Jan. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

decot [dih-kokt] (verb) to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.

FILM FACTS

Which actor did not appear in the movie “Blade Runner”?

A. Sean Connery

B. Rutger Hauer

C. Harrison Ford

D. Sean Young

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6,833: The world record for the most bird species seen by one person in a year is 6,833.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 15, 1967: At the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Pitbull (37)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Sean Connery

Jan. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

abroach [uh-brohch] (adverb) opened or tapped so that the contents can flow out.

FILM FACTS

Which movie does Paul Newman star in as a Boston lawyer?

A. “The Verdict”

B. “The Star Chamber”

C. “The Trial”

D. “The Client”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

660: On average, it takes 660 days from conception for an elephant to give birth.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 16, 1919: The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Kate Moss (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “The Verdict”

Jan. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

oast [ohst] (noun) a kiln for drying hops or malt.

FILM FACTS

Which actress does not appear with Dustin Hoffman in the movie “Tootsie”?

A. Geena Davis

B. Jessica Lange

C. Lily Tomlin

D. Ter Garr

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

40 percent: The United States Postal Service handles more than 40 percent of the world’s mail volume.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 17, 1893: On the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government with Dole as president.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Jim Carrey (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Lily Tomlin

Jan. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

saltant [sal-tnt] (adjective) dancing; leaping; jumping.

FILM FACTS

Which Oscar-winner’s career was launched in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”?

A. Jamie Foxx

B. Holly Hunter

C. Jennifer Connelly

D. Sean Penn

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

39: In 39 of the 50 U.S. states, the travel industry is the largest single employer.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 18, 1990: At the end of a joint sting operation by FBI agents and District of Columbia police, Mayor Marion Barry is arrested and charged with drug possession and the use of crack, a crystalline form of cocaine.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Jason Segel (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We pass through this world but once.” — Stephen Jay Gould

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Sean Penn

Jan. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

wale [weyl] (noun) a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt.

FILM FACTS

Which country is the movie “Chariots of Fire” set in?

A. Australia

B. United States

C. United Kingdom

D. Canada

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$0.03: It costs about $0.03 to make a $1 bill in the U.S.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 19, 1974: The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team defeats the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 71-70, in South Bend, Indiana, snapping UCLA’s record-setting 88-game winning streak.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Dolly Parton (72)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” — Washington Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. United Kingdom

Jan. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

ibidem [ih-bee-dem] (adverb) in the same book, chapter, page, etc.

FILM FACTS

What boxer did Robert De Niro portray in “Raging Bull”?

A. Rocky Marciano

B. Jake LaMotta

C. Chuck Wepner

D. Jack Dempsey

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

18: Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 20, 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Rainn Wilson (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.” — Pauline Phillips

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Jake LaMotta

Jan. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

nectopod [nek-tuh-pod] (noun) an appendage modified for swimming.

FILM FACTS

What historical event was the inspiration for the movie “The Right Stuff”?

A. Korean War

B. World War II

C. Mercury astronauts

D. Bay of Pigs invasion

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4 a.m.: The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 21, 1793: After being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention, King Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Geena Davis (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” — Madeleine L’Engle

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Mercury astronauts