Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trivia Bits 12 August


Shibam Yemen 

UNESCO World Heritage Site Shibam (pictured), famous for its mudbrick tower houses rising 5 to 11 stories high, is located in the country of Yemen.

Announced in May 2015, genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia shows canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought and they lived on Russia's Taimyr Peninsula probably between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago.

Providing the voice for Rango in the 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film Rango was Johnny Depp with the movie winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The griffin, a mythical beast, has the body of a lion and the head, wings and foreclaws of an eagle and there is evidence of representations of griffins in Ancient Persian and Ancient Egyptian art dating back to before 3000 BC.

Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur as the story was changed in the 1600s by a translator and it was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.

The wealthy owner of the renowned family estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire and rumoured to be worth at least £10,000 a year Mr Darcy was a main character in the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice first published in 1813.

A British serial killer who was dubbed by the press "The Yorkshire Ripper" during his crime spree, Peter Sutcliffe was in 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others.

18th Century Emperor Paul 1 of Russia ordered the name of his mistress Anna Lopukhina to be given to warships and to be inscribed on the standards of his Leib Guard.

An opera in four acts La bohème was composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, with the world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.

Human Rights activist el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was better known as Malcolm X and has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history and his biography The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published shortly after his death in 1965 is considered one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.

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