Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trivia Bits 08 December


The Griffin

The Griffin (pictured), a mythical creature, has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Stephen King’s 2013 novel Doctor Sleep is the sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining, reached the first position on The New York Times Best Seller lists for print and ebook fiction (combined), hardcover fiction, and ebook fiction and also Doctor Sleep won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

The 1987 song Never Gonna Give You Up was a hit for English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Rick Astley, was No. 1 hit single in 25 countries and by the time of his retirement in 1993, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.

The bid Lay Down Misere in the card game 500 has become betting slang for a sure win particularly in Australia.

St Augustine landed on the Isle of Thanet, Kent in 597AD on his mission to convert the English under King Ethelbert.

American author May Justus' 1963 book New Boy in School, a departure from her usual thematic focus on rural Appalachia, was "probably the first" book on racial desegregation for young readers.

Poker’s dead man’s hand were the cards of aces and eights reportedly held by "Old West" folk hero, lawman and gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered in 1976 in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by an unsuccessful gambler.

The English dish spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, made with suet and dried fruit, usually currants and/or raisins, and often served with custard.

French painter and bestselling author Françoise Gilot married the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and later in life was also wed to the famous doctor, Jonas Salk.

Mistress Overdone, a bawd, appears in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604 with the earliest recorded performance of Measure for Measure taking place on St. Stephen's night, 26 December 1604.

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