Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trivia Bits 30 September


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The 1982 American science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (poster pictured) was based on an imaginary friend Steven Spielberg created after his parents' divorce in 1960.

The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 m (11 ft) and weighing up to 306 kg (670 lb).

Roman numerals do not have a symbol for the number 0 (zero).

The herb mint is traditionally used in a Mojito Cocktail together with white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice and sparkling water.

Genuphobia is the fear of knees and/or kneeling either the fear of one’s own knees or someone else knees and/or the act of kneeling.

American construction contracting and engineering firm Thompson-Starrett Co. built six National Historic Landmarks in the U.S., including the Rockefeller Estate and the Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City which was tallest skyscraper in the world from 1913 to 1930.

Choux pastry is used to make a croque-en-bouche which is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel.

The Amunden Sea is located off the continent of Antarctica being named after the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer of polar regions, by the Norwegian expedition of 1928–29, under Captain Nils Larsen, while exploring this area in February, 1929.

Port wine was originally produced in Portugal and is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties.

In metallurgy, a substance used as a chemical cleaning agent is known as a flux.

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