Sunday, December 13, 2015

Trivia Bits 13 December


Keeping Up Appearances

In the 1990 – 1995 British sitcom TV series Keeping Up Appearances, the lady of the house is Hyacinth Bucket (pictured), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet and was played by English actress, singer and author Patricia Routledge.

The homicidal Crown Prince Dipendra ruled over the country of Nepal as King from 1 to 4 June 2001 whilst in a coma.

I Love to Singa, an Al Jolson song written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg for the 1936 Warner Bros. feature-length film The Singing Kid, is also the title of a popular 1936 Merrie Melodies cartoon.

The ball point pen was invented by Hungarian journalist László Bíró who presented the first production of the ballpoint pen at the Budapest International Fair in 1931 and later patented the invention in Paris in 1938.

Most knights of the Middle Ages wore chausses as armour for the legs usually made from mail.

The country of Ukraine shares the longest border with European landlocked country Moldova being 1,222 km (759 mi) including 267 km (166 mi) by rivers.

French miniaturist and portrait painter Adélaïde Labille-Guiard was ordered to destroy her royal portraits after the French Revolution of 1789 to 1799.

The official length of the Chunnel Tunnel is 50.5-kilometre (31.4 mi) and links Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover.

Oodnadatta, South Australia, which has a desert climate, recorded the highest ever maximum temperature in Australia of 50.7C/123.3F on 2 January 1960.

Winston Smith is the protagonist in the 1949 published novel by George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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