Weekly wonders

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Jan. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

nosegay [nohz-gey] (noun) a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.

FILM FACTS

In “Revenge of the Nerds,” what was Booger’s real name?

A. Dudley Lawson

B. Tokashi Toshiro

C. Fred Lawson

D. Dudley Dawson

NUMBER TO KNOW

5 million: A person’s ribs move about 5 million times per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 16, 1919: The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Kate Moss (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” - Bil Keane

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Dudley Dawson

Jan. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

oology [oh-ol-uh-jee] (noun) the branch of ornithology that studies birds’ eggs.

FILM FACTS

In “Road Trip,” who is the character played by Tom Green?

A. Harry

B. Perry

C. Larry

D. Barry

NUMBER TO KNOW

500: Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 17, 1953: A prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car makes its debut at General Motors’ Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Betty White (97)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We pass through this world but once.” - Stephen Jay Gould

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Barry

Jan. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

moleskin [mohl-skin] (noun) a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.

FILM FACTS

At what university was “Revenge of the Nerds” filmed?

A. Penn State

B. University of Arizona

C. UCLA

D. Brown College

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: A single cup of gasoline, when ignited, has the same explosive power as five sticks of dynamite.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 18, 1778: English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Jason Segel (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” - Washington Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. University of Arizona

Jan. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

fagin [fey-gin] (noun) a person who teaches crime to others.

FILM FACTS

In “The Replacements,” what sport did Nigel “The Leg” Gruff play before football?

A. Baseball

B. Soccer

C. Hockey

D. Basketball

NUMBER TO KNOW

700: Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 19, 1974: The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team defeats the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 71-70, in South Bend, Indiana, snapping UCLA’s record-setting 88-game winning streak.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Dolly Parton (73)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.” - Pauline Phillips

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Soccer

Jan. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

ridotto [ri-dot-oh] (noun) a public ball or dance with music and often in masquerade, popular in the 18th century.

FILM FACTS

According to Ray in “Rain Man,” which is the safest airline?

A. Delta

B. Qantas

C. American

D. Vanguard

NUMBER TO KNOW

11: Workers at Amazon’s distribution centers can be expected to walk up to 11 miles per shift.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 20, 1945: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Rainn Wilson (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“One faces the future with one’s past.” - Pearl S. Buck

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Qantas

Jan. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

rataplan [rat-uh-plan] (noun) a sound of or as of the beating of a drum.

TV TRIVIA

In “Laverne and Shirley,” what was Squiggy’s first name?

A. Andrew

B. Leonard

C. Jack

D. Bronson

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: There have only been 17 unprovoked shark attacks by hammerheads since records began in 1850.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 21, 1977: President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam War draft dodgers.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Geena Davis (63)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” - Charles Spurgeon

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Andrew

Jan. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

iconoscope [ahy-kon-uh-skohp] (noun) a television camera tube in which a beam of high-velocity electrons scans a photoemissive mosaic.

TV TRIVIA

In “M*A*S*H,” what is Hawkeye’s favorite drink?

A. Vermouth

B. Bourbon

C. Martini - extra dry

D. Gin and tonic

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: Until 1966, the NBA had Territorial Draft picks. A team could forgo its first-round pick and take any player within 50 miles of its location.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 22, 1905: In Russia, the revolution of 1905 begins when czarist troops open fire on a peaceful group of workers marching to the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to petition their grievances to Czar Nicholas II.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Chef Guy Fieri (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” - Bennett Cerf

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Martini - extra dry