Monday, October 6, 2014

Trivia Bits 06 October


Portuguese millipedes

The population of Portuguese millipedes (pictured) became so large in the 1970’s that it prevented trains running through the Adelaide, South Australia area of Belair.

Pakistani cricketer, Saqlain Mushtaq took 19 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket, and achieved two hat-tricks in One Day International matches, both against Zimbabwe.

Imelda Marcos was the first lady of the Philippines and remembered as a symbol of excess during her husband's twenty-year rule because of her collection of more than a thousand pairs of shoes.

Tasseography also known as tasseomancy or tassology is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.

The 1934 detective novel The Thin Man was authored by Dashiell Hammett who never wrote a sequel, but the book became the basis for a successful six-part film series which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. A Thin Man television series followed in the 1950s.

No Irish-trained racehorse had won the British 1,000 Guineas Stakes in more than five decades until Pourparler, a bay mare bred in County Limerick, Ireland, did so in 1964.

Eliche, orzo and ziti are all types of pasta.

The smallest dinosaur Anchiornis is a variety of small, feathered dinosaurs containing only the type species Anchiornis huxleyi named in honour of Thomas Huxley, an early proponent of biological evolution.

2012 Australian Paralympic goalball player Michelle Rzepecki introduced children with visual impairments in Bolivia to goalball where participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal.

High profile artist Andy Warhol survived an assassination attempt on June 3, 1968, when radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas shot Warhol and Mario Amaya, art critic and curator, at Warhol's studio.

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