Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trivia Bits 05 February


The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951 cover pictured) with Holden becoming an icon for teenage rebellion.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was instrumental in 1947 in founding the country of Pakistan officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The pink river dolphin commonly known as the Amazon River dolphin, is a freshwater river dolphin endemic to the Orinoco, Amazon and Araguaia/Tocantins River systems of South America.

Urquhart Castle situated beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland with the present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification.

The wattle Acacia riceana, native to Tasmania, was named in honour of British Whig politician Thomas Spring Rice who was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time of its discovery in 1839.

Drawing over 300,000 tourists a year, Alice Springs, the heart of The Red Centre, has a permanent population approaching 30000 with beef and camel rearing, flower and date cultivation are the principal industries besides tourism.

English food commodity dealer and exporter Richard Tylman, Mayor of Faversham during the reign of Elizabeth I of England, was a sole supplier of corn to the London merchants among the local exporters in 1580.

Romansh is the official language of the European country of Switzerland since 1938 and as an official language along with German, French and Italian since 1996.

The Uruguay River flows through Uruguay and also Argentina and Brazil and the river measures about 1,838 kilometres (1,142 mi) in length and starts in the Serra do Mar in Brazil.

Professor James Moriarty was introduced by Scottish physician and writer Arthur Conan Doyle in his December 1893 short story The Final Problem first published in Strand Magazine a monthly magazine composed of fictional stories and factual articles.

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