Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Trivia Bits 05 August


Bettye Lavette Souvenirs 

American soul singer Bettye Lavette's album Souvenirs (cover pictured) was recorded in 1972, but was shelved by Atlantic Records until a French music collector discovered it and released it in 2000, sparking a continuing surge of interest in the singer

The Amazonian Guard was an unofficial name given by Western journalists to an all-female elite cadre of bodyguards officially known as The Revolutionary Nuns tasked with protecting the former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.

In July 1864, an Australian poet, jockey and politician Adam Lindsay Gordon made a famous horseback leap over an old post and rail guard onto a narrow ledge overlooking a the Blue Lake in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

South African born Australian novelist Bryce Courtney’s fictionalised historical novel The Potato Factory was first published in1995 and has been the subject of some controversy regarding its historical accuracy and its portrayal of Jewish characters.

Composed in 1946–1948, Sonatas and Interludes is a collection of twenty compositions of 20th Century composer John Cage who was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist for a prepared piano which is a piano that has had its sound altered by placing objects (preparations) between or on the strings or on the hammers or dampers.

A lehr is a temperature-controlled kiln for annealing objects made of glass in which glass is slowly cooled to relieve internal stresses after it was formed.

On Nelsons Column in London, the Corinthian capital is made of bronze elements, cast from cannon salvaged from the wreck of HMS Royal George launched on 18 February 1756 and was the largest warship in the world at the time of launching.

The loop, the whorl and the arch are the three basic principal ridge shapes of a fingerprint.

The 9th-century Borobudur Buddhist Temple is located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia and has a main dome, located at the centre of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa.

In 2003, The J.M. Smucker Co. was granted an US patent on a sealed crustless sandwich, a type of peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it is often used as an example of a frivolous patent

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