Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Trivia Bits 04 February


  • The plural of the word oculus is oculi.
  • The leader in the failed Gun Powder Plot of 1605 was Robert Catesby who planned to overthrow the Protestant King James I by blowing up the House of Lords with gunpowder, the prelude to a popular revolt during which a Catholic monarch would be restored to the English throne.
  • The International Swimming Federation (FINA) was founded on July 19, 1908 in the Manchester Hotel in London, UK at the end of the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • Since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, Big Bird is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird lives in a large nest behind 123 Sesame Street and next to Oscar's trash can, and he has a teddy bear named Radar.
  • The tragedy King Lear was written by William Shakespeare being written between 1603 and 1606 and later revised. Shakespeare's earlier version, The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, was published in quarto in 1608.
  • Warsaw-born Canadian skier Karolina Wisniewska was the first Canadian to win four para-alpine medals at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
  • The annual Oceania Marathon and Half Marathon Championships are held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
  • Mick Doohan, a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion, rode a Honda motorcycle during his 500cc world championship career. He won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships.
  • English bishop Robert Burnell, founder of St Mary's Church, Acton Burnell, Shropshire, became Lord Chancellor of England from 1274 to 1292, and then Bishop of Bath and Wells
  • Fictional character in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, Edward Cullen was played by Robert Pattinson in the Twilight movies.

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