Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Trivia Bits 15 September


Lord Lamington

Frequently served with afternoon tea, the Lamington is an Australian specialty consisting of a square of sponge cake coated in chocolate and shredded coconut and it is believed to be named after Lord Lamington (pictured), the governor of Queensland from 1895 to 1901.

The 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie Up, Up and Away is a comedy/adventure about a boy from a family of superheroes who, despite not having any super powers of his own, is called on to save the world.

The name given to the crimped metal sleeve that holds an eraser to a pencil is the ferrule.

Classic 1967 American comedy-drama film The Graduate featured the character Benjamin Braddock played by Dustin Hoffman and in 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Extractive metallurgy is the practice of removing valuable metals from an ore and refining the extracted raw metals into a purer form.

During World War II, the German invasion of the USSR was code-named Operation Barbarossa which began on 22 June 1941.

A colander is a perforated bowl used to strain off liquid after washing or cooking and the word colander originating from the Latin colum meaning sieve.

Skeleton Lake, a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, is named after the remains of approximately 600 people who died there in a sudden hailstorm late 19th century.

The Law Library of Congress created the Global legal information network in 1993 to provide free access to an online searchable full text database of international legal documents, judicial decisions, legislation, statutes and other laws, from many countries, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Peru, and Romania.

The order of birds called strigiformes are better known as owls and include about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica and some remote islands.

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