Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Dorothea Kent Moment


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Trivia Bits 19 July


Children’s game Hungry Hungry Hippos features the animal characters Lizzie, Henry, Homer and Harry with idea for the game published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll and introduced in 1978 by Milton Bradley.

Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located in the province of Alberta, covers 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.

Games of the XXIX Olympiad or the 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008.

In Greek legend, Midas had the Golden Touch because of his ability to turn everything he touched into gold which came to be called the Golden touch, or the Midas touch.

Samples of moon rock and lunar dust soil from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions, mounted on wooden plaque displays especially for Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Honduras, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Romania, Spain, and Sweden, plus the US states of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia, were later reported missing by many of the recipients.

There are 1,000 kilograms in a tonne.

The screenplay for the 2012 movie Anna Karenina was written by Tom Stoppard who also wrote the screenplays for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Enigma (2001) and Empire of the Sun (1987).

American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan, The White Stripes consisted of former husband and wife team Jack and Meg White.

The first European to climb South Australia’s Mt Lofty in April 1831 was Collet Barker who was a British military officer and explorer. He explored areas of South Australia, Western Australia and Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory.

Science fiction author H G Wells has been quoted as saying If we don’t end war, war will end us.

Cotton candy, also known as candy floss, candyfloss or fairy floss, was first sold to the public at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.

Quotables 19 July



Friday, July 18, 2014

A Doris Hill Moment


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Trivia Bits 18 July


In the Australian folk song Waltzing Matilda, a matilda is a swag – a rolled up bed and bag.

The Leningrad première of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 was on 9 August 1942 while the city was under siege and was broadcast by loudspeakers throughout the city, and to the German forces as psychological warfare.

Ashley Eriksson’s song Island Song is the ending song on the US animated series Adventure Time.

The Iron Confederacy, an alliance of North American Plains Indians, expanded its power base from what is now northern Manitoba in the 1690s to Montana by the 1850s.

The Opinel knife, a simple, wooden-handled pocket-knife, has been manufactured since the 1890s in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the Savoie region of France.

Victor Chang AC was a famous Australian heart surgeon who was murdered on 4 July, 1991, following an extortion attempt on his family.

The Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January.

Bouncy techno is a hardcore dance music rave style that developed in the early 1990s from Scotland and North England.

In Queensland Australia there are more than 10,000 kms of in-use railway tracks.

The Spanish military stud farm Yeguada Militar, founded in 1847, started the oldest written breed registry for Arabian horses, and is also a genetic reservoir for the Andalusian horse.

Quotables 18 July



Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Doris Day Moment




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Trivia Bits 17 July


Otto Lilienthal, a German pioneer of aviation, was one of the leading pioneers of the popular outdoor activity of hang-gliding. He became known as the Glider King but died of injuries sustained when his glider stalled and he was unable to regain control; falling from about 15 m (50 ft), he fractured his neck.

Pop duo M2M was formed in 1998 by two Norwegians, Marion Elise Raven and Marit Elisabeth Larsen.

A cuica is a South American drum from Brazil and is often used in the Samba.

The Sook Ching massacre, a systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore by the Japanese military during the Japanese occupation of Singapore, may have seen a death toll of somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000.

The longest running event in a women’s heptathlon is the 800 metres and was first contested at the Olympic level in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.

The pineapple stem extract known as bromelain is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects.

In 1697 the culmination of the Spanish conquest of Petén resulted in the defeat of the last independent native Mayan kingdom in the Americas.

The baht is the currency of Thailand.

The Etruscan Regolini-Galassi tomb, an elaborate Etruscan family tomb which dates to the 7th century BC, was discovered in 1836 in an undisturbed condition.

A "rain of fish", a tornado that travels over the ocean, sucks up fish and then drops them over villages, is a common theme appearing in Honduran art.

Quotables 17 July



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Donna Summer Moment


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The two autonomous regions of Portugal are the Azores and Madeira.

In 1974 Faye Glenn Abdellah became the first nurse officer in the U.S. to receive the rank of a two-star rear admiral and whose pioneering work in nursing research has been recognized with 77 professional and academic honours.

Since 2 November 1925, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw holds the remains of a Polish soldier killed at the Battle of Lvov in 1919.

The number 88 is depicted in Roman numerals as LXXXVIII.

The chimney of Cape Cornwall Mine at the western tip of Cornwall in southwest Great Britain, has a plaque in the shape of a Heinz Baked Beanz label set into its base.

Malacology is a branch of zoology that deals with the study of Mollusca or Molluscs including snails and slugs, clams, octopus and squid, and numerous other kinds, of which have shells.

Meeting at Cameron’s Corner are the Australian states of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales and named for the surveyor, John Brewer Cameron, from the New South Wales Lands Department who marked the intersection in September 1880.

