April 30

WORD OF THE DAY

camouflet [kam-uh-fley] (noun) an underground explosion of a bomb or mine that does not break the surface, but leaves an enclosed cavity of gas and smoke.

TV TRIVIA

In “Hogan’s Heroes,” what was Hogan’s code name?

A. Big Bad Wolf

B. Humpty Dumpty

C. Little Red Riding Hood

D. Papa Bear

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: Slugs have four noses.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 30, 1789: In New York City, George Washington is inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Kirsten Dunst (36)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A people free to choose will always choose peace.” — Ronald Reagan

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Papa Bear

May 1

WORD OF THE DAY

rivage [riv-ij] (noun) a bank, shore, or coast.

TV TRIVIA

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

A. “Quiz Time”

B. “My Three Sons”

C. “Home Improvement”

D. “Tool Time”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: There are six fictional characters that have stars on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame.”

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 1, 1931: President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Tim McGraw (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” — Marcus Aurelius

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Tool Time”

May 2

WORD OF THE DAY

iceblink [ahys-blingk] (noun) a yellowish luminosity near the horizon or on the underside of a cloud, caused by the reflection of light from sea ice.

TV TRIVIA

Who is the hospital administrator on “House”?

A. Dr. Eric Foreman

B. Dr. Allison Cameron

C. Dr. James Wilson

D. Dr. Lisa Cuddy

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

80: Nearly 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 2, 2011: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Dwayne Johnson (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Dr. Lisa Cuddy

May 3

WORD OF THE DAY

carbuncle [kahr-buhng-kuh l] (noun) a gemstone, especially a garnet, cut with a convex back and a cabochon surface.

TV TRIVIA

Censors insisted that which part of Jeannie’s anatomy on “I Dream of Jeannie” should be covered at all times?

A. Shoulders

B. Navel

C. Legs

D. Underarms

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

25: Humans blink 25 times per minute.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 3, 1961: President John F. Kennedy receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from George Washington University.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Christina Hendricks (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Navel

May 4

WORD OF THE DAY

killick [kil-ik] (noun) a small anchor or weight for morning a boat, sometimes consisting of a stone secured by pieces of wood.

TV TRIVIA

Who plays Dr. House in “House”?

A. Jesse Spencer

B. Robert Sean Leonard

C. Hugh Laurie

D. Omar Epps

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2,000: A person’s heart pumps about 2,000 gallon of blood each day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 4, 1970: In Kent, Ohio, 28 National Guardsmen fire their weapons at a group of antiwar demonstrators on the Kent State University campus, killing four students, wounding eight, and permanently paralyzing another.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Will Arnett (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Perfection in the child of time.” — Joseph Hall

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Hugh Laurie

May 5

WORD OF THE DAY

edaphic [ih-daf-ik] (adjective) related to or caused by particular soil conditions, as of texture or drainage, rather than by physiographic or climatic factors.

TV TRIVIA

In “Home Improvement,” what type of race did Tim Taylor challenge Bob Villa to?

A. Foot race

B. Lawn mower race

C. Sled race

D. Boat race

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: Organized crime is estimated to account for 10 percent of the United States’ national income.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 5, 1961: Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Adele (30)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” — Ellen Glasgow

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Lawn mower race

May 6

WORD OF THE DAY

hidrosis [hi-droh-sis] (noun) the excessive production of sweat.

TV TRIVIA

In “Hogan’s Heroes,” what is the name of the camp?

A. Stalag 5

B. Stalag 13

C. Stalag 9

D. Stalag 20

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

295: A person swallows approximately 295 times while eating dinner.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 6, 1937: The German airship Hindenburg explodes as it arrives in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor George Clooney (57)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.” — Nicolas Chamfort

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Stalag 13