Sept. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

sateen [sa-teen] (noun) a strong cotton fabric constructed in satin weave and having a lustrous face.

TV TRIVIA

What city did the TV show “Cheers” take place?

A. Chicago

B. San Francisco

C. Boston

D. New York

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2 tons: In one day, a full-grown redwood tree expels more than 2 tons of water through its leaves.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 4, 1957: Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus enlists the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Beyonce Knowles (36)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Boston

Sept. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

hassock [has-uh k] (noun) a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.

TV TRIVIA

What TV show depicted Dr. Sam Beckett traveling through time to try and change history?

A. “St. Elsewhere”

B. “China Beach”

C. “Quantum Leap”

D. “Knots Landing”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

55 percent: Only 55 percent of Americans know that the sun is a star.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 5, 1836: Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Michael Keaton (66)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.” — Walter Savage Landor

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Quantum Leap”

Sept. 6

WORD OF THE DAY

advection [ad-vek-shuh n] (noun) the horizontal transport of atmospheric properties.

TV TRIVIA

Which TV show featured an alien from the planet Melmac?

A. “Mork and Mindy”

B. “3rd Rock from the Sun”

C. “Alien Nation”

D. “Alf”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through air.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 6, 1901: President William McKinley is shaking hands at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York, when a 28-year-old anarchist named Leon Czolgosz approaches him and fires two shots into his chest.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Idris Elba (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away any shadows.” — Francis of Assisi

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Alf”

Sept. 7

WORD OF THE DAY

neap [neep] (adjective) designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.

TV TRIVIA

Which TV show started as “Good Morning, Miss Bliss”?

A. “Saved by the Bell”

B. “The Wonder Years”

C. “The Facts of Life”

D. “Family Matters”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every 3 minutes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 7, 1996: Actor and hip-hop recording artist Tupac Shakur is shot several times in Las Vegas, after attending a boxing match.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Evan Rachel Wood (30)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fire with enthusiasm.” — Vince Lombardi

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “Saved by the Bell”

Sept. 8

WORD OF THE DAY

echard [ek-hahrd] (noun) the water in soil that is not available for absorption by plants.

TV TRIVIA

What was Dr. Harry Weston’s dog’s name on the TV show “Empty Nest”?

A. Dreyfuss

B. Mutt

C. Ralph

D. Bowser

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

92: There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs being lost at sea.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 8, 1974: In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Pink (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk about seriously.” — Oscar Wilde

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Dreyfuss

Sept. 9

WORD OF THE DAY

yarak [yar-ak] (noun) a stat of prime fitness in a hawk.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of the singles club in the TV show “Dear John”?

A. The Desperados Club

B. The One-Two-One Club

C. The Survivors Club

D. The Unwilling Singles Club

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 9, 1942: A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on an Oregon state forest-the first and only air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Adam Sandler (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Act as if what you do makes a different. It does.” — William James

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. The One-Two-One Club

Sept. 10

WORD OF THE DAY

raglan [rag-luh n] (noun) a loose overcoat with raglan sleeves.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of the interior decorating firm in the TV series “Designing Women”?

A. Interiors by Georgia

B. Sugarbakers

C. Designing Women

D. Sugarbabes

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1.5: The moon is moving away from the Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 10, 1608: English adventurer John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia–the first permanent English settlement in North America.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Colin Firth (57)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” — Thomas Aquinas

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Sugarbakers