Thursday, November 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 November


A Burial at Ornans

Gustave Courbet was a famous French artist who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting and whose oil on canvas work A Burial at Ornans (pictured), 1849-1850, at an exhibition at the 1850 – 1851 Paris Salon created an explosive reaction and brought Courbet instant fame.

Odoardo Beccari was an Italian naturalist best known for discovering the titan arum, the plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, in Sumatra in 1878.

The symbol of the element Plutonium is Pu and is a radioactive chemical element, an actinide metal of silvery-gray appearance that tarnishes when exposed to air and forms a dull coating when oxidized.

The common Yiddish insult of schmuck means male genitals and is derived from the German word for ornament.

Netherlands born Mata Hari used her skills as an exotic dancer and a courtesan to spy, apparently for both sides, during the Great War of 1915 to 1919.

The Vatican City, officially Vatican City State, is the world’s smallest country by area and population whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome with an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of around 840.

A silkie is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk, are well known for their calm, friendly temperament and are considered an ideal pet.

Czechoslavakia, a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, peacefully dissolved into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic on January 1, 1993.

Michael Stipe was singer for the American rock band from Athens, Georgia, REM who formed in 1980 releasing fifteen albums between 1983 and 2011.

Australian playwright, screenwriter and director Matt Cameron wrote the play 2003 Ruby Moon’ about the tribulation of two parents whose daughter disappeared down the cul-de-sac on her way to Grandmother’s house one mysterious afternoon.

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