Dec. 9

WORD OF THE DAY

Jacquard [jak-ahrd, juh-kahrd] (noun) a fabric with an elaborately woven pattern produced on a Jacquard loom.

TV TRIVIA

What hospital is “Scrubs” set in?

A. Faithful Heart

B. Broken Heart

C. Hopeful Heart

D. Sacred Heart

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: More than half the population of Kenya is under the age of 15.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 9, 1992: 1,800 U.S. Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, to spearhead a multinational force aimed at restoring order in the country.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Judi Dench (85)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” - W. Clement Stone

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Sacred Heart

Dec. 10

WORD OF THE DAY

Katzenjammer [kat-suh n-jam-er] (noun) the discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.

TV TRIVIA

On “The Muppet Show,” what is the name of the bear?

A. Kermit

B. Scooter

C. Fussie

D. Fozzie

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1 million: There are more than 1 million animal species on Earth.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 10, 1901: The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

TV actress Raven-Symoné (34)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Fozzie

Dec. 11

WORD OF THE DAY

Lardaceous [lahr-dey-shuh s] (adjective) lardlike; fatty.

TV TRIVIA

On “The King of Queens,” what was Carrie’s last name before she married Doug?

A. Heffernan

B. Spooner

C. Ulchin

D. Palmer

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

35: A human skeleton keeps growing until about age 35.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 11, 1936: After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Hailee Steinfeld (23)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Spooner

Dec. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

Macaronic [mak-uh-ron-ik] (adjective) composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings.

TV TRIVIA

On “Jonny Quest,” who was the Quests’ arch enemy?

A. Napoleon Zin

B. Emilio Largo

C. Max Zorin

D. Hugo Drax

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50 More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 12, 1913: Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Movie actress Jennifer Connelly (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” - Dylan Thomas

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Napoleon Zin

Dec. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

Nainsook [neyn-soo k, nan-] (noun) a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white, used for lingerie and infants’ wear.

TV TRIVIA

On “The King of Queens,” What is the name of Doug’s cousin?

A. Arthur

B. Spence

C. Danny

D. Deacon

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

39: In 39 of the 50 U.S. states, the travel industry is the largest single employer.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 13, 2000: Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Gov. George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Pop singer Taylor Swift (30)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” - Jimi Hendrix

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Danny

Dec. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

Obstinate [ob-stuh-nit] (adjective) firmly or stubbornly adhering to one’s purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion or entreaty.

TV TRIVIA

On “The Muppet Show,” what is the biggest feature on Gonzo?

A. Tail

B. Feet

C. Nose

D. Ears

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

21: A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 14, 1900: German physicist Max Planck publishes his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a “blackbody” substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics is born.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Pop singer Vanessa Hudgens (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.” - Bill Nye

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Nose

Dec. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

Panoptic [pan-op-tik] (adjective) considering all parts or elements; all inclusive.

TV TRIVIA

Who is the main character on “Scrubs”?

A. Dr. John Dorian

B. Dr. Chris Turk

C. Dr. Elliot Reid

D. Dr. Perry Cox

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,300: Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Dec. 15, 1791: Following ratification by the state of Virginia, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, become the law of the land.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

Football player Josh Norman (32)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucius

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Dr. John Dorian