Aug. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

sapiential [sey-pee-en-shuh l] (adjective) containing, exhibiting, or affording wisdom; characterized by wisdom.

FILM FACTS

In “Days of Thunder,” what is the first race that Cole wins?

A. Bristol

B. Talladega

C. Darlington

D. Daytona 500

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1 degree: The temperature of the earth’s interior increases by 1 degree every 60 feet down.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 13, 1961: Shortly after midnight, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Basketball player DeMarcus Cousins (28)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” — Hannah Arendt

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Darlington

Aug. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

tattersall [tat-er-sawl] (noun) a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.

FILM FACTS

In the “Fifth Element,” what languages does Korban claim to speak?

A. English and Mondoshawan

B. English and bad English

C. English and Flostonian

D. English and Mangalorean

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: The average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 14, 1784: On Kodiak Island, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founds Three Saints Bay, the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Mila Kunis (35)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You will never win if you never begin.” — Helen Rowland

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. English and bad English

Aug. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

umbo [uhm-boh] (noun) a boss on a shield, as one at the center of a circular shield.

FILM FACTS

What kind of fish was Nemo in “Finding Nemo”?

A. Starfish

B. Grouper fish

C. Clown fish

D. Angel fish

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

22: A koala bear sleeps 22 hours a day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 15, 1969: The Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Jennifer Lawrence (28)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Clown fish

Aug. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

gemma [jem-uh] (noun) a cell or cluster of cells, or a leaflike or budlike body, that separates from the parent plant to form a new organism, as in mosses and liverworts.

FILM FACTS

What was Forrest’s hometown in “Forrest Gump”?

A. Greenbow, Alabama

B. Greelee, Alabama

C. Greevey, Alabama

D. Greenhow, Alabama

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$11 billion: Dogs and cats consume more than $11 billion worth of pet food per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 16, 1977: Popular music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Steve Carell (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” — Anne Frank

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Greenbow, Alabama

Aug. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

obturate [ob-tuh-reyt] (verb) to stop up; close.

FILM FACTS

What country did Nemo’s dad have to go to in order to rescue his son?

A. United States

B. Brazil

C. Japan

D. Australia

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30 percent: At horse race tracks, the favorite wins fewer than 30 percent of the time.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 17, 1933: New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking former Yankee Everett Scott’s record for consecutive games played.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Move actor Robert De Niro (75)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“With the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Australia

Aug. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

tinnitus [ti-nahy-tuh s] (noun) a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.

FILM FACTS

Who plays the Fifth Element in the “Fifth Element”?

A. Maiwenn Le Besco

B. Genevieve Maylam

C. Mena Suvari

D. Milla Jovovich

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

14: Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 18, 1795: President George Washington signs the Jay (or “Jay’s”) Treaty with Great Britain.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Andy Samberg (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” — Bo Jackson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Milla Jovovich

Aug. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

zebrala [zee-broo-luh] (noun) the offspring of a female horse and a male zebra.

FILM FACTS

What was the name of the rental car company Cole and Rowdy rent from in “Days of Thunder”?

A. Hertz

B. Patriot

C. Rent-A-Wreck

D. Enterprise

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: The energy of a discharge of an electric eel could start 50 cars.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 19, 1909: The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor John Stamos (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Patriot