Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trivia Bits 06 October


The School of Athens

The School of Athens (pictured) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael and is one of the most famous frescoes painted between 1509 and 1511 as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Charlie’s surname in the 1964 children's book by British author Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Bucket.

The Swiss franc is the official currency of Switzerland and also of Liechtenstein.

Dr Seuss’ character Horton is an elephant that features in the children’s Horton Hears a Who! (1954) which was adapted into the 2008 movie Horton Hears a Who! directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino.

The Triple Entente was the alliance linking the Russian Empire, the French Third Republic, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland after the signing of the Anglo-Russian Entente on August 31, 1907 as a counterbalance to the alliance between Germany, Austro-Hungary and Italy.

The Christmas carol Carol of the Bells was originally a Ukrainian New Year's carol called Shchedryk arranged by composer and teacher Mykola Leontovych in 1916 and adapted as the English Christmas carol by Peter J. Wilhousky following a performance of the original song by Alexander Koshetz's Ukrainian National Chorus at Carnegie Hall on October 5, 1921.

Either a precious stone or a printing type of a size between nonpareil and minion is an emerald.

Children’s novel by acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton’s The Bugalugs Bum Thief was first published in 1991 and is a comedic mystery story about Skeeta Anderson who woke up one morning, he found his bum was gone.

The official language of Nigeria is English but also has the major languages of Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, the three largest of the over 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria.

A royal could be a flush in cards, a jelly as in a honey bee secretion or a hard white icing on biscuits or cakes.

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