Oct. 1

WORD OF THE DAY

repine [ri-pahyn] (verb) to be fretfully disconnected; fret; complain.

TV TRIVIA

Who is Cheryl’s brother in “According to Jim”?

A. Andy

B. Larry

C. Alex

D. Alan

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2: Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 1, 1890: An act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Julie Andrews (83)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” — Mother Teresa

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Andy

Oct. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

idiolect [id-ee-uh-lekt] (noun) a person’s individual speech pattern.

TV TRIVIA

In “Beverly Hillbillies,” what was the name of Ellie’s pet monkey?

A. Sweetie Pie

B. Baby

C. Bessie

D. Snookie

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: The energy of a discharge of an electric cell could start 50 cars.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 2, 1967: Chief Justice Earl Warren swears in Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Kelly Ripa (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you.” — Joseph B. Wirthlin

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Bessie

Oct. 3

WORD OF THE DAY

borasca [buh-ras-kuh] (noun) a squall, usually accompanied by thunder and lightning.

TV TRIVIA

In “Bewitched,” what is Darrin and Samantha’s last name?

A. Stephens

B. Lincoln

C. Jones

D. Robertson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

18: There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 3, 1995: At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Gwen Stefani (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. it was here first.” — Mark Twain

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Stephens

Oct. 4

WORD OF THE DAY

octad [ok-tad] (noun) a group of series of eight.

TV TRIVIA

In “The Big Bang Theory,” which animal stays in Amy’s apartment for an experiment she is conducting?

A. Pig

B. Sheep

C. Parrot

D. Monkey

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6: It is illegal to pile horse manure more than 6 feet high on a San Francisco street corner.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 4, 1957: The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Alicia Silverstone (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.” — Jack Kerouac

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Monkey

Oct. 5

WORD OF THE DAY

rhumb [ruhm] (noun) a point of the compass.

TV TRIVIA

What television station did “Bewitched” originally air on?

A. CBS

B. FOX

C. ABC

D. NBC

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50: The average human will eat about 50 pounds of dirt in a lifetime.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 5, 1953: The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win their fifth World Series in a row.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Kate Winslet (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” — Sophocles

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. ABC

Oct. 6

WORD OF THE DAY

derrick [der-ik] (noun) a boom for lifting cargo, pivoted at its inner end to a ship’s mast or kingpost, and raised and supported at its outer end by topping lifts.

TV TRIVIA

Where was the Clampett family originally from in “The Beverly Hillbillies”?

A. Mountain Top

B. Limestone

C. Hillstown

D. Backwoods City

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: Only 17 existing paintings are attributed to artist Leonardo da Vinci.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 6, 1926: Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits a record three homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Elisabeth Shue (55)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

TRIVIA ANSWER

Limestone

Oct. 7

WORD OF THE DAY

yoiks [yoicks] (interjection) used as a cry of high spirits or encouragement.

TV TRIVIA

In “According to Jim,” what is Jim’s middle name?

A. Martin

B. Randy

C. Orenthal

D. Stephen

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3,000: When the Titanic sank, it had 3,000 tons of ham onboard.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 7, 1949: Less than five months after Great Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany, the Democratic Republic of Germany is proclaimed within the Soviet occupation zone.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Entrepreneur Simon Cowell (59)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” — John Irving

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Orenthal