Friday, November 13, 2015

Trivia Bits 13 November


David Livingstone

Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary David Livingstone (pictured) is best known for his exploration of the continent of Africa with an inscription in the base of the statue to him at Victoria Falls reading Christianity, Commerce and Civilization.

Philip of Poitou, Bishop of Durham from 1197 to 1208, quarrelled so fiercely with his monks that he tried to burn them out of a church, and later excommunicated the entire chapter.

Hecto or hecta is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of one hundred as in hectare (ha), in surveying, as a measure of land area equal to 10,000 sqm.

In 2015, Australian singer Grace Sewell, known simply as Grace, had a hit with the song You Don’t Own Me her first single with RCA Records and a remake of the 1963 Lesley Gore song, produced by Quincy Jones and featuring G-Eazy.

The unit used to measure electrical resistance is the ohm named after German physicist Georg Simon Ohm.

Now known as the Kronenbourg Brewery, the brewery was founded in 1664 by Geronimus Hatt in Strasbourg, France but due to the frequent flooding of the River Ill compelled in 1850 a move to the higher terrain of Cronenbourg, an area of Strasbourg.

Kim Cattrall is best known as the TV and movie character Samantha Jones in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).

The four Jovian planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune with jovian planet refers to the Roman god Jupiter—the genitive form of which is Jovis, hence Jovian—and was intended to indicate that all of these planets were similar to Jupiter.

The siblings in the American pop duo The Carpenters were Karen and Richard who during their 14-year career from 1969 to 1983, recorded 11 albums, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and a short-lived television series.

St Oswald's Church, Grasmere, Cumbria, is notable for its associations with William Wordsworth and its annual ceremony of rushbearing which is an old English ecclesiastical festival in which rushes are collected and carried to be strewn on the floor of the parish church.

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