Sunday, May 24, 2015

Trivia Bits 24 May


Puerto Rican Spindalis

The Puerto Rican Spindalis (pictured) is the national bird of Puerto Rico and often participates in mobbing, a behaviour in which it attacks predators to defend hatchlings.

Succeeding John Gorton as Prime Minister of Australia in 1971 was William McMahon who was an Australian Liberal politician and the 20th Prime Minister of Australia.

Developed in Egypt about 5,000 years ago, the greyhound breed was known before the ninth century in England, where it was bred by aristocrats to hunt such small game as hares.

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in February 1892, farce Charley's Aunt written by Brandon Thomas has been the basis of at least six different films, as well as the successful 1950s Broadway and West End musical, Where's Charley.

A seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, 223 km (139 mi) north of Adelaide, the South Australian town of Port Pirie is the site of the world’s largest lead smelter operated by Nyrstar.

On the shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio, USA, Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the 1877 iron lighthouse that was forged from recycled smooth-bored cannons that had been obsolete after the American Civil War.

A line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc., the iPad was first released on April 3, 2010.

The opera Tosca, an opera in three acts composed by Giacomo Puccini, premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900.

According to popular culture, the US city of New York was so nice that it was named twice.

The sternum or breastbone is a long flat bony plate shaped like a necktie in the centre of the thorax (chest) connecting to the rib bones via cartilage forming the rib cage helping to protect the lungs, heart and major blood vessels from physical trauma.

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