Jan. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

rataplan [rat-uh-plan] (noun) a sound of or as of the beating of a drum.

TV TRIVIA

In “Laverne and Shirley,” what was Squiggy’s first name?

A. Andrew

B. Leonard

C. Jack

D. Bronson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: There have only been 17 unprovoked shark attacks by hammerheads since records began in 1850.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 21, 1977: President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam War draft dodgers.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Geena Davis (63)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” - Charles Spurgeon

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Andrew

Jan. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

iconoscope [ahy-kon-uh-skohp] (noun) a television camera tube in which a beam of high-velocity electrons scans a photoemissive mosaic.

TV TRIVIA

In “M*A*S*H,” what is Hawkeye’s favorite drink?

A. Vermouth

B. Bourbon

C. Martini - extra dry

D. Gin and tonic

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: Until 1966, the NBA had Territorial Draft picks. A team could forgo its first-round pick and take any player within 50 miles of its location.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 22, 1905: In Russia, the revolution of 1905 begins when czarist troops open fire on a peaceful group of workers marching to the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to petition their grievances to Czar Nicholas II.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Chef Guy Fieri (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” - Bennett Cerf

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Martini - extra dry

Jan. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

nonporous [non-par-uh s] (adjective) having borne no children.

TV TRIVIA

In “Malcolm in the Middle,” what is the name of Malcolm’s mother?

A. Lauren

B. Piper

C. Magda

D. Lois

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter, despite only having approximately 15 minutes of screen time.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 23, 1997: The day after her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Madeline Albright is sworn in as America’s first female secretary of state by Vice President Al Gore.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Tiffani Thiessen (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Common sense is not so common.” - Voltaire

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Lois

Jan. 24

WORD OF THE DAY

gimmal [gim-uh l] (noun) any of various joints for transmitting motion between rotating parts, as in a timepiece.

TV TRIVIA

In “Married With Children,” what is Peggy’s maiden name?

A. Weaver

B. Wanker

C. Winfrey

D. Wallace

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

30: Motorcyclists are almost 30 times more likely to die than other motorists.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 24, 1848: A millwright named James Marshall discovers gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Neil Diamond (78)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.” - Anais Nin

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Wanker

Jan. 25

WORD OF THE DAY

enthetic [en-thet-ik] (adjective) introduced from without, as diseases propagated by inoculation.

TV TRIVIA

In “Malcolm in the Middle,” who plays Francis?

A. Erik Per Sullivan

B. Chris Masterson

C. Justin Berfield

D. Bryan Cranston

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: There are six Gingko trees that are known to have survived the atom bomb in Hiroshima.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 25, 1971: Cult leader Charles Manson is convicted, along with followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel, of the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer Alicia Keys (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.” - Publilius Syrus

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Chris Masterson

Jan. 26

WORD OF THE DAY

reeve [reev] (noun) an administrative officer of a town or district.

TV TRIVIA

In “M*A*S*H,” what did Radar O’Reilly sleep with?

A. Nurse

B. Teddy bear

C. Photo of his mom

D. Hot water bottle

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

25: A recent study showed 25 percent of U.S. drivers making a turn failed to use signals correctly.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 26, 1980: At the request of President Jimmy Carter, the U.S. Olympic Committee votes to ask the International Olympic Committee to cancel or move the upcoming Moscow Olympics.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Ellen DeGeneres (61)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” - Charles Kettering

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Teddy bear

Jan. 27

WORD OF THE DAY

mercer [mur-ser] (noun) a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.

TV TRIVIA

“Laverne and Shirley” was a spin-off of what show?

A. “Mork and Mindy”

B. “Amos and Andy”

C. “Three’s Company”

D. “Happy Days”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2.5 million: During World War II, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history, more than 2.5 million men.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Jan. 27, 1888: The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Patton Oswalt (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Happy Days”