Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trivia Bits 31 January


Bee Hummingbird

The Bee Hummingbird (pictured) is a species of hummingbird endemic to dense forests and woodland edges on the main island of Cuba and is the smallest bird in the world no larger than a big insect and, as its name suggests, is scarcely larger than a bee.

Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China around the 15th Century with the name "chrysanthemum" is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower).

The edible African species Amanita zambiana is sometimes called the Christmas mushroom because it is most abundant in December and early January.

The Galvayne's groove occurs on the upper corner incisor, producing a vertical line, and is helpful in approximating the age of older horses.

There is a city in Germany called Worms in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on the Rhine River about 60 kilometres (40 mi) south-southwest of Frankfurt-am-Main and is thought to have been founded prior to 14 BCE.

The town of Coober Pedy in outback South Australia accounts for approximately eighty per cent of the world’s opal supply.

The Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2013 was selfie and is described as a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.

Founded in 1541, Santiago is the capital of Chile, located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above mean sea level.

Jubho Lagoon, a large shallow brackish lagoon located in Sindh, Pakistan, is home to around six thousand vulnerable Dalmatian Pelicans.

Human heart transplant pioneer South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant on 3 December 1967.

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