Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trivia Bits 20 April


  • Zambian author Wilbur Smith’s 2007 novel Those in Peril features Somalian Pirates.
  • The historic La Playa Trail in San Diego is the oldest commercial trail in the western United States connecting the settled inland areas to the commercial anchorage at Old La Playa, "the beach" in Spanish, on San Diego Bay. The trail was already established by the time the Spanish settlers arrived in 1769.
  • In the game of snooker, the yellow ball is worth two points.
  • In 1995, fashion designer Collette Dinnigan was the first Australian to launch a ready-to-wear collection in Paris
  • Green carpenter, blue banded, teddy bear and leaf cutter are all types of Bees.
  • The Australian Tiffanie is a cat that is derived from crosses between the shorthaired Burmilla and the longhaired Chinchilla.
  • On 27 July 1942 at the Château Pastré in Marseille, France, a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream was held with a young Christian Dior making the costumes from the draperies of the chateau.
  • Brussels is capital of the European country of Belgium.
  • The disease, tuberculosis, mainly effects the lungs and is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious disease.
  • The original video game of Doom, first released on December 10 1993, starts on the moons of the planet of Mars.
  • Harris's antelope squirrel, found in Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, doesn't sweat, but instead salivates in order to keep cool.
  • A piste is the playing area in the sport of fencing required to be 14 metres long and between 1.5 and 2 metres wide.
  • Australian super swimmer Ian Thorpe, affectionately known as the Thorpedo and Thorpey, was 15 when he won the world 400 m freestyle events at the 1998 Perth World Championships and became the youngest champion in history.
  • Feline is to cat as piscine is to fish.
  • Model and actor Riley Keough is the grand-daughter of internationally acclaimed musician Elvis Presley.
  • Alicia Jayne Coutts an Australian medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer won one gold, three silver medals and 1 bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • The US state of Alaska is often nicknamed The Last Frontier.
  • A Finn class dinghy in Olympic sailing events is operated by one person and was designed by Swedish canoe designer, Rickard Sarby, in 1949 for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
  • In the sport of table tennis, you would use a shakehand or penhold grip.
  • The prominent religion of the South American country of Paraguay is Roman Catholicism which Spanish settlers and Jesuit missions introduced both Christianity and Spanish culture to Paraguay in the 16th Century.

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