Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trivia Bits 13 April


  • Florence Nightingale came to prominence while serving as nurse in the Crimean War being dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.
  • There are 60 cards in the card game Blink.
  • Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592, the play The Taming of the Shrew was written by William Shakespeare and has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre; perhaps the most famous adaptations being Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me, Kate and the 1967 film version of the original play, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
  • A Romanian mioritic is a large breed of a shepherd dog that originated in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.
  • Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote the 1958 musical Flower Drum Song.
  • In 1948, the team from India made history by playing the FIFA World Cup barefooted.
  • The colour of the Star of David on the Israeli flag is blue and is featured between two horizontal blue stripes on a white field.
  • The Queensland, Australia city of Ipswich was originally called Limestone Penal Station where, in 1827, a party of convicts quarried the limestone and erected a lime-burning kiln for cement for the infant building program at Brisbane. The Limestone penal station was closed in 1839.
  • Australian former professional tennis player Rod Laver never won the Grand Slam Doubles titles at the US Open.
  • In relation to medicine, HPV stands for Human pappillomavirus and is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans.
  • The 1909 novel Anne of Avonlea was written by Canadian author Maud Montgomery. This was the second in a series of books – the first being Anne of Green Gables.
  • Australian swimmer, triathlete and motivational speaker and also a blind 2012 Paralympic swimmer Jeremy McClure completed the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Busselton with assistance from sighted guides in running, cycling and swimming.
  • When used as a food dye, tumeric is yellow in colour.
  • Nine reindeers pull Santa Claus’ sleigh during his world wide mission to deliver presents - Four male: Dasher, Prancer, Comet and Donder and four female: Dancer, Vixen, Cupid and Blitzen.
  • The Wind of Change speech was delivered by British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan in 1960.
  • The first America’s Cup yacht race on 22 August 1851 was raced around the Isle of Wight. The yacht America raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club's annual 53-nautical-mile (98 km) regatta. Queen Victoria, who was watching at the finish line, was reported to have asked who was second, the famous answer being: "Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second."
  • In Korean cuisine, Naengguk is a cold soup mainly eaten in summer.
  • Soursop is the fruit of a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America and is on the same family as the pawpaw.
  • Jennifer Aniston plays stripper Rose O’Reilly in the 2013 comedy movie We’re the Millers.
  • Sabrina in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch had two aunts Hilda and Zelda. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch was an American sit-com TV series that ran from 1996 – 2003 starring Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman.

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