Sept. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

baccivorous [bak-siv-er-uhs] (adjective) feeding on berries.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Cheers,” what is the name of Coach’s daughter?

A. Amber

B. Lisa

C. Lilly

D. Irene

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: Manhattan’s last four remaining phone booths are free of charge.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 17, 1787: The Constitution of the United States of America is signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Race car driver Jimmie Johnson (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Lisa

Sept. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

saponify [suh-pon-uh-fay] (verb) to conver (a fat) into soap by breaking with an alkali.

TV TRIVIA

In “CHiPs,” what recurring character was played by Lou Wagner?

A. Artie Grossman

B. Barry Baricza

C. Jed Turner

D. Harlan Arliss

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8 percent: More salt is used for de-icing roads — 8 percent of global manufactured salt — than for human consumption.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 18, 1793: George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actor Jason Sudeikis (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Harlan Arliss

Sept. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

resupine [ree-soo-pahyn] (adjective) lying on the back.

TV TRIVIA

In “Beverly Hills, 90210,” what city did Valerie come from when she moved to Beverly Hills?

A. Miami

B. Austin

C. Lincoln, Nebraska

D. Buffalo, New York

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

96 percent: About 96 percent of candles are purchased by women.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 19, 1881: Eighty days after a failed office-seeker shot him in Washington, D.C., President James A. Garfield dies of complications from his wounds.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Jimmy Fallon (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.” — Ellen Glasgow

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Buffalo, New York

Sept. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

ecoside [ek-uh-sahyd] (noun) the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, overexploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.

TV TRIVIA

In “Arrested Development,” who was Tobias’ acting coach?

A. David Duchovny

B. Rip Torn

C. Dolph Lundgren

D. Carl Weathers

(Answer at bottom column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

45 million: Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 20, 1973: In a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men’s player.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Sophia Loren (84)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” — George Bernard Shaw

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Carl Weathers

Sept. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

pangram [pan-gruh m] (noun) a sentence, verse, etc., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.

TV TRIVIA

Which actress portrayed Brenda Walsh on “Beverly Hills, 90210”?

A. Gabrielle Carteris

B. Jennie Garth

C. Shannen Doherty

D. Tor Spelling

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

85 miles: Standing anywhere in the state of Michigan, a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 21, 1792: In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Bill Murray (68)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas A. Edison

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Shannen Doherty

Sept. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

oberption [o-brep-shuh n] (noun) fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain something from an official.

TV TRIVIA

In “CHiPs,” what kind of car did Ponch drive throughout most the show’s run?

A. Chevy Nova

B. Pontiac Firebird

C. Ford Mustang

D. Chevy Pickup

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

315: In the 1996 Webster’s dictionary, 315 entries were misspelled.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Joan Jett (60)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” — Khalil Gibran

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Pontiac Firebird

Sept. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

remontant [ri-mon-tuh nt] (adjective) (of certain roses) blooming more than once in a season.

TV TRIVIA

In “Cheers,” how many children does Carla have?

A. 5

B. 0

C. 8

D. 11

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50 million: There have been more than 50 million Mr. Potato Heads sold since it came out in 1952.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 23, 1846: German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Bruce Springsteen (69)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.” — Iris Murdoch

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. 8