May 21

WORD OF THE DAY

mainour [mey-ner] (noun) a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief.

FILM FACTS

In “Lady and the Tramp,” what did Aunt Sarah bring with her?

A. Bicycle

B. Bird

C. Cats

D. Fish

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

69: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 21, 1881: In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Mr. T (66)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” — Benjamin Disraeli

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Cats

May 22

WORD OF THE DAY

obtund [ob-tuhnd] (verb) to blunt; dull; deaden.

FILM FACTS

What is the name of the main character in the “Land Before Time”?

A. Littlefoot

B. Flathead

C. Bigfoot

D. Spike

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: One percent of Greenland’s population lives in a single apartment building.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 22, 1455: In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Naomi Campbell (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry S. Truman

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Littlefoot

May 23

WORD OF THE DAY

nekton [nek-ton] (noun) the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water, able to move independently of water currents.

FILM FACTS

In “Legally Blonde,” what is the name of Elle’s dog?

A. Bruiser

B. Maybelline

C. Clarion

D. Spots

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8.5: It takes 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the Earth.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 23, 1911: In a ceremony presided over by President William Howard Taft, the New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in the United States, is dedicated in New York City.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Game show host Drew Carey (60)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Bruiser

May 24

WORD OF THE DAY

sabot [sab-oh] (noun) a shoe with a thick wooden sole and sides and a top of coarse leather.

FILM FACTS

What two friends did Simba make in the jungle in “The Lion King”?

A. Kiara and Kovu

B. Pumbaa and Timon

C. Ed and Banzai

D. Pumbaa and Tim

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,000: All coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 24, 1883: After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Folk singer Bob Dylan (77)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” — Francis Bacon

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Pumbaa and Timon

May 25

WORD OF THE DAY

tegman [teg-muh n] (noun) a cover, covering, or integument.

FILM FACTS

What major does Elle have before she goes for law in “Legally Blonde”?

A. Business

B. Fashion

C. Art

D. Communications

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

12: Seaweed can grow up to 12 inches per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 25, 1935: At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Mike Myers (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Give light and people will find the way.” — Ella Baker

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Fashion

May 26

WORD OF THE DAY

emendation [ee-muh n-dey-shuh n] (noun) a correction or change, as of a text.

FILM FACTS

What is the nickname that brontosauruses are given in the “Land Before Time”?

A. Reacher

B. Thunder foot

C. Long neck

D. Tall thing

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,300: Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 26, 1864: President Abraham Lincoln signs an act establishing the Montana Territory.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Stevie Nicks (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Feat is the mother of foresight.” — Thomas Hardy

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Long neck

May 27

WORD OF THE DAY

rathe [reyth] (adjective) growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.

FILM FACTS

What type of dinner did Lady and Tramp share?

A. Mac and cheese

B. Steak and potatoes

C. Eggs and ham

D. Spaghetti and meatballs

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: Indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 27, 1937: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public after five years of construction.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Jack McBrayer (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” — Hosea Ballou

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Spaghetti and meatballs