Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Deborah Walley Moment


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Trivia Bits 14 June


In relation to the sport of cricket the term DRS stand for Decision Review System.

The Melisende Psalter, an illuminated manuscript commissioned around 1135 in the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, is the most notable example of Crusader art.

The natural rock basin in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia is called Wilpena Pound and comes from the Aboriginal word meaning bent.

Construction of Kelso Abbey, Scotland took 15 years and was completed in 1243 and was founded by a community of monks of the Tironesian order, from Tiron, near Chartres, in France.

In 2002 Australian boxer Jeff Fenech, a three-weight world champion and a boxing trainer, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Indiana's Eel River once served as informal boundary between the lands of the Potawatomi people in the north and Miami people in the south who called it Ke-na-po-co-mo-co by the Miami people, who inhabited the area at the time of European contact.

High profile US actor Joaquin Phoenix has sisters named Liberty, Rain and Summer.

Phnom Santuk hill is the most sacred mountain of Kampong Thom in Cambodia with several reclining Buddhas at its summit.

Clementine is a variety of the citrus fruit mandarin.

Blaster, Eject, Grand Slam and Raindance are characters from the TV and comic series Transformers.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

A Deborah Kerr Moment


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Trivia Bits 13 June


Classic 17th century fairy tale by Charles Perrault that features a bad wolf is Little Red Riding Hood which was included in the collection Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals. Tales of Mother Goose (Histoires et contes du temps passé, avec des moralités. Contes de ma mère l'Oye), in 1697, by Charles Perrault.

IKEA is a Swedish company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture being founded in 1943 by a 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad.

The NASA Mars Observer spacecraft was a 1,018-kilogram (2,244 lb) robotic space probe launched on September 25, 1992 to study the Martian surface, atmosphere, climate and magnetic fields.

American celebrity chef, author, and television personality Julia Child was best known in relation to the cuisine of France.

In the TV series Married with Children, Al Bundy played Gridiron or American Football in High school.

Luxembourg is the capital of the country of Luxembourg.

Actor Steve McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for the 1966 movie The Sand Pebbles which co-starred Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough and Richard Crenna.

Brass is an alloy of the metals copper and zinc.

The Lass of Richmond Hill, said to be one of George III's favourite songs, was written by Leonard McNally an Irish republican revolutionary leader who became a British government double agent. Music was composed by James Hook and was first publicly performed in 1789.

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, is Australia’s third largest island.

Quotables 13 June



Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Debbie Reynolds Moment


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Trivia Bits 12 June


In 1974, Australian writer and medical practitioner Peter Goldsworthy graduated in medicine at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

In Morse code the letter H is designated by four short clicks.

Dial 8 was a term used in baseball to describe a home run because on many hotel phones before the 1970s, a guest needed to dial 9 before making a local call, and dial 8 before making a long distance call usually to home.

Circuit de Spa Francorchamps is a motor racing circuit in Belgium being is the venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, and of the Spa 24 Hours and 1000 km Spa endurance races.

Brandy is usually served in a snifter.

Australian actor, Essie Davis, plays the part of Phryne Fisher in the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

In 1960 the American Ballet Theatre became the first American ballet company to dance in the Soviet Union where the programme included "Theme and Variations," a classic George Balanchine ballet with music by Tchaikovsky.

The alcoholic beverage Orujo originated in Spain and is a pomace brandy - a liquor obtained from the distillation of marc, the solid remains left after pressing of the grape.

During the Great Depression, American confidence man Oscar Hartzell defrauded thousands of people with false promises of access to the estate of Sir Francis Drake.

The White Elephant Cave in Phnom Sorsia mountain, Cambodia, is named after the many stalagmites which have the shape of white elephants.

Quotables 12 June



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Deanna Durbin Moment



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Trivia Bits 11 June


The body wall of the small spine sea star is composed of a latticework of collagen fibres and calcareous plates that give it both flexibility and rigidity and is found in shallow parts of the western Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

Silverchair’s final album released in 2007 was called Young Modern.

Irene Cara is an American singer and actress famous for her role in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination with her recording of the song "Fame" becoming an international hit.

French theatre actress and singer Suzanne Lagier made her début at age thirteen at the Théâtre des Variétés in 1846.

In 2012, the clock tower that houses Big Ben in London was officially named the Elizabeth Tower to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The two official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English.

Indian composer A. R. Rahman, known for Slumdog Millionaire, released his single "Infinite Love" to "instill faith and optimism in people" prior to the predicted doomsday on 21 December 2012.

The element most common by mass on Earth is Iron.

During the Siege of Zbarazh,a 1649 battle of the Khmelnytsky Uprising, the Polish-Lithuanian army withstood the assaults of the Cossack and Tatar army, about twenty times its own size. The Polish-Lithuanian losses at Zbarazh were about 2,000 regular soldiers and 4,000 auxiliaries; about half of the losses were a result of diseases.

Mark Bosnich played for English Soccer club Aston Villa from 1992 until 1999.

