June 18

WORD OF THE DAY

wedeln [veyd-ln] (noun) a skiing technique that consists of high-speed turns made in succession with both skis parallel while not noticeable setting the skies edges on a slope.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Detroit Rock City,” the kids will do anything to see what band in concert?

A. REO Speedwagon

B. KISS

C. Styx

D. Queen

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

60: McDonald’s salads contain up to 60 percent more fat than their burgers.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 18, 1812: The day after the Senate followed the House of Representatives in voting to declare war against Great Britain, President James Madison signs the declaration into law–and the War of 1812 begins.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Blake Shelton (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.” — Mark Twain

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. KISS

June 19

WORD OF THE DAY

acouasm [uh-koo-az-uhm] (noun) a nonverbal auditory hallucination, as a ringing or hissing.

FILM FACTS

In “Die Hard,” what is the name of John and Holly’s daughter?

A. Lucy

B. Jenny

C. Elle

D. Tanya

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

24: A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 19, 1972: The U.S. Supreme Court rules against Curt Flood in Flood v. Kuhn, denying Flood free agency as a baseball player.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actor Hugh Dancy (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.” — Joseph Addison

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Lucy

June 20

WORD OF THE DAY

rapprochement [rap-rohsh-mahn] (noun) establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations.

FILM FACTS

Which girl scout failed a drug screening in the movie “Dodgeball”?

A. Carlie

B. Barbara

C. Bernice

D. Cassandra

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6.7 million: Every workday, 6.7 million people commute to Manhattan.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 20, 1975: “Jaws,” a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actress Nicole Kidman (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” — Flip Wilson

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Bernice

June 21

WORD OF THE DAY

rhonchus [rong-kuh s] (noun) a wheezing or snoring sound heard upon auscultation of the chet, caused by an accumulation of mucus or other material.

FILM FACTS

In “Donnie Darko,” what is the name of Donnie’s psychiatrist?

A. Dr. Thurman

B. Dr. Sparrow

C. Dr. Ruth

D. Dr. Monittoff

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

295: The Niagara Falls move upstream at an average rate of about 295 feet per century.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 21, 1788: New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actor Chris Pratt (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.” — B.F. Skinner

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Dr. Thurman

June 22

WORD OF THE DAY

imago [ih-mey-goh] (noun) an adult insect.

FILM FACTS

In “Dodgeball,” what does Pete call the financial records that he stores in his closet?

A. Savers

B. Trashers

C. Spenders

D. Keepers

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: More than 100 pizza box-related patents have been issued since 1976.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 22, 2011: After 16 years on the run from law enforcement, James “Whitey” Bulger, a violent Boston mob boss wanted for 19 murders, is arrested in Santa Monica, California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Cyndi Lauper (65)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life in abundance comes only through great love.” — Elbert Hubbard

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Keepers

June 23

WORD OF THE DAY

ornithic [awr-nith-ik] (adjective) of or relating to birds.

FILM FACTS

In “Die Hard,” who is the leader of the thieves acting as terrorists?

A. Simon Gruber

B. Colonel Start

C. Hans Gruber

D. Salem Abu Aziz

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 23, 1992: Mafia boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Randy Jackson (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.” — Bob Hope

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Hans Gruber

June 24

WORD OF THE DAY

ruderal [roo-der-uh l] (adjective) growing in waste places, along roadsides or in rubbish.

FILM FACTS

What is Jam’s real name in the movie “Detroit Rock City”?

A. Jeremiah

B. Jamie

C. James

D. Joshua

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 24, 1997: U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actress Mindy Kaling (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.” — John Dryden

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Jeremiah