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Morning Minutes: Feb. 14

Word of the Day

Jubilate JOO-buh-layt (verb) Rejoice - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Valentine’s Day
www.lovetest.com/astromate

Today is the day of love. Visit this site and enter the astrological signs of you and your significant other (or significant crush). Find out which signs you are most compatible with and which signs to stay away from.

Number to Know

69: Percent of people 15 years and older in 2010 who had been married at some point in their lives, either currently or formerly. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Feb. 14, 2008: Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opens fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County university, resulting in six fatalities (including the gunman) and 18 injuries.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Florence Henderson (77)

Daily Quote

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” - Zora Neale Hurston

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 15

Word of the Day

Charisma kuh-RIZ-muh (noun) A personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader); a special magnetic charm or appeal - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Futurama Wikie
http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page

Today, on the birthday of “Futurama” creator Matt Groening, head to this “Futurama” wiki website, which is an online encyclopedia of all things related to the show. You’ll learn all sorts of trivia, see the latest news and more.

Number to Know

1877: Year when the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was first held. This year’s show wraps up today.

This Day in History

Feb. 15, 1933: In Miami, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.

Today’s Featured Birthday

“The Simpsons” and “Futurama” creator Matt Groening (57)

Daily Quote

“Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn't mean only artistic creativity, although that's part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.” - Matt Groening

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 16

Word of the Day

Ossify AH-suh-fye (verb) To become or change into bone or bony tissue; to become or make hardened or set in one's ways - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Bargain shopping
www.shopgoodwill.com

Now that another gift-giving holiday is over, it’s time to tighten up the spending again. The Goodwill shopping site is auction-style, like eBay, only cheaper. It also has all the features and quirks as Craigslist.

Number to Know

1: Number of 3-pointers big man Shaquille O'Neal has made in his NBA career. The lone basket happened on this date in 1996 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

This Day in History

Feb. 16, 2005: The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-05 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Tennis legend John McEnroe (52)

Daily Quote

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” - George Washington

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 17

Word of the Day

Procrastinate pruh-KRAS-tuh-nayt (verb) To put off intentionally and habitually; to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Intelligent TV
http://fora.tv

Keep up on the world’s most important issues and most intelligent minds with this site, which constantly uploads relevant stories related to politics, science, technology, culture, economy and the environment.

Number to Know

1: Where Michael Jordan ranks as far as career NBA scoring average. He finished with a 30.12 points-per-game average. 

This Day in History

Feb. 17, 1968: In Springfield, Mass., the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Basketball legend Michael Jordan (48)

Daily Quote

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” - George Washington

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 18

Word of the Day

Gloaming GLOH-ming (noun) Twilight, dusk - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Great Backyard Bird Count
www.birdsource.org/gbbc

Today marks the start of the four-day Great Backyard Bird Count, in which everyone is encouraged to count the birds they spot in their backyard. You can report the number of birds per species that you saw at the website and find out who came out on top.

Number to Know

97,200: Approximate number of bird checklists people submitted last year for the Great Backyard Bird Count, according to www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

This Day in History

Feb. 18, 2001: Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident in the final turn of the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor John Travolta (57)

Daily Quote

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” - George Washington

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 19

Word of the Day

Snitty SNIT-ee (adjective) Disagreeably ill-tempered - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Dinner reservations
www.opentable.com

If you are going out to a restaurant, make a reservation in a manner befitting the 21st century. This site makes finding a restaurant and making a reservation as easy as a couple of clicks. Once you try it, you’ll never again want to make a reservation over the phone.

Number to Know

6,822: Number of Americans killed or who went missing during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

This Day in History

Feb. 19, 1945: World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 U.S. Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Smokey Robinson (71)

Daily Quote

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” - George Washington

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 20

Word of the Day

Ninja NIN-juh (noun) A person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts and employed especially for espionage and assassinations - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Happy birthday, Rihanna
www.starpulse.com/Music/Rihanna

Today is pop sensation Rihanna’s birthday, and on this website you can read her bio and learn about her albums and career. Also find relevant news stories, photos and concert information, or search for other celebrities.

Number to Know

1959: First year that the Daytona 500 was held. This year’s race takes place today.

This Day in History

Feb. 20, 2003: During a Great White concert in West Warwick, R.I., a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Basketball great/TV personality Charles Barkley (48)

Daily Quote

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” - George Washington