Saturday, November 22, 2014

A George Clooney Moment


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Trivia Bits 22 November


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Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery (pictured), was the first official James Bond film based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, and directed by Terence Young.

American motivational speaker and author Jack Canfield is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series first published in 1993.

The Pioneer River runs through the Australian city of Mackay, Queensland with a length of 120 km rising in the Pinnacle Ranges south-west of Mackay and flowing into the Pacific Ocean at Mackay.

Named after Sionna, a Celtic goddess, the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland at 360.5 km (224 miles).

Los Del Río, meaning "The ones from the river", are a Spanish (Andalusian) Pop duo who formed in 1962 and are best known for their smash-hit dance single "Macarena", originally released in early 1994.

The American drama television series Six Feet Under revolves around the Fisher Family and first debuted in 2001 with the ensemble drama stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths.

Hallulla, a popular food in Chile, is a flat round bread baked with vegetable shortening and is used for several traditional Chilean sandwiches.

In Kulubnarti, a village on an island of Kulubnarti in the Nile, the of mud bricked domed church contains incised graffito in Greek, Coptic and Old Nubian with the church being dated to the 13th or 14th century

A Screwdriver cocktail is made with the base spirit of Vodka combined with orange juice.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A Genevieve Tobin Moment


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Trivia Bits 21 November


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A Day At The Races (cover pictured) was the fifth album by British rock group Queen, released in December 1976 being the band's first completely self-produced album.

The 2010 movie Inception was written and directed by British film director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan starring a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.

The common four lettered name given to a shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc is slug.

American television, film and stage actress Edith "Edie" Falco played the titular character of the 2009 Showtime series Nurse Jackie, an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series.

American former sex worker Divine Brown gained notoriety in 1995 for her involvement with English actor and film producer Hugh Grant.

The Ajacan Mission, a failed attempt by Spanish Jesuit priests to bring Christianity to the Native Americans of the Virginia Peninsula, predated the 1607 establishment of Jamestown by about 36 years.

Spain or Espana has the country code top-level internet domain of .es.

The line Doesn’t have a point of view is a line that comes from the Beatles song Nowhere Man from their album Rubber Soul released 3 December 1965 after being recorded in the EMI Studios, London.

The Syrian village of Deir al-Bukht, Monastery of the Bactrian Camel, was so named because the eighth-century Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik kept a bactrian camel at the site.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trivia Bits 20 November


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The Lion (pictured) used in the MGM studio logo was named Leo with there having been around seven different lions used for the MGM logo; these lions include Tanner and Leo, the current (and seventh) lion.

Australian film and television actor Gary Sweet played Steve McClintock in the Australian television series Police Rescue which originally aired between 1989 and 1996.

British tennis player, who won the Men's Singles event at the Australasian Championships in 1919 Algernon Kingscote was the son of British novelist Lucas Cleeve which was the pseudonym of Adeline Georgiana Isabel Kingscote author of over sixty works including The Woman Who Wouldn't in 1895.

After a reign of 63 years and seven months, British monarch, Queen Victoria, died on the Isle of Wight at Osborne House on Tuesday, 22 January 1901 at the age of 81.

Trogon is a genus of birds occurring in forests and woodlands of the Americas, ranging from south-eastern Arizona to northern Argentina.

Dating from the 9th-century BCE, the Syrian city of Tell Rifaat, a small city in northern Syria, dates back to the Iron Age when it was an Aramaean settlement known as Arpad.

In the game of Scrabble, the letters J and X are both worth 8 points.

The flag of Europe consists of a circle of 12 golden (yellow) stars on an azure background and is the flag and emblem of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU).

Liberty City and Vice City are featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto created by David Jones and Mike Dailly and first released in October 1997.

In the culinary term dulce de leche, leche means milk in English and dulce de leche translates as caramel.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Geneviève Page Moment


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Trivia Bits 19 November


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With a career spanning over 50 years, Duke Ellington (pictured) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras and leading his orchestra from 1923 until death in 1974.

Prison Break is an American television serial drama from 2005 until 2009 revolving around two brothers; one has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison.

The principal monetary unit of Spain prior to replacement by the Euro in 2002 was the Peseta.

Adelaide, South Australia lies on the Gulf St Vincent being was named "Gulph of St. Vincent" on 30 March 1802 by Matthew Flinders a distinguished English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.

Cynophobia is the abnormal fear of dogs and is more common in females than males.

Member of the 17th Century Polish nobility, Teofila Ludwika Zasławska and her second husband owned Baranów Sandomierski Castle in south-eastern Poland together with three other palaces designed by royal architect Tylman van Gameren.

Constructed in 1921, the Humble Oil Building was once the largest office building in Houston, Texas and was the first office building in the city with central air conditioning.

French physician, postmaster, cartographer, inventor and author on the subject of mathematics, physics and magic Edmé-Gilles Guyot was highly influential in the development of phantasmagoria and the cups and balls magic trick with his 1769 four part book Nouvelles recreations physiques et mathematiques featured descriptions of experiments and examples of how various innovative mathematical and magical tricks could be performed

The Yellow Hat sect is a school of Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), a philosopher and Tibetan religious leader with the most influential figure being the Dalai Lama.

