Nov. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

juggins [juhg-inz] (noun) a simpleton.

TV TRIVIA

Which of the following sitcoms doesn’t take place in New York City?

A. “Married … With Children”

B. “Friends”

C. “Seinfeld”

D. “Spin City”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: It takes 10 times as much energy to heat water as it does to heat iron.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 13, 1941: The U.S. Congress amends the Neutrality Act of 1935 to allow American merchant ships access to war zones, thereby putting U.S. vessels in the line of fire.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Jimmy Kimmel (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” — Gertrude Stein

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “Married … With Children”

Nov. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

ukase [yoo-keys] (noun) any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.

TV TRIVIA

Dr. Cox on the sitcom “Scrubs” is played by which actor?

A. Zach Braff

B. John C. McGinley

C. Donald Faison

D. Sam Lloyd

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

400,000: An estimated 400,000 people died building the Great Wall of China.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 14, 1851: “Moby Dick,” a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published by Harper & Brothers in New York.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Patrick Warburton (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The dog that trots about finds a bone.” — Golda Meir

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. John C. McGinley

Nov. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

nutation [noo-tey-shuh n] (noun) an act or instance of nodding one’s head, especially involuntarily or spasmodically.

TV TRIVIA

Who played Mrs. Garrett in the sitcom “The Facts of Life”?

A. Marion Ross

B. Charlotte Rae

C. Nancy McKeon

D. Patti Labelle

(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

Nov. 15, 1956: “Love Me Tender,” featuring the singer Elvis Presley in his big-screen debut, premieres in New York City at the Paramount Theater.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Ed Asner (88)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Research is creating new knowledge.” — Neil Armstrong

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Charlotte Rae

Nov. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

kasha [kah-shuh] (noun) a soft food prepared from hulled and crushed grain, especially buckwheat.

TV TRIVIA

Mr. Big’s first name in “Sex and the City” was?

A. Chris

B. Paul

C. David

D. John

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3: Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 16, 1907: Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Missi Pyle (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.” — Charles M. Schulz

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. John

Nov. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

yapp [yap] (noun) circuit binding.

TV TRIVIA

In the “King of Queens,” what is the name of Arthur’s script?

A. Reconsidering Sandy

B. Rediscovering Sandy

C. Rediscovering Carrie

D. Reconsidering Carrie

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: It takes up to four hours to hard boil an ostrich egg.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 17, 1869: The Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas, is inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Danny DeVito (73)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When all else is lost, the future still remains.” — Christian Nestell Bovee

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Reconsidering Sandy

Nov. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

acapnia [uh-kap-nee-uh] (noun) a deficiency of carbon dioxide in the blood and tissues.

TV TRIVIA

In “M*A*S*H,” how far is it from the 4077th to San Francisco?

A. 5,428 miles

B. 5,248 miles

C. 5,284 miles

D. 5,824 miles

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$16,005: Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 18, 1978: Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Owen Wilson (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” — Robert H. Schuller

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. 5,248 miles

Nov. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

rachis [rey-kis] (noun) the part of the shaft of a feather bearing the web.

TV TRIVIA

In “Mama’s Family,” which grandson came to live with Mama?

A. Travis

B. Kris

C. John

D. Bubba

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

44: In the average lifetime, a person will breath in about 44 pounds of dust.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 19, 1863: At the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Fashion designer Calvin Klein (75)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Bubba