Aug. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

kier [keer] (noun) a large vat in which fibers, yarns or fabrics are boiled, bleached or dyed.

TV TRIVIA

In “Dexter,” what was Dexter’s adopted father’s occupation?

A. Factory assemblyman

B. Forensic scientist

C. Homicide detective

D. Fireman

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 19, 1909: The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

TV actor John Stamos (56)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The reward of suffering is experience.” - Harry S. Truman

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Homicide detective

Aug. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

heriot [her-ee-uh t] (noun) a feudal service or tribute, originally of borrowed military equipment and later of a chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant.

TV TRIVIA

In “Everybody Loves Raymond,” what are Ray and Debra’s twin boys’ names?

A. Matt and George

B. Michael and Geoffrey

C. Michael and Gregory

D. Matthew and George

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,749: Out of the total 1,750 species of cacti that exist, 1,749 are native to the Americas.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 20, 1911: A dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Amy Adams (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To advise is not to compel.” - Anton Chekhov

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Michael and Geoffrey

Aug. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

acaulescent [ak-aw-les-uh nt] (adjective) not caulescent; stemless; without visible stem.

TV TRIVIA

What character did Ken Curtis play on “Gunsmoke”?

A. Festus Hogan

B. Chester Goode

C. Festus Haggin

D. Festivus Hogan

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: Child beauty pageants are illegal in France and punishable with up to two years in prison.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 21, 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Runner Usain Bolt (33)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear, but forgetting where you heard it.” - Laurence J. Peter

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Festus Haggin

Aug. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

lacunar [luh-kyoo-ner] (noun) a coffered vault, ceiling or soffit.

TV TRIVIA

In “Golden Girls,” where did Sophia grow up?

A. United States

B. Germany

C. Sicily

D. Russia

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$300: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln passed a law allowing wealthy men pay $300 to avoid the draft.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 22, 1989: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Comedian James Corden (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When ambition ends, happiness begins.” - Thomas Merton

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Sicily

Aug. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

immortelle [im-awr-tel] (noun) an everlasting plant or flower.

TV TRIVIA

In “Gunsmoke,” what was the name of Matt Dillon’s horse?

A. Rambler

B. Lefty

C. Buck

D. Gambler

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

190: The city of Holland, Michigan, has 190 miles of tubing underneath its streets in order to melt snow on the ground.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 23, 2000: Richard Hatch, a 39-year-old corporate trainer from Rhode Island, wins the season one finale of the reality television show “Survivor” and takes home the promised $1 million prize.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Rick Springfield (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.” - Balthasar Gracian

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Buck

Aug. 24

WORD OF THE DAY

loess [loh-es] (noun) a loamy deposit formed by wind, usually yellowish and calcareous.

TV TRIVIA

In “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where do Ray and Debra reside?

A. Queens

B. Long Island

C. New York City

D. Albany

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

400: The Chernobyl disaster released approximately 400 times more radioactive fallout than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 24, 1821: Eleven years after the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence, Spanish Viceroy Juan de O’Donojú signs the Treaty of Córdoba, which approves a plan to make Mexico an independent constitutional monarchy.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Rupert Grint (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” - Albert Camus

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Long Island

Aug. 25

WORD OF THE DAY

mezzotint [met-soh-tint] (noun) a method of engraving on copper or tell by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.

TV TRIVIA

What city does “Dexter” take place in?

A. Houston

B. Los Angeles

C. St. Louis

D. Miami

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8: Antarctica is claimed by eight different countries and is technically “owned” by science.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 25, 1944: After more than four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by the French 2nd Armored Division and the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

TV actress Blake Lively (32)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.” - John Burroughs

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Miami