Feb. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

jeremiad [jer-uh-mahy-uh d] (noun) a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.

FILM FACTS

What celebrity visits the groom’s party in “The Hangover”?

A. George Foreman

B. Mike Tyson

C. Michael Sheen

D. Martin Lawrence

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

60: The speed of the wind has fallen by 60 percent in the last 30 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 12, 1999: The five-week impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton comes to an end, with the Senate voting to acquit the president on both articles of impeachment: perjury and obstruction of justice.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Christina Ricci (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.” — Clarence Day

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Mike Tyson

Feb. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

ullage [uhl-ij] (noun) the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container, as a cask or bottle.

FILM FACTS

What video game is calling Happy’s name in “Happy Gilmore”?

A. Frogger

B. Pac-Man

C. Asteroids

D. Ms. Pac-Man

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 13, 1920: The League of Nations, the international organization formed at the peace conference at Versailles in the wake of World War I, recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Jerry Springer (74)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” — Anton Chekhov

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Asteroids

Feb. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

nocent [noh-suh nt] (adjective) harmful; injurious.

FILM FACTS

What color of fire does Liz Sherman create in “Hellboy”?

A. Red

B. Yellow

C. Orange

D. Blue

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through air.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 14, 1886: The first trainload of oranges grown by southern California farmers leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Simon Pegg (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.” — St. Teresa of Avila

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Blue

Feb. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

kex [keks] (noun) the dry, usually hollow stem or talk of various plants.

FILM FACTS

Which Hindu god did the cult worship in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”?

A. Ravi

B. Shakti

C. Vishnu

D. Kali

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: About 10 percent of U.S. households pay their bills in cash.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 15, 1898: A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Cartoonist Matt Groening (64)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” — William Wallace

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Kali

Feb. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

yealing [yee-lin] (noun) a person of the same age as oneself.

FILM FACTS

Who played Wayne Szalinski in the movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”?

A. Harold Ramis

B. Peter Scolari

C. Rick Moranis

D. Bill Murray

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: At their closest point, the Russian and U.S. borders are less than two miles apart.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 16, 1923: In Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Ice T (60)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” — Alexander Graham Bell

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Rick Moranis

Feb. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

acidulous [uh-sij-uh-luh s] (adjective) slightly sour.

FILM FACTS

What restaurant does Happy get an endorsement deal with in “Happy Gilmore”?

A. McDonalds

B. Subway

C. Burger King

D. Taco Bell

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,400: The Great Wall of China is 1,400 miles long.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 17, 1801: After one tie vote in the Electoral College and 35 indecisive ballot votes in the House of Representatives, Vice President Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Ed Sheeran (27)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.” — Duke Ellington

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Subway

Feb. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

rataplan [rat-uh-plan] (noun) a sound of or as of the beating of a drum.

FILM FACTS

What did Alan name the baby he found in “The Hangover”?

A. Carlos

B. Braxton

C. Tyler

D. Christopher

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

36: Bamboo plants can grown up to 36 inches in a day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 18, 1930: Pluto is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor John Travolta (64)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Our entire life — consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.” — Jean Anouilh

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Carlos