Say the name right: The first name of actress Swoosie Kurtz rhymes with “Lucy,” not “doozy.” Her unique first name is derived from “swoose,” the “half-swan, half-goose” nickname of the B-17 bomber plane that her father piloted during World War II.

British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, as the world’s first commercial spaceline. The first space flights for private (well-heeled) citizens are planned for 2009, and will launch from:

A) The United States

B) Australia

C) Iceland

D) Madagascar

Thursday’s answer: “Dachshund” literally means “badger dog” in German. It is believed the dogs were originally bred to hunt badgers and other hole-dwelling animals.


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