Monday, December 7, 2015

Trivia Bits 07 December



A viaduct (example pictured) is a bridge composed of several narrow masonry arches with high supporting piers for crossing a valley, a gorge or a span of water.

The experimental poetry book Tarantula was written between 1965 and 1966 by Bob Dylan.

Occurring most commonly in tropical or subtropical climates and often in rural areas, chromoblastomycosis is a fungal skin infection that can be caught from a thorn or splinter with several treatment options that include medication and surgery.

English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Roger Taylor is the drummer for the English band Queen who was also noted for a vocal range spans four octaves which is shown in Bohemian Rhapsody from the November 1975 album A Night at the Opera where he sang the high-falsetto vocals, such as the let me go lines and the final for me ... " during midsection.

Frida Kahlo is an early Mexican painter known for her surreal self portraits and was born on July 6, 1907, in her parents' house known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Coyoacán then a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Kew, a suburban district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the location of the Royal Botanic Gardens ("Kew Gardens"), now a World Heritage Site, which includes Kew Palace and is also the home of important historical documents such as Domesday Book, which is on public display at The National Archives.

Robert I, King of the Scots, was better known as Robert the Bruce and was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the 1310 to 1314 Wars of Scottish Independence against England.

Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrip is the protagonist and an orphan in the Charles Dickens’s 1861 novel Great Expectations which has been adapted into many movies and TV series with the first being the 1917 silent film Great Expectations starring Jack Pickford, directed by Robert G. Vignola.

Peter of Eboli, a monk from Eboli in southern Italy, wrote the first book on the therapeutic properties of spa mineral waters around 1220.

The Vatican's Swiss Guard still wears a uniform designed by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.

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