Sept. 11

WORD OF THE DAY

tanistry [tan-uh-stree] (noun) the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist.

FILM FACTS

In “The Wizard of Oz,” what did the Scarecrow want from the wizard?

A. Heart

B. Courage

C. Oil

D. Brain

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

25: Central Park was officially home to 25 residents in the New York City census of 2010.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 11, 1814: During the Battle of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain, a newly built U.S. fleet under Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough destroys a British squadron, forcing the British to abandon their siege of the U.S. fort at Plattsburg and retreat to Canada on foot.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Ludacris (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” — Benjamin Disraeli

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Brain

Sept. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

ramus [rey-muh s] (noun) a branch, as of a plant, vein, bone, etc.

FILM FACTS

What fictional city is the home of Batman?

A. Emerald City

B. Bedrock

C. Gotham

D. Vice City

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

38: A 100-pound person on Earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mars.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 12, 1940: Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Louis CK (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Gotham

Sept. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

unifilar [yoo-nuh-fahy-ler] (adjective) having or involving only one thread, wire, or the like.

FILM FACTS

Which “Alice in Wonderland” character shouted, “Off with his head!”?

A. Alice

B. Queen of Hearts

C. The Mad Hatter

D. Cheshire Cat

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: In 1910, football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incomplete forward pass.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 13, 1814: Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Fiona Apple (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.” — John Galsworthy

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Queen of Hearts

Sept. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

baetyl [beet-l] (a meteorite or stone held sacred or believed to be of divine origin.

FILM FACTS

In which Star Wars movie did the Ewoks first appear?

A. “Return of the Jedi”

B. “The Empire Strikes Back”

C. “The Phantom Menace”

D. “The Force Awakens”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

20: The lifespan of the common goldfish is more than 20 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 14, 1901: President William McKinley dies after being shot by a deranged anarchist during the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Andrew Lincoln (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” — Jean de La Fontaine

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “Return of the Jedi”

Sept. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

illuvium [ih-loo-vee-uh m] (noun) the material accumulated through illuviation.

FILM FACTS

What is Baby’s real name in the movie “Dirty Dancing”?

A. Frances

B. Dorothy

C. Dolores

D. Baby

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: Car accidents rise 10 percent during the first week of daylight saving time.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 15, 1858: The new Overland Mail Company sends out its first two stages, inaugurating government mail service between the eastern and western regions of the nation.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Tom Hardy (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.” — Nadia Boulanger

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Frances

Sept. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

scotopia [skuh-toh-pee-uh] (noun) vision in dim light.

FILM FACTS

Who is Brad Pitt’s partner in the movie “Se7en”?

A. Ed Harris

B. Harrison Ford

C. Samuel L. Jackson

D. Morgan Freeman

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7: Any space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second in order to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 16, 1620: The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Nick Jonas (25)

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

D. Morgan Freeman

Sept. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

kenspeckle [ken-spek-uh l] (adjective) conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.

FILM FACTS

Which actress starred alongside Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs”?

A. Holly Hunter

B. Jodie Foster

C. Sissy Spacek

D. Helen Hunt

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: Salmon can jump as high as 6 feet.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 17, 1787: The Constitution of the United States of America is signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Race car driver Jimmie Johnson (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” — Winston Churchill

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Jodie Foster