Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Trivia Bits 18 August


NPG x25198; Lionel Bart

Based on the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, the music and lyrics for the musical Oliver! were by writer and composer of British pop music and musicals Lionel Bart (pictured) and premiered in the West End in 1960.

The legendary Greek figure of Orpheus was the subject of a thirty-minute ballet created by choreographer George Balanchine in collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky with the premiere on April 28, 1948, at City Center of Music and Drama, New York.

Jeff Bezos is best known as the found of amazon.com incorporated as the company Cadabra on July 5, 1994 and going online as an online bookstore under the name Amazon.com in 1995.

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore since 2004, likes to code in his spare time and recently published on Facebook a program he wrote for solving Sudoko puzzles in C++.

A Sikh kirpan is a ceremonial sword or dagger carried by baptized Sikhs following religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 in which all baptised Sikhs must wear five articles of faith at all times, the kirpan being one of five articles.

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees which are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems.

In 1998, the American alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls had a hit with the song Iris originally written for the soundtrack of 1998 film City of Angels, and later included on the band's sixth album Dizzy Up the Girl.

A bass run is an instrumental break in which the main vocal or melody line rests and the bass instruments and line are given the forefront.

The continent of Africa contains the most number of countries and includes Madagascar and various archipelagos with 54 fully recognized sovereign states ("countries"), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.

USS Wabash (1855), the first Wabash was a steam screw frigate in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

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