n We remember the first time we encountered the word “canard” (a false rumor). It was in the ’60s, often uttered by John Astin’s character in the sitcom “The Addams Family.” The word means “duck” in French, but that doesn’t give much of a clue about its English meaning. “Canard” comes from an Old French word for “cackle,” which should make things a little clearer.

Which U.S. state has the most national parks? Two states are currently tied with eight national parks each. One of them is California. What’s the other?

A) Texas

B) Arizona

C) Montana

D) Alaska

Answer Monday.

Thursday’s answer: Mount Lee is the site within Griffith Park of the “HOLLYWOOD” sign that overlooks Los Angeles.

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