Saturday, December 14, 2013
1. Go Back Home
2. The Glamorous Life
4. First You Dream
6. Migratory V
8. Married Love
9. I'll Be Here
10. Some Days
12. Make Someone Happy
- 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.
Friday, December 13, 2013
- A popular North African condiment or hot sauce consisting of piri piri chillis, garlic, olive oil and various spices is called Harissa.
- Although most of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it includes a diverse range of habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognised as a megadiverse country.
- Dian Fossey spent her life protecting Mountain Gorillas with her life story being portrayed in Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, starring Sigourney Weaver and released in 1988.
- Hats off to Larry was a hit in 1961 for Del Shannon.
- The British call it Stock Car racing, Australians call it Demolition Derbies.
- In Physics the capital letter E is the symbol for energy – made famous by Einsteins E=mc2.
- Synovial fluid in the body serves to lubricate the joints.
- The Australian platypus is a mammal that lays eggs.
- The song Food Glorious Food was featured in the Oliver! - a 1960 British musical, with script, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
- Belgian born actress, Audrey Hepburn, adopted the name Edda van Heemstra because she was in fear of having an English sounding name during World War II.
- On October 6, 1932, Vera Cruz in Mexico deprived Catholic priests of their citizenship.
- Photographer and clothing designer Anne Geddes is known for her depictions of babies and motherhood.
- Horses are measured by the unit of hands in some English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. With origins in ancient Egypt, it was originally based on the breadth of a human hand but today equal to approximately four inches or 10.16 cms.
- Englishman John Spilsbury is credited with inventing the jigsaw puzzle. His occupation was a mapmaker and engraver.
- Dream a Little Dream of Me was sung by Cass Elliot a singing sensation who died in 1974 aged 32 years.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
- The month of the year that derives its name from the Latin to open is April.
- Singer Robin Gibb passed away from cancer in 2012 but he had previously survived a train crash in 1967.
- Winston Church was referring to champagne when he said “In victory you deserve it. In defeat you need it.”
- Popular dinner party item Fondue originated in Switzerland.
- The three movies that are part of Baz Luhrman’s Red Curtain Trilogy are Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge.
- There are five events that make up the modern pentathlon - pistol shooting, fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a 3 km cross-country run.
- The Greek Goddess Nike, Goddess of Victory appeared on the front of the 2012 Olympic winner’s medals.
- The Sea of Tranquillity is to be found on the moon.
- The name of the main lion in the novel Born Free was Elsa.
- Adobe is the company that markets the Photoshop software.
- A female ferret is called a Jill.
- Caesura describes a deliberate pause that breaks up a long line of verse.
- The word Tiananmen means Gate of Heavenly Peace.
- Peter Hollingworth, a former Governor General of Australia was previously the Archbishop of Brisbane.
- The meaning of Anno Domini is Year of the Lord.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Apera is the new name for what was originally known in Australia as sherry.
- Samphire is commonly used to describe plants from the Australian genus of succulent coastal plants.
- The train that travels from Capetown to Durban is known as The Blue Train, a dedicated five star luxury passenger train travelling in Southern Africa.
- The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the largest volcano in the world.
- Nuuk is the capital of Greenland.
- Jazzman Glen Miller’s exact time and place of death is unknown as he went missing in World War II.
- English poet, Robert Graves,was severely wounded on the Somne in World War I and wrote a frank autobiography Goodbye To All in 1929.
- The longest serving presenter of the Australian children’s TV Show Playschool is Benita.
- All the following are Australian innovations – Chiko Roll, plastic bank notes, dual flush toilet and wine casks.
- The Lewis Carroll book Alice in Wonderland was banned in China because the animals speaking put them on the same level as humans.
- If you have the affliction Aeroacrophobia you fear open high spaces.
- Man made place Las Vegas, Nevada appears brightest from space.
- Soviet ballet sensation, Rudolf Nureyev, sought political asylum in 1961 to defect to the West.
- According to folklore, one nap equals 40 winks.
- Because of their levels of radioactivity, the 1890’s papers and cookbook of Polish born physicist Marie Curie are still kept in lead-lined boxes.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
- The Swiss Guard are charged with the protection of the Pope and have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century.
- Irish born Hollywood actor, Maureen O’Sullivan is best remembered for her role as Jane Parker in the Tarzan movies.
- Whitehorse is the capital of the Canadian territory of Yukon.
- Tom Cruise’s character was involved in Risky Business in the 1983 Paul Brackman teenage movie of the same name.
- Geomorphology is the branch of geology which deals with the origins of land forms.
- If not Columbus then the Scandinavian navigator Leif Ericson is credited with discovering America.
- Prestissimo is a musical term meaning to play in the most rapid tempo.
- Paul Getty, who had always been vastly, immeasurably wealthy, and yet went around looking like a man who cannot quite remember to turn off the gas before leaving home was written by Bernard Levin in The Pendulum Years
- Nicknamed Fiery Fred, Fred Stolle played with the Australian Davis Cup Team in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
- UNESCO is the acronym that refers to the UN body set up in 1946 that is concerned with the provision of education for all and the preservation of culture.
- Kilkenny is an Irish county that gives its name to a beer and it called Cill Chainnigh in Gaelic.
- Salisbury is a city in Wiltshire that has a cathedral with the highest spire in England.
- Buller was a British General in the Boer War and is also the name of a ski resort in Victoria, Australia with a mountain that is 1804 metres above sea level.
- The Queen Alexandra Bird Wing Butterfly is the largest butterfly in the world. The first European to discover the species was Albert Stewart Meek in 1906, a collector employed by Lord Walter Rothschild to collect natural history specimens from Papua New Guinea. The first specimen was taken with the aid of a small shotgun.
- Four versions of The Scream were created by Edvard Munch.
The only time you will witness this phenomenon in your life.
Next year, the month of August will count 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This phenomenon occurs only once every 823 years. Chinese people call it: Pocketful of money!
So... according to the email I received, if you send this to all your friends - in 4 days you will have a pleasant monetary surprise...
Supposedly based on Chinese Feng Shui.
Monday, December 9, 2013
- 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.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
- Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city.
- Aleppo University is in Syria and opened its doors in 1960 consisting of two faculties in Civil Engineering and Agriculture.
- Rock band U2 comes from Ireland.
- The capital of Laos is Vientiane.
- The elephant is the symbol of the US Republican Party.
- Running Scared was a hit in 1961 recorded by Roy Orbison.
- The Waldorf Salad is traditionally made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts.
- The oesophagus connects the mouth and the stomach.
- Posts on Twitter are restricted to 140 characters.
- The Adelaide Zoo in South Australia opened in 1883.
- On the Beaufort Scale, number 12 relates to hurricane force.
- Mercury is that planet that orbits the sun in the shortest period of time.
- The title in the TV series Kojak was played by Telly Savalas.
- On 30th September 1966, landlocked South African country The Republic of Botswana gained independence from the United Kingdom.
- There are 14 pounds in one stone in Imperial measurement.
- The Polish capital of Warsaw is on the banks of the River Vistula.
- The story of poor Cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into an elegant lady by Professor Higgins is told in the musical My Fair Lady.
- The middle name of the English author Jerome K Jerome is Klapka.
- There are six stars on the Australian flag.
- In a standard open six-string guitar tuning, the two pen E strings are two octaves apart.