Monday, May 18, 2015

Trivia Bits 18 May


Pebbles Flintstone 

In the animated television series The Flintstones, Pebbles Flintstone’s (pictured) hair was coloured red with Pebbles being most famous in her infant form but has also appeared at various other ages.

Immediately preceding the Tudor era in English history was the Plantagenet based on a French family originating from Anjou that held the English throne from 1154 to 1485, starting with the accession of Henry II and ending with the death of Richard III with some historians identifying four distinct royal houses of Anjou, Plantagenet, Lancaster, and York.

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection which indicated that Reilly’s Military Cross was issued for service in the Royal Flying Corps.

Ornithophobia is a type of specific phobia, an abnormal, irrational fear of birds similar to  Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, or Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven portray birds in negative light or as killing machines.

The UK National Industrial Relations Court was controversial throughout its short life from 1971 to 1974, and was abolished soon after the Labour government of Harold Wilson came to power.

The Carpetbag steak is popular in Australia, but possibly originating in the U.S. in the 19th century and it is a Filet Mignon slit in the middle, stuffed with oysters and then broiled rare.

Playing Walt Disney in the 2013 American-Australian-British biographical comedy-drama film Saving Mr Banks is American actor, producer, writer, and director Tom Hanks.

In 1996 and 1997, aviator and sailor Sir Francis Chichester become the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall on the yacht Gipsy Moth IV

In the 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film Happy Feet, the name of Memphis and Norma Jean’s son is Mumble who is unable to sing but can tap dance.

Tradition credits King Gebra Maskal Lalibela of Ethiopia during the 13th Century with carving the monolithic churches of Lalibela from stone with his own hands, helped only by angels.

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