Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trivia Bits 23 June


logo of The Ghan 

A camel features on the logo of The Ghan (pictured), a passenger train between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway in Australia taking 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres (1,851 mi) with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.

The French submarine Plongeur, launched on 16 April 1863, was the first submarine in the world not to use human power for propulsion.

Long in the tooth, meaning "old," was originally used to describe horses for as horses age, their gums recede giving the impression that their teeth are growing hence the longer the teeth look, the older the horse.

Hydrogen sulphide is often referred to as rotten egg gas and is a colourless gas, heavier than air, very poisonous, corrosive, flammable, and explosive.

LD is the toxicological term for Lethal Dose which is an indication of the lethality of a given substance or type of radiation.

In Norse mythology, the goddess Freyja’s chariot was drawn by  two cats with the goddess being associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death.

The first European to cross the Nullarbor Plain in Australian was Edward John Eyre together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie, in 1840-1841, on an almost 2000 mile trip to Albany, Western Australia.

There are five lakes in the Great Lakes, located in the US and Canada, consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario forming the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume.

Setting a new world record, US teenager Colin Burns solved the Rubik’s cube puzzle at the World Cube Association competition in Pennsylvania on 25 April 2015 in the time of 5.253 seconds which bettered the previous record set by Dutch cubist Mats Valik, who set a time of 5.55 seconds in 2013.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's It’s A Wonderful Life.

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