Friday, October 2, 2015

Trivia Bits 02 October


The Madwoman’s Underclothes

The 1986 book The Madwoman’s Underclothes (cover pictured) was written by Germaine Greer and is a collection of her essays from 1968 to 1985 on many and varied topics including marijuana, the women's movement, women's sexuality, Jimi Hendrix, pornography, sexual ethics, birth control, abortion, rape, the 1972 Democratic convention, Brazil, Cuba, Ethiopia.

Achieving the goal on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing, the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes was English former middle-distance athlete, physician and academic Roger Bannister.

The Sea of Okhotsk has a coastline on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and is named after Okhotsk, the first Russian settlement in the Far East first settled in 1639.

A toxophilite is someone who is fond of or an expert in the sport of archery derived from Toxophilus a 1545 book about archery by Roger Ascham — and is an imaginary proper name invented by Ascham, and hence title of his book, intended to mean lover of the bow.

Adopted in 1961, the four colours on the flag of Kuwait are green, white, red and black and is described as a horizontal triband of green, white and red; with a black trapezium based on the hoist side.

Christopher Nolan directed the 2010 science fiction heist thriller film Inception starring Leonardo diCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine with DiCaprio playing a professional thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets.

Child actor Tommy Rettig, who starred as Jeff Miller in the first four seasons of the Lassie television series, became a noted database software author as an adult.

In geometry, a cuboid has six faces.

American criminal James Earle Ray was best known for being convicted for assassinating Martin Luther King Jnr on April 4, 1968, while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Danish physicist Niels Bohr made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.

On the island of Lindholmen in south-eastern Sweden and dating from 1692, the Karlskrona Ropewalk is Sweden's longest wooden building with a length of some 300 metres (980 ft).

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