Saturday, September 27, 2014

An Eve Arden Moment


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Trivia Bits 27 September


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The flag of Albania (pictured) features a two-headed eagle with the current design adopted in 1992 when the Democratic Party of Albania won the elections.

American cartoonist E. C. Segar is best known as the creator of the cartoon character Popeye a pop culture character who first appeared in 1929 in Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre.

The one act opera Elektra was composed by Richard Straus which was adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra and was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909.

The Kanak people are the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of the French collective of New Calendonia.

Korean dish of bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul, sautéed and seasoned vegetables, and gochujang, chili pepper paste with a raw or fried egg and sliced meat common additions.

In 2006, Iceland resumed commercial whaling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tripitaka, meaning three baskets, describes the various canons of scripture in Buddhism particularly a Sūtra Piṭaka, a Vinaya Piṭaka and an Abhidharma Piṭaka.

Eclectic, Munson, Personal and Teeline are all types of the writing technique known as Shorthand.

With a population of around 8.5 million, Ruhr is a large region in the European country of Germany consisting of several large, industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr, Rhine and Lippe.

German composer bassoonist and composer Victor Bruns, who played at the Leningrad Opera and with the Staatskapelle Berlin, composed six ballets and four bassoon concertos.

Quotables 27 September



Friday, September 26, 2014

An Eva Marie Saint Moment


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Trivia Bits 26 September



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First sold in 1947, the microwave oven, named the Radarange (pictured), was invented by Percy Spencer after World War II from radar technology developed during the war.

Based on American-Canadian children's books written by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy, the 2010 British children's television series The Octonauts, features a cat named Kwazi.

Five cities staring with M have hosted the Summer Olympic Games – Melbourne, Mexico City, Munich, Montreal and Moscow.

In the 2013 Great Australian Bake Off, each baker does three bakes in each episode - The Signature Bake, The Technical Bake and The Showstopper.

Mount Taranaki is an active but quiescent, stratovolcano on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.

Jane Stanford co-founder of Stanford University ordered in 1905 that after her death her jewels to be sold and the funds used as a permanent endowment to be used exclusively for the purchase of books and other publications.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev made a speech which became known as On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences to made to the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956 in which he was sharply critical of the reign of deceased General Secretary and Premier Joseph Stalin.

The main religion of Peru is Roman Catholicism due to the December 1532 a party of conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro defeated and captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa conquering the lands.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living is an artwork created in 1991 by an English artist Damien Hirst, and is a tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde.

The O in American film director, screenwriter, and producer David O Russell’s name stands for Owen.

In Greek Mythology, the gorgon Medusa was killed by Perseus, the legendary founder of Mycenae and the off-spring of Zeus and Danae.

Johnny Appleseed Day



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Johnny Appleseed is a famous historical American figure, who’s most notable for his spread of apple trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He was a prominent conservationist, business man and religious figure, and well known and liked for his kindness and generosity – Johnny Appleseed Day commemorates his birth on September 26, 1774.






Quotables 26 September



Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Eva Gabor Moment


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Trivia Bits 25 September


Mata Hari

Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy Mata Hari (pictured) had relationships with high-ranking military officers, politicians, and others in influential positions in many countries prior to World War I.

The South Shetland Islands are part of the continent of Antarctica lying about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The family dog in the first season of the sitcom The Partridge Family was Simone with the series about a widowed mother, played by US actress Shirley Jones, and her five children who embark on a music career.

Thong yip, also known as "pinched gold egg yolks", is an auspicious traditional Thai dessert usually made for important occasions and ceremonies such as weddings, ordinations and housewarmings and is a egg-based sweets with the Thai word thong means "gold" and yip means "to pick" and it is believed that when thong yip is used in blessing ceremonies or as a gift to anyone, it will bring wealth and success in work; a person can turn something ordinary into gold once he or she picks it up.

Nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects and is commonly known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anaesthetic.

A Barreleye, also known as spook fish, is a small deep-sea fish found in tropical-to-temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

The frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2, Paul David Hewson, better known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.

In 1606, Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon landed at the Pennefather River on western Cape York Peninsula Queensland, Australia.

English singer-songwriter and television presenter best known as the lead singer of the Sex Pistols is Johnny Rotten who was born John Lydon in 1956.

Idriss Déby became president of the African country of Chad after a military coup in 1990 against President Hissène Habré.

