Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 September


Rudolph Steiner

In the late 19th Century – early 20th Century, Austrian mystic, philosopher, social reformer and esotericist Rudolph Steiner (pictured) is known for having invented a form of education which focussed on the major phases of child development forming the foundation of his approach to education.

Comprising the crust and the upper most layer of the mantle, the lithosphere is the name given to the near-rigid outer shell of the earth

Practitioners of cromniomancy claim to be able to tell the future with onions, a practice historically performed across Europe, Africa and northern Asia and has been suggested that the ancient Egyptians took their sacred oaths with their right hand on an onion as the sphere within a sphere of the onion made it a much-revered symbol of spirituality and eternity.

The Capitoline Museums are housed in a complex of palazzi surrounding a piazza in Rome, designed by Michelangelo in 1536 but not fully completed until Mussolini ordered it in 1940.

Planted in the 1970’s with more than 1000 Cypress plants, the oldest hedge maze in Australia is found in Ashcombe on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Legendary American track and field athlete Jesse Owens is often quoted as saying A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

Scythia was a multinational region that was situated on the continents of Europe and Asia encompassing parts of Pontic steppe, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Semmering is a mountain pass in the Northern Limestone Alps connecting Lower Austria and Styria.

The Seven Hills of Rome east of the river Tiber form the geographical heart of Rome, within the walls of the ancient city and are Aventine Hill, Caelian Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Quirinal Hill and Viminal Hill with The Vatican Hill, the Pincian Hill and the Janiculum Hill not counted among the traditional Seven Hills.

Singani is considered the national liquor of the South American country of Bolivia and is a pomace brandy distilled from white Muscat of Alexandria grapes from the Bolivian Andes.

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