Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Trivia Bits 15 July


New York’s Chrysler Building

A classic example of Art Deco architecture New York’s Chrysler Building (pictured) was the world's tallest building for 11 months until it was surpassed in height by the Empire State Building in 1931 but is still the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with an internal steel skeleton.

Mt Noshaq is Afghanistan's highest mountain and is located in the north-eastern corner of the country with the first ascent of the mountain being in 1960 by Toshiaki Sakai and Goro Iwatsubo, members of a Japanese expedition.

The grapefruit when first discovered was named the forbidden fruit and was first documented in 1750 by a Welshman, Rev. Griffith Hughes, who described specimens from Barbados in The Natural History of Barbados.

The Impressions' 1967 single We're a Winner, written by Curtis Mayfield, was a socially conscious song which became an anthem for the American Civil Rights movement.

Danish-born Norwegian singer, guitarist, composer and writer Birgitte Grimstad's song repertoire has included a medieval ballad, songs by Bach, Grieg and Mortensen's Til Ungdommen, and an adaptation of an Elvis Presley hit.

In the 2001 Australian film Lantana written by Andrew Bovell, Geoffrey Rush played the husband obsessed with his dead child with the film winning seven AACTA Awards including Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In mythology, Irene or Eirene is the Greek goddess of wealth and peace

During the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee ordered the destruction of the mansion at Fall Hill, on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia, because it blocked his view of advancing Union Army troops; however the house was saved when the Union Army advance changed direction.

In the 1988 American comedy-drama film The Rain Man, the role of savant Raymond Babbitt was played by American actor Dustin Hoffman.

According to Noongar culture, the Wagyl is a snake-like Dreamtime creature responsible for the creation of the Swan and Canning Rivers and other waterways around present-day Perth and the southwest of Western Australia.

Containing themes of love that are tied into Harvey's affection for New York City, English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey released the album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea 23 October 2000 on Island Records.

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