Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trivia Bits 24 September


Finlands coat of arms

Originally created around the year 1580, the lion appears on the centre of the Finland’s coat of arms (pictured) with the crowned lion being on a red field, the right forepaw replaced with an armoured hand brandishing a sword, trampling on a sabre with the hind-paws.

From the area of the Peshawar valley in Pakistan, the Buner reliefs depict scenes of ancient Greeks in India during the 1st century.

The currency of Iran is the Rial with The Unicode Standard having a compatibility character defined Rial sign ﷼.

In gradings for karate, the brown belt is awarded prior to the black belt after starting at White and progressing through Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown, Black and Red and White.

Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century and declared its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971

Australian actress of screen and stage Cate Blanchett played Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, for which she won the British Academy Award for Best Actress (BAFTA) and a Golden Globe award, and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.

Ichthyology is the study of fish with the word derived from Greek: ἰχθύς, ikhthus, "fish"; and λόγος, logos, "study".

Later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars movie was released in 1977 and was written and directed by George Lucas, staring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness.

Musician and composer Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, who helped found the Royal Academy of Music in 1822, was only in London because he had fled France five years earlier to avoid prosecution for multiple counts of forgery and fraud.

Great Uncle Walter is a character from the children’s animated TV series Little Princess which debuted in the United Kingdom in 2006 with English stage, screen and television actress Jane Horrocks providing the voice of the Little Princess.

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