Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trivia Bits 25 June


John Keats 

In La Belle Dame Sans Merci, an 1819 ballad written by the English poet John Keats (pictured), the sedge is withered from the lake with the sedge being flowering plants which resemble grasses or rushes.

The herb thyme features with parsley, sage and rosemary in the folk song Scarborough Fair made a classic with Simon & Garfunkel's version of the song as the lead track of the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and was released as a single after being featured on the soundtrack to the movie The Graduate in 1968.

The Pritzker Prize is awarded annually for achievement in the field of architecture and was founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy, the award is funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation and is considered to be one of the world's premier architecture prizes.

At its creation in 1877, the 40-strong Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels was the largest blackface minstrel troupe to have ever been formed.

In Greek mythology, the source of all rivers is Oceanus, a pseudo-geographical feature in classical antiquity, believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be the divine personification of the World Ocean, an enormous river encircling the world.

Chaki, tea caddies for Japanese tea ceremonies, are traditionally made from wood, bamboo, or ceramic, and are classified by material, shape and the type of tea they are designed to hold.

The world's largest structure created by living creatures is the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast being over 2000km long, and covering an area of nearly 260,000 sqkm.

For the Scots, a mountain peak is described with the term Ben as in Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui, Ben Hall and Ben Lawers.

From 1863 to 1865, Australian bushranger Ben Hall and his various associates conducted one of the most prolific periods of bushranging in the colony with over 100 robberies attributed to them in this time, including the holding up of several villages, dozens of mail coach robberies and the regular theft of prized racehorses.

The Trow Ghyll skeleton, found near Clapham in the West Riding of Yorkshire in August 1947, was claimed to have been the decomposed remains of a German spy who died during the war.

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