Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trivia Bits 07 July


Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner (pictured) wrote 75 mysteries starring the fictional lawyer Perry Mason; the first was "The Case of the Velvet Claws" in 1933 and the last was "The Case of the Troubled Trustee" in 1956.

In the Hans Christian Andersen story, Thumbelina was found inside the petals of a flower

Daytona Beach, a seaside resort town in north-eastern Florida is famous for its annual motor races including Speedweeks, Coke Zero 400 and Rolex 24 Hours.

Sledgehammer was a 1986 hit single for English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist Peter Gabriel and won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and it remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals with the Lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool.

Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge are better known as Baz Luhrman’s Red Curtain Trilogy.

The English made first footfall when Captain James Cook landed on the east coast in 1768, and called what he thought was an island, New South Wales, the Dutch now were calling the land New Holland whilst another early 18th century explorer called Australia Terra Psittacorum.

With about 7,500 species are known worldwide, the Blister Beetles are so named because they secrete cantharidin, a poison causing blistering of the skin and painful swelling if consumed.

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C; London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York, USA made it in 1875.

Janet King is an Australian television drama series airing from 27 February 2014 being a spin-off from the 2011 legal drama Crownies and follows the story of Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King played by Marta Dusseldorp, who returns from maternity leave and is thrown into "a shocking prosecution".

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