Jan. 7

WORD OF THE DAY

milquetoast [milk-tohst] (noun) a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated.

TV TRIVIA

In “Alias,” which actress plays Lauren Reed?

A. Melissa George

B. Merrin Dungey

C. Jennifer Garner

D. Amy Irving

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30: Large kangaroos can cover a distance of more than 30 feet in a single jump.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 7, 1789: America’s first presidential election is held.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Nicolas Cage (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” - Maya Angelou

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Melissa George

Jan. 8

WORD OF THE DAY

indurate [in-doo-reyt] (verb) to make hard; harden, as rock, tissue, etc.

TV TRIVIA

In “Archer,” what spy agency does Archer work for?

A. MI6

B. ODIN

C. Interpol

D. ISIS

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

111: A village in Rajasthan, India, plants 111 trees every time a girl is born.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 8, 1815: General Andrew Jackson and his troops win the decisive Battle of New Orleans in the waning moments of the War of 1812.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

R&B singer R. Kelly (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” - Thomas Mann

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. ISIS

Jan. 9

WORD OF THE DAY

doddered [dod-erd] (adjective) having lost most of its branches owing to decay or age.

TV TRIVIA

In “The Bob Newhart Show,” in what city do the Hartleys live?

A. Chicago

B. San Francisco

C. New York

D. Seattle

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: Praying mantises only have one ear.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 9, 2007: Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Dave Matthews (52)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.” - Sophocles

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Chicago

Jan. 10

WORD OF THE DAY

wight [wahyt] (noun) a human being.

TV TRIVIA

Which former “Golden Girl” actress played Catherine Piper in “Boston Legal”?

A. Betty White

B. Estelle Getty

C. Bea Arthur

D. Rue McClanahan

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

40,000: In 1955, a thunderstorm in Belgium set off 40,000 pounds of buried explosives left over from the World War I battle of Messines.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 10, 1946: The first General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London,

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Boxer George Foreman (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We are most alive when we’re in love.” - John Updike

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Betty White

Jan. 11

WORD OF THE DAY

agnize [ag-nahyz] (verb) to recognize; acknowledge; own.

TV TRIVIA

What profession did Bob Hartley practice in “The Bob Newhart Show”?

A. Law

B. Psychology

C. Dentistry

D. Accounting

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: ATM PINs were originally intended to have six digits.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 11, 1908: President Theodore Roosevelt declares the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

R&B singer Mary J. Blige (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.” - Leo Rosten

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Psychology

Jan. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

yakitori [yah-ki-tawr-ee] (noun) a dish of small pieces of boneless chicken, usually marinated, skewered and grilled.

TV TRIVIA

In “Archer,” what is Archer’s code name?

A. Excelsior

B. Skorpio

C. Duchess

D. Goldeneye

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

200: In 2009, Google hired a flock of 200 goats regularly to chew away the grass at their Mountain View headquarters.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 12, 1969: Quarterback Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, held in Miami, Florida.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Radio host Howard Stern (65)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.” - Shanina Shaik

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Duchess

Jan. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

bolide [boh-lahyd] (noun) a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.

TV TRIVIA

In the show “Alias” what alias did Sydney have during the two years she was missing?

A. Irina Derevko

B. Francie Calfo

C. Julia Thorne

D. Laura Bristow

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

97,000: Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 13, 1128: Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Orlando Bloom (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” - Les Brown

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Julia Thorne