Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trivia Bits 05 May


 Goblin sharks

Often considered a living fossil, Goblin sharks (pictured) are the only surviving member of the prehistoric Mitsukurinidae shark family which stretches back 125 million years and have a distinctive flattened snout which is covered in electroreceptors called ampullae of Lorenzini giving it the ability to sense electric fields produced by nearby prey at depths of 300 to 900 metres.

When Cate Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Aviator (2004), Katharine Hepburn became the first previous Oscar winner to become an Oscar-winning movie role.

Musician, singer/songwriter and record producer Graham Goble, one of the founding members of Australian band Little River Band (LRB), founded in March 1975, was born in Adelaide, South Australia and later in life he changed his first name from Graham to Graeham as a consequence of his interest in numerology and feng shui.

Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy.

Starring as the bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel in the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers was German-born British actor Andrew Sachs, a role for which he was BAFTA-nominated.

The Golden Wattle was officially proclaimed the Floral Emblem of Australia on 1 September 1988.

The two main airlines that used the retired turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner or supersonic transport known as the Concorde were Air France and British Airways.

The three parts in an atom are protons, neutrons and electrons.

The Castle (1925), the Trial (1926) and The Metamorphosis (1915) were written by German-language writer of novels and short stories Franz Kafka.

Oscar winner Jared Leto is the lead singer of the band 30 Seconds to Mars an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998 and whose self titled debut album was released in 2002.

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