July 9

WORD OF THE DAY

gaud [gawd] (noun) a showy ornament or trinket.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of the father on the “Land of the Lost”?

A. Gideon Melvin

B. Tucker Marsh

C. Rick Marshall

D. Lawrence Mark

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10 percent: Organized crime is estimated to account for 10 percent of the United States’ national income.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 9, 1948: Leroy “Satchel” Paige, at the age of 42, pitches two innings for the Cleveland Indians in his debut with the newly integrated American League.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Tom Hanks (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Rick Marshall

July 10

WORD OF THE DAY

embonpoint [ahn-bawn-pwan] (noun) excessive plumpness; stoutness.

TV TRIVIA

In “Mad About You,” which city did Jamie and Paul live?

A. Chicago

B. New York

C. Miami

D. Los Angeles

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

45: Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the U.S.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 10, 1999: The U.S. women’s soccer team defeats China to win their second Women’s World Cup.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Sofia Vergara (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.” — Rebecca West

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. New York

July 11

WORD OF THE DAY

rheum [room] (noun) a thin discharge of the mucous membranes, especially during a cold.

TV TRIVIA

What is Matlock’s first name in the Andy Griffith show “Matlock”?

A. Bill

B. Ben

C. Ted

D. Tyler

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: Chained dogs are three times more likely to bit than unchained dogs.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 11, 1804: In a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his longtime political antagonist Alexander Hamilton.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani (84)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” — Jane Austen

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Ben

July 12

WORD OF THE DAY

meliorism [meel-yuh-riz-uh m] (noun) the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.

TV TRIVIA

In “Modern Family,” what’s the name of Jay’s trusty dog butler?

A. Barkley

B. Manny

C. Muttly

D. Jeeves

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

57,285: A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 12, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln signs into law a measure calling for the awarding of a U.S. Army Medal of Honor, in the name of Congress.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Michelle Rodriguez (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” — Allan Bloom

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Barkley

July 13

WORD OF THE DAY

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

TV TRIVIA

What is Ben Matlock’s favorite food?

A. Hot dogs

B. Tacos

C. Pizza

D. Chicken nuggets

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

24: The first two years of a dog’s life are equal to 24 human years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 13, 1960: In Los Angeles, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts is nominated for the presidency by the Democratic Party Convention, defeating Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Harrison Ford (76)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” — Henry David Thoreau

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Hot dogs

July 14

WORD OF THE DAY

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

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of Jamie and Paul’s dog on “Mad About You”?

A. Murray

B. Merry

C. Morey

D. Manfred

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: One percent of Greenland’s population lives in a single apartment building.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 14, 1789: Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

MMA fighter Conor McGregor (30)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas A. Edison

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Murray

July 15

WORD OF THE DAY

yataghan [yat-uh-gan] (noun) a Turkish saber having a doubly curved blade, concave toward the hilt, and a hilt with a prominent pommel and no guard.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of the cave creatures in the “Land of the Lost”?

A. Mummies

B. Sleepers

C. Sleestaks

D. Fleabites

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$2 million: In 2003, the U.S. government spent about $2 million on potato research.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 15, 1997: Spree killer Andrew Cunanan murders world-renowned Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps outside his Miami mansion.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Adam Savage (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.” — Cavett Robert

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Sleestaks