Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 August



An Epaulette (pictured) or Epaulet is a type of ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia of rank by armed forces and other organizations with their direct origin lying in the bunches of ribbons worn on the shoulders of military coats at the end of the 17th century, which were partially decorative and partially intended to prevent shoulder belts from slipping.

The River Usk rises in the Black Mountain of mid-Wales and into the Severn estuary at Uskmouth with the whole river designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it contains estuary with mudflats and salt marsh, lagoons, bog and marsh, varied grassland and woodland habitats along its course.

Also known as the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Polish Crown, the 17th century Field Cathedral of the Polish Army was one of many buildings destroyed by the Luftwaffe during the Warsaw Uprising, and was restored between 1946 and 1960.

In bookbinding, the plural of one of the names for a volume printed on sheets folded to form 20 leaves or 40 pages is twentymos.

First performed on 2 July 1733, The Gloria in Bach’s Magnificat if D provides a good example of number symbolism in music as The Gloria praises the ‘Holy Trinity’ - three in one and Bach uses 9 vocal parts in 3 groups of 3, uses a time signature of 9/8, 3 groups of 3 beats to the bar, and a key signature of 3 flats.

Entebbe is a major town in the African country of Uganda and is located on a Lake Victoria peninsula, approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala and is the location of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest commercial and military airport.

A jaybird is a person who does housework in the nude with the word almost always meant as an affectionate insult among friends.

Coal is classified as a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of material at the Earth's surface and within bodies of water.

The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church when the English church renounced papal authority when Henry VIII broke with Rome to secure an annulment from Catherine of Aragon in the 1530s with The Act of Supremacy of 1558 renewing the breach and the Elizabethan Settlement charted a course whereby the English church was to be both Catholic and Reformed.

According to Greek legend, Laius King of Thebes was killed unwittingly by his son Oedipus thus fulfilling a prophecy that said he would kill his father, and thereby bring disaster on his city and family.

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