Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Franchot Tone Moment


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Trivia Bits 18 October


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Created in 1976 as the first street mall in Australia, Adelaide's Rundle Mall (pictured) is the biggest pedestrianised shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere and includes over 800 shops and 14 interconnected arcades.

A Basset Hound is used as the logo for the brand Hush Puppies, an international brand of contemporary, casual footwear for men, women and children and was founded in 1958.

The Treaty of Paris in 1856 ended the Crimean War between Russia and an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Second French Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia.

English is the official language of the Solomon Islands consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi).

The character Mr McGregor first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first printed as a trade release in 1902.

With the façade dating from the early 17th century and built on foundations laid c.1477, Moubray House, one of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, was once the premises of Archibald Constable, the owner of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Italy is located in Southern Europe and comprises the boot-shaped Italian Peninsula and a number of islands including the two largest, Sicily and Sardinia.

The Zelter-Plakette has been awarded annually by the President of Germany since 1956 to German and foreign choirs which have served cultural life continuously for 100 years or more and was awarded to the 55-member male choir in Tanunda, South Australia, Tanunda Liedertafel in 1980.

Former Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee took seven out of his twenty-three Test five-wicket hauls at the Melbourne Cricket Ground making his Test debut during the sixth Test of the 1970–71 Ashes series where he claimed a five-wicket haul on debut.

In 1983, American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University Isaac Asimov won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for the science fiction novel Foundation’s Edge.

Yay! Chocolate Cup Cake Day






Pink cupcakes. At Eleni's in Chelsea Market in New York, NY. 7/3/11



Quotables 18 October



Friday, October 17, 2014

A Frances Langford Moment


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Trivia Bits 17 October


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In 2000, boy band ‘N Sync had a hit with the song Bye Bye Bye from their second studio album No Strings Attached (cover pictured) released on January 17, 2000 by Jive Records.

Havana is the capital of the Caribbean Island of Cuba being granted the title of City by King Philip II of Spain in 1592.

Cameroon is a country in the west Central Africa region bordered by Nigeria; Chad, the Central African Republic , Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo and is often referred to as the armpit of Africa.

In extreme sports, the Flybar is a modification of the traditional pogo stick design which allows riders to propel themselves up to a world record 8 feet 6 inches into the air according to the Flybar's website.

The chemical symbol for Palladium is Pd and is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803 by English chemist and physicist William Hyde Wollaston.

The round symbol on the coat of arms of Toppenstedt represents the Tangendorf disk brooch, an Iron Age fibula discovered at a Bronze Age tumulus in the German municipality in 1930.

Thresher sharks’ scythe-like tails make up half the length of their body, so it had long been suspected that the animals used them as hunting weapons with footage of the predators using their tail to stun and kill sardines finally confirmed the theory in 2013.

The Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams is the most frequently misquoted song in the UK with a third of the 1,350 people polled in 2013 believed that lead singer Annie Lennox sings: "Sweet dreams are made of cheese/Who am I to disagree?” – the correct lyrics being “Sweet dreams are made of this/ Who am I to disagree?”

Chionophobia is the fear of snow.

Nicknamed The Ditch and lying between Australia and New Zealand is the Tasman Sea named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman.

Quotables 17 October



Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Frances Farmer Moment


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Trivia Bits 16 October


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The film Life of Brian (poster pictured) remains banned in parts of Germany, but only on Good Friday as this religious satire is on a list of "inappropriate" films which must not be screened in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia that day.

American actor, singer, dancer, writer and choreographer, Leonard Crofoot, a dancer in the 2003 movie The Singing Detective, has had three Star Trek roles appeared three times on Star Trek ; in Star Trek: The Next Generation appearing on Angel One (1988) as "Trent" and in The Offspring (1990) as an asexual android covered in full-body make-up as well as appearing in the Star Trek: Voyager episode, Virtuoso.

1960 animated, prime-time American television sitcom The Flintstones had a pet dinosaur called Dino and a sabre-toothed cat named Baby Puss.

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452.

Thought to be constructed in 1667, The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Brăila, Romania, is the country's only former mosque converted into an Orthodox church.

In the 1997 novel Corrupting Dr. Nice, by American author of science fiction and fantasy John Kessel, several versions of Jesus Christ are transported to the twenty-first century and is a time travel novel modelled on the screwball comedies of the 1930s.

