Friday, April 17, 2015

Trivia Bits 17 April


Raiders of Seven Seas

Raiders of Seven Seas (poster pictured) is a 1953 pirate adventure movie starring John Payne as Barbarossa with Gerald Mohr, Donna Reed, and Lon Chaney, Jr. with a story line that Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew and on a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida and by the time he arranges for her ransom by the officer who was to marry her, he has fallen in love with her.

A heptagon is a polygon with seven sides and seven angles.

At his fifth Olympics in 2000 in Sydney, British walker Chris Maddocks started injured and entered the stadium in last place as The Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) was played on loudspeakers in his honour, and as the 100,000 crowd cheered him on to finish.

2005 comedy motion picture, released as part of the ongoing series of National Lampoon films National Lampoon's Adam & Eve, also known as Adam and Eve is directed by Jeff Kanew and stars Cameron Douglas and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Discovered in 1839 by Czech anatomist and physiologist Jan Evangelista Purkyně, who gave them his name, The Purkinje fibres are in the heart and allow the heart's conduction system to create synchronized contractions of its ventricles, and are, therefore, essential for maintaining a consistent heart rhythm.

German poet Balthasar Kindermann wrote in 1658 a praise of beer, in 1660 a guidebook for speeches, and in 1664 the hymn Was frag ich nach der Welt (What I ask of the world) on which Bach's chorale cantata BWV 94 is based

Prolific American architect C. Ferris White designed more than 1,100 buildings in the U.S. state of Washington and over 300 more in the company town of Potlatch, Idaho where practically all stores and buildings were owned by the one joint-stock company.

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young’s hit song Heart of Gold first appeared on the 1972 album Harvest and features backup vocals of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

South Australia’s first female parliamentarians were elected in 1959 when Joyce Steele, elected to the House of Assembly, and Jessie Cooper, elected to the Legislative Council although South Australia as the first state to grant the right to women to stand in state parliament as early as 1894.

Italian stage and film actor, playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ettore Petrolini is considered one of the most important figures of avanspettacolo, vaudeville, and revue in the early 20th Century.

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