Monday, December 14, 2015

Trivia Bits 14 December

English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare (pictured) was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer and was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on 26 April 1564 although his actual date of birth remains unknown, it is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day. 

The two accepted plurals for the word plateau are plateaux and plateaus.
Gridiron or American Football features in Any Given Sunday the 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone with the title coming from a line of dialogue D'Amato uses about how you can win or lose on ...any given Sunday.
Wrigley's promoted their new spearmint-flavoured chewing gum in 1915 by mailing 4 sample sticks to each of the 1.5 million names listed in US telephone books.
Clawhammer is a playing style primarily associated the banjo when the hand assumes a claw-like shape and the strumming finger is kept fairly stiff, striking the strings by the motion of the hand at the wrist and/or elbow, rather than a flicking motion by the finger.
Although the basic Swiss dish rösti consists of nothing but potato, a number of additional ingredients are sometimes added, such as bacon, onion, cheese, apple or fresh herbs.
The original warrant stated that the Victoria Cross would only be awarded to soldiers who have served in the presence of the enemy and had performed some signal act of valour or devotion with the first ceremony held on 26 June 1857 where Queen Victoria invested 62 of the 111 Crimean recipients in a ceremony in Hyde Park.
Stamp mills, first used during the Renaissance in such diverse industries as paper making, oil-seed processing, and ore refining, crush material by repeatedly dropping heavy weights on the items.
French politician Édith Cresson is the only woman so far to have served as Prime Minster of France from 15 May 1991 to 2 April 1992.
The fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut is featured in the TV series The Gillmore Girls starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel and which debuted on October 5, 2000.

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