March 26

WORD OF THE DAY

telson [tel-suh n] (noun) the last segment, or an appendage of the last segment, of certain arthropods.

FILM FACTS

What rap star appeared in the movie “Heat”?

A. Rob Base

B. Tone Loc

C. LL Cool J

D. Flavor Flav

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$5: The creators of Ben & Jerry Ice Cream learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 26, 1953: American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Elton John (71)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Tone Loc

March 27

WORD OF THE DAY

rondure [ron-jer] (noun) a circle or sphere.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Heathers,” what is Heather Duke’s favorite book?

A. Bible

B. “Great Expectations”

C. “Watership Down”

D. “Moby Dick”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: More than four tons of old U.S. paper money is mulched into compost every day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 27, 1973: Actor Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his career-reviving performance in “The Godfather.”

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Fergie (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” — Clare Boothe Luce

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Moby Dick”

March 28

WORD OF THE DAY

elative [ee-luh-tiv] (adjective) noting a case whose function is to indication motion out of or away from.

FILM FACTS

What college did Norman Dale coach before coming to Hickory in the movie “Hoosiers”?

A. Syracuse

B. Cornell

C. Ithaca

D. Purdue

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30: The face of a penny can hold about 30 drops of water.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 28, 1834: President Andrew Jackson is censured by Congress for refusing to turn over documents.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Lady Gaga (32)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” — Boris Pasternak

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Ithaca

March 29

WORD OF THE DAY

yoicks [yoiks] (interjection) used as a cry of high spirits or encouragement.

FILM FACTS

Which character sings “I Wanna be Like You” in the movie “The Jungle Book”?

A. Mowgli

B. Bagheera

C. King Louie

D. Baloo

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: It takes 100 pounds of rainwater to produce a single pound of food from the earth.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 29, 1974: The U.S. space probe, Mariner 10, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Elle Macpherson (54)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.” — Philip James Bailey

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. King Louie

March 30

WORD OF THE DAY

bitt [bit] (noun) a strong post of wood or iron projecting above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.

FILM FACTS

“The Hunt for Red October” is about a submarine from what country?

A. Canada

B. China

C. Germany

D. Russia

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,500: An olive tree can live up to 1,500 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 30, 1981: President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a drifter named John Hinckley Jr.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper MC Hammer (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Russia

March 31

WORD OF THE DAY

unifilar [yoo-nuh-fahy-ler] (adjective) having or involving only one thread, wire, or the like.

FILM FACTS

Which Heather is a cheerleader in “Heathers”?

A. Chandler

B. McNamara

C. Duke

D. Sawyer

(Answer at bottom column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

12: An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 31, 1931: Knute Rockne, the legendary Notre Dame football coach, is killed in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, at the age of 43.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Ewan McGregor (47)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” — Og Mandino

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. McNamara

April 1

WORD OF THE DAY

rubor [roo-bor] (noun) redness, especially as a sign of inflammation.

FILM FACTS

Which actor plays family man and bank robber Michael Cheritto in “Heat”?

A. Robert Davi

B. Tom Sizemore

C. Dennis Farina

D. Danny Trejo

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

13: The average person laughs 13 times per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 1, 1924: Adolf Hitler is sentenced for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch of Nov. 8, 1923.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Rachel Maddow (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Tom Sizemore