Sunday, November 8, 2015

Trivia Bits 08 November


Johnny Weissmuller

Perhaps better known as the actor playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s, it was at the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics that Johnny Weissmuller (pictured) won three gold medals for individual 100 m freestyle, individual 400 m freestyle and in the 4×200 m freestyle.

The scientific collections of French biologist Jacques Labillardière, noted for his descriptions of the flora of Australia, were seized by the British in 1793 as spoils of war, but were returned after lobbying by Sir Joseph Banks.

Laying just a few degrees north of the celestial equator, Aquila is a constellation in the northern sky with the name being Latin for 'eagle' representing the bird that carried Zeus/Jupiter's thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology.

The fibre of the flax plant is used to make linen and is a food and fibre crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world.

Patrilineality also known as agnatic kinship is a system in which an individual belongs to his or her father's lineage and generally involves the inheritance of property, names, or titles through the male line.

The Trevi Fountain is in the Italian city of Rome designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci with the work beginning in 1732 and was completed in 1762 and was officially opened and inaugurated on May 22, 1732 by Pope Clemens XIII.

The wedding in 1510 of the parents of Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII, took place at Schloss Burg, now the largest reconstructed castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Becoming an UNESCO World Heritage listed in 1982, Leptis Magna, located in the ancient region of Tripolitania in Libya, Africa, is believed to have been founded as early as the 7th century BC and was one of the most beautiful and prosperous cities of the Roman world with the city is now being recovered, piece by piece, and contains some of the world’s finest remains of Roman architecture in the world.

Street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat appears in the video for American rock band Blondie’s 1981 song Rapture which was the first #1 song in the U.S. to feature rap.

The traditional French biscuit originating from the Lorraine region in north-eastern France, the Madeleine, is shaped like a seashell and is similar to a mini-sponge cake and can be coated in jam and desiccated coconut, and are usually topped with a glacé cherry.

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