Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trivia Bits 21 April



The lesser bilby (pictured) or the lesser rabbit-eared bandicoot or the white-tailed rabbit-eared bandicoot, was a rabbit-like marsupial first described by Oldfield Thomas as "Peregale leucura" in 1887 from a single specimen from a collection of mammals of the British Museum and which lived in the deserts of Central Australia but has been believed to be extinct since the 1950s-1960s..

The wine cask, the ubiquitous plastic bag full of wine contained in a cardboard box, was invented in Australia in 1967.

Eric Charles Rolls account of the introduction of rabbits and other animals into Australia, They All Ran Wild in 1969, won the James Cook Bicentenary Award for non-fiction.

In the summer of 1779 Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby organised a race for himself and his friends to race their three-year-old fillies named the Oaks after his estate and with the race becoming so successful in the following year a new race was added for colts and fillies - the Epsom Derby with the course in 1784 being extended to its current distance of a mile and a half and Tattenham Corner was introduced at Epsom Downs near Epsom, Surrey, England.

2001 television documentary series Bush Mechanics featured Aboriginal people from Yuendumu produced by the Warlpiri Media Association, featuring an Indigenous Australian take on motor mechanics with a bush mechanic, in Australian parlance, being is someone who uses unorthodox techniques and readily available materials to build or fix mechanical problems.

Essay on Memory was the title of Australian poet. R. D. Fitzgerald’s long meditative poem that won the 1938 Australian Sesquicentenary Celebration Long Poem Prize that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mina Wylie, a silver medal winner at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, was one of the first two women to represent Australia in Olympic swimming along with Fanny Durack and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1975.

The Roman god Janus was the god of beginnings and transformations and is often depicted with two faces, one looking back and the other looking forward had the calendar of January named after him.

The Metropolitan Opera House located in Lincoln Centre at Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side New York with a lobby adorned with two famous murals by a Belarussian-Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, The Triumph of Music and The Sources of Music each measuring 30 by 36 feet.

According to the title of Led Zepplin’s 1971 song, considered one of the great songs, a stairway leads to heaven and is featured on the band's untitled fourth studio album (often referred to as Led Zeppelin IV) with the song, running eight minutes and two seconds, is composed of several sections which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses.

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