Friday, January 31, 2014
- In the early 20th Century, cook Mary Mallon became infamous for spreading the disease of Typhoid and became known as Typhoid Mary being the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever.
- American actor, stand-up comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, and talk radio host Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in 1967.
- The 2012 Australian television drama series Tricky Business focused on the Christie family and was filmed in and around Wollongong and Sydney.
- King and Queen Thistle are features in the 2009 British animated pre-school children's television series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.
- In 1978, China introduced the one-child policy to try and curb the burgeoning Chinese population.
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the final novel written by Charles Dickens. The novel was unfinished at the time of Dickens' death (9 June 1870) and his ending for it remains unknown. Consequently, the identity of the murderer remains subject to debate.
- The super water slide at the Cita Del Mare hotel in Sicily, Italy, drops sliders into the Mediterranean Sea.
- The black mamba snake is the longest venomous snake in Africa averaging around 2.5 to 3.2 m (8.2 to 10 ft) in length.
- The second largest city in Canada by population is Montreal in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Pico Bolivar at 4,978 metres is the highest mountain in the South American country of Venezuela.
- To visit the Abu Simbel rock temples, you would need to be in Nubia, southern Egypt with the complex a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).
- English actor, comedian, writer, musician, and director Hugh Laurie plays Mr Watts in the 2012 New Zealand movie Mr Pip based on Lloyd Jones 2006 novel Mister Pip.
- Emerald is a gemstone, and is coloured green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
- The official currency of south-eastern European country Montenegro is the Euro.
- My Best Friend’s Wedding, a 1997 romantic comedy film, starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, and Philip Bosco was directed by P J Proby.
- The game of Tiddlywinks was invented in the nineteenth century with the modern competitive adult game of tiddlywinks made a strong comeback at the University of Cambridge in 1955.
- The popular text/chat acronym WEG stands for wicked evil grin.
- The largest mountain range in the Australian state of South Australia is the Flinders Ranges being a discontinuous ranges stretching for over 430 km (270 mi).
- Commencing in 2009, the American reality television series Pawn Stars is set in Las Vegas and chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
- Being also known as Cnapan Country House or Cnapan Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast, Cnapan Hotel in Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales, takes its name from the medieval Celtic sport of cnapan, a Welsh name for a Celtic form of medieval football dating back to 1603.
- Baseball is the sport played in the Japan Series and is the annual championship series in Nippon Professional Baseball and the top baseball league in Japan.
- Leonard “Chico” Marx was the eldest brother of the Marx Brothers - Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo.
- English musician, singer and songwriter, Eric Clapton, is known by the nickname of slowhand.
- Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest freshwater lake, curves for nearly 400 miles through south-eastern Siberia, north of the Mongolian border and is more than 5,000 feet deep (1637m).
- As at 2013, Australia produces the most bauxite, an aluminium ore and is the main source of aluminium, in the world.
- The Koutoubia Mosque, or "Bookseller's Mosque", the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco, was named after the bookselling trade practiced in the nearby souk, an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter.
- Iconic American actress, singer and vaudevillian Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 9122 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to vaudevillian parents Ethel Marion and Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm.
- The main alcoholic ingredient in the drink Sangria is wine and normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.
Posted by Graham at 1/29/2014 06:05:00 AM