July 6

WORD OF THE DAY

Paginal [paj-uh-nl] (adjective) 1. of or relating to pages; 2. consisting of pages; 3. page for page: “a paginal reprint.”

FILM FACTS

In “Bruce Almighty,” what was Bruce’s occupation?

A. Policeman

B. Lawyer

C. TV reporter

D. Bank clerk

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

25: In general, depending upon their size, raindrops fall between 15 and 25 mph no matter how high they are when they begin their descent.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 6, 1957: Althea Gibson claims the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African-American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Comedian Kevin Hart (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Don’t forget to love yourself.” - Soren Kierkegaard

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. TV reporter

July 7

WORD OF THE DAY

Radicle [rad-i-kuh l] (noun) 1. (botany) a. the lower part of the axis of an embryo; the primary root; b. a rudimentary root; radicel or rootlet; 2. (chemistry) (formerly) radical; 3. (anatomy) a small rootlike part or structure, as the beginning of a nerve or vein.

FILM FACTS

In “Aladdin,” what did Abu grab in the Cave of Wonders that led to what appeared to be certain doom for both himself and Aladdin?

A. Emerald

B. Ruby

C. Gold piece

D. Doubloon

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

86: New Orleans has the highest relative humidity among big U.S. cities, with an average of nearly 86%.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 7, 1930: Construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Drummer Ringo (80)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Work is much more fun than fun.” - Noel Coward

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Ruby

July 8

WORD OF THE DAY

Quadra [kwod-ruh] (noun) (architecture) a small molding, as a fillet.

FILM FACTS

In “A Bug’s Life,” while carrying food to a drop off point, what stopped a line of ants from continuing their journey?

A. A drop of rain blocked their path.

B. Flik blocked their path with one of his inventions.

C. A leaf fell in their path.

D. A small crack in the ground kept them from crossing.

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2 million: A large cruise ship can carry as much as 2 million gallons of fuel on board.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 8, 1951: Paris, the capital city of France, celebrates turning 2,000 years old.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Kevin Bacon (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. A leaf fell in their path.

July 9

WORD OF THE DAY

Tabinetor [tab-uh-net] (noun) a fabric resembling poplin, made of silk and wool and usually given a watered finish.

FILM FACTS

In “A Beautiful Mind,” Russell Crowe stars as a real-life mathematician. What was his name?

A. William Nash

B. John Nash

C. George Nash

D. Kevin Nash

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10,000: The average person has about 10,000 taste buds, and they’re replaced about every two weeks. But as a person ages, some of those taste cells don’t get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 9, 1877: The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, then an outer-suburb of London.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Tom Hanks (64)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.” - Barbara Hepworth

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. John Nash

July 10

WORD OF THE DAY

Sacchariferous [sak-uh-rif-er-uh s] (adjective) (chemistry) containing or yielding sugar.

FILM FACTS

In “A Bug’s Life,” while trying to figure out how to protect the ants on Ant Island, Flik learned that Hopper was afraid of what animal?

A. Praying mantis

B. Skunk

C. Squirrel

D. Bird

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,410.8: The Dead Sea is 1,410.8 below sea level.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 10, 1925: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

TV actress Sofía Vergara (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.” - William Shakespeare

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Bird

July 11

WORD OF THE DAY

Valuta [vuh-loo-tuh] (noun) (in Europe) the value of a currency expressed in terms of its rate of exchange with another currency.

FILM FACTS

In “Aladdin,” Aladdin lives in a city known as what?

A. Cairo

B. Kalabahar

C. Pandajur

D. Agrabah

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

48: 48% of the world’s mail volume is handled by the U.S. Postal Service.

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. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

R&B singer Alessia Cara (24)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Cure for an obsession: get another one.” - Mason Cooley

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Agrabah

July 12

WORD OF THE DAY

Uintathere [yoo-in-tuh-theer] (noun) any hoofed North American mammal of the extinct genus Dinoceras, of the Eocene Epoch, having a massive body and three pairs of horns.

FILM FACTS

In “Bruce Almighty,” Bruce wanted the anchor job at the TV station, but who did he sabotage in order to get it?

A. Evan Baxter

B. Fred Donohue

C. Susan Ortega

D. Dallas Coleman

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

58: Containing 58 letters, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales is the second longest place name in the world.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 12, 1984: Walter Mondale, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, announces that he has chosen Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, of New York, as his running mate. Ferraro, a daughter of Italian immigrants, had previously gained recognition as a vocal advocate of women’s rights in Congress.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Michelle Rodriguez (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.” - Frederick the Great

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Evan Baxter