Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Trivia Bits 04 August


 The Wind in the Willows Cover

First published in 1908, the classic children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows (cover pictured) features the characters Mr Badger and Mr Toad as two of the on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England.

The US tennis player who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in 1994 was Lithuanian American professional, Vitas Gerulaitis.

Established in 1968, The Gombe Stream National Park, home to British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee reserve, is located in the African country of Tanzania.

In English law, a dictum is any statement made as part of a judgment of a court.

The volcano Mount Teide with a 3,718-metre/12,198 ft summit is the highest point in Spain located on the island of Teneriffe in the Canary Islands.

With music by Henry Purcell and a libretto by John Dryden, the 1691 opera King Arthur is unusual because the principal characters do not sing, rather they recite dialogue accompanied by music.

Idris also known as King Idris I of Libya was the first and only king of Libya, reigning from 1951 to 1969, and the Chief of the Senussi Muslim order but while in Turkey for medical treatment, Idris was deposed in a 1969 coup d'etat by army officers led by Muammar Gaddafi.

American poet, journalist, and short-story writer Djuna Barnes wrote The Book of Repulsive Women an illustrated volume of poetry in 1915.

The Great Sphinx is a limestone statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx, a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head, that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt.

Providing horses to U.S. Army units as late as 1945, between 450 and 500 stallions owned by the U.S. Army Remount Service bred with over 11,000 civilian-owned mares, producing 7,293 foals.

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