Friday, September 11, 2015

Trivia Bits 11 September


Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal (pictured) is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and attracts some 3 million visitors a year.

Bono Manso, the capital of Bono state, was an ancient Akan trading town in present-day Ghana, which was frequented by caravans from Djenné as part of the Trans-Saharan trade.

In Greek mythology, a Charis or Grace is one of three or more minor goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, and fertility, together known as the Charites or Graces and consist of, from youngest to oldest is Aglaea ("Splendor"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer").

Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together at the Altai Mountains, a mountain range in East-Central Asia and where the rivers Irtysh and Ob have their headwaters.

In September 1842, American singer, stage actor, and newspaper editor George Washington Dixon walked a 15-foot (4.5-meter) platform for 76 hours without sleep, part of the long tradition of pole-sitting.

Originating in Belgium, the ingredients in a popular main dish moules-frites are mussels and fries.

Melbourne born sculptor Norma Redpath created the large carved-wood mural Areopagitica, suggested by the content of the essay Areopagitica of 1644 by the English poet John Milton, in 1958 – 1959 and is a relief carving in silky oak and tempera which is housed in the foyer of the Baillieu Library of the University of Melbourne.

A British overseas territory, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands are located in the southern Atlantic Ocean with no native population on the islands.

There have been about 30 films made at or about Alcatraz, the now-closed federal prison island in San Francisco Bay, including The Rock (1996), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).

The year 1990 is represented by the Roman numeral MCMXC.

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