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Morning Minutes: Oct. 31

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Tittup TITT-up (verb) To move in a lively manner often with an exaggerated or affected action - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Haunted house directory
www.hauntedhouseratings.com

Happy Halloween! Make it a good one by filling your day with haunted houses, attractions and spooky displays. Visit this site to search by state for haunted happenings in your area, or vote for your favorite haunts for others to see. Then browse through the top 13 or 31 haunted houses in the country and visit their sites – if you dare.

Number to Know

27: Percent of people older than 65 who believe in ghosts, according to a Harris Poll. 

This Day in History

Oct. 31, 1926: Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Director Peter Jackson (50)

Daily Quote

“I got a rock.” - Charlie Brown, from “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 1

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Amok uh-MUK (adverb) In a murderously frenzied state; in a violently raging manner; in an undisciplined, uncontrolled or faulty manner - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Project Vote Smart
www.votesmart.org

This is a nonpartisan, volunteer-based website that is dedicated to educating fellow citizens about political candidates’ backgrounds, experiences and stances on issues. This website claims to accept no funding money from interest groups and offers useful, independent information on federal, state and local candidates. Check it out before you head to the polls tomorrow.

Number to Know

1966: Year when the New Orleans Saints football team was founded. It happened on this date - All Saints’ Day, appropriately enough.

This Day in History

Nov. 1, 1960: While campaigning for president, John F. Kennedy announces his idea of the Peace Corps.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Jenny McCarthy (39)

Daily Quote

“A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.” - James Freeman Clarke

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 2

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Oracular aw-RAK-yuh-ler (adj.) Resembling an oracle (as in solemnity of delivery); of, relating to or being an oracle -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Pimp That Snack
www.pimpthatsnack.com

This U.K.-based site features everyday snacks made giant, with tips on how to replicate the monstrous creations. Though there aren’t many recent updates, it’s fun to look back on the 9-inch bagel with egg and bacon, or the life-sized gingerbread boy.

Number to Know

23.2 million: The number of military veterans in the United States in 2008, according to www.census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 2, 1983: President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor David Schwimmer (45)

Daily Quote

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” - José Narosky

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 3

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Blench BLENCH (verb) To draw back or turn aside from lack of courage, flinch -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

My Very Worst Date
myveryworstdate.com

As the site says, “love is a battlefield,” and here you can commiserate and laugh with others who have been unlucky in love. The tales of disastrous dates are rated PG and range from hilarious to cringe-worthy.

Number to Know

1.8 million: The number of female veterans in 2008, according to www.census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 3, 1913: The United States introduces an income tax.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress/comedian Roseanne Barr (59)

Daily Quote

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” - Elmer Davis

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 4

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Glitch GLITCH (noun) A usually minor malfunction; an unexpected defect, fault, flaw or imperfection; a minor problem that causes a temporary setback, snag; a false or spurious electronic signal -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Supercook
www.supercook.com

This recipe search engine helps you find dishes you can make with what you have in your cupboard. Enter the ingredients in the search box, and you’ll be directed to suggested recipes, plus a list of any items you need to complete it.

Number to Know

2.3 million: The number of black veterans in 2008, according to www.census.gov. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans were Hispanic; 276,000 were Asian; 160,000 were American Indian or Alaska native; 27,000 were native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; and 18.3 million were non-Hispanic white.

This Day in History

Nov. 4, 2008: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected president of the United States.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Matthew McConaughey (42)

Daily Quote

“Freedom is never free.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 5

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Ostracize AHS-truh-syze (verb) To exclude from a group by common consent -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Jinni
www.jinni.com

This site offers movie recommendations using the Movie Genome Project, which takes a more widespread and complex method of cataloging film and TV. Take a quiz to discover your movie personality, and discover films you normally might overlook.

Number to Know

9.2 million: The number of veterans 65 and older in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This Day in History

Nov. 5, 2006: Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Art Garfunkel (70)

Daily Quote

“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” - George Canning

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 6

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Diabolical dye-uh-BAH-lih-kul (adj.) Of, relating to or characteristic of the devil; devilish -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Car Design News
www.cardesignnews.com

Just as interested in the design of a car as what’s under the hood? Car Design News is an online magazine with news on car designs, reviews, photo galleries, coverage of exhibitions, discussion forums and even car designer portfolios.

Number to Know

2: Time this morning when time “fell back.” Did you remember to change your clocks?

This Day in History

Nov. 6, 1985: The Iran-Contra Affair: The press reveals that President Ronald Reagan had authorized the shipment of arms to Iran.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Sally Field (63)

Daily Quote

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy