Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trivia Bits 14 April


Paço Imperial

The Paço Imperial (pictured), a Baroque palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, served as a main government seat for almost 150 years from 1743 to 1889after being used as a Royal Palace from 1808 by King John VI of Portugal as King of Portugal and later also as King of Brazil.

A  Nagara-class light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Abukuma, a veteran of the Pearl Harbor raid, was sunk in 1944 when her own Long Lance torpedoes exploded in the torpedo room.
In the American crime drama television series The Sopranos, played by Tony Sirico, Paul Gualtieri’s character’s nickname contains walnut – Paulie Walnuts, who begins the series as a soldier, but later becomes a caporegime and eventually underboss.
Traces of gold were first found in Australia in 1823, but the first significant find was in 1851, when Edward Hargraves publicized his find and attracted 2,000 to the site at Ophir, New South Wales. 
The German actor Heinz Rühmann was 42 years old when he starred as a high school student in the 1944 film Die Feuerzangenbowle which tells the story of a famous writer going undercover as a pupil at a small town gymnasium after his friends tell him that he missed out on the best part of growing up by being educated at home.
The first Australian woman to break the women’s pole vault world record was Emma George in 1995 whilst competing in Melbourne.
Binondo's Chinatown located in Manila, Philippines is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594.
German fashion designer, artist, and photographer Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, born 1935 in Hamburg to a Swedish father and German mother who was once a lingerie saleswoman, went on to design for Chloe, Chanel as well as his own labels like Karl Lagerfeld, K Karl Lagerfeld, Lagerfeld Gallery and Lagerfeld.
Frenchmen Emile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau developed the aqualung in Paris during the winter of 1942–1943 and was the original English name of the first open-circuit, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (or "SCUBA") to reach worldwide popularity and commercial success.
Wenlock and Mandeville were the official mascots of the 2012 London Olympic Games and were animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton with two stories created about the mascots: Out Of A Rainbow and Adventures On A Rainbow.

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