June 8

WORD OF THE DAY

Paean [pee-uh n] (noun) any song of praise, joy or triumph; a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.

FILM FACTS

In “Ray,” who did Ray meet on the side of the Rocking Chair Club?

A. Quincy Jones

B. Billie Holiday

C. Leena Horne

D. Duke Ellington

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

22: While most penguins swim underwater at about 4-7 miles per hour, the gentoo can reach top speeds of 22 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 8, 1968: James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African-American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Rapper Kanye West (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.” - Charles Lamb

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Quincy Jones

June 9

WORD OF THE DAY

Qiviut [kee-vee-uh t, -oot] (noun) the soft, dense, light-brown woolly undercoat of the musk ox, used in making fabrics.

FILM FACTS

In “Spaceballs,” what was Lord Helmet doing privately in his room that he didn’t want anyone to see?

A. He was watching “Spaceballs”

B. He was playing with dolls

C. He was going to the bathroom

D. He was looking at a picture of Princess Vespa

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

43: The oldest goldfish ever recorded was 43 years old.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 9, 1973: With a victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Actress Natalie Portman (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” - Rollo May

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. He was playing with dolls

June 10

WORD OF THE DAY

Sackbut [sak-buht] (noun) 1. a medieval form of the trombone; 2. (Bible) an ancient stringed musical instrument. Dan. 3.

FILM FACTS

In the 1963 animated film “The Sword in the Stone” what was the inventive name of Merlin’s owl?

A. Plato

B. Archimedes

C. Aristotle

D. Socrates

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

103: The Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II father between 88 and 103 children.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 10, 1752: Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Model Kate Upton (28)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.” - Stendhal

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Archimedes

June 11

WORD OF THE DAY

Ramentum [ruh-men-tuh m] (noun) 1. a scraping, shaving or particle; 2. (botany) one of the thin, chafflike scales covering the shoots or leaves of certain ferns.

FILM FACTS

On which planet is most of the film “Total Recall” set?

A. Mars

B. Moon

C. Earth

D. Jupiter

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

150: Hippos can open their mouths to a massive 150 degrees or 4 feet wide.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 11, 1967: The Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ends with a United Nations-brokered cease-fire. The Israel Defense Forces achieved a swift and decisive victory in the brief war, rolling over the Arab coalition and more than doubling the amount of territory under Israel’s control.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Football player Joe Montana (64)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Art is anything you can get away with.” - Marshall McLuhan

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Mars

June 12

WORD OF THE DAY

Uakari [wah-kahr-ee] (noun) any of several medium-sized, tree-dwelling Amazon basin monkeys of the genus Cacajao, the only New World monkeys having a short tail: all are now rare.

FILM FACTS

In the 1963 animated film “The Sword in the Stone” what name was used for young Arthur?

A. Blister

B. Lump

C. Boil

D. Wart

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7,380,765: The biggest river by discharge volume is the Amazon at an 7,380,765 cubic feet per second.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 12, 1987: In one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Dave Franco (35)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“One could not pluck a flower without troubling a star.” - Loren Eiseley

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Wart

June 13

WORD OF THE DAY

Tapotement [tuh-poht-ment] (noun) the use of various light, quick chopping, slapping or beating strokes on the body during massage.

FILM FACTS

In “Spaceballs,” what happened when Lord Helmet was going to press the cancellation button?

A. There wasn’t one

B. It was out of order

C. They couldn’t find it

D. It cost five dollars

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

28,000:The various fish groups account for more than half of vertebrate species. There are almost 28,000 known extant species.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 13, 1966: The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Chris Evans (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.” - Spike Milligan

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. It was out of order

June 14

WORD OF THE DAY

Varus [vair-uh s] (noun) (pathology) abnormal angulation of a bone or joint, with the angle pointing away from the midline.

FILM FACTS

In “Ray,” why was Ray Charles banned from Georgia?

A. He wouldn’t play for a segregated audience.

B. He was never banned from Georgia.

C. He committed a crime.

D. He wouldn’t sing the state song.

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: Scallops have up to 100 simple eyes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 14, 1777: During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

TV actress Lucy Hale (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I paint with shapes.” - Alexander Calder

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. He wouldn’t play for a segregated audience.