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Morning Minutes: Nov. 7

 

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

Foliage FOH-lee-ij (noun) A representation of leaves, flowers and branches for architectural ornamentation; the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants; a cluster of leaves, flowers and branches - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

EconTalk
www.econtalk.org

Everybody’s talking about the economy and financial market. The Library of Economics and Liberty’s podcast offers unique perspectives from authors, professors, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs, leaders of charities and businesses, and people on the street.

Number to Know

7.8 million: Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This Day in History

Nov. 7, 2000: The controversial presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which is later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rev. Billy Graham (93)

Daily Quote

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” - Billy Graham

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 8

 

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

Quash KWAHSH (verb) To nullify especially by judicial action -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

BrainPOP
www.brainpop.com

Aimed toward students in kindergarten through grade 12, this educational Web site has hundreds of short videos that can be used by teachers to introduce new subjects, or by kids to learn something while having fun.

Number to Know

50,000: Number of living veterans in 2008 who served during the Vietnam Era and both Gulf War eras, according to www.census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 8, 1960: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is elected the 35th president of the United States, defeating Richard M. Nixon.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Bonnie Raitt (62)

Daily Quote

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” - Mark Twain

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 9

 

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

Rugose ROO-gohss (adj.) Full of wrinkles; having the veinlets sunken and the spaces between elevated -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

MakeUseOf
www.makeuseof.com

This blog features Web sites, computer tips and downloads that aim to make you more productive. Learn about new sites you may not know, find alternatives to popular software programs and get all kinds of “how to” tips for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

Number to Know

10.4 million: Number of veterans ages 18 to 64 in the U.S. labor force in 2008, according to Census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 9, 1989: Fall of the Berlin Wall. Communist-controlled East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall allowing its citizens to travel to West Germany. People start demolishing the Berlin Wall.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno (60)

Daily Quote

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 10

 

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

Rebus REE-bus (noun) A representation of syllables or words by means of pictures or symbols; a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Shop It To Me
www.shopittome.com

Shop It To Me is a great tool to make sure you never miss a discount. Select your favorite apparel brands and sizes. The site scours retailers’ Web sites and sends you a daily or weekly e-mail sale summary.

Number to Know

5.5 million: Number of U.S. veterans with any type of disability in 2008, according to Census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 10, 1919: In Minneapolis, the first national convention of the American Legion is held.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Author Neil Gaiman (51)

Daily Quote

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 11

 

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

Gruntle GRUN-tul (verb) To put in a good humor -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Veterans Day – Military.com
www.military.com/veterans-day

Whether you’re a veteran or an American who wants to honor those who fought, this site is a great resource. Learn about the history of Veterans Day, get suggestions on how to celebrate, display your support with a bumper sticker and more.

Number to Know

15.8 million: Number of veterans who voted in the 2008 presidential election. Seventy-one percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 63 percent of non-veterans, according to Census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 11, 1918: World War I ends: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside of Compiègne in France. The war officially stops at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (37)

Daily Quote

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – George Orwell

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 12

 

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

Erstwhile ERST-wile (adverb) In the past; formerly - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Paper Cuts
http://papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com

If you’re a fan of books, you should be reading this book blog from the New York Times. Paper Cuts, as it’s known, is an informative look at all things books, and you’ll find podcasts in addition to articles. The site also links to the Sunday Book Review, another must-see site for bibliophiles.

Number to Know

242 million: The number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2010. That's down 2 percent from the number raised during 2009. The turkeys produced in 2009 together weighed 7.1 billion pounds and were valued at $3.6 billion. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Nov. 12, 2001: In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Anne Hathaway (29)

Daily Quote

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” - H.U. Westermayer

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 13

 

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

Boustrophedon boo-struh-FEE-dahn (noun) The writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left) - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Acts of Kindness
www.actsofkindness.org

Today is World Kindness Day, so head to this site (or another of your chosing), which is built on the principle of helping others and being kind. The site lists ways to help out in your community, has information for teachers and much more.

Number to Know

47 million: The preliminary estimate of turkeys Minnesota expected to raise in 2010. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (31.0 million), Arkansas (28.0 million), Missouri (17.5 million), Indiana (16.0 million) and Virginia (15.5 million). These six states together would probably account for about two-thirds of U.S. turkeys produced in 2010. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Nov. 13, 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress/comedian/TV personality Whoopi Goldberg (56)

Daily Quote

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhart