Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Trivia Bits 11 August


Carl G. Fisher

Despite a sight-impairment disability, Carl G. Fisher (pictured) became a notable American entrepreneur, who helped develop sealed beam headlights, the Lincoln Highway - the first U.S. transcontinental paved roadway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the resort city of Miami Beach, Florida.

The six countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho all share a border with South Africa.

From the musical Wicked came the song Dancing Through Life and is sung between Fiyero, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda, Nessarose (the Wicked Witch of the East) and Boq, as well as other cast members with the show celebrating its tenth anniversary on Broadway on October 30, 2013 playing over 4,398 performances.

Rhotacism may refer to an excessive or idiosyncratic use of the letter r, the inability to pronounce or difficulty in pronouncing r, or the conversion of another consonant into r.

The name of the item used as a ball in ice hockey is called a puck s a disk made of vulcanized rubber and while a puck is not a ball, ice hockey is still considered a ball game.

Directing and starring in the 1974 satirical Western comedy film Blazing Saddles was screenwriter, comedian, actor, composer, and songwriter Mel Brooks supported by Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

Florentine Mannerist sculptor Niccolo Tribolo is often called "the father of the Italian garden" for his axial designs for Cosimo I de Medici at the Boboli Gardens behind Palazzo Pitti and at Cosimo's villas in the early 1540's.

In the 1970s and 1980s boxer Tony Mundine won the Australian middleweight, heavyweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight titles.

Heroic drama is a type of play popular during the Restoration era in England, distinguished by being composed in heroic verse, closed couplets in iambic pentameter, must focus on a subject that pertains to national foundations, mythological events, or important and grand matters and was invented by John Dryden for his 1670 play, The Conquest of Granada .

Tantalus, a Greek mythological figure, so offended the Greek gods that he was condemned to an eternity of hunger and thirst as a result of misbehaving and stealing ambrosia and nectar from the table of Zeus to take it back to his people and revealing the secrets of the gods

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