The fastest four legged land animal is the cheetah.

Convicted British murderer Colin Pitchfork was the first person to be convicted using DNA fingerprinting in 1986.

The Kommercekollegiet (The Board of Trade or The Trade Authority) was established in 1704 for the purpose of advising the Danish monarch on matters related to trade and industry.

Quotables 16 July



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Donna Reed Moment


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In 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles became the Duchess of Cornwall upon her marriage to HRH Prince Charles.

Currants are the dried fruit traditionally used in a Banbury cake.

The Balıklı Greek Hospital in Istanbul was originally established as the Yedikule Hospital through Ottoman government edict in 1753.

It was at Coolah, 388 kms northwest of Sydney, where the Australian expression beyond the black stump was coined.

The IBM 350 disk storage unit, the first disk drive, was announced by IBM as a component of the IBM 305 RAMAC computer system on September 13, 1956 where RAMAC is an acronym for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control."

Bach interpolated music from his secular cantata BWV 36c with four stanzas from two Advent hymns in Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36, for the first Sunday in Advent, 2 December 1731.

Consumption is another name of the disease of tuberculosis.

The highest mountain in the Americas is Aconcagua at 6,960.8 m (22,837.3 ft). It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina,

Mosconi, in Luxembourg, was the first Italian restaurant in the Benelux nations to receive a Michelin star.

Manchego is a kind of cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the Manchega breed.

The larvae of the Cameraria ohridella moth, horse-chestnut leaf miner, feed in a mine in the leaves of the tree, damaging the leaves and stunting growth.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Donald Sutherland Moment


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Trivia Bits 14 July


The currency of Indonesia is the rupiah.

There have been six submarines and ships named Nautilus in the U.S. Navy, some as early as 1803, 67 years before Captain Nemo's Nautilus appeared in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

The nineteenth-century built Château Pastré in Marseille, designed by Jean-Charles Danjoy for Eugène Pastré, was a haven for Jewish artists in World War II.

Ranking as the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011.2012 and 2013 was Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

Author Miles Franklin’s real name is Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her novel My Brilliant Career, published in 1901.

Coffea Arabica or the Arabica bean accounts for about 70-80 per cent of coffee production worldwide.

Risso’s dolphins are the only dolphin species in the genus Grampus.

Stella McCartney, the fashion designer daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where here 1995 graduating collection was modelled by friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss.

Power Girl, real name Kara Zor-L, is a cousin of Superman from the DC Comics universe and made her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976).

There are one thousand watts in a kilowatt with the watt being a basic unit of power.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Donald O’Connor Moment


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Trivia Bits 13 July


The Latin word for wheel is rota.

South African novelist, J M Coetzee, won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. His 1983 Booker Prize-winning novel was Life & Times of Michael K.

The cycling term maillot jaune means Yellow Jersey in English being awarded at the Tour de France for the rider for finishing all stages in fastest combined time.

By the end of the Third Siege of Gibraltar in 1333, the city's inhabitants were reduced to eating their shoes because the town's governor had stolen the money meant to pay for food.

The remote Pacific archipelago of Galapagos has been extensively imaged by Google.

American mammalogist and pathologist Marcus Ward Lyon, Jr., 1875-1942, published more than 160 papers during the course of his career.

The French term fruits de mer means fruits of the sea – mixed seafood.

The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was responsible for American weights and measures from 1836 until the establishment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1901.

In the 1889–90 Currie Cup, Charlie Finlason was made to bat last for the Transvaal cricket team because he had criticised the team's captain in the press.

Denver is the capital of the American state of Colorado.

The Museum of Asian Art in Dahlem, Germany houses some 20,000 Asian artifacts, making it one of the largest museums of ancient Asian art in the world.

William George Perks is a British musician better known as Bill Wyman best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993.

American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer Adam Sandler plays Lenny Feder in the Grown Ups movie series

The 1797 poem Kubla Khan, eventually published in 1816, was written by English poet, literary critic and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Of the two main islands Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad is the largest.

The extreme points of the United Kingdom include Out Stack as the northernmost, Rockall as the westernmost, The Lizard as the southernmost and Lowestoft Ness as the easternmost.

Ellen Page started her acting career at age 10 on the Canadian TV series Pit Pony.

News of the conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 may 1953 came to the outside world by a runner bearing a coded message.

An Encephalization quotient deals with the brain of humans and animals and measures mass and size.

Drexel 4041 is a 17th century British music manuscript commonplace book described as "a treasure-house of early seventeenth-century song and dramatic lyric worthy of the attention of any student of seventeenth-century literature and drama." It is also a major source for the work of English composer William Lawes and belongs to the New York Public Library as part of the Drexel Collection.

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