July 30

WORD OF THE DAY

gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-gree] (noun) a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

FILM FACTS

In “The Natural,” who were the Knights playing when Hobbs ripped the cover off the ball?

A. Pittsburgh Pirates

B. Philadelphia Phillies

C. Cincinnati Reds

D. Chicago Cubs

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,700: There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the Bible.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 30, 1976: American Bruce Jenner wins gold in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics. His 8,617 points set a world record in the event.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (71)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.” — Francesco Guicciardini

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Philadelphia Phillies

July 31

WORD OF THE DAY

rowen [rou-uh n] (noun) the second crop of grass or hay in a season; aftermath.

FILM FACTS

What color shirts did the Denominators wear in “Never Been Kissed”?

A. Blue

B. Red

C. Black

D. Green

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

40 million: The kangaroo population in Australia is estimated to be about 40 million.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 31, 1975: James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, never to be heard from again.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Author J.K. Rowling (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A loafer always has the correct time.” — Kin Hubbard

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Black

Aug. 1

WORD OF THE DAY

anaphora [uh-naf-er-uh] (noun) repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences.

FILM FACTS

Who wrote the novel that inspired the movie “The Neverending Story”?

A. James Patterson

B. Michael Ende

C. Wolfgang Petersen

D. Gerald McRaney

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

69: The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 1, 1498: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets foot on the American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Coolio (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Michael Ende

Aug. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

coaming [koh-ming] (noun) a raised border around an opening in a deck, roof, or floor, designed to prevent water from running below.

FILM FACTS

What does the vanity plate on Doug and Steve’s car say in “A Night at the Roxbury”?

A. Score

B. VeryNice

C. Sweet

D. Roxbury

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 2, 1776: Members of Congress affix their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Director Kevin Smith (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Sweet

Aug. 3

WORD OF THE DAY

kickshaw [kik-shaw] (noun) a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.

FILM FACTS

What kind of dragon was Falkor in “The Neverending Story”?

A. Magical dragon

B. Luck dragon

C. Wish dragon

D. Dream dragon

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

178: On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonald’s Big Mac bun.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 3, 1949: After a damaging three-year battle to win both players and fans, the rival Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Entrepreneur Martha Stewart (77)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Luck dragon

Aug. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

lollop [loh-uh p] (verb) to move forward with a bounding or leaping motion.

FILM FACTS

What newspaper does Josie work at in “Never Been Kissed”?

A. The New York Times

B. The New York Minute

C. The Chicago Tribune

D. The Chicago Sun-Times

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7.5 million: From a cord of wood, 7.5 million toothpicks can be created.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 4, 1944: Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

President Barack Obama (57)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. The Chicago Sun-Times

Aug. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

emunctory [ih-muhngk-tuh-ree] (noun) a part or organ of the body, as they skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.

FILM FACTS

Who was the scout that discovered Roy Hobbs for the Knights in “The Natural”?

A. Bobby Gaines

B. Cap Anson

C. Sam Seymour

D. Scotty Carson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: The elephant is the only animal with four knees.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 5, 1858: After several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean is completed.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Maureen McCormick (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Scotty Carson