Thursday, January 8, 2015

Trivia Bits 08 January


Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Rare, tropical butterfly from a lowland coastal rainforest in New Guinea, Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (pictured) is the biggest butterfly in the world, with a wingspan up to 1 ft (30 cm) wide and was named by Alfred S. Meek (in 1907) to honour Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), the Danish wife of King Edward VII of England (1841-1910).

With the term first appearing in 1955, Australian dog-breeder Wally Conron popularised the crossbred dog, the Labradoodle when he crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at the Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia in Victoria in 1988.

Australian criminal and author Chopper Read wrote the 2003 novel The Adventures of Rumsley Rumsfelt.

Best known for his soft sculpture versions of everyday objects., American sculptor Claes Oldenburg is a part of the Pop Art movement

The two lower case alphabet letters in the English language that have a tittle are i and j where the tittle is a small distinguishing mark, the dot on a lowercase i or j and is an integral part of the glyph of i and j.

Romanian-born American animator of Hungarian ethnicity, Tissa David, the second woman to direct an animated feature film, also animated the Raggedy Ann character for the 1977 film, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.

The Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar was the first military hospital to receive a Baby Friendly Award from UNICEF in February 2007.

Matt Damon played Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South Africa rugby union team the Springboks, in the 2009 biographical sports drama film Invictus directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starring Morgan Freeman as South African President Nelson Mandela.

The West Coast Range group of mountains are found in the Australian state of Tasmania and has had a significant number of mines utilising the geologically rich zone of Mount Read Volcanics.

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea with its name derived from the dangers attending its navigation, or, according to an Arab legend, from the numbers who were drowned by the earthquake which separated Asia and Africa.

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