Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Trivia Bits 26 May


Thurston Howell III

American radio, television, film, and voice actor Jim Backus’ character in the 1964 American sitcom Gilligan’s Island was Thurston Howell III (pictured) who was so wealthy that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and several changes of clothing with him for what was intended to be only a three-hour boat tour in Hawaii.

Central Fire Station at Hill Street in the Museum Planning Area, the oldest existing fire station in Singapore, had only four portable water pumps when it was completed in 1908

In Kalgoorlie is Australia's largest open cut gold mine, officially named the Fimiston Open Pit, opened in 1893, the Super Pit is more than 3.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide and produces over 850,000 ounces of gold annually.

In 1890 Luther Burbank crossed oxeye field daisy and Japanese daisy to produce perhaps the quintessential chrysanthemum - The Shasta Daisy.

Happy Birthday was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8, 1969.

The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces and is often regarded as the national animal of China although traditionally it is the dragon.

With a gate every 19kms along its length, the so-called 'dingo fence' in Australia is the longest fence in the world, and is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China

The country of Brazil has a national flag with twenty seven stars whose position in the flag reflect the sky over Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889, represent the union's federated units — each star representing a specific state, plus one for the Federal District.

Decimal currency was introduced into Australia on 14 February 1966 replacing the Imperial currency of pounds, shillings and pence.

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