Sunday, October 11, 2015

Trivia Bits 11 October


 Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle (pictured), the world’s largest castle by surface area and the largest brick building in Europe, is located in Poland with UNESCO designating the "Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork" and the Malbork Castle Museum as the World Heritage Site in December 1997.

In 1825, Peul preacher and social reformer Seku Amadu led a jihad against the Bambara Empire of nineteenth-century West Africa to found his own theocratic Massina Empire.

Rusumo Falls was a significant site during the 1994 Rwandan genocide as thousands of dead bodies flowed underneath the bridge while a simultaneous stream of refugees crossed over it, fleeing into Tanzania to escape the fighting.

The names of Marge’s twin sisters in the TV series The Simpsons are Patty and Selma.

In 1904 Le Petit Journal reported that Aster, French manufacturer of automobiles, monopolised the mass manufacture of engines in France as the leading supplier of engines to other manufacturers from the late 1890s.

The 2015 best selling novel Finders Keepers is the sequel to the 2014 novel Mr Mercedes both written by Stephen King and is about the murder of reclusive writer John Rothstein, his missing notebooks and the release of his killer from prison after 35 years.

The currency of Venezuela is the Bolívar fuerte (VEF).

Canadian-born American industrialist and entrepreneur Perley A. Thomas was a millsmith who attended night courses, learned drafting and design skills, and in the early 20th century became a renowned streetcar and bus manufacturer in High Point, North Carolina.

The highest peak on Kangaroo Island off the coast of mainland South Australia is Mount Macdonnell at 299 m (981 ft).

In January 1946 the YKK trademark was registered by The YKK Group a Japanese group of manufacturing companies and as the world's largest zipper/zip manufacturer, YKK Group is most famous for making zippers; however, it also manufactures other fastening products, architectural products and industrial machinery.

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