Saturday, January 17, 2015

Trivia Bits 17 January


gang-gang cockatoo

The crest of a male gang-gang cockatoo (pictured) is red and is found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly alpine bushland.

The 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath was written by John Steinbeck being set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work.

The nafka is the currency of Eritrea a country in the Horn of Africa and also has the Internet Top Level Domain of .er

Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory Brian P Schmidt was the Australian to win the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 207 domestic and international gates, has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, and by number of landings and take-offs since 2005. Hartsfield–Jackson held its ranking as the world's busiest airport in 2012, both in passengers and number of flights, by accommodating 95 million passengers (more than 260,000 passengers daily) and 950,119 flights.

American actor James Dean is regarded a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark.

In May 1936, on orders of the Nazis, Expressionist artworks were burnt in the furnace of the Kronprinzenpalais, which housed the modern art division of the Berlin National Gallery.

The town of Shakotan, Japan, is home to the three great capes of the Shakotan Peninsula: Kamui, Shakotan, and Ōgon.

British figure skater and later Olympic judge Mollie Phillips was the first woman to carry the flag and lead out her national team at an Olympic Games at the 1932 Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York.

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