Sept. 26

WORD OF THE DAY

lamella [luh-mel-uh] (noun) a thing plate, scale, membrane, or layer, as of bone, tissue, or cell walls.

FILM FACTS

Which “Batman” movie is the only one to not use a batarang?

A. “Batman Returns”

B. “Batman Forever”

C. “The Dark Knight”

D. “Batman Begins”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8: The youngest soldier to serve during World War I was only 8 years old.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 26, 1580: English seaman Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, in the Golden Hind, becoming the first British navigator to sail the earth.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Tennis player Serena Williams (35)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.” — Serena Williams

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “The Dark Knight”

Sept. 27

WORD OF THE DAY

obdormition [ob-dor-mi-tion] (noun) numbness of an extremity due to pressure on the sensory nerve.

FILM FACTS

Which “Twilight” character was created for the film?

A. Waylon Forge

B. Mike Newton

C. Billy Black

D. Jasper

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1,092: Americans spend and average of $1,092 on coffee each year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 27, 1939: Polish troops are taken prisoner by the German invaders as Warsaw surrenders to the superior mechanized forces of Adolf Hitler’s army.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Gwyneth Paltrow (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The simpler things are, the happier they are.” — Gwyneth Paltrow

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Waylon Forge

Sept. 28

WORD OF THE DAY

nappe [nap] (noun) a large mass of rock thrust a considerable distance along a nearly horizontal fault plane or in an overturned anticlinal fold.

FILM FACTS

Who was voiced the character of JARVIS in “Iron Man?”

A. Troy Baker

B. Nolan North

C. Steve Blum

D. Paul Bettany

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

75 percent: A human liver can grow back even after 75 percent of it has been removed.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 28, 1542: Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sails into present-day San Diego Bay during the course of his explorations of the northwest shores of Mexico on behalf of Spain. It was the first known European encounter with California.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Hilary Duff (29)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” — Henry Ford

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Paul Bettany

Sept. 29

WORD OF THE DAY

gaposis [gap-oh-sis] (noun) a noticeable gap or series of gaps, as between the fastened buttons or snaps on an overly tight garment.

FILM FACTS

In the movie “Step Brothers,” what Steven Seagal movie are Brennan and Dale watching?

A. “Under Siege”

B. “Above the Law”

C. “Hard to Kill”

D. “Out for Justice”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

15: Astronauts on the International Space Station witness around 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 29, 2005: New York Times reporter Judith Miller is released from a federal detention center in Alexandria, Virginia, after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the leaking of the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay (59)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” — Colin Powell

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. “Above the Law”

Sept. 30

WORD OF THE DAY

hank [hangk] (noun) a skein, as of thread or yarn.

FILM FACTS

What medal is found in Walt’s basement in the movie “Grand Torino?”

A. Distinguished Service Cross

B. Purple Heart

C. Silver Star

D. Medal of Honor

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

0: There are zero bridges over the Amazon River.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 30, 1927: Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the 1927 season and with it sets a record that would stand for 34 years.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Barry Williams (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Silver Star

Oct. 1

WORD OF THE DAY

orangery [awr-inj-ree] (noun) a warm place, as a greenhouse, in which orange trees are cultivated in cool climates.

FILM FACTS

On what day does the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” take place?

A. April 1

B. Nov. 11

C. Aug. 8

D. Jan. 1

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

375 days: The longest pregnancy in humans on record is 375 days (12.5 months)

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 2, 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 (81)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” — Julie Andrews

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Nov. 11

Oct. 2

WORD OF THE DAY

rabble [rab-uh l] (noun) a disorderly crowd; mob.

FILM FACTS

Which energy drink is featured in the movie “Tropic Thunder?”

A. Monster

B. Red Bull

C. Redline

D. Booty Sweat

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

250,000: The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250,000 separate patents.

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

Rock singer Sting (65)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Booty Sweat