Saturday, October 3, 2015

Trivia Bits 03 October


Anita King

In 1915, Hollywood actress Anita King (pictured) became the first female to ever drive an automobile across the continental United States alone and whose only companions, according to the Los Angeles Times, were "a rifle and a six shooter".

In relation to computers, PDF stands for Portable Document Format and is used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware and operating systems and was initially released in 1993 by Adobe Systems.

Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith who set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.

Opening for business in October 1903, The Willow Tearooms, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is the most famous of many new Glasgow tearooms opened in the early 20th century due to the emergence of the Temperance movement.

Guinea-Bissau, Nauru, Palau, Peru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are all countries whose names end with the letter U.

Famous for playing Willow Rosenberg in the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) is actress Alyson Hannigan.

English-born actor-manager and playwright Alfred Dampier adapted Australian novels and co-wrote, with J H Wrangham and Thomas Somers, the stage play Marvellous Melbourne in 1889 which ended with the heroine’s horse winning the Melbourne Cup.

Vexillology is the study of flags and is a synthesis of the Latin word vexillum ("flag") and the Greek suffix -logia ("study").

The little borgo of Settignano, near Florence, Italy, was the birthplace of four sculptors of the Florentine Renaissance — Desiderio da Settignano, Bernardo Rossellino, Antonio Rossellino and Bartolomeo Ammanati.

A serpent or dragon eating its own tail is the creature depicted in the ancient symbol known as ouroboros which first emerged in Ancient Egypt and has been important in religious and mythological symbolism.

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the South African city of Cape Town being featured on the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia.

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