Things I Have Learned This Week 004

Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The oldest zoo in the world is located in the ground of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. It dates back to 1752.

♥ Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian ethnographer (study of people and cultures) and adventurer. He sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a raft he built by hand, called Kon-Tiki.

♥ Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach, or Edward Thatch.

♥ The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations that starts in Norway and stretches for 2820km to the Black Sea. The survey was the designed to help establish the exact size of the planet.

♥ From east to west, Hawaii is the widest US state, but it would fit inside Texas around forty times.

♥ The term Spandau Ballet refers to the twitching that would occur to the bodies of people hanged at Spandau prison. The band Spandau Ballet used it when it was seen written on a toilet wall and decided on as a good name for a band.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The rules of chess aren’t as hard to learn as I had assumed.

♥ Watching clips of old Neighbours characters dying is not a bad way to spend a Saturday night with your besties.

♥ It’s a month until my birthday, and the chances of me completing more than a couple more of my 32 Before 32 list are minimal.

♥ When Mark Kermode retweets you, you get a lot of replies and favourites and retweets.

6 thoughts on “Things I Have Learned This Week 004

  1. Oh Tor Heyerdahl – I am a bit of a geek about him, ever since I was a kid and went to the Kon-Tiki museum, got scared by the whale shark model underneath the raft and got a postcard with the Kon Tiki expedition to hang over my wall! They made a feature length movie about the Kon Tiki expedition recently, sadly it’s not all that great. I guess there’s only so much you can get out of a 2 hour movie with people on a raft..

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