June 22

WORD OF THE DAY

Daedal [deed-l] (adjective) 1. skillful; ingenious; 2. cleverly intricate; 3. diversified.

FILM FACTS

In “I Am Legend,” what famous painting does Dr. Robert Neville have hanging in his living room?

A. “Waterlilies” by Monet

B. “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” by Vincent Van Gogh

C. “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci

D. “Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: Most starfish have five arms that radiate from a central disc, but the number varies with the group. Some species have six or seven arms and others have 10-15 arms. The Antarctic Labidiaster annulatus can have over 50.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 22, 1944: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services - known as G.I.s - for their efforts in World War II.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Meryl Streep (71)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.” - Ogden Nash

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh

June 23

WORD OF THE DAY

Facetiae [fuh-see-shee-ee] (noun) amusing or witty remarks or writings.

FILM FACTS

In “The Incredibles,” what was the name of Helen Parr’s incredible alter ego?

A. Elastigirl

B. Hawk Girl

C. Cat Woman

D. Starfire

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

345: The highest elevation is Florida is 345 feet above sea level.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 23, 1992: Mafia boss John Gotti, who was nicknamed the “Teflon Don” after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Pop singer Jason Mraz (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Each day is the scholar of yesterday.” - Publilius Syrus

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Elastigirl

June 24

WORD OF THE DAY

Ecesis [ih-see-sis] (noun) the establishment of an immigrant plant in a new environment.

FILM FACTS

In “Hot Fuzz,” at the hotel, the owner is doing a crossword. What word does Nicholas help her out with?

A. Banshee

B. Witch

C. Siren

D. Hag

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

52: Oklahoma receives an average of 52 tornadoes per year, and the state of Texas is hit with 126 tornadoes in an average year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 24, 1812: Following the rejection of his Continental System by Czar Alexander I, French Emperor Napoleon orders his Grande Armee, the largest European military force ever assembled to that date, into Russia.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

TV actress Mindy Kaling (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.” - Gilbert Parker

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Hag

June 25

WORD OF THE DAY

Galliard [gal-yerd] (noun) a spirited dance for two dancers in triple rhythm, common in the 16th and 17th centuries.

FILM FACTS

In “Lilo & Stitch,” who sings through most of the movie?

A. Elvis

B. Lilo and Stitch

C. Aaron Carter

D. No one sings

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

59: According to the study, a bag of Cheetos is 41% snack food and 59% taste-preserving air.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 25, 1876: Native American forces, led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Basketball player Dikembe Mutombo (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.” - Andre Maurois

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Elvis

June 26

WORD OF THE DAY

Fainéant [fey-nee-uh nt] 1. (adjective) idle; indolent; 2. (noun) an idler.

FILM FACTS

In “Hot Fuzz,” Timothy Dalton plays Simon Skinner, a local business man. What kind of business does he run?

A. A supermarket

B. A florist

C. A dating agency

D. A bank

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

20: Box jellyfish can move more rapidly than other jellyfish; speeds of up to 20 feet per minute have been recorded.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 26, 1948: U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Pop singer Ariana Grande (27)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” - Carl Sandburg

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. A supermarket

June 27

WORD OF THE DAY

Ibidem [ih-bee-dem] (adverb) in the same book, chapter, page, etc.

FILM FACTS

In “The Incredibles,” why were superheroes outlawed?

A. They were causing damage while trying to help people.

B. They wrongly arrested the city mayor.

C. The superheroes became evil.

D. They opened a hole into the Dungeon Dimensions.

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

300: A baby’s body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse to form the 206 bones that adults have.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 27, 1950: President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Tobey Maguire (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.” - Red Skelton

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. They were causing damage while trying to help people.

June 28

WORD OF THE DAY

Hamate [hey-meyt] (adjective) 1. hook-shaped; 2. having a hooklike process.

FILM FACTS

In “I Am Legend,” what disease is the virus supposed to cure?

A. Parkinson’s

B. AIDS

C. Cancer

D. Alzheimer’s

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

20: Leafcutter ants can carry 20 times their body weight.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 28, 1960: Sometime after midnight, in what is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBT people, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn - a popular gay club located on New York City’s Christopher Street - turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Entrepreneurs Elon Musk (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” - Mitch Hedberg

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Cancer