Friday, August 21, 2015

Trivia Bits 21 August


The Wedding Dance

In The Wedding Dance (pictured), a 1566 oil painting by Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the movements of the people show that they are acting inappropriately or in an epitome of rustic buffoonery.

Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia with the old town of Riyadh within the city walls didn't exceed an area of 1 km sq, therefore very few significant architectural remnants of the original walled oasis town of Riyadh exist today.

In the 1978 television sitcom series Mork & Mindy alien Mork’s home planet was Ork was sent to observe human behaviour and mentions many times that Orkan scientists grew him in a test-tube.

The first English professional cricketer to be knighted was John “Jack” Hobbs in 1953.

German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology, Heinrich Schliemann claimed to have found Priam's Treasure in the ruin of Troy but the treasure disappeared from Germany in 1945 after World War II and turned up at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow in 1993.

The first official cricket Test Match between Australia and England was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between 15 and 19 March 1877 which Australia won by 45 runs.

In the sport of sailing people compete in the Etchells Class a racing class of one-design sailing boats which was named after a naval architect, boat builder and world championship sailor Elwood Widmer (E. W.) Etchells and the 30’6” keelboat he designed in 1966.

The parallel of latitude of 66o 33’ 44” south of the Equator is the Antarctic Circle.

With a length of 260.1 metres and width of 27.8 metres, the Palace Bridge is a road traffic and foot bascule bridge spanning the Neva River in Saint Petersburg between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island that was opened on December 23, 1916.

Barstow, California, and Strong City, Kansas, are both named in honour of William Barstow Strong, former president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

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