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Morning Minutes: Oct. 29

 

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

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 (41)

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, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

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 (52)

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, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

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 (51)

Daily Quote

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

 

 

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 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

Amok uh-MUK (adverb) In a murderously frenzied state; in a violently raging manner; in an undisciplined, uncontrolled or faulty manner - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Project Vote Smart
www.votesmart.org

This is a nonpartisan, volunteer-based website that is dedicated to educating fellow citizens about political candidates’ backgrounds, experiences and stances on issues. This website claims to accept no funding money from interest groups and offers useful, independent information on federal, state and local candidates. Check it out before you head to the polls tomorrow.

Number to Know

1966: Year when the New Orleans Saints football team was founded. It happened on this date - All Saints’ Day, appropriately enough.

This Day in History

Nov. 1, 1960: While campaigning for president, John F. Kennedy announces his idea of the Peace Corps.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Jenny McCarthy (40)

Daily Quote

“A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.” - James Freeman Clarke

 

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 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

Oracular aw-RAK-yuh-ler (adj.) Resembling an oracle (as in solemnity of delivery); of, relating to or being an oracle -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

Pimp That Snack
www.pimpthatsnack.com

This U.K.-based site features everyday snacks made giant, with tips on how to replicate the monstrous creations. Though there aren’t many recent updates, it’s fun to look back on the 9-inch bagel with egg and bacon, or the life-sized gingerbread boy.

Number to Know

23.2 million: The number of military veterans in the United States in 2008, according to www.census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 2, 1983: President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor David Schwimmer (46)

Daily Quote

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” - José Narosky

 

 

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 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

Blench BLENCH (verb) To draw back or turn aside from lack of courage, flinch -- www.merriam-webster.com

Web Site of the Day

My Very Worst Date
myveryworstdate.com

As the site says, “love is a battlefield,” and here you can laugh with others who have been unlucky in love. The website is no longer posting new tales, but there is a trove of disastrous-date stories to read.

Number to Know

1.8 million: The number of female veterans in 2008, according to www.census.gov.

This Day in History

Nov. 3, 1913: The United States introduces an income tax.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress/comedian Roseanne Barr (60)

Daily Quote

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” - Elmer Davis