Oct. 9

WORD OF THE DAY

valance [val-uh ns] (noun) a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.

FILM FACTS

In “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” how many people did Roger have to ask to find out where Eddie lived?

A. 6

B. 8

C. 4

D. 3

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

56: Shirley Temple always had exactly 56 curls in her hair.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 9, 1967: Socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Nick Swardson (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. 6

Oct. 10

WORD OF THE DAY

ecesis [ih-see-sis] (noun) the establishment of an immigrant plant in a new environment.

FILM FACTS

What make of cars is Charlie trying to sell in the beginning of the movie “Rain Man”?

A. Ferrari

B. Porsche

C. Lamborghini

D. Maserati

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30: There are more than 30 places in the world named “Paris.”

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 10, 1845: The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Mario Lopez (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Let your mind alone, and see what happens.” — Virgil Thomson

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Lamborghini

Oct. 11

WORD OF THE DAY

rom [rohm] (noun) a Gypsy man or boy.

FILM FACTS

Which dignitary was visiting Los Angeles in the movie “The Naked Gun”?

A. Queen of England

B. President of the U.S.

C. Pope

D. Big Bird

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: While looking at a crowd, a person can only recognize two faces at a time.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 11, 1809: Explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances in the early hours of the morning after stopping for the night at Grinder’s Tavern along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Emily Deschanel (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” — Norman Cousins

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Queen of England

Oct. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

oppugn [uh-pyoon] (verb) to assail by criticism, argument, or action.

FILM FACTS

In “Coming to America,” what is Akeem going to America to find?

A. Treasure

B. Friend

C. Wife

D. Cousin

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

14: Subway makes enough sandwiches in a year to wrap around the Earth 14 times.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 12, 1492: After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Hugh Jackman (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness.” — John O’Donohue

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Wife

Oct. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

nim [nim] (verb) to steal or pilfer.

FILM FACTS

How many children does Willow have in the movie “Willow”?

A. 2

B. 5

C. 4

D. 1

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

121 percent: Writers are 121 percent more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than those working in uncreative fields.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 13, 1792: The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Folk singer Paul Simon (76)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” — Edmund Burke

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. 2

Oct. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

illude [ih-lood] (verb) to deceive or trick.

FILM FACTS

In “Rain Man,” what is the snack item that Ray must have 12 of before bed every night?

A. Gummy worms

B. Skittles

C. Peanut butter crackers

D. Cheeseballs

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

68: The oldest pig in the world lived to the age of 68.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 14, 1947: U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

R&B singer Usher (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Applause is a receipt, not a bill.” — Dale Carnegie

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Cheeseballs

Oct. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

calciferous [kal-sif-er-uh s] (adjective) forming salts of calcium, especially calcium carbonate.

FILM FACTS

What was Benny the Cab’s license plate number in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

A. TOON1

B. BENNY

C. CABBY

D. 12345

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: The average homemaker walks 10 miles a day around the house doing chores.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 15, 1989: Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career scoring record of 1,850 points.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Director Penny Marshall (74)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” — Paul Tournier

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. BENNY