Saturday, December 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 20 December



paso fino

The paso fino (pictured), meaning fine step, is a breed of horse dating back to horses imported to the Caribbean from Spain when in May 1509, the first governor of the island, Juan Ponce de León, brought horses to Puerto Rico from his hacienda.

In Australian poet, anthologist, and critic Les Murray’s famous poem An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow about a man weeping in Martin Place was written in 1969 and mentions well known Sydney locations like Repins, a coffee shop, Lorenzinis, a bistro, and Tattersalls, a private club.

Franco-Japanese relations were initiated by the 1615 visit of the Japanese samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga to the city of Saint-Tropez in Southern France.

Winning the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction, American author Alice Walker’s 1982 novel The Color Purple, tells of Harpo, the only child of Mr.___, who falls in love with and marries Sofia an assertive girl.

Invasion literature, such as the 1898 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds, was a literary genre influential in foreign politics during the years leading up to World War I.

The Appian Way, sometimes called Queen of Roads, leads from Rome to Brindisi and was named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

Fred Gipson was an American author best remembered for creating a fictional dog featured in a book and the classic 1957 movie Old Yeller.

Lough Ree is a lake in the midlands of Ireland, and is the second largest lake on the River Shannon after Lough Derg and divides the counties of Longford and Westmeath from Roscommon.

Japanese fried takoyaki, a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan, are usually filled with octopus.

Brendon Kuruppu was the first Sri Lankan cricketer to score more than 200 runs (a double century) in a Test innings by making 201 not out in 777 minutes against New Zealand at Colombo Cricket Club Ground.

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