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Morning Minutes: April 30

 

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

Osculate AHSS-kyuh-layt (verb) Kiss - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Triporama
www.triporama.com

Planning a trip with a few friends? This site allows you to organize a group getaway with friends and family by creating a Web page, sending invitations, discussing places to go, collaborating on an itinerary and even mapping the trip.

Number to Know

$15 million: Total amount of money (cash and debt cancellation) that the U.S. paid the French for the Louisiana territory. Today is Louisiana Purchase day; the treaty was signed on this day in 1803, and the purchase was made final two days later.

This Day in History

April 30, 1945: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Willie Nelson (79)

Daily Quote

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” - Hal Borland

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Riddle RID-ul (noun) A mystifying, misleading or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed; conundrum, enigma; something or someone difficult to understand - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Mashable
mashable.com

This blog is focused on Web development and social-networking sites. It reviews new websites and services, publishes breaking news on what’s new online, and follows the newest Web-based technology. From Facebook to Google to Twitter, Mashable covers it all.

Number to Know

1875: Year when the Kentucky Derby was first held. This year’s race is May 5.

This Day in History

May 1, 2003: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Tim McGraw (45)

Daily Quote

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Tenneva Jordan

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Meshuggener muh-SHUG-uhner (noun) A foolish or crazy person - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Cuteness
www.cuteness.com

Think of this site as Facebook for pets. Set up a profile for your dog, cat, fish or any other animal, and start befriending other pets. Pet owners can ask pet-related questions, find a shelter, donate to animal charities, rate products and more.

Number to Know

2: The total fertility rate or number of births per woman in the U.S. in 2009, a decline of 4 percent from 2008 (based on current birth rates by age). – Census.gov

This Day in History

May 2, 1885: Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Soccer star David Beckham (37)

Daily Quote

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs ... since the payment is pure love.” - Mildred B. Vermont

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Doff DAHF (verb) To remove (an article of wear) from the body; to take off (the hat) in greeting or as a sign of respect; to rid oneself of; put aside - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Consollection
www.consollection.de

This site has pictures and information on video game consoles through the years. It all starts with the Magnavox Odyssey, one of the very first video game systems, and continues to the Nintendo Wii. Can you find your first one?

Number to Know

85.4 million: Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2008. – Census.gov

This Day in History

May 3, 1999: The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City, Okla., is devastated by an F5 tornado killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Levi Johnston, former fiance of Bristol Palin (22)

Daily Quote

“Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Ruritanian rur-uh-TAY-nee-un (adjective) Of, relating to or having the characteristics of an imaginary place of high romance - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Go Try It On
www.gotryiton.com

This site will help you answer, “Do I look good in this?” Upload a photo (you don’t have to show your face), describe where you’re wearing it, and the community on this site will weigh in. Then give back by offering advice to someone else.

Number to Know

82: Percent of women 40 to 44 who had given birth as of 2008. In 1976, 90 percent of women in that age group had given birth. – Census.gov

This Day in History

May 4, 2007: Greensburg, Kan., is almost completely destroyed by an EF-5 tornado.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Country singer Randy Travis (53)

Daily Quote

“All mothers are working mothers.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Abrogate AB-ruh-gayt (verb) To abolish by authoritative action; annul; to treat as nonexistent - www.merriam-webster.com

Websites of the Day

- Cinco de Mayo
www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm

Many people think of Cinco de Mayo as a day to celebrate, but do you know why? This site explains the history of the holiday, which commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

- Churchill Downs
www.churchilldowns.com

Prepare for today’s Kentucky Derby by reading up on the historic host site for the Run for the Roses. In addition to the latest news on the Derby, this site also has plenty of fun features about the track and its history.

Number to Know

2.6: The total fertility rate or number of births in 2008 per woman in Utah (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, with a total fertility rate of 1.7 births per woman. – Census.gov

This Day in History

May 5, 1994: American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a nonviolent crime.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer Adele (24)

Daily Quote

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” - Sophia Loren

 

Morning Minutes: May 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

Stultify STUL-tuh-fye (verb) To cause to appear or be stupid, foolish or absurdly illogical; to impair, invalidate or make ineffective; negate; to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Alltop
alltop.com

Think of this site as an “online magazine rack.” The site collects headlines of the latest stories on Web sites or blogs. These stories are gathered on a Web page with a headline and introductory paragraph. Good for finding news on a specific topic quickly.

Number to Know

4.13 million: Number of births registered in the United States in 2009. Of this number, 409,840 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,934 to mothers 45 to 54. – Census.gov

This Day in History

May 6, 1937: Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, N.J. Thirty-six people are killed.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor George Clooney (51)

Daily Quote

“A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge