Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trivia Bits 08 October


Wallowa County Courthouse

Built in 1909–1910, the Wallowa County Courthouse (pictured) in north-eastern Oregon is a massive Romanesque style building with Queen Anne architectural elements in some exterior features and was constructed in 1909 out of local volcanic Bowlby stone, which was quarried nearby.

The only bird that can fly backwards is the Hummingbird and are named because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which flap at frequencies audible to humans.

The name of the fictional magazine used in the 1997 American television sitcom Just Shoot Me is Blush.

Built in 1926, The Waiʻoli Tea Room in Hawaii has also been a Salvation Army job skills program with a replica of the ʻĀinahau grass guest house that Robert Louis Stevenson occupied in 1889 when he visited Princess Ka'iulani and her father Archibald Scott Cleghorn also on the property,

The 17th century play The Tempest was written by William Shakespeare and is believed to have been written in 1610–11.

British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period Henry Nock, the maker of the seven-barrelled volley gun used by Patrick Harper in the British series of television dramas Sharpe, founded a company which became Wilkinson Sword whose origins are in the manufacture of swords but now a brand name for companies that make gardening tools and razors.

Dementors are creatures in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series described as soulless creatures and among the foulest beings on Earth.

Alfred Hitchcock in one of his cameos roles sits next to Cary Grant in a bus in the 1955 romantic thriller movie To Catch A Thief which also starred Grace Kelly.

Donald Cameron of Lochiel, a major figure in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, was nicknamed the Gentle Lochiel being known for his magnanimous and gallant nature.

The Karawanks mountain range lies on the border of Slovenia and Austria with a total length of 120 kilometres (75 mi) in east-west direction, the Karawanks chain is one of the longest ranges in Europe.

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