Monday, December 9, 2013

Trivia Bits 09 December


  • The oldest organised religion still practised today is Hinduism.
  • The first Japanese martial art was Judo.
  • The Po is the longest river in Italy that flows approximately 652 km (405 mi) from a spring seeping from a stony hillside at Pian del Re to a delta projecting into the Adriatic Sea near Venice.
  • Rome is often called the Eternal City.
  • On maps of the London Underground, the Bakerloo Line is shown in brown.
  • The Bridget Jones novel series by English novelist and screenwriter Helen Fielding began as a column in The Independent about her single life in London.
  • A siskin is a bird with siskin first recorded in written English in 1562, referring to the Eurasian Siskin, Carduelis spinus.
  • Google began operating in January 1996.
  • The German dog name Dachshund translates as Badger Dog.
  • US President Richard Nixon said There can be no whitewash in the Whitehouse.
  • The Manchurian Candidate was written in 1959 by Richard Condon.
  • Paul Newman and Robert Redford played the main characters in the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.
  • Australian jazz group, Galapagos Duck, was formed in 1968 and was named after the Galapagos Islands in the pacific Ocean.
  • Oliver Stone directed both Platoon (1986) and Natural Born Killers (1994).
  • In Greek mythology, Orestes killed his mother and incited the wrath of the Enriyes.
  • British philosopher, Oxford academic and medical researcher, John Locke, is considered to be the founder of British Empiricism.
  • The Plimsoll Line is the line on the hull of British merchant ships that indicates the depth they may be submerged during loading.

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