Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Trivia Bits 22 July


Kayaker Ken Wallace 

Australian canoe sprinter Ken Wallace (pictured) won two medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with gold in the K-1 500 m and bronze in the K-1 1000 m events.

Epistaxis affects the nose when the nosebleed is the relatively common occurrence of haemorrhage from the nose, usually noticed when the blood drains out through the nostrils.

Many around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6 and is a public holiday in many countries with children being given sweets as part of traditional celebrations.

The crew of the Santa María, shipwrecked in Haiti on Christmas Eve 1492, was infected by the first reported cases of tungiasis, a disease caused by burrowing fleas.

A Swiss heritage site of national significance, the St. Ursus Cathedral or Solothurn Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Basel in the city of Solothurn, Switzerland with the main organ was ordered in 1763 from the organ builder Ferdinand Viktor Bosshard from Baar and was delivered on 24 April 1772.

Located at sites around the village of Carnac Brittany, the Carnac stones, with over 3000 neolithic menhirs, contain the largest stone rows of its kind in the world thought to be erected at some stage during the Neolithic period, probably around 3300 BC, but some may date to as old as 4500 BC.

Ode on a Grecian Urn is a poem written by the English Romantic poet John Keats in May 1819 and published anonymously in the January 1820, Number 15 issue of the magazine Annals of the Fine Arts.

Held in the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Modernist Australian painter Reginald Cecil Grahame (Rah) Fizelle’s 1938 painting Figures in a Landscape is an example of the painters interest n the relationship between the human form and the landscape.

First published in 1945, The Cousin from Fiji, a novel by Australian writer Norman Lindsay, was set in Ballarat, Victoria, in the 1890s, and describes the comically unsettling effects of Cecilia Bellairs and her 18-year-old daughter Ella, recently arrived from Fiji to live with their relations the Domkins

Rice grows in a paddy field which is a flooded parcel of arable land used for growing semiaquatic rice.

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