Thursday, April 9, 2015

Trivia Bits 09 April


 Sir Thomas Playford

Sir Thomas Playford (pictured) holds the record for the longest term of elected government in Australia having served continuously as Premier of South Australia from 5 November 1938 to 10 March 1965.

The Golden Wattle is the national floral emblem of Australia and is a tree which flowers in late winter and spring, producing a mass of fragrant, fluffy, golden flowers.

The South American dish of raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with ají or chili peppers is called Ceviche.

The Webb Ellis Cup is awarded to the winning team of the Rugby World Cup and is named after William Webb Ellis, who was an Anglican (English) clergyman who is famous for allegedly being the inventor of Rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School.

The Orinoco River flows through the South American countries of Venezuela and Columbia for t 2,140 km (1,330 mi).

Sperm Whales have teeth which are in the upper jaw do not erupt, and are sometimes altogether absent.

The Australian city of Brisbane was host to the World Expo ’88 during a six-month period between Saturday, 30 April 1988 and Sunday, 30 October 1988 with the theme of the Expo being "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus named Expo Oz.

Promoted by the Union Cycliste Internationale to the highest ranking outside Europe, the first Tour Down Under held in Adelaide, South Australia was held in 1999 with the first winner being Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady.

1936 to 1939 The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the democratically elected Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a rebel group led by General Francisco Franco.

Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent James Wan directed the 2013 horror movie The Conjuring with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting.

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