Thursday, March 12, 2015

Trivia Bits 12 March


 gretel  yacht

Australian media proprietor Sir Frank Packer challenged for the 1962 America’s Cup with the yacht Gretel (pictured). 

In 1634, Boston innkeeper Samuel Cole established the first tavern in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which was featured in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's play John Endicott set in the early 1660s as part of the trial of Wenlock Christison, one of three dramatic poems in a collection called New England Tragedies.

Of the 21 Grade I listed buildings in Coventry, United Kingdom, 11 date back to the 14th century including St Mary’s Hall, a mediaeval guildhall that has functioned as a meeting place for various groups since the 14th century and was once the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Nation state in southern Central Europe Slovenia has a coastline on the Adriatic Sea with the official language being Slovene.

In the 2005 book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, Cuban-American former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder Jose Canseco claims to expose steroid use in baseball.

Ping, Pang and Pong are characters in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot taken from a Persian collection of stories called The Book of One Thousand and One Days and first performed on 25 April 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

The first professional basketball team that an American basketball player Wilt Chamberlain played for was the Harlem Globetrotters in 1958.

British celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality Marco Pierre White became the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars while at Harvey's in Wandsworth Common, London which was named Restaurant of the Year by The Times in 1987.

The Tropic of Capricorn is the circle of latitude 23o 26’ 14.908” south of the Equator.

The 2013 comedy The Internship starring Vince Vaughan and Owen Phillips is set at the multinational company Google.

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