Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Trivia Bits 22 April


  • Blanche Dubois is one of the main characters in the 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams and was a fading, though still attractive, Southern belle whose pretensions to virtue and culture thinly masked her alcoholism and delusions of grandeur.
  • In Spanish, tapas mean lid or cover but generally refer to a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine.
  • It is in the well known fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin that straw is spun into gold. The German originated story was collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales.
  • Bette Davis Eyes was a 1981 hit for American singer-songwriter Kim Carnes and although song was written in 1974 by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon who recorded the song that same year on her album New Arrangement it was not until 1981, when Kim Carnes recorded her version of the song, that it became a commercial success.
  • Matthew Charlton was the leader of the Labor Party in Australian Federal politics in the 1920’s.
  • In 1981, Nintendo released to arcade game known as Donkey Kong which features the adventures of a large gorilla called Donkey Kong, created by Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • The best known spice from the Piperaceae family of flowering plants is pepper.
  • A dhow is a type of boat with one or more masts with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region.
  • The desert rain frog, found in Namibia and South Africa, leaves distinctive footprints on the dunes and a little pile of sand showing the location of its burrow.

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