July 3

WORD OF THE DAY

belomancy [bel-uh-man-see] (noun) divination using arrows drawn at random from a quiver or other holder.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Jurassic Park,” what is the name of the island that the dinosaurs were located?

A. Dinosaur Island

B. Los Cinco Muertes

C. Isla Nublar

D. Isla Sorna

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

300,000: The average U.S. household has 300,000 objects, from paper clips to ironing boards.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 3, 1775: George Washington rides out in front of the American troops gathered at Cambridge common in Massachusetts and draws his sword, formally taking command of the Continental Army.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Tom Cruise (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.” — George Will

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Isla Nublar

July 4

WORD OF THE DAY

abscind [ab-sind] (verb) to sever.

FILM FACTS

What kind of dinosaurs does Sarah Harding study in “Jurassic Park”?

A. Herbivores

B. Asian Sauropods

C. African predators

D. South American omnivores

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: The longest baseball game in history lasted for 2 days.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 4, 1776: In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of a new United States of America from Great Britain and its king.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Chef Andrew Zimmern (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. African predators

July 5

WORD OF THE DAY

cachepot [kash-pot] (noun) an ornamental container, usually of china, for holding and concealing a flowerpot.

FILM FACTS

In “Jurassic Park,” what is Dr. Malcolm’s first name?

A. Eddie

B. Nick

C. Ian

D. John

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$2 million: The operating cost of GPS is just over $2 million per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 5, 1996: Dolly the sheep — the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell — is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Judge Joe Brown (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Ian

July 6

WORD OF THE DAY

kame [keym] (noun) a ridge or mound of stratified drift left by a retreating ice sheet.

FILM FACTS

In “Jurassic Park,” what company does John Hammond own?

A. InGen

B. DinoK9

C. Jurassic Park

D. Hammond-Inc.

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3,000: When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 6, 1957: Althea Gibson claims the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African-American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Kevin Hart (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” — Oprah Winfrey

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. InGen

July 7

WORD OF THE DAY

hansom [han-suh m] (noun) a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers.

FILM FACTS

What was the brand name of the container used to steal dinosaur embryos in “Jurassic Park”?

A. Old Spice

B. Rave

C. Barbasol

D. Colgate Total

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: The average tastebud lives only 10 days before it dies and is replaced by a new one.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 7, 1930: Construction of the Hoover Dam begins.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Drummer Ringo Starr (77)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Helen Keller

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Barbasol

July 8

WORD OF THE DAY

adhibit [ad-hib-it] (verb) to take or let in; admit.

FILM FACTS

How fast was Tyrannosaurus rex clocked at in the movie “Jurassic Park”?

A. 29 mph

B. 32 mph

C. 34 mph

D. 35 mph

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,200: One cubic foot of gold weighs more than 1,200 pounds.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 8, 1776: A 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the “Liberty Bell” rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Kevin Bacon (59)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” — Joseph Campbell

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. 32 mph

July 9

WORD OF THE DAY

nephoscope [nef-uh-skohp] (noun) an instrument for determining the speed and direction of cloud motion.

FILM FACTS

Which animal’s DNA was used to fill in the gaps of the dinosaur sequences in “Jurassic Park”?

A. Crocodile

B. Frog

C. Lizard

D. Bird

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

590: During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 9, 1941: British cryptologists break the secret code used by the German army to direct ground-to-air operations on the Eastern front.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Tom Hanks (61)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Frog