Quotables 25 September



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Eva Bartok Moment


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Trivia Bits 24 September


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Danish painter L. A. Ring - Laurits Andersen Ring - won the bronze medal at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris for his painting In the Garden Doorway, The Artist's Wife (pictured).

Former heavyweight boxer from Bayonne, New Jersey, Chuck Wepner is credited as being the inspiration for the movie character Rocky Balboa.

The first female leader of the Australian Labor Party was Julia Gillard.

The Indus River is a major river in Asia flowing through Pakistan, western Tibet and Northern India total length of the river is 3,180 km (1,980 mi).

The Lithosphere is used to describe the outer part of the earth consisting of the crust and upper mantle which constitute the hard and rigid outer layer of the Earth.

In the 1940’s Australian ballet dancer Robert Helpmann formed a successful dance partnership with English ballerina Margot Fonteyn who spent her entire career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet.

An independent Gibraltar Port Authority was formed in 2005 nearly three hundred years after Queen Anne granted Free Port status to Gibraltar on 19 February 1706.

The flat rubber disc used in ice hockey is called a puck.

The shooting down of an F-117 on 27 March 1999 during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was the first confirmed downing of a stealth aircraft with the pilot ejecting and rescued by search and rescue forces.

Japan’s third largest city by population after Tokyo and Yokohama is Osaka on Japan's main island of Honshu and located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay.

Quotables 24 September



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Etta James Moment


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Trivia Bits 23 September


Sooty Oystercatcher

A wading bird endemic to Australia and commonly found on its coastline, the Sooty Oystercatcher forages for two hours on either side of low tide.

Orazio and Carmelo Cantarella are best known for creating the Australian beverage Vittoria Coffee founded in Sydney in 1947, the business was established as an importer of Continental European foods and in 1958 they began roasting small amounts of premium Arabica coffee at their food importing premises in Sydney’s Haymarket.

The 1986 hit Danger Zone by US Singer Kenny Loggins comes from the American action drama film Top Gun which stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt.

Australian rock band INXS released the album Shabooh Shabooh in October 1982 and was the band’s third studio album with most tracks written by band members, Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence.

Record producer Phil Spector is credited with playing maracas on the 1964 Rolling Stones’ song Little by Little and was included on their debut album The Rolling Stones in April 1964.

The official nickname of the Australian women’s soccer team is the Matildas.

Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer DJ Avicii has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award for his work on "Sunshine" with David Guetta in 2012 and in 2013 for his song "Levels".

In 1985, Random House paid American novelist Karleen Koen $350,000 for the rights to Through a Glass Darkly, at the time a record sum for a new novelist.

Deimos and Phobos are small and irregularly shaped moons of the planet Mars

In Indian cuisine, bhatura and poli are types of bread with the bhatura being a fluffy deep-fried leavened bread from North India whilst poli being a traditional type of sweet flatbread.

Quotables 23 September


Monday, September 22, 2014

An Ethel Merman Moment


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Trivia Bits 22 September


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In the 1937 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (poster pictured) , the only two dwarves whose names did not end in y were Bashful and Doc.

The European country of Germany is often referred to as the land of poets and thinkers.

To defenestrate someone, you will have thrown out of a window or a usually swift dismissal or expulsion as from a political party or office.

Former Australian professional surf lifesaver Trevor Hendy won the Australian Ironman Championships six times during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Canadian wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson retired in 2008 to become a musician, but returned to win his third Paralympic gold medal at London 2012.

In a deck of cards, the King of Hearts is often called the suicide king because he appears to be sticking his sword into his head.

The Zagros Mountains form the largest mountain range in the countries of Iran and Iraq.

White Christmas is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. All other versions of the song, along with Bing Crosby's, has estimated sales over 100 million copies.

The shovelnose salamander and the blackbelly salamander both live in the Appalachian Mountains in eastern North America, but the former feeds exclusively in water while the latter mainly forages on land.

American actress Holly Hunter won the Best Actress Oscar in 1993 for her role in The Piano for which she also won BAFTA and Golden Globe Award among other awards.

22 September 2014 is Elephant Appreciation Day



Created in 1996,by Wayne Hepburn who received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became fascinated by them amassing a large collection of elephant books and paraphernalia. His fascination and love of elephants, led to the creation of this day so we can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.