Oct. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

palilogy [puh-lil-uh-jee] (noun) the technique of repeating a word or phrase for emphasis.

TV TRIVIA

Which TV show featured an ex-con who served five years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and then started a detective agency?

A. “The Rockford Files”

B. “Kojack”

C. “Harry O”

D. “White Shadow?

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: Cuttlefish have three hearts.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 16, 1793: Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie-Antoinette follows him to the guillotine.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer John Mayer (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “The Rockford Files”

Oct. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

abluent [ab-loo-uh nt] (noun) a cleansing agent.

TV TRIVIA

Redd Foxx was a junk dealer in which TV show?

A. “The Odd Couple”

B. “Good Times”

C. “Sanford & Son”

D. “Chico and the Man”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

23: A book credited to President George H.W. Bush’s dog spent 23 weeks on the U.S. bestseller list.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 17, 1968: Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Eminem (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” — Thomas A. Edison

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Sanford & Son”

Oct. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

lancinate [lan-suh-neyt] (verb) to stab or pierce.

TV TRIVIA

What was Bob’s profession on the “Bob Newhart Show”?

A. Innkeeper

B. Dentist

C. Business analyst

D. Psychologist

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: President Abraham Lincoln only had a beard for the last five years of his life.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 18, 1767: Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as areas that would eventually become the states of Delaware and West Virginia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Zac Efron (30)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” — Indira Gandhi

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Psychologist

Oct. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

lorimer [lawr-uh-mer] (noun) a craftsperson who makes hardware for harnesses and riding habits, as bits or spurs.

TV TRIVIA

What TV show featured two single women who share an apartment and work in a brewery?

A. “One Day at a Time”

B. “Laverne & Shirley”

C. “Alias Smith and Jones”

D. “Starsky & Hutch”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30 milliseconds: Airbags inflate in 30 milliseconds.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 19, 1812: One month after Napoleon Bonaparte’s massive invading force entered a burning and deserted Moscow, the starving French army is forced to begin a hasty retreat out of Russia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Boxer Evander Holyfield (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” — Sophocles

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. “Laverne & Shirley”

Oct. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

edaphic [ih-daf-ik] (adjective) related to or caused by particular soil conditions, as of texture or drainage, rather than by physiographic or climatic factors.

TV TRIVIA

Which TV show does Dr. David Banner shows his anger in an unusual way?

A. “Ghost Story”

B. “Sword of Justice”

C. “The Incredible Hulk”

D. “The Six Million Dollar Man”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: The first telephone book was one page long and had 50 names on it.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 20, 1973: After 15 years of construction, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Snoop Dogg (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” — Khalil Gibran

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “The Incredible Hulk”

Oct. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

tomentose [tuh-men-tohs] (adjective) closely covered with down or matted hair.

TV TRIVIA

What TV show features a Shaolin monk traveling through the American Old West?

A. “Banacek”

B. “Sandbaggers”

C. “Quark”

D. “Kung Fu”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

48: The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 21, 1975: Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hits a homer off the left-field pole to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth game of the World Series.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Reality TV actress Kim Kardashian (37)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” — William Feather

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Kung Fu”

Oct. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

flounce [flouns] (verb) to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements.

TV TRIVIA

The Sunshine Cab Company was the location of which TV show?

A. “Alice”

B. “The Jeffersons”

C. “Taxi”

D. “Happy Days”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: The first-ever speeding ticket was issued to a driver for going 6 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 22, 1934: Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Christopher Lloyd (79)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.” — Kin Hubbard

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Taxi”