March 5

WORD OF THE DAY

decot [dih-kokt] (verb) to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.

TV TRIVIA

Marcia Cross plays which character in “Desperate Housewives”?

A. Bree

B. Susan

C. Edie

D. Lynette

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: The Dutch army had only one tank during WWII.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 5, 1963: The Hula-Hoop - a hip-swiveling toy that became a fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958 - is patented.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Magician Penn Jillette (63)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Ideas shape the course of history.” — John Maynard Keynes

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Bree

March 6

WORD OF THE DAY

umbo [uhm-boh] (noun) a boss on a shield, as one at the center of a circular shield.

TV TRIVIA

What is the name of the beer franchise that Drew Carey and his friends own in “The Drew Carey Show”?

A. Bush Light

B. Capbeerchino

C. Buzz Beer

D. Pub Dark

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

13.9 million: About 13.9 million people call in sick or arrive late to work the day after the Super Bowl.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 6, 1820: President James Monroe signs the Missouri Compromise, also known as the Compromise Bill of 1820, into law.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Guitarist David Gilmour (72)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Buzz Beer

March 7

WORD OF THE DAY

scree [skree] (noun) a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of Roscoe P. Coltrane’s dog in “The Dukes of Hazzard”?

A. Flash

B. Callie

C. Duke

D. Daisy

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

99 percent: A study found that 99 percent of all participants in multi-level marketing schemes lose money.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 7, 1936: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Jenna Fischer (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” — Meister Eckhart

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Flash

March 8

WORD OF THE DAY

thionic [thahy-on-ik] (adjective) of or relating to sulfur.

TV TRIVIA

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” what is Raymond’s middle name?

A. Robert

B. Albert

C. Franklin

D. William

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

96 billion: Each year, 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 8, 1917: In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor James Van Der Beek (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s always too early to quit.” — Norman Vincent Peale

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Albert

March 9

WORD OF THE DAY

yakow [yak-ou] (noun) a hybrid animal, produced by crossbreeding yaks with cows.

TV TRIVIA

Who was in charge of the dorm on “The Facts of Life”?

A. Mrs. Smithdale

B. Mrs. Levy

C. Mrs. Garlit

D. Mrs. Garrett

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

14: There are only 14 blimps in the world.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 9, 1997: Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G., is shot to death at a stoplight in Los Angeles.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Matthew Gray Gubler (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.” — Helen Rowland

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Mrs. Garrett

March 10

WORD OF THE DAY

whiffler [hwif-ler] (noun) a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.

TV TRIVIA

Which character ran the garage in “The Dukes of Hazzard”?

A. Cletus

B. Cooter

C. Enos

D. Boss

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50,000: There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world each year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 10, 1876: The first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Carrie Underwood (35)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Love the giver more than the gift.” — Brigham Young

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Cooter

March 11

WORD OF THE DAY

agrology [uh-grol-uh-jee] (noun) the branch of soil science dealing especially with the production of crops.

TV TRIVIA

What city does Drew Carey live in on “The Drew Carey Show”?

A. Charleston

B. Cleveland

C. Columbus

D. Wheeling

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of only 5 megabytes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 11, 1861: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas adopt the Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Terrence Howard (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There is no instinct like that of the heart.” — Lord Byron

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Cleveland