March 27

WORD OF THE DAY

nativism [ney-ti-viz-uh m] (noun) the police of protecting the interest of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.

FILM FACTS

What was Maverick’s real name in the movie “Top Gun?”

A. Tom Kazansky

B. Pete Mitchell

C. Nick Bradshaw

D. Rick Heatherly

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

28 percent: Movie-goers eat 28 percent more popcorn when watching a sad movie.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 27, 1939: The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46–33 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Mariah Carey (47)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Whatever you are going through in life, don’t ever give up.” — Mariah Carey

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Pete Mitchell

March 28

WORD OF THE DAY

ibidem [ih-bee-dem] (adverb) in the same book, chapter, page, etc.

FILM FACTS

What song was played in the background of Joe’s brothel party in the movie “Risky Business?”

A. “Once in a Lifetime”

B. “Burning Down the House”

C. “Swamp”

D. “This Must Be the Place”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8: Eight of the top 10 largest stadiums in the world are university football stadiums in the United States.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 28, 1979: At 4 a.m., the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Lady Gaga (31)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.” Mark Twain

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “Swamp”

March 29

WORD OF THE DAY

neoteny [nee-ot-n-ee] (noun) the production of offspring by an organism in its larval or juvenile form; the elimination of the auto phase of the life cycle.

FILM FACTS

Which actress appeared with Tom Cruise in “Rain Man” and “Jerry Maguire?”

A. Bonnie Hunt

B. Rebecca De Mornay

C. Cameron Diaz

D. Renee Zellweger

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

2 hours: Dolphins shed the top layer of their skin every 2 hours.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 29, 1929: President Herbert Hoover has a phone installed at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Model Elle Macpherson (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The present time has one advantage over every other — it is our own.” — Charles Caleb Colton

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Bonnie Hunt

March 30

WORD OF THE DAY

tain [teyn] (noun) tin foil for the backs of mirrors.

FILM FACTS

Which airline does Raymond say has never lost a jet airliner in the movie “Rain Man?”

A. Southwest

B. American Airlines

C. United Airlines

D. Qantas

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

21 percent: In World War II, 21 percent of U.S. casualties occurred because of friendly fire.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 30, 1981: President Ronald Reagan is shot while leaving the Washington Union Hotel in Washington, D.C.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Celine Dion (49)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When you are surrounded by children, the child in you comes back.” — Celine Dion

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Qantas

March 31

WORD OF THE DAY

ectopia [ek-toh-pee-uh] (noun) the usually congenital displacement of an organ or part.

FILM FACTS

Which baseball’s team hat does Tom Cruise wear in the movie “War of the Worlds?”

A. Boston Red Sox

B. Toronto Blue Jays

C. New York Yankees

D. Los Angeles Dodgers

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

85 percent: In the U.S., it’s estimated that women account for 85 percent of consumer spending.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 31, 1959: The Dalai Lama, fleeing the Chinese suppression of a national uprising in Tibet, crosses the border into India, where he is granted political asylum.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Guitarist Angus Young (62)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The years teach much which the days never know.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. New York Yankees

April 1

WORD OF THE DAY

nullifidian [nuhl-uh-fid-ee-uh n] a person who has no faith or religion; skeptic.

FILM FACTS

Which actor was originally cast as Daniel in the movie “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles?”

A. River Phoenix

B. Johnny Depp

C. Rob Lowe

D. Adam Sandler

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: Africa is the only continent on the planet that is situated in all four hemispheres (Northern, Southern, Western, Eastern).

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 1, 1924: Adolf Hitler is sentenced for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch of Nov. 8, 1923.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Rachel Maddow (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. River Phoenix

April 2

WORD OF THE DAY

delaminate [dee-lam-uh-neyt] (verb) to split into laminae or thin layers.

FILM FACTS

Which NASCAR driver did the majority of Tom Cruise’s stunt driving in the movie “Days of Thunder?”

A. Dale Earnhardt

B. Greg Sacks

C. Mark Martin

D. Geoff Bodine

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7.5: The Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge in Japan contains enough cable to circle the world 7.5 times.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 2, 1513: Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Michael Fassbender (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A will finds a way.” — Orison Swett Marden

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Greg Sacks