Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Trivia Bits 17 November


Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher was originally nominated as the state bird of the US state of Georgia by schoolchildren in 1928, but wasn't officially adopted until 1970.

One of the earliest examples of the popular game of miniature or putt-putt golf was the earliest documented mention in the 8 June 1912 edition of The Illustrated London News, which introduced a minigolf course called Gofstacle.

The 2012 science fiction novel The Martian was written by American novelist Andy Weir and is his first published novel and follows the fictional American astronaut Mark Watney as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive.

Gabon the west coast of Central Africa is crossed by the equator.

Sashimono were small banners worn on the backs of Japanese medieval troops for identification during battles especially during the Sengoku period—a period of long civil war in Japan from the middle 15th to early 17th century.

Steve Prestwich was best known as the drummer of the Australian rock band Cold Chisel that originated in Adelaide, Australia in the 1970’s with Jimmy Barnes as lead singer.

Built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, the Great Wall of China meets the Bohai Gulf at Shanhai Pass with the part of the wall that meets the sea named the Old Dragon Head.

The Battle of Blood River is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius, and estimated 15,000–21,000 Zulu attackers on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838.

American television sitcom Seinfeld ran for nine seasons from 1989 starring Jerry Seinfeld, as a fictionalized version of himself and set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City.

The 2015 Dutch MotoGP Grand Prix was won by Italian professional motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi who won from pole position at the track known as the Cathedral of Speed or The TT Circuit Assen, a motorsport race track built in 1955 and located in Assen, Netherlands.

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