Candidiasis is also known as the disease Yeast Infection and can result in minimal complications such as redness, itching and discomfort, though complications may be severe or even fatal if left untreated in certain populations.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Gene Tierney Moment


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Trivia Bits 18 November


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Performed by American country music group Lady Antebellum, the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album, Need You Now (cover pictured) , was released on January 26, 2010 and was ranked as the number-one song on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart on the Billboard 2010 year-end list.

Dushanbe is the capital of the central Asian mountainous landlocked country of Tajikistan bordering Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.

The Book of Mormon, a musical by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone premiered on Broadway in March 2011 winning numerous theatre awards including nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

In the 1960’s, Albert DeSalvo confessed to being the serial killer known as the Boston Strangler who was of attributed with the murders of 13 women between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964 in and near Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Cloud Strife is a main character of the role-playing video game series Final Fantasy first released in 1997.

Taiga, also known as boreal forest, is a biome characterized by coniferous forests consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches and is the world's largest terrestrial biome covering most of inland Canada and Alaska as well as parts of the extreme northern continental United States.

Playing Jill Taylor in the 1990’s TV sit-com series Home Improvement was American television and film actress Patricia Richardson.

Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, and editor James Cameron won the Best Director Oscar for the 1997 movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

In the famous folktale, ascribed to Aesop, Androcles and the Lion, Androcles removed a thorn from the paw of the lion.

Crossing the Rubicon is a reference to the historical leader Julius Caesar as the phrase originates with his seizure of power in the Roman Republic in 49 BC and Caesar leading his army across the Rubicon River, crossing from the province of Cisalpine Gaul into Italy – the point of no return.

Quotables 18 November



Monday, November 17, 2014

A Gene Raymond Moment


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Trivia Bits 17 November


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Julie Finlay is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by Elisabeth Shue (pictured) who made her first screen appearance in the season twelve episode "Seeing Red", broadcast on February 15, 2012.

India's National Metallurgical Laboratory is an Indian research centre was inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950 and is situated in Jamshedpur, the largest city in Jharkhand, and a major industrial zone in Eastern India.

Peameal bacon originated in Canada and reflects the historic practice of rolling the cured and trimmed boneless loin in dried and ground yellow peas, originally for preservation reasons but nowadays is rolled in ground yellow cornmeal and is low in fat, and slow cured.

In Search of Lost Time (French: À la recherche du temps perdu)—translated previously as Remembrance of Things Past—is a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust known both for its length and its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the "episode of the madeleine." The title In Search of Lost Time, a literal rendering of the French, has gained usage since D. J. Enright adopted it for his revised translation published in 1992.

Four is the maximum number of players in the mathematical game Cuble in which players place tiles to form "cubles", which are made up of the addition or subtraction of two numbers to equal the third.

Car manufacturer Renault makes the Koleos, a compact SUV which was first presented as a concept car at the Geneva Motorshow in 2000 and later in 2006 at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.

In 2006 South African Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem had his right leg was severed by a four-and-a-half metre long great white shark whilst he was training for lifesaving exams at Muizenberg beach.

In 1947, prior to his marriage to Princess Elizabeth now Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip held his stag night at The Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire, which went on to win a Michelin star under chef Heston Blumenthal.

Twelve standard bottles of champagne fit into a salmanazar, a 9 litre bottle and is believed to be named after a biblical Assyrian King.

Known to many United States military personnel as the mother of the 6th fleet, an Israeli Gilla Gerzon, the Director of the Haifa USO, had 241 trees planted in Israel in memory of the 241 Americans killed in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Gene Nelson Moment


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Trivia Bits 16 November



The name of the killer in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller-drama Psycho was Norman Bates played by Anthony Perkins (pictured).

Playing British secret agent James Bond in the official film series for seven films between 1973 and 1985, English actor, Roger Moore, wrote the 2008 autobiography My Word is My Bond: A Memoir.

Narbona Pass in New Mexico is named after Narbona, a Navajo headman killed in 1849 during peace negotiations with the United States.

The Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Beijing on June 3–4 1989 as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted thousands of casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks.

Walter Gropius founded the famous architectural school Bauhaus in 1919 as a merger of the Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts and the Weimar Academy of Fine Art..

South Australian journalist and social reformer Catherine Helen Spence was honoured by appearing on the Australian 2001 Federation $5 note.

In 2010, American singer-songwriter and actress Pink had a hit with the song Raise Your Glass the first single from her first compilation album, Greatest Hits... So Far!!! and celebrated a decade since Pink's debut in 2000 and dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years.

In October 2012, the church choir Chor von St. Bonifatius celebrated 150 years by singing in Wiesbaden, Germany the premiere of a Missa solemnis by Colin Mawby, conducted by Gabriel Dessauer.

Peaceful Easy Feeling was a hit for The Eagles and was the third single from the band's 1972 debut album Eagles with Glenn Frey singing the lead vocal, and Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner completing the three-part harmony.

The first non-European country to host the Winter Olympic Games was the USA in 1932 with the games at Lake Placid, a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States.

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