Nov. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

Baboonery [ba-boo-nuh-ree] (noun) an uncouth, ridiculous or brutish condition, attitude or action.

FILM FACTS

In “Jaws,” what species of shark is Jaws?

A. Great white

B. Tiger shark

C. Hammerhead

D. Whale shark

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: More than 10% of the world’s salt is used to de-ice American roads.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 4, 2008: Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois, defeats Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, to become the 44th U.S. president, and the first African-American elected to the White House.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Matthew McConaughey (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” - Lord Byron

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Great white

Nov. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

Teleseism [tel-uh-sahy-zuh m] (noun) a tremor caused by an earthquake originating a great distance from the seismographic station that records it.

FILM FACTS

In “Happy Gilmore,” who was Happy’s celebrity partner in a golf game?

A. Tom Cruise

B. Adam Sandler

C. Bob Barker

D. Regis Philbin

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

365: There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S. Capitol Building - one for every day of the year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 5, 1994: George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing’s oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Reality star Kris Jenner (64)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” - Peter Drucker

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Bob Barker

Nov. 6

WORD OF THE DAY

Ulotrichous [yoo-lo-tri-kuh s] (adjective) belonging to a group of people having woolly or crisply curly hair.

FILM FACTS

In “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” what does Jack Sparrow find on the island that he is left on?

A. Water

B. Money

C. Clothes

D. Rum

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

95: A jellyfish is 95% water.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 6, 1917: Led by Bolshevik Party leader Vladimir Lenin, leftist revolutionaries launch a nearly bloodless coup d’État against Russia’s Provisional Government.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Emma Stone (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’ve had to learn to fight all my life - got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.” - Serena Williams

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Rum

Nov. 7

WORD OF THE DAY

Lagniappeor [lan-yap, lan-yap] (noun) a gratuity or tip.

FILM FACTS

In “Young Frankenstein,” what song did the doctor and the monster dance to?

A. “Puttin on the Ritz”

B. “Monster Mash”

C. “Singin’ in the Rain”

D. “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

87: If you took a standard slinky and stretched it out it would measure 87 feet.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 7, 1991: Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson announces his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Pop singer Lorde (23)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. “Puttin on the Ritz”

Nov. 8

WORD OF THE DAY

Karyology [kar-ee-ol-uh-jee] (noun) the study of the structure and function of cell nuclei.

FILM FACTS

In “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” what happens to the pirates when they are exposed to the moon?

A. Become green

B. Become ghosts

C. Become invisible

D. Turn into skeletons

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

18,000: Each year, the average family uses about 18,000 gallons of water to do their laundry.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 8, 1895: German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Chef Gordon Ramsay (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Turn into skeletons

Nov. 9

WORD OF THE DAY

Quadragenarian [kwod-ruh-juh-nair-ee-uh n] (adjective) between the ages of 40 and 50.

FILM FACTS

In “Happy Gilmore,” what ate Chubbs’ hand?

A. An alligator

B. A shark

C. A lion

D. A bear

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15,000: An olive tree can live up to 1,500 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 9, 1938: In an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch Kristallnacht, a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actor Lou Ferrigno (68)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” - George Herbert

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. An alligator

Nov. 10

WORD OF THE DAY

Galeiform [guh-lee-uh-fawrm] (adjective) helmet-shaped; resembling a galea.

FILM FACTS

In “Jaws,” what do Quint and Hooper compare to prove who is the better shark expert?

A. Muscles

B. Scars

C. Sharks teeth

D. Knives

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2 billion: The IRS processes more than 2 billion pieces of paper each year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 10, 1969: “Sesame Street,” a TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Country singer Miranda Lambert (36)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Leadership is not about you; it’s about investing in the growth of others.” - Ken Blanchard

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Scars