Jan. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

vagile [vaj-uh l] (adjective) endowed with or having freedom of movement.

FILM FACTS

In “Rain Man,” who plays Charlie Babbitt?

A. Tom Cruise

B. Dustin Hoffman

C. Gerald Ford

D. Morgan Freeman

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

115: Approximately 115 tons of ocean salt spray enters Earth’s atmosphere each second.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 14, 1973: The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins 14-7 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Super Bowl VII, becoming the first team in NFL history to finish with an undefeated season.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Jason Bateman (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Tom Cruise

Jan. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

ekistics [ih-kis-tiks] (noun) the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral science.

FILM FACTS

In “The Replacements,” which game ended Shane Falco’s college career?

A. Independence Bowl

B. Sugar Bowl

C. Rose Bowl

D. Texas Bowl

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,500: An olive tree can live up to 1,500 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 15, 1973: President Richard M. Nixon suspends military action in North Vietnam.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Pitbull (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” - Arthur C. Clarke

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Sugar Bowl

Jan. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

nosegay [nohz-gey] (noun) a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.

FILM FACTS

In “Revenge of the Nerds,” what was Booger’s real name?

A. Dudley Lawson

B. Tokashi Toshiro

C. Fred Lawson

D. Dudley Dawson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5 million: A person’s ribs move about 5 million times per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 16, 1919: The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Kate Moss (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” - Bil Keane

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Dudley Dawson

Jan. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

oology [oh-ol-uh-jee] (noun) the branch of ornithology that studies birds’ eggs.

FILM FACTS

In “Road Trip,” who is the character played by Tom Green?

A. Harry

B. Perry

C. Larry

D. Barry

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

500: Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 17, 1953: A prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car makes its debut at General Motors’ Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Betty White (97)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We pass through this world but once.” - Stephen Jay Gould

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Barry

Jan. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

moleskin [mohl-skin] (noun) a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.

FILM FACTS

At what university was “Revenge of the Nerds” filmed?

A. Penn State

B. University of Arizona

C. UCLA

D. Brown College

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: A single cup of gasoline, when ignited, has the same explosive power as five sticks of dynamite.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 18, 1778: English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Jason Segel (39)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” - Washington Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. University of Arizona

Jan. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

fagin [fey-gin] (noun) a person who teaches crime to others.

FILM FACTS

In “The Replacements,” what sport did Nigel “The Leg” Gruff play before football?

A. Baseball

B. Soccer

C. Hockey

D. Basketball

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

700: Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 19, 1974: The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team defeats the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 71-70, in South Bend, Indiana, snapping UCLA’s record-setting 88-game winning streak.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Dolly Parton (73)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.” - Pauline Phillips

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Soccer

Jan. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

ridotto [ri-dot-oh] (noun) a public ball or dance with music and often in masquerade, popular in the 18th century.

FILM FACTS

According to Ray in “Rain Man,” which is the safest airline?

A. Delta

B. Qantas

C. American

D. Vanguard

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

11: Workers at Amazon’s distribution centers can be expected to walk up to 11 miles per shift.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 20, 1945: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Rainn Wilson (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“One faces the future with one’s past.” - Pearl S. Buck

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Qantas