Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trivia Bits 25 October


Usain Bolt

The first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977, Jamaican sprinter athlete Usain Bolt released the 2014 autobiography Faster than Lightning.

School bus yellow is a specific shade of yellow, Hex triplet #FFD800, formally adopted as the standard color for school buses in the United States in 1939, following a conference funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

A historical reference to an early name for what is now Boonah, Queensland, The Blumbergville Clock is a unique piece of installation art created by renowned artist Christopher Trotter and clockmaker David Bland honouring the spirit of resilience of the community following the natural disasters of 2011 and 2013.

On New Year’s Day, 1914, Abe Pheil squeezed into the open cockpit of a Benoist Type XIV boat-plane in St Petersburg, Florida, and became the world’s first airline passenger flying 20 miles in 23 minutes for a specially auctioned fare of $400.

Iraq has the smallest coastline, approximately 60 kms, on the Persian Gulf with other countries with a coastline on the Persian Gulf are Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar on a peninsula off the Saudi coast, Bahrain on an island, Kuwait, and Iraq in the northwest.

Samuel Andrews (1836–1904) was an English-born chemist and inventor whose request for investment capital to build an oil refinery in 1862 led to a partnership with John D. Rockefeller and the formation of the Standard Oil companies.

One of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, the sacred city of Abydos was the site of many ancient temples, including Umm el-Qa'ab, a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed.

From 1836 to 1855, Chinese painter Lam Qua painted pre-operative portraits of American physician Peter Parker's patients, particularly those with large tumors or other major deformities and are now held by the Peter Parker Collection at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University.

The automobile manufacturer Proton has its headquarters in Malaysia in Shah Alam, Selangor and operates an additional manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim, Perak.

To genuflect, or genuflexion, is to bend at least one knee to the ground and was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior as in 328 BC, Alexander the Great introduced into his court-etiquette some form of genuflection already in use in Persia.

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