Nov. 27

WORD OF THE DAY

salubrious [suh-loo-bree-uh s] (adjective) favorable to or promoting health; healthful.

TV TRIVIA

Which actor plays Dexter in the TV series “Dexter”?

A. Peter Krause

B. Michael C. Hall

C. David Zayas

D. James Remar

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3,700: The U.S. Navy has 3,700 aircraft, which makes it the second largest air force in the world.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 27, 1965: In a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wing Gordie Howe scores his 600th career goal.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Bill Nye (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Real riches are the riches possessed inside.” — B.C. Forbes

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Michael C. Hall

Nov. 28

WORD OF THE DAY

eclat [ey-klah] (noun) brilliance of success, reputation, etc.

TV TRIVIA

What type of dog is Scooby Doo?

A. Mastiff

B. Newfoundland

C. Great Pyrenees

D. Great Dane

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

40: There are more than 40 airports in Antarctica.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 28, 1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean after sailing below South America.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Jon Stewart (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” — Paul Valery

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Great Dane

Nov. 29

WORD OF THE DAY

cadge [kaj] (verb) to obtain by imposing on another’s generosity or friendship.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Friends,” what is Chandler’s last name?

A. Bing

B. Zing

C. Sting

D. Wing

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

429 trillion: Quasars are the brightest thing in the universe and can be 429 trillion times brighter than the sun.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 29, 1929: American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions make the first flight over the South Pole, flying from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf to the pole and back in 18 hours and 41 minutes.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Anna Faris (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” — Helen Keller

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Bing

Nov. 30

WORD OF THE DAY

rhumb [ruhmb] (noun) a point of the compass.

TV TRIVIA

Which “Jersey Shore” cast member goes by the nickname “Snooki”?

A. Sammi Giancola

B. Nicole Polizzi

C. Jennifer Farley

D. Deena Nicole Cortese

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

95 percent: Deliveries by pigeon post during WWII were 95 percent successful.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 30, 2004: After winning 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million — a record for U.S. game shows — “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings loses.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Ben Stiller (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.” — Benjamin Jowett

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Nicole Polizzi

Dec. 1

WORD OF THE DAY

empennage [ahm-puh-nahzh] (noun) the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin and rudder.

TV TRIVIA

What is Kramer’s first name from the TV series “Seinfeld”?

A. Falcon

B. Cosmo

C. Karma

D. Sherlock

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7: In seven U.S. states, you can change your vote after you have cast your vote.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 1, 1955: In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city’s racial segregation laws.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Sarah Silverman (47)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is better to rust out than wear out.” — Edwin Markham

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Cosmo

Dec. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

taliped [tal-uh-ped] (adjective) (of a foot) twisted or distorted out of shape or position.

TV TRIVIA

How many species of Pokemon were in Generation I?

A. 251

B. 101

C. 151

D. 131

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: A 2-inch oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 2, 1804: In Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Britney Spears (35)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. 151

Dec. 3

WORD OF THE DAY

skep [skep] (noun) a round farm basket of wicker or wood.

TV TRIVIA

In which hospital does “Grey’s Anatomy” take place?

A. Sacred Heart Hospital

B. Eastman Medical

C. Gotham General

D. Seattle Grace Hospital

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 3, 1967: Lewis Washkansky (53) receives the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Metal singer Ozzy Osbourne (69)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” — Benjamin Spock

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Seattle Grace Hospital