July 23

WORD OF THE DAY

scandent [skan-duh nt] (adjective) climbing, as a plant.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Monk,” what is the name of Monk’s agoraphobic brother?

A. Julian

B. Mycroft

C. Marvin

D. Ambrose

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

172: The numbers 172 can be found on the back of a $5 bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 23, 1996: At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins its first-ever team gold.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Daniel Radcliffe (29)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Ambrose

July 24

WORD OF THE DAY

haver [hey-ver] (verb) to equivocate; vacillate.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Mr. Bean,” what kind of car does Mr. Bean drive?

A. Mini Cooper

B. Mercedes Benz

C. Volkswagen Beetle

D. Mail truck

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

350: President John F. Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 24, 1969: Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returns to Earth.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Jennifer Lopez (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Love without conversation is impossible.” — Mortimer Adler

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Mini Cooper

July 25

WORD OF THE DAY

idiolect [id-ee-uh-lekt] (noun) a person’s individual speech pattern.

TV TRIVIA

What town did the Munsters live in?

A. Mockingbird Heights

B. Munsterville

C. Springfield

D. Bedford Falls

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

57: The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 25, 1898: During the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launch their invasion of Puerto Rico, the 108-mile-long, 40-mile-wide island that was one of Spain’s two principal possessions in the Caribbean.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Matt LeBlanc (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” — Heywood Broun

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Mockingbird Heights

July 26

WORD OF THE DAY

maculation [mak-yuh-ley-shuh n] (noun) the marking of spots, as on an animal.

TV TRIVIA

In “Murder, She Wrote,” what is the name of Jessica’s husband?

A. Frank

B. Grady

C. She never married

D. Joseph

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: There are two credit cards for every person in the U.S.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 26, 1775: The U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Sandra Bullock (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.” — Simone Weil

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Frank

July 27

WORD OF THE DAY

mesic [mez-ik] (adjective) of, relating to, or adapted to an environment having a balanced supply of moisture.

TV TRIVIA

In “The Munsters,” what was the name of Grandpa’s bat?

A. Larry

B. Bert

C. George

D. Igor

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

11: It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked on top of each other, to measure the Gulf of Mexico at its deepest point.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 27, 1974: The House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Wrestler Triple H (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.” — Calvin Coolidge

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Igor

July 28

WORD OF THE DAY

ebullition [eb-uh-lish-uh n] (noun) a seething or overflowing, as a passion of feeling; outburst.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Mr. Bean,” what does Mr. Bean try to eat in the church?

A. Candy

B. Communion wafer

C. Cracker

D. Chocolate bar

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1.3 million: The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 28, 1868: Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Lori Loughlin (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” — Dylan Thomas

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Candy

July 29

WORD OF THE DAY

rebus [ree-buh s] (noun) a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables.

TV TRIVIA

What famous Broadway actress portrayed Sharona Fleming’s mother in “Monk”?

A. Elaine Stritch

B. Angela Lansbury

C. Betty Buckley

D. Julie Andrews

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

37: Women are 37 percent more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 29, 1958: The U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Josh Radnor (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In love there are two things — bodies and words.” — Joyce Carol Oates

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Betty Buckley