Friday, November 20, 2015

Trivia Bits 20 November


Mariinsky Palace

Built between 1839 and 1844, Marie Palace, also known as Mariinsky Palace (pictured), was the last Neoclassical imperial palace to be constructed in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

While both male and female platypuses are born with ankle spurs, only the male's spurs produce venom, which although powerful enough to kill smaller animals such as dogs, is not lethal to humans, but the pain is so excruciating that the victim may be incapacitated.

The Slovak National Theatre hosted its first performance, the Czech opera Hubička by Bedřich Smetana, at its opening on March 1, 1920.

Two Australian states have a Barwon River – Victoria and New South Wales.

Australian Peter Lik is best known in the field of photography especially for his nature and panoramic landscape images and who took his first photo in 1967 at the age of 8, after his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie box camera for his birthday.

The elephant’s gestation period is 24 months with interbirth intervals usually lasting four to five years with births tending to take place during wet seasons.

The 2011 ARIA Album of the Year was won by the Australian indie rock-folk music band formed in 2009 Boy & Bear for the album Moonfire recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer Joe Chiccarelli.

Alpha Centauri, the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus and the third brightest star in the night sky, and Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf about 4.24 light-years from the Sun, are stars.

Launched in September 2001 and sponsored by the Australian Government, Australia has a National Public Toilet Map, allowing users to locate the 14,000 public toilets across the country to four decimal places of latitude and longitude.

Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales which has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit.

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