Friday, April 25, 2014

Trivia Bits 25 April


  • The 2005 American adult animated sitcom American Dad! features the characters Stan and Francine Smith.
  • The Riesling Trail, one of Australia's most popular and accessible walking and cycling trails, runs for 27 kms along the old Riverton to Spalding railway line in South Australia.
  • Australian actor Mel Gibson starred as the character Hal Moore in the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers.
  • Princess Teriivaetua (1869 - 1918) was given precedence ahead of any children born to her uncle King Pōmare V and his part-English wife Queen Marau in order to secure a pure-Tahitian heir to the throne.
  • Australian swimmer Marieke D'Cruz is the former world record holder in the 50 metres butterfly short course when she clocked 24.99 seconds.
  • The term for a leader, the name of a butterfly and an Australian bird is the Monarch.
  • The 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago was written by Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957 in Italy, with Pasternak being awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • The 17th century navigator, Abel Tasman, was Dutch.
  • Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 play The Women has been made into a movie twice in 1939 and a remake in 2008, and revived on Broadway several times.
  • Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, born with malformed upper and lower limbs, was the most successful athlete at the 2008 Paralympics, winning nine medals, including four golds.

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