Saturday, September 6, 2014

An Elvis Presley Moment


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Trivia Bits 06 September


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Come Together was a song from the Beatle’s eleventh album Abbey Road (pictured) released on 26 September 1969 on the Apple label.

For the 1975 Bollywood classic film Sholay, M. S. Shinde edited 300,000 feet (91,000 m) of reel down to 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

Murder House is the name of the first season of the 2011 TV series American Horror Story with the series creators being Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy.

Yellowstone is the world's first national park which was established by the U.S. Congress and signed in to law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.

How do you do, I see you’ve met are the opening lines from Rocky Horror song performed by the character, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Sweet Transvestite from the 1973 British musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show and its 1975 film counterpart The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with the book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien, and the musical arrangements by Richard Hartley.

The Gundelach family is featured in the TV series Secrets & Lies an Australian drama television series that first screened on 3 March 2014 and follows the story of a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect with no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation and his sanity are all at stake.

During the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) players auction, Australian cricketer James Faulkner, was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for $400,000.

Chartreuse is a variation colour based halfway between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the green colour of one of the French liqueurs called green chartreuse which was introduced in 1764.

Enormous statues of ancient Egyptian ruler Amenhotep III were unearthed in Luxor as recently as 1989 in the courtyard of Amenhotep III's colonnade of the Temple of Luxor where a cache of statues was found, including a 6 feet (1.8 m)-high pink quartzite statue of the king wearing the Double Crown found in near-perfect condition.

The Tasmanian tiger – Thylacine – and the lion are the two animals on the coat of arms for the Australian state of Tasmania which was officially granted by King George V in May 1917.

Quotables 06 September



Friday, September 5, 2014

An Elvis Costello Moment


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Trivia Bits 05 September


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The Australian tourist attraction known as Wave Rock (pictured) is located 296km southeast of Perth, the capital city of Western Australian.

Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired from 1977 to 1984 starring Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price.

American singer, actor and occasional songwriter Bobby Sherman became a very popular teen idol when in 1969, his first gold single, "Little Woman", became popular, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Until Sunday, September 3rd, 1967, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekend at 5 p.m. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize 'this' was the day of the changeover.

Wyoming was the first US state to allow women to vote when on December 10, 1869 territorial Governor John Allen Campbell extended the right to vote to women.

American NASA engineer Adam Steltzner whose projects include the Mars Curiosity rover landing, said he spent high school studying sex, drugs and rock and roll.

James Spader is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in films and notably stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington in The Blacklist, and he is listed to play Ultron in Marvel Studios' upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

American science fiction, fantasy novella and short story author, and teacher Zenna Henderson's story "Pottage" was made into the 1971 ABC-TV Movie, "The People", starring William Shatner, Kim Darby, and Diane Varsi.

Croke Park is a GAA stadium located in Dublin Ireland is and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

In Japan, Yabusame means to participate in the sport of archery whilst mounted on a horse.

Quotables 05 September



Thursday, September 4, 2014

An Elvire Popesco Moment


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Trivia Bits 04 September


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First published in 1989 Budgie the Little Helicopter series of books by Sarah, Duchess of York, and animated television series the budgie is blue.

Mother Teresa's father Albanian businessman, benefactor and politician Nikollë Bojaxhiu was the only Catholic member of the city council of Skopje and his company constructed the city's first theatre and part of the railway line that connected Skopje with the region of Kosovo.

The worldwide "Spanish Flu" epidemic which broke out in 1918 killed more than 30 million people in less than a year's time.

The 1995 book Take It Like A Man is the autobiography of English singer-songwriter George Alan O'Dowd better known as Boy George.

Australian sports television program Live and Sweaty, broadcast on the ABC from 1991 until 1995 was hosted by Australian television producer and comedian Andrew Denton and was part panel-based, part talk show and part comedy.

In 1942 during World War II, Operation Bertram deceived Rommel about the timing and location of the El Alamein attack, using camouflage and dummies all planned to make the enemy believe that the attack would take place to the south, far from the coast road and railway, and about two days later than the real attack.

British–American actress and children's author Julianne Moore wrote the 2007 children’s book Freckleface Strawberry.

Polish Count, scholar, ardent historical collector and numismatist, Count Emeryk Hutten-Czapski gathered his historical collections for the National Museum in Kraków mainly through purchasing the entire collections of other noble families and after his untimely death in 1896, the family had donated his collections to the city in 1903 along with the palace he bought in 1894 specifically for the purpose of being a museum.

There are more statues of Sacajewa, Lewis & Clark's female Indian guide, in the United States than any other person.

To raise public revenue, Emperor Vespasian--who built the Colosseum--was the first to introduce pay toilets in the city of Rome. When his son and successor Titus protested that the toilets were raising a stink with the poor, Vespasian held a coin up to his nose and said, "money doesn't stink." Today, Romans still refer to public toilets as vespasiano.

Quotables 04 September



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An Elton John Moment


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Trivia Bits 03 September


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The Corroboree frogs are two species of small, ground dwelling frogs, native to Southern Tablelands of Australia and are considered critically endangered.

