Sig­nato is a font de­rived from what?

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Cre­ated to mark Lithua­nia’s 100th an­niver­sary as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion, Sig­nato is a new com­puter font de­rived from Lithua­nia’s Act of In­de­pen­dence. All told, the font in­cludes more than 450 Latin, Lithua­nian and Ger­man char­ac­ters el­e­gantly adapted from the 1918 hand­writ­ten doc­u­ment to re­flect the in­con­sis­ten­cies of hu­man pen­man­ship. Font fans can find it on­line as a free down­load, spon­sored by the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Lithua­nia.

Trivia ques­tion: A 1985 Euro­pean treaty called the Schen­gen Agree­ment re­lates most closely to what?

A) Al­ter­na­tive en­ergy

B) Copy­right vi­o­la­tions C) Pass­ports and bor­der con­trols D) Vac­ci­na­tion and dis­ease pre­ven­tion

The U.S. Capi­tol build­ing was de­signed by William Thorn­ton, a med­i­cal doc­tor and am­a­teur ar­chi­tect born in the Bri­tish West Indies. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton him­self chose Thorn­ton’s de­sign from those sub­mit­ted in 1793 for the pres­ti­gious com­mis­sion and the $500 prize that went with it. Thorn­ton also de­signed Wood­lawn, the Fed­er­al­style res­i­dence ad­ja­cent to Wash­ing­ton’s Mount Ver­non in Vir­ginia. In 1952, Wood­lawn be­came the first prop­erty to be ac­quired by the Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion.

A wal­rus con­sumes be­tween 3 and 6 per­cent of its body weight in food each day, which is a lot of food when you con­sider that a typ­i­cal adult wal­rus weighs up­wards of 3,000 pounds. While they’ll dine on all sorts of sea crea­tures, clams are their fa­vorite. How many clams? Be­tween 3,000 and 6,000 in a sin­gle feed­ing ses­sion.

Aris­tides was an an­cient Greek states­man known for his hon­esty and fair­ness, which earned him the hon­orific Aris­tides the Just. More than a thou­sand years after he was at­tempt­ing to keep Athe­nian pol­i­tics on the straight and nar­row, an­other Aris­tides made his­tory in North Amer­ica. On May 17, 1875, Aris­tides, the colt from Lex­ing­ton, won the first Ken­tucky Derby.

Some film his­to­ri­ans con­tend that In­dia’s pro­lific Bol­ly­wood film in­dus­try be­gan with “Shree Pun­da­lik,” a 22-minute silent film di­rected by Ram Chan­dra Gopal “Dadasa­heb” Torne and re­leased on May 18, 1912. Yet, that film, based on a play about a Hindu saint, was shot by an English cam­era­man and pro­cessed in Lon­don, which has led other film his­to­ri­ans to ar­gue that the first full-length In­dian fea­ture film was the 40-plus-minute silent “Raja Har­ishchan­dra,” di­rected by Dhundi­raj Govind “Dadasa­heb” Phalke and re­leased in May 1913.

When Cather­ine of Aragon mar­ried Arthur, Prince of Wales, in 1501, she was 16 and he was 15. They’d been be­trothed since she was 3 and he was 2! (Cather­ine’s par­ents were King Fer­di­nand and Queen Is­abella of Spain, the monar­chs who spon­sored Colum­bus’s voy­age to the New World.) Though Cather­ine and Arthur’s en­gage­ment was long, their mar­riage was not. He died about six months after the wedding. A few years later, Cather­ine mar­ried his younger brother, who would soon be crowned King Henry VIII of Eng­land.

Trivia an­swer: The Schen­gen Agree­ment gov­erns pass­port and bor­der con­trol be­tween Euro­pean na­tions.

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