American actor Francis Capra starred as Eli “Weevil” Navarro in the 2004 TV series Veronica Mars set in the fictional town of Neptune, California starring Kristen Bell as the title character.

2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name The Avengers, grossed a worldwide total of $1,518,594,910 becoming the highest-grossing 2012 film.

Queen band members teased Freddie Mercury for looking like a prawn in the video for It's a Hard Life which featured on their 1984 album The Works, and was the third single from that album.

Palawan bearded, Visayan warty and British saddleback are all types of pigs.

Quotables 16 October



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Love Lucy Day



October 15 1951 and the first episode of I Love Lucy aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System. The American television sitcom, originally set in a New York City apartment building, centers on Lucy Ricardo (played by Lucille Ball) and her singer/bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo (played by Desi Arnaz).

I Love Lucy became the most popular television show of the 1950s and remains one of the most beloved series in American television history.







A Frances Dee Moment



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Trivia Bits 15 October


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Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedo are a rock formation better known as the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains' best known sites, towering above the Jamison Valley.

Often wearing a clock around his neck is William Johnathon Drayton Jr. better known as rapper Flavor Fav who is a classically trained pianist, and also plays the guitar and drums.

The largest Arab state in Western Asia by land area is Saudi Arabia whose capital is Riyadh situated in the centre of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5,254,560 people, and the urban centre of a region with a population of close to 7 million people.

Established in 2006, Carnegie Mellon University has a campus situated in Adelaide, South Australia with students, faculty and staff from more than 29 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific, United States of America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The flag of Laos consists of three horizontal stripes, middle blue strip is twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes with in the middle a white disc, the diameter of the disc is 0.8 times the height of the blue stripe being adopted in 1975, when the country became a people's republic and it is one of the few Communist flags that does not use the five-pointed star as an emblem.

The Atlas Mountains is a mountain range across the north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with the highest peak being Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,165 metres (13,665 ft) in south-western Morocco.

The Ouachita Dusky Salamander, the Fourche Mountain Salamander, and the Rich Mountain Salamander are all endemic to the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Baby Alive dolls, that eats, drinks, wets and in some cases messes, were originally made and introduced in 1973by Kenner, an American toy company founded in 1947 by brothers, Albert, Phillip, and Joseph L. Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Finland hosts an annual world wife-carrying championship with the contest is rooted in the legend of Ronkainen the Robber, said in the 19th century to have testing aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to lug sacks of grain or live animals over a similar course or may stem from an even earlier tribal practice of wife-stealing.

Released on October 25, 1968, on Reprise Records, Electric Ladyland was the final studio album of the band The Jimi Hendrix Experience being the only one of the band's LPs that was produced by Jimi Hendrix.

Quotables 15 October



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Forest Tucker Moment



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Trivia Bits 14 October


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American vocalist Mary Wilson (pictured) was best known as a founding member of The Supremes, the Motown Label flagship group which charted 33 top forty singles from 1963 to 1976.

Influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States, John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized the sinking of the Palatine Light ghost ship with a poem written in 1867 The Palatine.

Lizzie Hippo was purple in the original version of Hungry Hungry Hippos, a tabletop game made for 2-4 adults, produced by Hasbro with the idea for the game being published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll but later introduced in 1978.

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin led the nation through most of World War II.

French tennis player Christian Boussus was part of the victorious French Davis Cup squad who held the title between 1929 and 1932, as "the Fifth Musketeer", although he never played a match.

Canadian country pop singer-songwriter Shania Twain had a hit with the song That Don’t Impress Me Much released in December 1998 as the sixth country single from her third studio album, Come On Over.

From the Latin labefacere ; labare to totter + facere to make, the word Labefy means to weaken or impair.

The pet dog on American animated television series The Simpsons is Santa’s Little Helper and is a greyhound introduced in the first episode of the show, the 1989 Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", in which his owner abandons him for finishing last in a greyhound race.

2012 Australian Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Janel Manns became an incomplete paraplegic at age 32 after a bathroom accident and initially played basketball, not tennis.

The 2013 Academy Awards ceremony was hosted by American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and singer Seth MacFarlane.

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