Saturday, February 8, 2014

An Anthony Hopkins Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 08 February

 

  • Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 was American film and stage actress and model Lauren Bacall who married her costar in the 1944 movie To Have and Have Not Humphrey Bogart.
  • Apache leader, Geronimo, surrendered to General Miles on September 4 1886 in Skeleton Canyon Arizona.
  • Sightings of the three masted schooner Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait dating back to 1786 are most common between September and November when the schooner can be seen sailing ablaze within the Northumberland Strait.
  • German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer, Friedrich Nietzsche was noted for his work in the late 19th Century.
  • The Saint Lawrence River flows through two Canadian provinces – Quebec and Ontario.
  • The US Women's Image Network Awards are given annually to honor women in media and promote the creation of positive images of women in film, television, and advertising and have been presented since 1993.
  • US President Barack Obama wrote his second book written the book Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream which became a best seller in late 2006.
  • In the nursery rhyme, Little Jack Horner, Jack was sitting in the corner eating Christmas pie with the earliest reference to the well-known verse is in Namby Pamby, a ballad by Henry Carey published in 1725.
  • On White II is a famous 1923 painting by Wassily Kandinsky, an influential Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with painting the first purely abstract works.
  • Gado Gado is one of the national dishes of Indonesia and is a salad of boiled vegetables served with a peanut sauce dressing.

Quotables 08 February

 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Vintage Travel Postcards

 

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An Annette Funicello Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 05 February

 

  • Reverse Sweep is a term mostly used in relation to the sport of Cricket and is a cross-batted sweep shot played in the opposite direction to the standard sweep.
  • In the 1970’s, the song I Feel the Earth Move was written by and was a number one 1971 hit for American singer/song writer Carole King from her first album Tapestry.
  • On December 17, 1920, Japan gained control of the Marshall Islands under mandate from the Council of the League of Nations.
  • The Phoney War was a phrase used during the early stages of World War II to describe a lack of major military operations by the Western Allies (the United Kingdom and France) against the German Reich.
  • The Five refers to a circle of composers who met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in the years 1856–1870. Mily Balakirev (the leader), C├ęsar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin had the aim of producing a specifically Russian kind of art music, rather than one that imitated older European music or relied on European-style conservatory training.
  • Mouse Trap, originally titled Mouse Trap Game, is a board game first published by Ideal in 1963 for two or more players.
  • The annual Australian Ernie Awards are given for comments that deemed to be misogynistic and are named after former Australian Workers' Union secretary Ernie Ecob, who was known for his misogynist remarks including “Women aren't welcome in the shearing sheds. They're only after the sex."
  • The second largest island by area in the Caribbean is Hispaniola with an area of 76,480 km2 (29,530 sq mi) and comprises the two sovereign nations of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
  • Having a hit in 2010 with the song Love the Way You Lie was American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor Eminem.
  • Rising 396 metres (1,299 ft) above sea level, Sugarloaf Mountain, situated in Rio de Janeiro, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean, is a famous peak in the South American country of Brazil.

Bovine Beauty

 

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Quotables 05 February

 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Regality of Trees

 

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An Anne Francis Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 04 February

 

  • The plural of the word oculus is oculi.
  • The leader in the failed Gun Powder Plot of 1605 was Robert Catesby who planned to overthrow the Protestant King James I by blowing up the House of Lords with gunpowder, the prelude to a popular revolt during which a Catholic monarch would be restored to the English throne.
  • The International Swimming Federation (FINA) was founded on July 19, 1908 in the Manchester Hotel in London, UK at the end of the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • Since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, Big Bird is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird lives in a large nest behind 123 Sesame Street and next to Oscar's trash can, and he has a teddy bear named Radar.
  • The tragedy King Lear was written by William Shakespeare being written between 1603 and 1606 and later revised. Shakespeare's earlier version, The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, was published in quarto in 1608.
  • Warsaw-born Canadian skier Karolina Wisniewska was the first Canadian to win four para-alpine medals at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
  • The annual Oceania Marathon and Half Marathon Championships are held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
  • Mick Doohan, a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion, rode a Honda motorcycle during his 500cc world championship career. He won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships.
  • English bishop Robert Burnell, founder of St Mary's Church, Acton Burnell, Shropshire, became Lord Chancellor of England from 1274 to 1292, and then Bishop of Bath and Wells
  • Fictional character in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, Edward Cullen was played by Robert Pattinson in the Twilight movies.

The Things People Collect

 

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Quotables 04 February

 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Tis All A Bit Fishy

 

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An Anna May Wong Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 03 February

 

  • David Kotkin is better known as American illusionist David Copperfield whose television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards.
  • Australia Boxer, Jeff Fenech, is known as The Marrickville Mauler who retired in 1996 with a record 27 wins. 3 losses and 1 draw, with 20 wins by knockout.
  • The two word inscription on the Victoria Cross medal is For Valour and was introduced on 29 January 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War.
  • Irish-Indian educationist, suffragist and Theosophist Margaret Cousins went on a hunger strike seeking to be classed as a political prisoner in 1913 after being arrested and jailed for the breaking the windows of Dublin Castle on the reading of the Second Home Rule Bill.
  • The Cockatiel is the smallest species of the Cockatoo family of birds.
  • Covering 4 hectares (9.9 acres), the Shanghai Botanical Garden, established in 1974, has a penjing garden which has tray landscape, potted scenery, potted landscape, or miniature trees and rockery, and is the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature.
  • Australian actress, writer, entrepreneur, and stand-up comedian Rebel Wilson has siblings named Liberty, Ryot and Annachi.
  • American businessman Colonel Harland David Sanders in the 1930’s founded Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Corbin, Kentucky.
  • In 1999, American rock band from San Diego, California, Blink-182 released their album Enema of the State.
  • In relation to economics, ASEAN is an acronym for Association of South East Asian Nations and was formed on 8 August 1967.

The Way to Start the Week with Chocolate

 

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Gourmet Fancy Dark Chocolate Truffle Candy

Gourmet Fancy Dark Chocolate Truffle Candy