Oct. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

gangue [gang] (noun) rock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.

FILM FACTS

In “Air Force One,” which actor plays the president?

A. Glenn Close

B. Harrison Ford

C. Martin Sheen

D. Michael Douglas

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

11,000: At one time, George Washington was the nation’s largest whiskey producer, producing 11,000 gallons in 1799.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 22, 1797: The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Jeff Goldblum (66)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” — John Burroughs

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Harrison Ford

Oct. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

rondure [ron-jer] (noun) a graceful curving or roundness.

FILM FACTS

In Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Sterling Holloway voiced which character?

A. Mad Hatter

B. King of Hearts

C. Cheshire Cat

D. White Rabbit

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

24: The square dance is the official state dance (or folk dance) of 24 states.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 23, 42: Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Ryan Reynolds (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” — Alexander Pope

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Cheshire Cat

Oct. 24

WORD OF THE DAY

anneal [uh-neel] (verb) to heat to remove or prevent internal stress.

FILM FACTS

In “Anchorman,” in which city does Ron Burgundy anchor the news?

A. Los Angeles

B. Fresno

C. San Diego

D. San Francisco

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1: It is illegal to own only one guinea pig in Switzerland.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 24, 1901: A 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rapper Drake (32)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. San Diego

Oct. 25

WORD OF THE DAY

yardang [yahr-dahng] (noun) a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind direction.

FILM FACTS

In “Animal House,” what is Neidermeyer’s horse named?

A. Valiant

B. Trooper

C. Stallion

D. Ranger

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

60: Beethoven went out of his way to ensure his morning coffee was made with exactly 60 beans per cup.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 25, 1983: President Ronald Reagan, citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribbean nation of Grenada by that nation’s Marxist regime, orders the Marines to invade and secure their safety.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Katy Perry (34)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Trooper

Oct. 26

WORD OF THE DAY

snell [snel] (noun) a short piece of nylon, gut, or the like, by which a fish hook is attached to a line.

FILM FACTS

What is the name of Ron Burgundy’s dog in “Anchorman”?

A. Garcia

B. Max

C. Baxter

D. Ron

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

23: Coyotes outpace roadrunners by 23 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 26, 1881: The Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Country singer Keith Urban (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Baxter

Oct. 27

WORD OF THE DAY

oblate [ob-leyt] (adjective) flattened at the plea, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis.

FILM FACTS

In “Alice in Wonderland,” what item belonging to the white rabbit do the Mad Hatter and March Hare destroy?

A. Pipe

B. Waistcoat

C. Glasses

D. Pocket watch

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: The number four is the only number with the same number of letters as the meaning of its name.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 27, 2004: The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Kelly Osbourne (34)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Zeal will do more than knowledge.” — William Hazlitt

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Pocket watch

Oct. 28

WORD OF THE DAY

numismatics [noo-miz-mat-iks] (noun) the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.

FILM FACTS

Who was the lead terrorist in “Air Force One”?

A. Korshunov

B. Kolchak

C. Nevsky

D. Sergei

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$2.50: In the late 1800s, residents of Corinne, Utah, could buy divorce papers from a vending machine for $2.50.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Julia Roberts (51)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.” — Kin Hubbard

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Korshunov