Monday, September 7, 2015

Trivia Bits 07 September



Orangutans (pictured) are native to Asia and although native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.

The shape of each side of the four sided regular tetrahedron is triangular.

The Island of Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent.

American singer, musician, and actor Elvis Presley’s fathers name was Vernon and his mother was Gladys with Elvis being on his mother's side, Scots-Irish, with some French Norman with one of Gladys' great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee and his father's forebears were of Scottish and German origin.

Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as the outspoken black maid Minny Jackson in the 2011 American drama film The Help adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name.

American actor Penn Badgley starred as Dan Humphrey in the American teen drama based upon the 2002 book series by Cecily von Ziegesar Gossip Girl with the character Dan described as being attractive and sensitive, loves to write poetry, and one of his poems, "Sluts," was featured in The New Yorker.

The 1960’s American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre Get Smart featured the cone of silence which was two transparent plastic hemispheres which are electrically lowered on top of Max and Chief and which invariably malfunctioned.

The first singing commercial aired on Minneapolis' WCCO radio station radio on Christmas Eve, 1926 for Wheaties cereal as four male singers, eventually known as the Wheaties Quartet, sang the jingle.

The name of the popular Spanish drink, Sangria, comes from the Spanish word for bloodletting and normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy and is deep red in colour.

After World War I, Turkey was formed out of the Ottoman Empire which was founded by Oghuz Turks under Osman Bey in north-western Anatolia in 1299.

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