July 2

WORD OF THE DAY

saponify [suh-pon-uh-fahy] (verb) to convert (a fat) into soap by treating it with alkali.

FILM FACTS

In “Liar, Liar,” what is the color of the pen Fletcher is trying to lie about?

A. Blue

B. Orange

C. Red

D. Purple

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

780 million: More than 780 million adults around the world cannot read or write.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 2, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Margot Robbie (28)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.” — George Halas

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Blue

July 3

WORD OF THE DAY

eloign [ih-loin] (verb) to remove to a distance, especially to take beyond the jurisdiction of a law court.

FILM FACTS

In “Little Giants,” what is the brothers’ last name?

A. McCartney

B. O’Shea

C. Smith

D. Stevens

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2.4: The deepest gold mine in the world, in Mponeng, South Africa, reaches 2.4 miles below the surface.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Tom Cruise (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” — John Steinbeck

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. O’Shea

July 4

WORD OF THE DAY

paginal [paj-uh-nl] (adjective) of or relating to pages.

FILM FACTS

In “Mallrats,” what was the name of Mr. Svenning’s game show?

A. “Truth about Dating”

B. “Truth or Dare”

C. “Dating Truths”

D. “Truth or Date”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

70 million: New Zealand is home to 70 million sheep and only 40 million people.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Post Malone (23)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” — James M. Barrie

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Truth or Date”

July 5

WORD OF THE DAY

pintle [pin-tl] (noun) a pin or bolt, especially one on which something turns, as the gudgeon of a hinge.

FILM FACTS

In “Monsters, Inc.” what is Sulley’s full name?

A. Suller P. Claws

B. Sullerman P. Fungus

C. John P. Scalley

D. James P. Sullivan

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

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 actress Edie Falco (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” — Christopher Morley

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. James P. Sullivan

July 6

WORD OF THE DAY

batten [bat-n] (verb) to thrive by feeding; grow fat.

FILM FACTS

What team is Brodie using in the hockey video game he plays at the beginning of “Mallrats”?

A. Toronto Maple Leafs

B. Vancouver Canucks

C. Hartford Whalers

D. Boston Bruins

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30,000: Each year, 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 6, 1933: Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game took place at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Kevin Hart (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” — Muhammad Ali

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Hartford Whalers

July 7

WORD OF THE DAY

lexis [lek-sis] (noun) the vocabulary of a language, as distinct from its grammar; the total stock of words and idiomatic combinations of them in a language.

FILM FACTS

What is the name of the town “Little Giants” is set in?

A. Urbana

B. Columbus

C. Wichita Falls

D. Dallas

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

467: The average U.S. farm has 467 acres.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 7, 1912: Jim Thorpe wins the pentathlon at the fifth modern Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Drummer Ringo Starr (78)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” — John F. Kennedy

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Urbana

July 8

WORD OF THE DAY

ablution [uh-bloo-shuh n] (noun) a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.

FILM FACTS

Who plays Fletcher’s main client Mrs. Cole in “Liar, Liar”?

A. Kate Winslet

B. Penelope Cruz

C. Jennifer Tilly

D. Cameron Diaz

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1 million: Each year, 1 million people are bitten by animals in the U.S.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 8, 1918: Ernest Hemingway is severely wounded while carrying a companion to safety on the Austro-Italian front during World War I.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Kevin Bacon (60)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” — Joyce Brothers

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Jennifer Tilly