Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trivia Bits 02 April


  • 1932 French Tennis Championships runner-up Italian Giorgio de Stefani was ambidextrous but was banned from using two rackets, one in each hand.
  • The island of Tanna, Vanuatu, is home to a cult that worships Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh where the Prince Philip movement cargo cult considers Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh a god.
  • In Greek mythology, the father of Hermes, the Messenger of the gods, was Zeus, the "Father of Gods and men".
  • The Tauredunum event of 563 AD was a tsunami on Lake Geneva, triggered by a massive landslide, which caused widespread devastation and loss of life along the lakeshore.
  • Internationally renowned horse Black Caviar was the 2011-2012 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year.
  • The Claret Jug is the trophy at the Open Championship – British Open and dates from 1872 although the first presentation was in 1873 to winner Tom Kidd.
  • Tanks were first used in World War I and were a response to the stalemate that trench warfare had created on the western front with an initial vehicle, nicknamed Little Willie, constructed in Great Britain, at William Foster & Co., during August and September, 1915.
  • The soft drink lemonade is used in a Blue Lagoon cocktail together with the blue Curacao.
  • In the early 19th century, if you were out on the streets of Gibraltar after midnight without a permit you risked being sent to the Main Guard, the guardhouse in John Mackintosh Square.
  • Entrepreneur Connie B. Gay, born in North Carolina on August 22 1914 is credited with coining the term "country music" which had until then been called "hillbilly music.

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