Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trivia Bits 28 July


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

The 1968 book on which the 1982 movie Blade Runner was based, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (covered pictured) was written by American novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher Phillip K Dick.

Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra wrote the 1605 book Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.

In 2011, Namibia ranked fourth worldwide in uranium production, behind Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia.

The Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas (USA), running entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels beginning at Comal Springs in Landa Park and flowing 2.5 miles (4.0 km) until its junction with the Guadalupe.

Romain Rolland was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915 "as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings" with his bibliography including Jean Christophe (1904-1912) and the play Le Loups (1898) based on the Dreyfus Affair

American screen and stage actor and cultural icon Marlon Brando was eighty years old when he died in 2004 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.

When potatoes first appeared in Europe in the seventeenth century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and they were blamed for starting outbreaks of leprosy and syphilis and as late as 1720 in America, eating potatoes was believed to shorten a person's life.

The Romans named Saturday Sāturni diēs ("Saturn's Day") no later than the 2nd century for the planet Saturn, which controlled the first hour of that day and was also referred to as "Sæternes dæġe" in an Old English translation of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

The southernmost State of Mexico, Chiapas, officially Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas, is one of the 31 states of Mexico with its capital city being Tuxtla Gutiérrez and is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, and Chinkultic.

Lysa Hora, a large woody hill in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, is both a historical fortress and a mystical "bold mountain" where witches are believed to gather for their sabbaths.

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