Friday, November 1, 2013

Trivia Bits 01 November


  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth was written by Jules Verne in 1864.
  • In darts, a big bag of nuts is a score of 45.
  • Emperor Nero's lust for excess was most evident in his elaborate parties. According to the ancient writer Seutonius, Emperor Nero's Domus Aurea had a circular main dining room with a roof that revolved day and night, in time with the sky. In what remains of the palace today, there is a large octagonal room with a domed ceiling that some believe is this dining room. The octagonal room has a large dome with an oculus in the middle. It predates the Pantheon--and was probably the inspiration for it. The architects of the Domus Aurea developed an innovative mechanism cranked by slaves, that made the ceiling underneath this dome revolve like the heavens. While the ceiling revolved, perfume was sprayed from the ceiling and rose petals were dropped on the diners. Legend has it there were so many rose petals falling at one dinner that one of the guests was asphyxiated.
  • Dipsomania is an abnormal craving for alcohol.
  • James Brown, US Singer, was nicknamed the Godfather of Soul.
  • In the 1962 song Ahab the Arab, the title character’s camel was called Clyde.
  • Pascals is the unit used to measure pressure.
  • James Stewart, the likeable movie actor born May 20, 1908, starred in a humorous movie with an invisible rabbit – Harvey.
  • In China, the cherry blossom symbolises immortality.
  • Emperor Trajan, who ruled from 98--117 A.D., was celebrated as the greatest of Roman emperors. In fact, for the rest of Roman history, new emperors were honored by the Roman senate with the prayer felicior Augusto, melior Traiano, meaning "may he be more fortunate than Augustus and better than Trajan." In Dante's Divine Comedy, Trajan is the only emperor allowed into heaven.

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