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Morning Minutes: Oct. 25

Word of the Day

Flippant FLIP-unt (adj.) Lacking proper respect or seriousness - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
www.benjerry.com/fun/halloween

Who says ice cream can’t be haunted? This page on the Ben & Jerry’s website is a graveyard of interaction: bats, ghouls, monsters and more. First, read the tombstones of old ice cream flavors that have passed on. Then, click through to explore endless worlds of cartoon-like laboratories, basements, abandoned mansions, dusty libraries and more.

Number to Know

24.3 pounds: Per-capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 25, 1962: Cuban missile crisis: Adlai Stevenson shows photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Basketball coach Bobby Knight (70)

Daily Quote

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 26

Word of the Day

Phatic FATT-ik (adj.) Of, relating to or being speech used for social or emotive purposes rather than for communicating information - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Vampire.com
www.vampire.com

Visit the alluring yet disturbing world of the vampire. This site lists everything to know about today’s blood-sucking creatures of the night: latest vampire movies, vampire news, vampire writing contests, vampire readings, vampire history and so much more. This is the one-stop shop for everything vampire - just don’t let it suck the life out of you.  

Number to Know

1,814: Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2008. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 26, 2001: The U.S. passes the Patrtiot Act into law.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (63)

Daily Quote

“Research tells us 14 out of any 10 individuals likes chocolate.” - Sandra Boynton

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 27

Word of the Day

Rectilinear rek-tuh-LINN-ee-er (adj.) Moving in or forming a straight line; characterized by straight lines - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Zombie movies
www.zmdb.org

Hollywood may have an obsession with the undead, and it is all listed out in detail on this website. Search over 4,000 zombie movies, or add in your favorite zombie movies yourself. Learn about the first zombie appearances in movies, read the latest zombie news or discuss with other zombie fanatics in the forum.

Number to Know

89: Percent of people who believe in miracles, according to a Harris Poll.

This Day in History

Oct. 27, 1992: Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler Jr. is murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay, precipitating debate about gays in the military that resulted in the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Ruby Dee (86)

Daily Quote

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.” - Judith Viorst

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 28

Word of the Day

Eternize ih-TER-nyze (verb) To make eternal; to prolong indefinitely; immortalize - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Salem witch trials
www.salemwitchmuseum.com

Learn about the Salem witch trials at the website of the official Salem witch museum. This spellbinding site is family-friendly with frequently asked question about the trials and videos of kids who wanted their questions answered, too. Read the timeline of the witchcraft accusations, shop the Salem witch gift shop and go back to 1692.

Number to Know

68: Percent of people who believe in the devil, according to a Harris Poll.

This Day in History

Oct. 28, 1919: U.S. Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, paving the way for Prohibition to begin the following January.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Joaquin Phoenix (36)

Daily Quote

“Chocolate is like medicine - but as with medicine, the key is the proper dose. Don't overdo it.” - Edward "Grandpa" Jones

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 29

Word of the Day

Parlay PAHR-lay (verb) To bet in a parlay; to exploit successfully; to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Ghost videos
www.ghostvideos.ws

Need proof that ghosts exist? All the proof you could ever want is right on this website. All the videos and pictures of ghosts, apparitions and unexplainable happenings are collected in one spot for you to explore. Watch real, chilling footage and never question the supernatural again.

Number to Know

51: Percent of people who believe in ghosts, according to a Harris Poll.

This Day in History

Oct. 29, 1960: In Louisville, Ky., Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Winona Ryder (39)

Daily Quote

“Hey, aren't you going to stay to greet the Great Pumpkin? Huh? It won't be long now. If the Great Pumpkin comes, I'll still put in a good word for you! (realizes what he just said) Good grief! I said ‘if’! I meant ‘when’ he comes!” – Linus, from “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 30

Word of the Day

Raconteur ra-kahn-TER (noun) A person who excels in telling anecdotes - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Spells and potions website
http://magic-spells-and-potions.com

Find all the recipes for any kind of spell you can think of. Whether you want to cast a love spell on someone special or put a hex on your enemies, this site has step-by-step instructions to ensure that the dark magic works. Find books to read and general information about this world of enchanting mystery.

Number to Know

58: Of people who believe in ghosts, 58 percent are women, according to a Harris Poll.

This Day in History

Oct. 30, 1945: Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Soccer legend Diego Maradona (50)

Daily Quote

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” – Linus from “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 31

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 (49)

Daily Quote

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