Thursday, April 24, 2014

Trivia Bits 24 April


  • The 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell is Black Beauty written during 1871 to 1877 and was Anna’s only published work.
  • A shape described as an enneagon has nine sides which is also known as a nonagon.
  • South Australian suffragette Mary Lee was commemorated with a $5 coin by the Australian Mint in 1994.
  • A gerontologist studies old age – its diseases and phenomena.
  • While researching his 2012 book, In the Shadow of the Sword, British novelist and popular historian Tom Holland found that the oldest biography of Mohammed was written two hundred years after he had died.
  • In October 2013, the West African country of The Gambia withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Although Canadian actor, musician, singer, author, film director William Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the science fiction television series Star Trek, from 1966 to 1969, he also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in the American police drama TV series T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986.
  • In the book identification, the acronym ISBN stands for International standard book number created by Gordon Foster, Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin, for the booksellers and stationers in 1965.
  • There are 24 circles in the standard Twister mat when introduced in 1966.
  • The second novel in the Passage trilogy by US author Justin Cronin is The Twelve. The first novel was The Passage released in 2010; the second book The Twelve released in 2012, with the third book The City of Mirrors due to be released in 2014.

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