May 14

WORD OF THE DAY

terete [tuh-reet] (adjective) slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section.

TV TRIVIA

In “Happy Days,” what is Fonzie’s real first name?

A. Archer

B. Albert

C. Artemis

D. Arthur

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1,000: Every Alaskan citizen over the age of 6 months receives an oil dividend check of about $1,000 per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 14, 1804: The Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg (34)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” — William Arthur Ward

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Arthur

May 15

WORD OF THE DAY

yomp [yomp] (verb) to walk or trek laboriously, especially heavily laden and over difficult terrain.

TV TRIVIA

What is the name of the magazine that “Just Shoot Me” is base around?

A. Cleo

B. Cosmopolitan

C. Blush

D. Dolly

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: In 1910, football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incomplete forward pass.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 15, 1972: During an outdoor rally in Laurel, Maryland, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, is shot by 21-year-old Arthur Bremer.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Football player Ray Lewis (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Blush

May 16

WORD OF THE DAY

lagan [lag-uh n] (noun) anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.

TV TRIVIA

In the “King of Queens,” what was Carrie’s last name before she married Doug?

A. Heffernan

B. Palmer

C. Ulchin

D. Spooner

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

25: More than 25 percent of the world’s forests are in Siberia.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 16, 1929: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Janet Jackson (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The present time has one advantage over every other — it is our own.” — Charles Caleb Colton

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Spooner

May 17

WORD OF THE DAY

eclat [ey-klah] (noun) brilliance of success, reputation, etc.

TV TRIVIA

Which organization did Michael Knight work for in “Knight Rider”?

A. C.I.A.

B. Special Branch

C. F.B.I.

D. F.L.A.G.

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

29 million: A car traveling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Bob Saget (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Ten people who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. F.L.A.G.

May 18

WORD OF THE DAY

ramus [rey-muh s] (noun) a branch, as of a plant, vein, bone, etc.

TV TRIVIA

Who is the primary character in the “King of Queens” who works as a package-delivery driver?

A. Mark

B. Jim

C. Doug

D. Ray

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

120: At 120 mph, a Formula One car generates enough downforce to drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts, causing a massive avalanche and killing 57 people.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Tina Fey (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” — William Feather

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Doug

May 19

WORD OF THE DAY

jetavator [jet-uh-vey-ter] (noun) an extension of the exhaust nozzle of a rocket, for controlling the direction of the exhaust gases.

TV TRIVIA

In “Just Shoot Me,” who is the boss of the magazine?

A. Dennis Finch

B. Jack Gallow

C. Kevin

D. Maya Gallow

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

46,001: The most pushups ever performed in one day was 46,001.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 19, 1897: Writer Oscar Wilde is released from jail after two years of hard labor.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Sam Smith (26)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” — Virginia Satir

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Jack Gallow

May 20

WORD OF THE DAY

abutment [uh-buht-muh nt] (noun) a masonry mass supporting and receiving the thrust of part of an arch or vault.

TV TRIVIA

Who played Leather Tuscadero on “Happy Days”?

A. Cathy Silvers

B. Roz Kelly

C. Suzi Quatro

D. Erin Moran

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1.5: The moon is moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 20, 1927: American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Cher (72)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” — Peter Drucker

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Suzi Quatro