Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trivia Bits 21 October


Punch and Judy

Making the first recorded appearance in England on 9 May 1662, Punch and Judy (pictured) is a traditional popular puppet show featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy with 9 May traditionally thought to be Punch's UK birthday.

Flinders Chase is the flora and fauna sanctuary on the western side of Kangaroo Island and is noted for endangered species and also home to geological phenomena.

The skiing resort of St Moritz is located in the Engadine valley in Switzerland which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948 and is a popular destination of the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world.

Born in India, Australian explorer and journalist Emily Caroline Creaghe was a member of the 1882 – 1883 expedition across the Gulf of Carpentaria led by Ernest Favenc and whose biography is told in the book The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe: Explorer by Peter Monteath.

The US Virgin Islands used to be known as the Danish West Indies, a Danish colony in the Caribbean which were sold to the United States in 1916 under the terms of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies and were organized as the United States Virgin Islands in 1917.

It is in the American comedy television series, originally released October 15, 2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm that Larry David plays a fictionalised version of himself that follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer in Los Angeles and later New York City.

Enswathe means to enfold or enclose with or as if with a covering.

In the 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated comedy horror family film ParaNorman, Kodi Smit-McPhee voices Norman Babcock, an 11-year-old outcast kid who speaks to the dead.

Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence with the term Machiavellianism widely used as a negative term to characterize unscrupulous politicians of the sort Machiavelli described in his 1513 writing The Prince (Il Principe).

Flood walls are man-made vertical barriers that are designed to temporarily contain the waters of a river or other waterway during seasonal or extreme weather events.

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