Friday, October 3, 2014

Trivia Bits 03 October


West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Among the fifty-seven active lighthouses in Maine are the easternmost in the country, West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine (pictured) and the first completed in the United States after its independence from Great Britain, Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine completed on January 10, 1791.

The Roman goddess of hunting was Diana and was associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.

An Indonesian actress of mixed Chinese and French descent Fifi Joung acted in at least 86 films over her 34-year career from 1940 when she starred in Kris Mataram (Kris of Mataram).

Born in Punjab during the reign of the Mughal Empire, Bhai Taru Singh was a Sikh martyr who was executed in 1745 for refusing to cut his hair in response to the emperor who was Muslim and wanted everyone to convert to Muslim.

The characters Alto, Oz and Uly appear in Canimals a 2011 South Korean CGI animated television series in which Canimals follows a group of little tin can-like elflike animals that go around rediscovering the world from a different point of view finding something new and worthy of attention in the most mundane of things.

The currency of Brazil is the real which was adopted as the official currency of Brazil in 1790, and remained in use until 1942, when it was replaced by the cruzeiro only to be reinstated in 1994 for a new currency unit and is still in use.

Norway is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island. From late May to late July, the sun never completely descends beneath the horizon in areas north of the Arctic Circle hence Norway's description as the "Land of the Midnight Sun".

Younghusband Peninsula is on the Australian state of South Australia and separates the Coorong which is part of the estuary of the River Murray from the Southern Ocean.

The song Sixteen Going On Seventeen comes from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s very successful 1959 musical The Sound of Music based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

British electronics salesman and comedian Steve Woodmore was the world's current fastest talker, can articulate at 637 words per minute with the Guinness World Records listing Woodmore as the world's fastest talker until his record was beaten by Sean Shannon, the current record holder, when Guinness clocked Shannon at a rate of 655 words per minute on 30 August 1995.

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