Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trivia Bits 14 May


blue-ring octopus

The most deadly species of octopus is the blue-ring octopus (pictured) that live in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Japan to Australia mainly around southern New South Wales and South Australia, and northern Western Australia.

The 1841 German language opera The Flying Dutchman was composed by Richard Wagner who conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden in 1843.

Australia is the flattest continent, with the oldest and least fertile soils; desert or semi-arid land commonly known as the outback makes up by far the largest portion of land and is the driest inhabited continent with only its south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate.

The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition established in 1930 and prior to the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, the host country Brazil had won the title five times.

The largest moon in earth’s solar system is Ganymede and is a satellite of Jupiter.

David Hicks, an Australian who was convicted by the United States Guantanamo military commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, on charges of providing material support for terrorism was detained in Guantanamo Bay from 2001 until 2007.

American artist Bill Watterson is the creator of the famous strip Calvin and Hobbes which was syndicated from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995 and follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger.

The epidermis of the mantle, an organ in mollusks, secretes the calcium carbonate that creates their shell.

In the game of Scrabble, there are eleven letter E tiles.

From the Asian cuisine of Vietnam, Bánh mì is a filled bread roll with fillings that may include steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, fresh cucumber slices, leaves of the coriander plant, pickled carrots with spicy chili sauce, sliced chilis or mayonnaise.

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