n The related words “denim” and “jeans” both have a geographical ancestry. “Denim” is derived from the French fabric “serge de Nimes,” Nimes being the city where it was first made. “Jeans” comes from the French word for the Italian port republic of Genoa. Italian jeans were first made for the Genoese navy in the 17th century.

n There are two “degrees of separation” between Brad Pitt and Zasu Pitts. Pitt appeared in “Ocean’s Thirteen” with Carl Reiner, who was in “The Thrill of it All” (1963) with Pitts, in one of her last films.

About how many active volcanoes are on the planet? In other words, how many have had historically recorded eruptions?

A) 100

B) 500

C) 2,000

D) 10,000

Answer Monday.

Thursday’s answer: The only two-time recipient of the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee is gymnast Nadia Comaneci, in 1984 and 2004.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.