Sunday, September 13, 2015

Trivia Bits 13 September


 Jean Paul Gaultier

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier (pictured) designed Madonna’s famous conical bra she wore for the 1990 Blond Ambition tour and it sold for $52,000 at the Christie's Pop Culture auction in London in 2012.

Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater lake in the world is in Lake Huron, in the province of Ontario, Canada, and archaeological discoveries at Sheguiandah, Paleo-Indian archaeological site on the northeastern shore, have demonstrated Paleo-Indian and Archaic cultures dating from 10,000 BC to 2000 BC.

American physicist and electrical engineer John Bardeen is the only person to have won the Nobel Prize twice in the category of Physics in 1956 and again in 1972.

In the 1996 Australian Federal elections, Prime Minister Paul Keating of the Australian Labor Party from 1991 to 1996 was defeated and was succeeded by the John Howard Coalition Government.

The parish church of James Parkinson, after whom Parkinson's disease is named, was St Leonard's, Shoreditch, a church just outside the City of London and most famous for being one of the churches mentioned in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

South Australian writer of fiction and books on enamel art, cookery and gardening, Ninette Dutton, wrote the 2000 Home: A Journey of Discovery and Fulfillment about her and her family shifting from Piers Hill, her sprawling 600-hectare country property in South Australia, to a new home in Canberra.

The Wallkill River, in Sparta, New Jersey, is one of the few rivers that drains into a creek, because it is impounded just before the confluence, the meeting of two or more bodies of water, with the combined flows meeting the Hudson at Kingston.

Blue Tail Fly or Jimmy Crack Corn is a blackface minstrel song dating from the 1840s, and that on the surface, it is a black slave's lament over his master's death; the subtext is that he is glad his master is dead, and may have killed him by deliberate negligence.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has in its collection one of the world's oldest seaworthy ships, the Star of India, built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man as Euterpe.

Olaus Johannis Gutho (d. 1516), a student at the newly founded University of Uppsala from 1477 until at least 1486 and who later became a monk in the Abbey of Vadstena, left seven bound volumes of lecture notes that have been preserved and stored in the Uppsala University Library.

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