Saturday, December 13, 2014

Trivia Bits 13 December


Australian $100 bank note

Australian operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba, who was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician, features on the Australian $100 bank note (pictured) released in 1996.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Senator Corvus in the 2014 movie Pompeii, a German-Canadian historical disaster film produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and also stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris.

After failing to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in triathlon, American Mary Beth Ellis went on to win five Ironman Triathlons, including the 2012 U.S. Championships at Ironman New York.

Yad Kennedy, located in the Mateh Yehuda Region near Jerusalem, Israel, is a 60-foot high (18 m) memorial to John F. Kennedy designed by Brazilian-born Israeli architect David Resnick, shaped like the trunk of a felled tree, symbolizing a life cut short and was built in 1966 with funds donated by American Jewish communities.

Sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asian of Singapore takes its name from the Malay word meaning Lion City.

The large populated landmass of Greenland, an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, is mostly situated in the Arctic Circle and is said that the Norwegian-born Icelander Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder and set sail with his ships to the northeast and founded Greenland.

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Chisto is best known as half of the duo of French electronic music duo Daft Punk with Thomas Bangalter as the other half.

The South African alcoholic drink umpombothi is a type of beer made from maize (corn), maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water with usually less than 3% alcohol content.

The International Sociological Association was established in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO with its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

Naomi Campbell, often referred to as the queen of the catwalk, was discovered in the 1980’s while studying ballet at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, her hometown, and became an instant favourite of the Versaces, who for two decades never staged a show without her.

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