Dec. 31

WORD OF THE DAY

malacia [muh-ley-shuh] (noun) abnormal softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.

FILM FACTS

Who is the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”?

A. Dolores Umbridge

B. Remus Lupin

C. Gilderoy Lockhart

D. Severus Snape

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: In the U.S., more than 10 percent of lottery prizes go unclaimed.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 31, 1972: An airplane chartered by the professional baseball player Roberto Clemente to bring food and other relief supplies to survivors of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua crashes shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Anthony Hopkins (81)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow.” - Aeschylus

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Remus Lupin

Jan. 1, 2019

WORD OF THE DAY

occipital [ok-sip-i-tal] (adjective) of, relating to, or situated near the occiput or the occipital bone.

FILM FACTS

Which actors respectively play the roles of the Joker and Batman in “The Dark Knight”?

A. Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson

B. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale

C. Steve Carell and Johnny Depp

D. Heath Ledger and Adam West

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

68: A Hostess Twinkie is 68 percent air.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 1, 45 B.C.: New Year’s Day is celebrated on Jan. 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Colin Morgan (33)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.” - Ausonius

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale

Jan. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

neritic [nuh-rit-ik] (adjective) of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.

FILM FACTS

What Frankie Valli song is used in “The Deer Hunter”?

A. “Rag Doll”

B. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

C. “My Eyes Adored You”

D. “Walk Like a Man”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8: Only eight men were killed in the battle of Lexington during the Revolutionary War.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 2, 1788: Georgia votes to ratify the U.S. Constitution, becoming the fourth state in the modern United States.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“People fall forward to success.” - Mary Kay Ash

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

Jan. 3

WORD OF THE DAY

saprophyte [sap-ruh-fahyt] (noun) any organism that lives on dead or decaying organic matter.

FILM FACTS

In “The Devil Wears Prada,” what magazine does Andrea Sachs work for?

A. Cosmopolitan

B. Redbook

C. Seventeen

D. Runway

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

0: There are zero rental cars in Bermuda.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 3, 1938: President Franklin D.Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Mel Gibson (63)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” - Jim Rohn

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Runway

Jan. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

tamis [tam-ee] (noun) a worsted cloth mesh constructed in open weave and having a corded face, used as a sieve or strainer.

FILM FACTS

Who directed “The Deer Hunter”?

A. Francis Ford Coppola

B. Michael Mann

C. Peter Weir

D. Michael Cimino

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 milligrams of caffeine.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 4, 1999: For the first time since Charlemagne’s reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the “euro” debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Chef Graham Elliot (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.” - Karl Marx

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Michael Cimino

Jan. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

emprise [em-prahyz] (noun) an adventurous enterprise.

FILM FACTS

In “The Dark Knight,” what object does Harvey Dent use to determine the fairness of something?

A. Calculator

B. Die

C. Coin

D. Card

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: A rat can fall from a five-story building without injury.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 5, 1920: The New York Yankees announces its purchase of outfielder George Herman “Babe” Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for the sum of $125,000.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress January Jones (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.” - Oswald Chambers

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Coin

Jan. 6

WORD OF THE DAY

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

FILM FACTS

In “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” who is the werewolf Death Eater?

A. Fenrir Greyback

B. Narcissa Malfoy

C. Bellatrix Lestrange

D. Lucius Malfoy

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

42: One barrel of petroleum holds 42 gallons.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 6, 1838: Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Norman Reedus (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.” - Jean Racine

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Fenrir Greyback