Sunday, September 29, 2013

Trivia Bits 29 September


  • The longest river entirely in England is the River Thames with a length of 346 kms (215 mi) and the Thames Estuary on North Sea at Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
  • US President George W Bush was once arrested for stealing a Christmas wreath.
  • Following Anthony Eden’s resignation as Prime Minister of Britain, Harold Macmillan succeeded him and was Prime Minister from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963.
  • Tasseomancy is a method of fortune telling that primarily uses tea leaves, coffee grounds or wine sediment.
  • Gurka soldiers are known for carrying a curved knife known as kukri which often appears in Nepalese heraldry and is used in many traditional rituals such as wedding ceremonies.
  • The title role in the original Broadway production of Hello Dolly was played by Carol Channing opening on January 16, 1964, at the St. James Theatre, closing on December 27, 1970 after 2,844 performances.
  • The art of clipping foliage and shrubs into various ornamental shapes is traditionally called Topiary.
  • Frank Sinatra, amongst other titles was known as Ol’ Blue Eyes and The Chairman of the Board.
  • Proxy is the name given to the person authorized to vote on behalf of someone else.
  • Carmargue horses are an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France and are always grey in colour.

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