Saturday, June 20, 2015

Trivia Bits 20 June


 Naracoorte Caves

Situated in the Limestone Coast tourism region in the south-east of South Australia, the Naracoorte Caves (pictured) are South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site officially recognised in 1994 for its extensive fossil record.

Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians, including frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and gymnophiona, and reptiles including snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuataras.

Founded in 1893 by Sokrates Starynkiewicz, 19th President of Warsaw between 1875 and 1892, the Park Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Poland, features the second bridge in the world built of reinforced concrete

The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie were given the same first names as Simpsons creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.

Construction started in 1768 to designs by Antonio Rinaldi, Count Orlov's Marble Palace in Saint Petersburg was decorated with 32 shades of Russian marble and currently accommodates permanent exhibitions of the Russian State Museum.

During the reign of King Prajadhipok of the Chakri dynasty, a coup on June 24, 1932 put an end to Siam's absolute monarchy, establishing a constitutional monarchy dominated by the military.

The Ninety Five Theses were written by Martin Luther who on 31 October 1517, posted the ninety-five theses, which he had composed in Latin, on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, according to university custom and are widely regarded as the initial catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

The architect for the west wing of the South Australian Parliament House was London-born Australian architect Edmund Wright who in 1859 was elected Mayor of the City of Adelaide.

American composer William Bergsma wrote an opera about a dog who turned into a citizen in 1920s Moscow as the result of a doctor's experiment and was based on the 1925 story Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Lake Geneva runs through France and Switzerland is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe.

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