Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Trivia Bits 09 December


Stobie poles

Sometimes called Stobie poles in South Australia, a pylon is a tower that carries electrical or communication wires and is made of two steel joists held apart by a slab of concrete.

Actor Christopher Walken was a lion tamer in his teenage years and later played the role of Clayton Dutch Miller in a 1963 Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward, co-starring with Liza Minnelli, who played Ethel Hofflinger at Stage 73 and ran for 224 performances.

Sociocracy is a form of government relying on principles of consensus and developed by Gerard Endenburg, who in 1978, Endenburg founded the Sociocratic Center Netherlands, as a new method of governing businesses.

The volcano Calbuco is in the South American country of Chile and with the eruption on April 22, 2015, followed by two smaller eruptions on April 24 and April 30, it was Calbuco's first activity since 1972.

Former actress, Reverend Mother Superior Dolores Hart is the only nun to be an Academy Award-voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Patty Duke Show challenged the scope of special effects on television in the 1960s, with American actress of stage, film and television Patty Duke playing two roles.

Author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist Clive James’ 2009 autobiography was named The Blaze of Obscurity which he read as a radio version in October 2009 on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week programme.

German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor Paul Hindemith composed c. 1925 the Overture of 'The Flying Dutchman' as played at sight by a bad spa orchestra at the well at 7 in the morning which is a musical parody for string quartet, based on the overture to The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner and in performance lasts approximately eight minutes.

São Tomé and Príncipe is an island country located in the Gulf of Guinea off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa with Portuguese being the official language.

A postage stamp the United States Department of the Treasury issued in 1962 that commemorated the centennial of the Homestead Act featured art based on a photograph by Fred Hultstrand.

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