Thursday, November 12, 2015

Trivia Bits 12 November


BMW logo

In English the acronym BMW (logo pictured) stands for Bavarian Motor Works and is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916.

German philosopher Martin Heidegger joined the Nazi party in 1933 and wrote Being and Time which explored the way that the given features ('past') are interpreted in the light of their possibilities.

The Yiddish King Lear an 1892 play by Jacob Gordin is not a translation of Shakespeare's King Lear, but that the title is an acknowledgement of the roots of the plot.

The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia where visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.

Dyn is the symbol for the unit of force equal to 10x10-6 newtons.

Playing Boston-based lawyer Nellie Porter in the 1997 – 2002 American legal comedy-drama television series Ally McBeal was Australian-American actress and model Portia de Rossi.

The landlocked country of Kazakhstan has the largest territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (1,053,000 sq mi) and larger than Western Europe.

Dr. Acacio Gabriel Viegas was credited with the discovery of the outbreak of bubonic plague in Mumbai in 1896, and later became the president of the Bombay Municipal Corporation.

British sitcom, Outnumbered¸ centres around Pete and Sue Brockman and their three children with five series aired on BBC One in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

The dams and reservoir that form the Bull Run Hydroelectric Project in the Sandy River basin in the U.S. state of Oregon was decommissioned in 2008 due to the rising costs of meeting environmental laws.

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