeth Taylor Moment


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Trivia Bits 27 August


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The real name of American actor Rock Hudson (pictured) was Roy Harold Scherer, Jr born in Winnetka, Illinois in 1925.

Machine Head was an iconic ‘70’s album by English hard rock band Deep Purple and released in March 1972.

The Kyzylklum Desert means Red Sand in Turkic languages and spans the three countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan covering about 298,000 km2 (115,000 sq mi).

The planet Neptune has 14 known moons and is the eighth and farthest planet from the Sun in the Solar System.

American serial political drama television series The West Wing originally broadcast from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006 was set primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located, during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet played by Martin Sheen.

Zheng He was a Hui court eunuch, mariner, explorer, diplomat, and fleet admiral during China's early Ming dynasty commanding expeditionary voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa from 1405 to 1433.

Irenology is the study of Peace and aims at the prevention, de-escalation, and solution of conflicts by peaceful means.

Ansaru is an Islamist jihadist militant organisation based in the African country of Nigeria.

The Mona Lisa by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci is an oil painting painted on poplar wood and on permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797.

Roman Polanski won the Best Director Oscar for the 2002 movie The Pianist, a WWII true story drama about Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman.