Oct. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

calumet [kal-yuh-met] (noun) a long-stemmed, ornamented tobacco pipe used by North American Indians on ceremonial occasions, especially in token of peace.

TV TRIVIA

What is MacGyver’s first name?

A. Angus

B. Christopher

C. Philip

D. Marcus

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

12345: The zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 15, 1989: During a game against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career scoring record of 1,850 points.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

R&B singer Ginuwine (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Angus

Oct. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

laterad [lat-uh-rad] (adverb) toward the side.

TV TRIVIA

In “Magnum P.I.,” what do T.C.’s initials stand for?

A. Tyler Calhoun

B. Timothy Carl

C. Theodore Calvin

D. Terrance Christopher

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

69: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately 69 years.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 16, 1793: Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie-Antoinette follows him to the guillotine.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Singer John Mayer (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.” — Calvin Coolidge

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Theodore Calvin

Oct. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

abluent [ab-loo-uh nt] (adjective) serving to cleanse.

TV TRIVIA

What actor played Wilbur Post in “Mr. Ed”?

A. Robert Young

B. Paul Peterson

C. Carl Betz

D. Alan Young

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7,000: 7,000 new insect species are discovered every year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 17, 1931: Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Eminem (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Hope is patience with the lamp lit.” — Tertullian

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Alan Young

Oct. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

sapwood [sap-wood] (noun) the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.

TV TRIVIA

In “Punky Brewster,” what is Punky’s real name?

A. Jamie

B. Francis

C. Penelope

D. Jennifer

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$40,000: In 1987, American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from is first class salads.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 18, 1867: The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Zac Efron (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Penelope

Oct. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

sessile [ses-il] (adjective) attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.

TV TRIVIA

What food was given to Ed so he would move his mouth at the correct time during taping of “Mr. Ed”?

A. Honey

B. Peanut butter

C. Butter

D. Apple butter

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10: Your home is 10 times more likely to have a fire than be burglarized.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 19, 1812: One month after Napoleon Bonaparte’s massive invading force entered a burning and deserted Moscow, the starving French army is forced to begin a hasty retreat out of Russia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor John Lithgow (73)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” — Bertrand Russell

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Peanut butter

Oct. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

onomasticon [on-uh-mas-ti-kon] (noun) a list or collection of proper names.

TV TRIVIA

What state did Thomas Sullivan Magnum grow up in?

A. Michigan

B. West Virginia

C. Massachusetts

D. Virginia

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

115,000: An average human being walks over 115,000 miles in a lifetime.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 20, 1968: Oregonian Dick Fosbury wins gold — and sets an Olympic record — when he high-jumps 7 feet 4 1/4 inches at the Mexico City Games.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Snoop Dogg (47)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” — Thomas A. Edison

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Virginia

Oct. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

fillister [fil-uh-ster] (noun) a rabbet or groove, as one on a window sash to hold the glass and putty.

TV TRIVIA

What sport does MacGyver love?

A. Football

B. Golf

C. Hockey

D. Baseball

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$2,500: In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands to hold their cash.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 21, 1975: Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hits a homer off the left-field pole to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth game of the World Series.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Reality star Kim Kardashian (38)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” — W. H. Auden

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Baseball