Sunday, May 17, 2015

Trivia Bits 17 May



Conceived as a real estate ad originally reading Hollywoodland (pictured), the Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923 and stands 50 feet tall, stretches 450 feet across, weighs 450,000 pounds.

The name Adullamites was given to a group of Liberal rebels in the House of Commons in 1866 who were opposed to Reform Bill, a piece of British legislation that enfranchised part of the urban male working class in England and Wales for the first time; the term comes from a speech by the Liberal politician John Bright (1811–89), saying that their leader Robert Lowe had ‘retired into what may be called his political Cave of Adullam.’

Almonds are used to make the traditional Italian cantucci biscuits also known as biscotti and are oblong-shaped almond biscuits, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven.

In popular music the Heart Break Hotel is at the end of lonely street written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton and recorded by American rock and roll musician Elvis Presley and released as a single on January 27, 1956.

The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Adelaide, South Australia in 1977.

Administered by the New South Wales Rugby League, The S. G. Ball Cup is a junior rugby league football competition played in New South Wales, played between teams made up of players aged under 18.

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Agriculture is the practice of farming, including the cultivation of the soil for raising crops and the raising of domesticated animals with the areas for managing agricultural production varying from smallholdings and individually owned farms to corporate-run farms and collective farms run by entire communities or by the government.

The Mediterranean island of Majorca and is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain.

French communist political activist Willi Münzenberg (1889–1940) was known as "The Red Millionaire" because he combined high living with communist propaganda.

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