Meryl Streep made her film début in The Deadliest Season, a 1977 made-for-TV film about sports violence directed by Robert Markowitz, co-starred Michael Moriarty.

The endangered Mazumbai warty frog and the more common Krefft's warty frog are both found in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania.

The Australian state of Western Australia is approximately 2,645,615 km2 in area.

The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history, detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) in an atmospheric test over the Novaya Zemla Islands, October 30 1961.

Robert John Sholl, the only Resident Magistrate in north-west Western Australia between 1865 and 1883, had so much power that he was described as "virtually a Lieutenant Governor"

The Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque in Homs, western Syria, contains the mausoleum of 7th century Arab military commander Khalid ibn al-Walid, an ornate dome with interiors which depict over 50 victorious battles that he commanded.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Endemic to India, the Bombay night frog has been found near Mahabaleshwar living in a cave piled high with fruit bat droppings which is inhabited by many invertebrates on which the frogs feed.

Fistmele is a term used in the popular sport of Archery and describes the correct distance between a bow and its string.

Quotables 03 September



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

An Elsa Lanchester Moment


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Trivia Bits 02 September


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In the Archie comic book series, Jughead Jones’ white sheepdog is called Hot Dog (pictured). Jughead first appeared in Pep Comics No 22 in December 1941.

Presented and written by popular historian Tom Holland, the 2011 BBC British documentary programme Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters speculates that the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology, may have been inspired by elephant skulls.

Brothers Dean and Sam Winchester feature in the 2005 American supernatural drama television series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester.

The Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957 makes it illegal to call another person a wizard in South Africa and prohibits various activities related to witchcraft, witch smelling or witch-hunting.

The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.

Two of the Russian Peresvet-class battleships salvaged by the Japanese after the end of the Russo-Japanese War were incorporated into the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1905.

Harare is the capital of the African country of Zimbabwe, a landlocked country located in southern Africa.

The Kharosthi script was in use from the middle of the 3rd century BC until around the 3rd century AD in ancient Northwest India.

Captain Jack Harkness is a fictional character played by John Barrowman in Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood which is British science fiction television programme following the exploits of a small team of alien hunters, who make up the Cardiff branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, which deals mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials

Quotables 02 September



Monday, September 1, 2014

An Elliott Gould Moment


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Trivia Bits 01 September



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The 1797 oil-on-canvas painting by Spanish painter Francisco Goya Portrait of the Duchess of Alba (pictured), the duchess is wearing her mourning clothes, as her husband died the year before.

The St Albans Hoard, one of the largest hoards of Roman gold coins ever found in Britain, was discovered by a man using his new metal detector for the first time in a field near St Albans in Hertfordshire in October 2012.

In Mexico, sombreros for peasants are traditionally made from straw.

Ready Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV cooking programme which debuted on 24 October 1994 with the last edition broadcast on 2 February 2010.

The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.

The United States Bullion Depository known as Fort Knox is located in the state of Kentucky with the site located on what is now Bullion Boulevard at the intersection of Gold Vault Road.

Dating back to the 15th-century BC, the Royal Palace of ancient Ugarit in Syria had fortification walls whose base sloped outward 45 degrees.

American William W. Cooper, a pioneer of management science, dropped out of high school and worked as a professional boxer winning 58 bouts, losing three, and drawing two, before going to Chicago University where he graduated with a B.A. and Phi Beta Kappa honours in 1938.

American photojournalist known for her work as a war correspondent, Dickey Chapelle was the first war correspondent killed during the Vietnam War in 1965.

The Union ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet.

Quotables 01 September



Sunday, August 31, 2014

An Ella Raines Moment


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Trivia Bits 31 August



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The supersonic Concorde jet (pictured) made its first trial flight on January 1, 1969.

The quarries where the Romans extracted travertine for the Colosseum and other great structures are still being mined today.

Singaporean sprinter C Kunalan's feat of 10.38 seconds in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games 100 metres was a national record for 33 years.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the annual trophy for the winners in the Superbowl for the sport of Gridiron also known as American Football and was named in honour of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.

Jane Delano, a relative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, founded the American Red Cross nursing service on January 20, 1910.

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict running for one season in 1978–79.

The Republic of Israel was established April 23, 1948.

The seven wonders of the ancient world were: ... 1. Egyptian Pyramids at Giza ... 2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon ... 3. Statue of Zeus at Olympia ... 4. Colossus of Rhodes - or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honoured the sun god Helios ... 5. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus ... 6. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus ... 7. Lighthouse at Alexandria.

The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The standard U.S. railroad width (4 feet, 8.5 inches) is directly derived from the width of Roman war chariots. This is because the English expatriates who designed the U.S. railroad system based their measurements on the pre-railroad tramways built in England. Those tramways were built using the same tools used to build wagons, which were also that width. The reason wagons were built to that width is because otherwise, they would break during long treks across the old English roads. Those roads--built by the Romans--were full of ruts carved out by Roman war chariots. All Roman chariots were built to a standard width of 4 feet, 8.5 inches, and so English wagons were built so that their wheels would fit into those ruts.

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