Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trivia Bits 25 July



The common name for plants in the Saintpaula genus native to Tanzania as African Violets (pictured)  typically a common household indoor plant but can also be an outdoor plant with several of the species and subspecies are endangered, and many more are threatened, due to their native cloud forest habitats being cleared for agriculture.

Antithesis, from the Greek for "setting opposite", from ἀντί "against" + θέσις "position", is used when two opposites are introduced in the same sentence, for contrasting effect eg Many are called, but few are chosen.

American Author E B White created the children’s character Stuart Little in a 1945 novel of the same name and was his first book for children which is widely recognized as a classic in children's literature.

Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, professed to owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret of Navarre, who was the regent of Sicily between 1166 and 1171, for her support of him against King Henry II of England.

Opened in August 1964 and after operating for a single year, the Yokohama Dreamland Monorail in Japan spent 35 years awaiting repair or replacement before it was finally demolished in 2005.

Vincent Vega is a character in the 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta as Vincent Vega, · Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace and Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield and Pulp Fiction premiered in May 1994 at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palme d'Or.

From the album Still Crazy After All These Years, according to Paul Simon’s 1975 song, there are 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.

During his Formula One career, retired German racing driver Michael Schumacher drove for Jordan GP, Benetton, Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes GP.

Dolly Parton’s debut album Hello, I’m Dolly was released in 1967 and contained Parton's hits Dumb Blonde and Something Fishy, both of which reached the top twenty on the U.S. country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart.

The average length of a blue whale calf is 7 metres and at birth can weigh up to 2,700 kilograms (6,000 lb).

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