Oct. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

macerate [mas-uh-reyt] (verb) to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid.

TV TRIVIA

What popular MTV show does “TRL” stand for?

A. “Total Rewind Live”

B. “Total Recall Live”

C. “True Request Live”

D. “Total Request Live”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany after just 5 days.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 2, 1967: Chief Justice Earl Warren swears in Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Sting (66)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.” — Jack Kerouac

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Total Request Live”

Oct. 3

WORD OF THE DAY

obfuscate [ob-fuh-skeyt] (verb) to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.

TV TRIVIA

What is the name of Angela’s favorite song in the TV series “The Office”?

A. The National Anthem

B. “What’s New Pussycat?”

C. “The Little Drummer Boy”

D. “Rockin’ Robin”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

200: A leech can take up to 200 days to digest a meal.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 3, 1995: At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Gwen Stefani (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” — J. Paul Getty

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “The Little Drummer Boy”

Oct. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

nebulize [neb-yuh-lahyz] (verb) to reduce to fine spray; atomize.

TV TRIVIA

Which NFL player won on “Dancing With The Stars”?

A. Terry Bradshaw

B. Bart Starr

C. Josh Cribbs

D. Emmitt Smith

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

90: Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 90 percent.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 4, 1957: The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Alicia Silverstone (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Emmitt Smith

Oct. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

sweven [swev-uh n] (noun) a vision; dream.

TV TRIVIA

What do the license plates on vehicles say in the TV series “Desperate Housewives”?

A. Sandy State

B. Sunny State

C. Eagle State

D. Happy State

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

70,000: Australia has more than 70,000 people whose official religion is “Jedi.”

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 5, 1947: President Harry Truman makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Kate Winslet (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” — John Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Eagle State

Oct. 6

WORD OF THE DAY

tympany [tim-puh-nee] (noun) inflated or pretentious style; bombast; turgidity.

TV TRIVIA

How much did Earl win in the lottery on the TV series “My Name is Earl”?

A. $10,000

B. $100,000

C. $1 million

D. $1 billion

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

14: Baby robins can eat 14 feet of earthworms each day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 6, 1926: New York Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits a record three homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Elisabeth Shue (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.” — B.F. Skinner

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. $100,000

Oct. 7

WORD OF THE DAY

exuviate [ig-zoo-vee-eyt] (verb) to cast off or shed; molt.

TV TRIVIA

Trista and Ryan got married on what reality TV show?

A. “The Bachelor”

B. “Average Joe”

C. “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé”

D. “The Bachelorette”

NUMBER TO KNOW

8.5: It takes 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the Earth.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 7, 2003: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Entrepreneur Simon Cowell (58)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” — Honore de Balzac

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “The Bachelorette”

Oct. 8

WORD OF THE DAY

rusticate [ruhs-ti-keyt] (verb) to to to the country.

TV TRIVIA

What was the janitor’s name that was finally revealed on the TV series “Scrubs”?

A. Glenn Matthews

B. Ray D. Aiter

C. York Hunt

D. George deCaesar

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4,000: Jump jets use 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 8, 1998: The U.S. House of Representatives votes to proceed toward impeaching President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Bruno Mars (32)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“One fails forward toward success.” — Charles Kettering

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Glenn Matthews