Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Things Worth Pondering

Australia's national anthem is called "Advance Australia Fair."

Author Robert May considered the names of Reginald and Rollo before he settled on "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer."

Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches.

The colours yellow, red, and orange are used in fast food restaraunts because those are the colours that stimulate hunger.

The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.

There are 158 verses in the Greek National Anthem.

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

In the 1700's you could purchase insurance against going to hell, in London England.

The famous Citgo sign near Fenway Park in Boston is maintained not by Citgo, but by Boston's historical society.


Anonymous ruthc said...

Australia's national anthem is called "Advance Australia Fair."

Wasn't the change to "Waltzing Matilda" official?

April 10, 2010 11:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

In 1974 a public opinion poll sampled an estimated 60 000 people to select from three possible anthems: ‘Advance Australia Fair’, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Song of Australia’. ‘Advance Australia Fair’ polled 51.4 per cent. Following this result the then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, announced that ‘Advance Australia Fair’ would be the national anthem, except on specifically Royal occasions, when both it and ‘God Save the Queen’ would be played.

In 1976, after a change of government, ‘God Save the Queen’ was reinstated for Royal, vice-regal, defence and loyal toast occasions, with ‘Advance Australia Fair’ to be played on all other official occasions.

In May 1977, however, a national poll was conducted to ascertain the public choice of a national song. This time more than seven million people were issued with ballot papers. The results were: ‘Advance Australia Fair’ 43.2 per cent, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ 28.3 per cent, ‘God Save the Queen’ 18.7 per cent and ‘Song of Australia’ 9.6 per cent. Despite the poll results, adoption of the new national anthem met widespread opposition.

It was not until April 1984 that the Governor-General issued a proclamation that ‘God Save the Queen’ was designated the Royal Anthem, to be played at public engagements in Australia attended by the members of the Royal family. ‘Advance Australia Fair’ was finally declared to be the Australian national anthem.

Usually ‘God Save the Queen’ is played at the start of Royal functions and ‘Advance Australia Fair’ at the end, unless it is more appropriate to play both anthems at the start. ‘Advance Australia Fair’ is played at all other official functions.

(Australian Government,
Dept. of Foreign Affairs
And Trades.)

April 11, 2010 1:25 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

That says it all. Thanks for the info.

April 11, 2010 10:07 AM  

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