Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Trivia Bits 01 December


Kate Bush

English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer Kate Bush (pictured) wrote her debut single Wuthering Heights when she was 18 years old, released it as her first single in January 1978 and the song is based on the novel of the same name by Emily Brontë with whom she shared her birthday of 30 July.

On 22 May 1990, the country of Yemen that had been divided into north and south since 1962, became a unified country and was home of the Sabaeans, a trading state that flourished for over a thousand years and probably also included parts of modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea.

An American computer scientist Robert Alan Eustace, who served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge at Google, holds the world record for the highest-altitude free fall jump of 135,889.108 ft or 25.736573 miles/41.419000 km since October 24, 2014.

Ichthyology, from Greek: ἰχθύς, ikhthus, "fish"; and λόγος, logos, "study", is the branch of biology devoted to the study of fishes.

Sue Rubin, the subject of the 2004 documentary film Autism Is a World, was considered mentally challenged until she learned to communicate with a keyboard with the documentary nominated in the 77th annual Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short Subject.

In 2013, a 20 metre meteor hit Chelyabinsk, Russia injuring more than 1,200 people.

Five of Australia’s 19 natural World Heritage Areas are located in Queensland and include Fraser Island, The Gondwana Rainforests, The Great Barrier Reef, Riversleigh fossil site and The Wet Tropics of Queensland.

Toxicodendron radicans is better known as poison ivy, a poisonous North American and Asian flowering plant well known for causing an itching, irritating, and sometimes painful rash in most people who touch it, caused by urushiol, a clear liquid compound in the sap of the plant.

Joseph Cornelius O’Rourke, an Irish Count born in Estonia, became a Russian Lieutenant General, and was honoured with a statue in Belgrade for his victory over the Ottoman Empire in 1810.

The first recorded strategic use of napalm incendiary bombs during World War 2 and was developed in 1942, in a secret laboratory at Harvard University in Massachusetts, by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser.

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