March 12

WORD OF THE DAY

gaucherie [goh-shuh-ree] (noun) lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactless.

FILM FACTS

In the Disney movie “Ratatouille,” what job is Remy given in the rat colony?

A. Food checker

B. Hall sweeper

C. Colony guard

D. Cook

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10,000: More than 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 12, 1947: In a speech to a joint session of Congress, President Harry S. Truman asks for U.S. assistance for Greece and Turkey to forestall communist domination of the two nations.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Folk singer James Taylor (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.” — Voltaire

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Food checker

March 13

WORD OF THE DAY

revers [ri-veer] (noun) a part of a garment turned back to show the lining or facing, as a lapel.

FILM FACTS

Where did Coach Boone make the players run to one morning at dawn in “Remember the Titans”?

A. Practice field

B. Wall of Heroes

C. Football Hall of Fame

D. Gettysburg Cemetery

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: Heineken beer is designed to “foam” for exactly 5 minutes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 13, 1781: The German-born English astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor William H. Macy (68)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can never plan the future by the past.” — Edmund Burke

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Gettysburg Cemetery

March 14

WORD OF THE DAY

achene [ey-keen] (noun) any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Road Trip,” what is Barry’s last name?

A. Smith

B. Manilow

C. Hankinson

D. Roberts

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

20,000: It took 20,000 men 22 years to build the Taj Mahal.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 14, 1990: The Congress of People’s Deputies elects General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev as the new president of the Soviet Union.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Billy Crystal (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Manilow

March 15

WORD OF THE DAY

tarantism [tar-uh n-tiz-uh m] (noun) a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance.

FILM FACTS

Which actor played Chet Steadman in the movie “Rookie of the Year”?

A. Nick Nolte

B. Jon Voight

C. Ed Harris

D. Gary Busey

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

42: One barrel of petroleum holds 42 gallons.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 15, 44: Julius Caesar, the ”dictator for life”of the Roman Empire, is murdered by his own senators at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey’s Theatre.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Fabio (59)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” — William Arthur Ward

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Gary Busey

March 16

WORD OF THE DAY

elflock [elf-lok] (noun) a tangled lock of hair.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Rudy,” which college was Rudy trying to attend?

A. Indiana

B. Holy Cross

C. Notre Dame

D. University of Michigan

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: The average single man is 1 inch shorter than the average married man.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 16, 1802: The United States Military Academy is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Lauren Graham (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.” — Blaise Pascal

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Notre Dame

March 17

WORD OF THE DAY

felloe [fel-oh] (noun) the circular rim, or a part of the rim of a wheel, into which the outer ends of the spokes are inserted.

FILM FACTS

What is thrown through Coach Boone’s window in “Remember the Titans”?

A. Burning cross

B. Rock

C. Brick

D. Banana

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50 percent: More than 50 percent of Americans fall asleep on their sides.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 17, 461: Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Rob Lowe (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” — W. Edwards Deming

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Brick

March 18

WORD OF THE DAY

umbriferous [uhm-brif-er-us s] (adjective) casting or making shade.

FILM FACTS

In the Disney movie “Ratatouille,” what is the name of the food critic?

A. Solene LeClaire

B. Anton Ego

C. Pierre Garcon

D. Marianne Baguette

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10,000: The convenience store 7-11 sells 10,000 pots of coffee an hour, every hour, every day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 18, 1766: After four months of widespread protest in America, the British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Queen Latifah (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.” — Washington Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Anton Ego