Thursday, December 11, 2014

Trivia Bits 11 December


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Being first written about in 1921, Au Crocodile (pictured) is a Michelin Guide starred French restaurant in Strasbourg, named after a stuffed crocodile which is believed that a local general brought back from overseas whilst on Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in Egypt and Syria and which is hung over the foyer.

Irish born sailor, criminal and boxer, James Field, was so feared by the police force of London in the 18th century, that they would pretend not to recognize him rather than arresting him on the warrants issued.

In the 2011 animated movie Rio, American actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg voiced Blu, a domesticated Macaw.

In the 1998 game Half Life, players play the role of Dr Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist who must fight his way out of a secret underground research facility whose research and experiments into teleportation technology have gone disastrously wrong.

Austrian born Elisabeth Rivers-Bulkeley was one of the first women to become a member of the London Stock Exchange on 26 March 1973.

The two-centuries-old tomb of Mah Laqa Bai, a Nizam-era Urdu poetess and courtesan, was renovated in 2011 using funds from the Consulate General of the United States in Hyderabad.

Merrill’s Marauders were a United States Army long range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit, which fought in the South-East Asian theatre of World War II, or China-Burma-India Theater under Brigadier General Frank Merrill.

Alicia Keys' song Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) from her 2009 album, The Element of Freedom ranked as the number one song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2010 year-end list.

In the Academy Award winning 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid directed by George Roy Hill, Paul Newman starred as Butch Cassidy along with Robert Redford as Harry Longabaugh known as the Sundance Kid.

American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator Linus Pauling was awarded a Nobel Prize in the categories of Chemistry in 1954 and Peace in1962, making him the only person to be awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes.

On the 1902 adopted flag of New Zealand there is a Blue Ensign defaced with four stars of the Crux Australis in red, outlined in white.

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