Sunday, November 15, 2015

Trivia Bits 15 November


Vanessa Carlton

The Vanessa Carlton (pictured) song A Thousand Miles became popular amongst U.S. troops serving in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and was the most requested song on the radio station BFBS Middle East in April 2003.

The leg break bowled by Shane Warne to Mike Gatting that turned around the 1993 Ashes cricket series is widely known as the Ball of the Century.

First featured on the album Days of Future Passed by The Moody Blues, the song Nights in White Satin largely ignored on its first release in 1967, but reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was re-released in 1972.

During the American Civil War, an early Union steam torpedo boat, USS Spuyten Duyvil, was used to clear obstructions so President Lincoln could visit the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia after General Lee's withdrawal.

Writing 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays, American novelist and short story writer William S Burroughs wrote the novels Naked Lunch (1959) and Junkie (1953).

A jilbāb is a long loose fitting coat or garment worn by Muslim women and covers the entire body, except for hands, face, and head.

The plant genera Bergerocactus and Bergeranthus are named after Alwin Berger, a German botanist best known for his contribution to the nomenclature of succulent plants, particularly agaves and cacti and who from 1897 to 1914 he was curator of the Giardini Botanici Hanbury at La Mortola, near Ventimiglia in northwestern Italy.

Etch A Sketch drawing toy was invented by André Cassagnes of France and subsequently manufactured by the Ohio Art Company with the toy released in the United States in time for the 1960 Christmas season.

The First Fleet of 11 ships landed in Botany Bay in 1788 after sailing from Great Britain on 13 May 1787 to found a penal colony that became the first European settlement in Australia.

Unlike many of the Bee Gees' singles, which were recorded in Miami, Florida, Stayin' Alive was recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville in Paris.

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