Monday, August 17, 2015

Trivia Bits 17 August


Treasure of Sierra Madre poster small

Walter Huston and his son John become the first father-and-son team to win Oscars as director of and an actor in Treasure of Sierra Madre (poster pictured) in 1949.

The 1848 discovery of Neanderthal remains in Forbes' Quarry, Gibraltar, was the second in history, but its significance was not realised for another sixteen years.

The 1960s British science-fiction television series Thunderbirds had a secret base on Tracy Island which was is not evident from the air, since the Thunderbirds and Pod Vehicles are housed in underground hangars accessible only via hidden launch chutes.

The main ingredient of Italian cacciucco is seafood in an Italian fish stew native to the western coastal towns of Tuscany and Liguria.

The term swan song is a reference to an ancient, controversial belief that swans sing just before they die, and also an idiom for a final performance or accomplishment by a creative person.

A 1965 Esquire poll of US college campuses found that college students ranked Spider-Man and fellow Marvel hero the Hulk alongside Bob Dylan and Che Guevara as their favourite revolutionary icons.

The French noble family, La Tour d'Auvergne held three ducal titles in the Peerage of France - those of Duc de Bouillon, Duc d'Albret, and Duc de Chateau-Thierry up to 1802.

To winnow grain is an agricultural method developed by ancient cultures for separating grain from chaff and also used to remove weevils or other pests from stored grain

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, began in 1750 as the French Fort Rouillé but was abandoned in 1759.

In relation to the illness MERS, the acronym MERS stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome and is a viral respiratory infection caused by the MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) with symptoms ranging from mild to severe including fever, cough, diarrhoea, and shortness of breath.

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