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Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Pungle PUNG-gul (verb) To make a payment or contribution of money - usually used with up -www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday
www.ozzy.com

Celebrate Ozzy’s birthday by visiting his official site. Find out the latest news on the Price of Darkness, his tour dates and his Twitter messages. You can also watch videos.

Number to Know

614: The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children's vehicles in 2008; they employed 9,163 workers. California led the nation with 99 establishments. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 3, 1989: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the Cold War between their nations may be coming to an end.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Ozzy Osbourne (64)

Daily Quote

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” - Roy L. Smith

 

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Ululate ULL-yuh-layt (verb) Howl, wail - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Star gazing
www.stardate.org  

This time of year generally brings about the best conditions for spotting stars, planets and constellations in the night sky. Visit this site for weekly tips on where to look for the best star-gazing opportunities.

Number to Know

$5.1 billion: The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys (including dolls), puzzles and electric trains from China between January and August 2010. China was the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts. These include roller skates ($37 million), sports footwear ($218 million) and basketballs ($32 million). China leads Thailand as the leading supplier of ice skates ($9 million versus $6 million), with Canada ranking third ($4 million). – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 4, 1980: English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rapper Jay-Z (43)

Daily Quote

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” - Mary Ellen Chase

 

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Greasy spoon GREE-see-SPOON (noun) A dingy small cheap restaurant - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Walt Disney’s birthday
www.justdisney.com

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday by visiting this site. Learn about his life, the story behind his characters, watch clips of him and read his famous quotes.

Number to Know

50.9 percent: Proportion of the nation's spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2009. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 5, 2007: Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Neb., mall, killing eight people before taking his own life.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/racer Frankie Muniz (27)

Daily Quote

“Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.” - W.J. Cameron

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Vagary VAY-guh-ree (noun) An erratic, unpredictable or extravagant manifestation, action or notion -www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Snow safety
www.kidshealth.org

Snow often means outdoor activities, whether it is sledding, building a snowman or shoveling the driveway. But safety should always come first. Visit this site to get the tips you need to keep you and your family safe.

Number to Know

$1.2 billion: The value of product shipments of candles in 2008 by the nation's manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 6, 1884: The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Comedian Steven Wright (57)

Daily Quote

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” - Burton Hillis

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Fossick FAH-sik (verb) To search about; rummage; to search for by or as if by rummaging; ferret out -www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Pearl Harbor attack
http://www.pearlharbor.org/

Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Head to this site to see videos, read eyewitness accounts and much more.

Number to Know

8: The number of Santa's original reindeer. Rudolph wasn’t created until about 100 years after the others.

This Day in History

Dec. 7, 1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the U.S. Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Basketball legend Larry Bird (56)

Daily Quote

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.” - Andy Rooney

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Ineluctable in-ih-LUK-tuh-bul (adjective) Not to be avoided, changed or resisted; inevitable -www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Stream music
www.musicovery.com

While shopping online, you can stream music that is customized to your personal taste. Use the slides and boxes to check and uncheck the genre, tempo, beat and mood you prefer. Music always makes shopping better!

Number to Know

50,000: Approximate number of Santa letters the Nuuk, Greenland, post office gets each year.

This Day in History

Dec. 8, 1980: John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of the Dakota apartment building in New York City.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Teri Hatcher (48)

Daily Quote

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!” - Charles Dickens, “The Pickwick Papers”

 

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Sylvan SILL-vun (adjective) Living or located in the woods or forest; of, relating to or characteristic of the woods or forest; made, shaped or formed of woods or trees; abounding in woods, groves or trees; wooded - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Customized recipes
www.supercook.com

During the winter months, you may decide to stay inside and cook more often than venturing out to a restaurant. But you’ll never have to go to the grocery store to buy the ingredients that you need for a recipe. Instead, visit this site, type in the ingredients that you already have and then choose from recipes that match that description.

Number to Know

2 million: Expected number of visitors to the Christmas market Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.

This Day in History

Dec. 9, 1946: The "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" begin with the "Doctors' Trial," prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor John Malkovich (59)

Daily Quote

“There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries.” - W.J. Cameron