Signato is a font derived from what?
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.