Dec. 25

WORD OF THE DAY

sarmentum [sahr-men-tuh m] (noun) a slender running stem; runner.

TV TRIVIA

What show does Tim Taylor host in the TV series “Home Improvement”?

A. “My Three Sons”

B. “Quiz Time”

C. “Tool Time”

D. “Bob the Builder”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

70: The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothes a year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 25, 1776: During the American Revolution, Patriot General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Annie Lennox (63)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the master of a subject.” — Thomas Mann

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Tool Time”

Dec. 26

WORD OF THE DAY

helve [helv] (noun) the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like.

TV TRIVIA

In “King of the Hill,” what was the name of Hank’s guitar?

A. Betsy

B. Larline

C. Betty

D. Miz Liz

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$62,000: The average debt at death for Americans in nearly $62,000.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 26, 1966: The first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles under the direction of Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Jared Leto (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.” — Sophocles

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Betsy

Dec. 27

WORD OF THE DAY

agio [aj-ee-oh] (noun) a premium on money in exchange.

TV TRIVIA

In “How I Met Your Mother,” what is Barney’s catchphrase?

A. “Sit up”

B. “Dress up”

C. “Suit up”

D. “Read up”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

35: The average U.S. gamer is 35 years old.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 27, 1900: Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Hayley Williams (29)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” — President Harry S. Truman

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Suit up”

Dec. 28

WORD OF THE DAY

dragonnade [drag-uh-neyd] (noun) any persecution with the aid of troops.

TV TRIVIA

What branch of the military did George serve in in the TV series “The Jeffersons”?

A. Army

B. Marines

C. Air Force

D. Navy

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1 million: Macaulay Culkin was the first child actor to earn $1 million for a movie.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 28, 1895: The world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comic book author Stan Lee (95)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” — Robert Baden-Powell

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Navy

Dec. 29

WORD OF THE DAY

yenta [yen-tuh] (noun) a person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.

TV TRIVIA

Where did Lily and Marshall meet in “How I Met Your Mother”?

A. at the bar

B. in college

C. through Ted

D. on the internet

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30 percent: Nearly 30 percent of female lottery winners hide their winning ticket in their bras.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 29, 1845: Six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United States as the 28th state.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Jude Law (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. in college

Dec. 30

WORD OF THE DAY

davit [dav-it] (noun) any of various cranelike devices used singly or in pairs for supporting, raising, and lowering especially boats, anchors, and cargo over a hatchway or side of a ship.

TV TRIVIA

Who calls Peggy “Hank’s Wife” in the “King of the Hill”?

A. Cotton

B. Khan

C. Dale

D. Buck Strickland

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7: On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 30, 1978: The Ohio State University (OSU) makes the decision to fire its 65-year-old football coach, Woody Hayes, one day after Hayes punched a player on the opposing team near the end of the Gator Bowl.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Golfer Tiger Woods (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” — James Cash Penney

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Cotton

Dec. 31

WORD OF THE DAY

ecocide [ek-uh-sahyd] (noun) the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, overexploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.

TV TRIVIA

Which neighbor never shows his face in the TV series “Home Improvement”?

A. Sir Larry Houdini

B. Al Borland

C. Wilson Wilson

D. Heidi Keppert

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

13: The average person laughs 13 times per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 31, 1972: An airplane chartered by the professional baseball player Roberto Clemente to bring food and other relief supplies to survivors of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua crashes shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Gymnast Gabby Douglas (22)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Wilson Wilson