Quotables 11 June



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Dean Stockwell Moment


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Trivia Bits 10 June


The Greek alphabet is made up of 24 characters.

The beverage frappe coffee is a Greek foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee and was accidentally invented in 1957 in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Two cat breeds crossbreeding to make a Tonkinese are the Siamese and the Burmese.

The horror character Freddy Kruger first appeared in the 1984 movie A Nightmare on Elm Street and was portrayed by Robert Englund.

18 July 1967, the Fourth Legislative Assembly of Madras state unanimously adopted a resolution to change the name of the state to Tamil Nadu.

The ban on mailing Lillian Smith's 1944 novel Strange Fruit, about the then-forbidden and controversial theme of interracial romance, within the United States was repealed upon a request from the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt in May 1944.

Attapeu, Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Champasak, Houaphan, Khammouane, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Sainyabuli, Salavan, Savannakhet, Sekong, Xiangkhoang and the Vientiane Province and Prefecture form the provinces of Laos.

A large mosaic covers the entire floor of the Byzantine-era Church of the Holy Martyrs, built in 442 CE, in the Syrian town of Taybat al-Imam.

Cuttlefish have eight arms and two tentacles with 'Cuttle' being a reference to their unique internal shell, the cuttlebone.

The glands that secrete sebum to lubricate our hair and skin are the sebaceous glands.

Quotables 10 June



Monday, June 9, 2014

A Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Moment


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Trivia Bits 09 June


The first female president of Indonesia was Megawati Sukarnoputri who served as the President of Indonesia from 23 July 2001 to 20 October 2004.

The Birkenhead Bridge which opens on a regular basis so that boats can pass through the Port River in the western part of Adelaide, South Australia, was opened in 1940.

The Karachi Stock Exchange is in Pakistan and was funded in 1948.

Although American composer Colonel Harold Van Heuvelen composed his Symphony No. 1 during World War II, it was only premiered at Brucker Hall at Fort Myer, Virginia on November 4, 2012, by the U.S. Army Band under the direction of Major Tod Addison.

A hurdle race is generally 400 metres in length.

The Death's Head moth is named for the mark on its back, which resembles a human skull and is found primarily in Europe and Asia.

The Cementerio General de Chile established in 1821 is the final resting place for all but two of the deceased Presidents of Chile, the exceptions being Gabriel González Videla and Augusto Pinochet.

Frequently used food Garlic is often called stinking rose because of its strong odour.

Anh Do is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor and comedian known as The Happiest Refugee.

The fourth-century Byzantine mosaic discovered in Maryamin, in central Syria, is one of the few artifacts that give an indication on how the pipe organ instrument was used in antiquity.

Quotables 09 June



Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Dean Martin Moment






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Trivia Bits 08 June


Chan Kong-sang is the birth name of well-known action film star Jackie Chan.

William Hartnell was the first actor to play the Dr in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

On Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, a Hindu festival day, worshippers offer earthen lamps and cotton wicks to Shiva and Vishnu at the Varanasi Shiva Temple.

Hoot’s best owl friend in the 2010 Australian children’s TV programme Giggle and Hoot is Hootabelle.

Samuel L Clemens is better known by his pen name of Mark Twain.

In order to save the Rollstone Boulder from being demolished, it was exploded and re-assembled near Fitchburg's Upper Common in Massachusetts US in 1929.

Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name starring James McAvoy, Imogen Poots and Jamie Bell.

Ovine refers to sheep, Sheep figure in many mythologies — such as the Golden Fleece —and major religions, especially the Abrahamic traditions. In both ancient and modern religious ritual, sheep are used as sacrificial animals.

The Puffin is informally known as the sea parrot.

Alfred Deakin, Australian politician, was a leader of the movement for Australian federation and later the second Prime Minister of Australia. He was Prime Minister a total of three times – in 1903, 1905 and 1910.

Salem residents John and Elizabeth Proctor feature in the 1953 play The Crucible by the American playwright Arthur Miller and are accused in witchcraft.

In 1906, ties between England and Spain were sufficiently strong that King Edward VII and King Alfonso XIII became joint patrons of the Royal Calpe Hunt in Campo de Gibraltar area of Spain.

The Latin phrase tabula rasa means scraped tablet or blank slate.

A samovar is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, as well as in other Central, South-Eastern, Eastern European countries, Kashmir and in the Middle-East. Since the heated water is typically used to make tea, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate.

Pixie, rattail and bangs are types of hairstyles.

The first known Europeans to sight New Zealand in 1642 included the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman who sighted 'a large land, uplifted high' which may have been the peaks of the Paparoa Range behind Punakaiki.

Tamu Massif, the largest known volcano on earth, is on the floor of the Pacific Ocean located in the Shatsky Rise about 1,600 km (990 mi) east of Japan.

Sharing land borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia are United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Jolene is the title of a song written and performed by American country music artist Dolly Parton and was released in October 1973 as the first single and title from her album Jolene.

Playing Lieutenant Horatio Crane in the TV series CSI: Miami was American actor and producer David Caruso.

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