Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Trivia Bits 28 April


Royal Marines logo

The motto of the Royal Marines (logo pictured) is Per mare, per terram – By Sea, By Land and is believed to have been first used in 1775 describing the Royal Marines ability in fighting both afloat on-board ships of the Royal Navy, as well as ashore in their many land engagements. 

Aspirin was first discovered from the bark of the willow tree in 1763 by Edward Stone of Wadham College, Oxford University and was first synthesized by Felix Hoffmann, a chemist with the German company Bayer in 1897.

The national animal of Afghanistan is the snow leopard native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia and is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

A redsmith also known as a coppersmith, is a person who makes artefacts from copper with the term redsmith comes from the colour of copper.

The term alter ego comes from Latin, the other I is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality with the term appearing in common usage in the early 19th century when dissociative identity disorder was first described by psychologists.

Quetzals are strikingly coloured birds found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands and almost entirely restricted to western Mexico also in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.

The original title of the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

Bordering Cambodia, once known as the Khmer Empire, are the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

Moonlighting was a 1985 American television series starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives with the Blue Moon Detective Agency and was a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy-drama, or "dramedy", emerging as a distinct television genre.

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