Question of the Day

Wednesday's Question of the Day asked …  What number, between two hyphens, has traditionally been used to mark the end of a newspaper or broadcast story? The answer is "30." Many of you said you'd be more excited to know where that came from; unfortunately, it seems that no one has a definitive answer! Some theorize it could have originated from the number 30's use in signifying the end of a transmission in during the American Civil War era. Or, perhaps it originated when stories were written in longhand, where X marked the end of a sentence, XX the end of a paragraph, and XXX (30 in Roman numerals) marked the end of a story.

Your guess is as good as ours!

Congratulations to Hugh Cutler for being the very first to tweet the answer correctly! Felicitations also must go out to Jennifer MasciaTampa Bay TimesCraig PittmanM. Edward BoraskyMike McCallisterGuardian's Jack Schofield, freelance journalist Andrew HoltzGeorge McGrathKPCC's Ed JoyceJim PierobonNew York TimesThomas FeyerKPMG's Ron CasalottiStatesman Journal's Michelle Maxwell, syndicated columnist Margo Howard (who still uses the mark, she tells us!), Alan BlausteinOE Magazine's Nina RachMailTrack (hey, mysterious social media account holder), and Edward Tenner!

Today's question: The breaking news of John Lennon's murder on Dec. 8, 1980, was made on television by this unlikely reporter. Who was he, and what was his job?

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