Friday, November 27, 2015

Trivia Bits 27 November


Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I

The 1907 Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I  (pictured) is one of the best known works of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt using the mediums of oil, silver, and gold on canvas and is now located in the Neue Galerie, New York.

Not regarded as a clinical condition, Empty nest syndrome is a form of depression that affects parents when a child leaves home.

Swedish is officially the main language of Sweden as enacted by the Riksdag, the Swedish national legislature, and entered into effect on 1 July 2009.

The popular dip taramasalata roughly translates to fish roe salad and is traditionally made from taramas, the salted and cured roe of the cod or the carp, though blends based on other forms of fish roe have become more common and the roe is mixed with either bread crumbs or mashed potato, and lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.

In 1995, former Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion British athlete Jonathan Edwards set the world record for the triple jump with a jump of 18.29 m set on 7 August 1995 and still stands as at July 2015.

The pungent chemical smell of formic acid, the simplest carboxylic acid, is associated with crushed ants.

Manchega cheese is made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the manchega breed and is aged for a minimum of 60 days (30 days for cheeses weighing up to 1.5 kg) and a maximum of two years.

The 1960 comedy-drama movie La Dolce Vita was written and directed by Federico Fellini and won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Costumes.

American writer Alex Haley told in his 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the U.S. down to Haley.

Three years after Anders Uppström had published his 1854 edition of the 6th-century Codex Argenteus, a dying library janitor presented him with ten leaves that had been missing from the manuscript for over two decades.

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