Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 May


Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria (pictured), great great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death and from 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

The Indian Meteorological Department was set up as a result of a tropical cyclone that hit Calcutta in 1864 and the subsequent famines in 1866 and 1871 due to failing monsoons.

An ornithologist studies birds with the word ornithology derives from the ancient Greek ὄρνις ornis bird and λόγος logos rationale or explanation.

Midway Atoll is approximately midway between Asia and North America in the North Pacific Ocean and is a critical habitat in the central Pacific Ocean with a number of native species rely on the island which is now home to 67–70% of the world's Laysan Albatross population, and 34–39% of the global Black-footed Albatross.

Gilbert Mabbot was a pioneering journalist during the English Civil War who also served as an official licenser of the press from 1647 to 1649.

Julia Shumway, played by Rachelle Lefevre, and Joe McAlister, played by Colin Ford, are two of the main characters in the 2013 American science-fiction drama TV series Under the Dome.

The primary reservoir for water supply for the Australian city of Sydney, New South Wales, Lake Burragorang was created when the Warragamba Dam, a concrete gravity dam, was built and opened on 14th October 1960.

A thalassophile is someone who inhabits the sea or its shore and fond of the sea.

Sauerkraut is one of the most well-known instances of traditional fermented moist cabbage side dishes and is believed to have been introduced to Europe in its present form 1,000 years later by Genghis Khan after invading China.

There are 10 decilitres in one litre.

Written around 1940, Agatha Christie’s last novel published was "Murder from the Past" which she specified in her will that it was not to be published until after her death which was in 1976.

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