June 17

WORD OF THE DAY

halyard [hal-yerd] (noun) any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.

FILM FACTS

In “Days of Thunder,” who played Harry Hogge?

A. Gene Hackman

B. Michael Caine

C. Jon Voight

D. Robert Duvall

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2,000: A single cleaner wrasse fish removes bloodsucking parasites from up to 2,000 client fish per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 17, 1994: After a dramatic flight from justice witnessed by millions on live television, former football star and actor O.J. Simpson surrenders outside his Rockingham estate to Los Angeles police.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Tennis player Venus Williams (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The greater our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance unfolds.” - John F. Kennedy

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Robert Duvall

June 18

WORD OF THE DAY

acaulescent [ak-aw-les-uh nt] (adjective) not coalescent; stemless; without a visible stem.

FILM FACTS

In “Django Unchained,” what was the name of the German bounty hunter?

A. Dr. King Schultz

B. Dr. King Zhivago

C. Dr. Bombay

D. King Shultzbutter

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: Kobe Bryant’s parents had to co-sign his first NBA contract because he was only 17 years old when he was drafted.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 18, 1815: At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Blake Shelton (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” - Flip Wilson

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Dr. King Schultz

June 19

WORD OF THE DAY

choragus [kuh-rey-guh s] (noun) any conductor of an entertainment or festival.

FILM FACTS

In “Dumb and Dumber,” what are Harry and Lloyd going to call their pet store?

A. We Got Worms

B. I Got Worms

C. You Got Worms

D. Just Worms

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

95 million: More than 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram each day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 19, 1972: The U.S. Supreme Court rules against Curt Flood in Flood v. Kuhn, denying Flood free agency as a baseball player.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Paula Abdul (57)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” - Elbert Hubbard

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. I Got Worms

June 20

WORD OF THE DAY

knosp [nosp] (noun) a budlike ornament.

FILM FACTS

Which actress plays Elizabeth in “Drop Dead Fred”?

A. Carrie Fisher

B. Phoebe Cates

C. Marsha Mason

D. Demi Moore

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

150: Scientist Nikola Tesla drank whiskey every day because he thought it would make him live to 150.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 20, 1782: Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States after six years of discussion.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Nicole Kidman (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” - Dale Carnegie

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Phoebe Cates

June 21

WORD OF THE DAY

effete [ih-feet] (adjective) lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent.

FILM FACTS

In “Dumb and Dumber,” what was Harry’s bird’s name?

A. Kete

B. Petie

C. Birdy

D. Tweety

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

187.6: The longest mail route in the U.S. is 187.6 miles.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 21, 1788: New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Chris Pratt (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” - Napoleon Bonaparte

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Petie

June 22

WORD OF THE DAY

rodomontade [rod-uh-mon-teyd] (noun) vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.

FILM FACTS

In “Django Unchained,” who played the character of Calvin Candie?

A. James Franco

B. Matt Damon

C. Leonardo DiCaprio

D. Don Johnson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2,495: The Washington Generals broke a 2,495-game losing streak by accidentally beating the Harlem Globetrotters 100-99.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 22, 2011: After 16 years on the run from law enforcement, James “Whitey” Bulger, a violent Boston mob boss wanted for 19 murders, is arrested in Santa Monica, California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Meryl Streep (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Be not simply good - be good for something.” - Henry David Thoreau

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Leonardo DiCaprio

June 23

WORD OF THE DAY

valance [val-uh ns] (noun) a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed.

FILM FACTS

In “Days of Thunder,” what as the number of Cole’s car?

A. 44

B. 51

C. 56

D. 46

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$12 billion: Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, is the single largest individual shareholder in Disney, owning more than $12 billion in company stock.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 23, 1972: Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is enacted into law.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Jason Mraz (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” - Henry Ward Beecher

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. 46