Friday, July 24, 2015

Trivia Bits 24 July


The Lorelei  Rhine

On the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany, The Lorelei (pictured) is a rock which soars some 120 metres above the waterline at the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2002.

In Giuseppe Verdi’s 1851 opera Rigoletto, the Duke of Mantua’s jester is named Rigoletto.

Maxwell Montes is the highest mountain on the planet of Venus and is named after James Clerk Maxwell whose work in mathematical physics predicted the existence of radio waves, which made radar possible, and hence the surface observations of Venus possible.

Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Louis Purnell, flew 88 bomber escort missions during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The 1980 Japanese anime television series with 26 episodes, The Littl' Bits has aired in Japanese, English, Spanish, Polish, German, and Italian.

Starring in the title role in the 1982 American police drama television series T. J. Hooker was Canadian actor William Shatner.

The Quokka, an Australian native animal, is the only member of the genus Setonix, a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat and can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany.

Having a little to no brim, a soft or full crown and worn by chefs is the toque but in Canada the term is primarily used for knit caps.

An archaeological site in the Al Hasakah governorate of northeastern Syria, Tell Halaf, contains archaeological remains of a Neolithic culture characterized by glazed pottery painted with geometric and animal designs.

English musician, singer-songwriter, actor and arranger David Bowie was born David Robert Jones who in July 1969 had his song Space Oddity reaching the top five of the UK Singles Chart.

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