Saturday, December 14, 2013

Trivia Bits 14 December


  • The boogie-woogie sisters Patty, Maxine and Laverne were better known as The Andrew Sisters.
  • The geometrical shape that forms the hole that fits an Allen wrench is a hexagon.
  • The purpose of the Ugandan practice of fattening huts is the fattening of the bride-to-be for marriage.
  • Taphephobia is the abnormal fear of being buried alive.
  • A mutch would be worn on the head - a close-fitting linen cap formerly worn by women and children in Scotland.
  • The glasshouse in the Adelaide Botanic Park, South Australia is known as the Palm, or tropical, house and is a Victorian glasshouse imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875, opened in 1877 and restored in 1995. As of 2007 it held a collection of Malagasy arid flora.
  • Due to a powerful earthquake in 1811, the powerful Mississippi River appeared to flow backwards.
  • The Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida is actually under the water.
  • The nickname of the London 2012 Olympics Velodrome stadium is The Pringle.
  • Malacology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of Molluscs.
  • Rob and Laura Petrie are a happily married couple in the 1960’s classic TV series The Dick van Dyke Show.
  • Pariah is a word for a low caste Hindu of southern India and is used in English to refer to a social outcast.
  • A person is referred to as the Plaintiff when initiating a lawsuit.
  • The three interstate trains that service Adelaide, South Australia are : The Ghan, The Indian Pacific and The Overland.
  • Foxtrot and Tango are the two dances represented in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

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