Morning Minutes: March 11-17

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Morning Minutes: March 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

Equestrian ih-KWES-tree-uhn (Adjective) Of or pertaining to horseback riding or horseback riders - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

The Top 10 Universal Monsters

http://listverse.com/2012/10/16/top-10-universal-monsters/

Frankenstein's monster is one of the most famous monsters featured in Universal Studios movies. Check out what other Universal monsters made the top 10!

Number to Know

1 million: Number of hybrid cars Toyota had sold on this day in 2009.

This Day in History

March 11, 1818: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published. 

Today's Featured Birthday

Actor Terrence Howard (44)

Daily Quote

"Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Green Ingersoll

Morning Minutes: March 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

Zedonk ZEE-dongk (noun) The offspring of a zebra and a donkey, also called a zonkey or a donkra - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

The 20 Coolest Animal Hybrids

http://www.buzzfeed.com/toyota/the-20-coolest-hybrid-animals-3d8x

Zedonks can also be called donkras, and are number seven on this list of 20 hybrid animals, including ligers and beefalos.

Number to Know

206: Number of electoral votes Mitt Romney received in the 2012 presidential election.

This Day in History

March 12, 2003: Elizabeth Smart is found and returns to her family nine months after being kidnapped from her home in Utah. Her kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, were later sentenced to life and 15 years in prison, respectively.

Today's Featured Birthday

Politician Mitt Romney (66)

Daily Quote

"Leadership, leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses." - Mitt Romney

Morning Minutes: March 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

Bust buhst (noun) A sculptured, painted, drawn, or engraved representation of the upper part of the human figure, especially a portrait sculpture showing only the head and shoulders of the subject - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

Best Space Pictures of 2012: Editor's Picks

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/12/pictures/121211-best-space-2012-endeavour-mars-rover-nasa-science/

See National Geographic's best pictures of space, including the Double Helix and Thor's Helmet nebulas, a close-up of a storm on Saturn and a self-portrait Buzz Aldrin took on his last visit to space.

Number to Know

84: Number of Earth years it takes Uranus to orbit the sun once.

This Day in History

March 13, 1781: Astronomer William Hershel discovers Uranus.

Today's Featured Birthday

Rapper Lonnie "Common" Lynn

Daily Quote

"Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time." - Lyndon B. Johnson

Morning Minutes: March 14

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

Pique peek (verb) To arouse an emotion or provoke to action - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

Pi Day: Celebrate Mathematics on March 14

http://www.piday.org

Today is Pi Day! Visit Pi Day's offical website to get ideas for how to celebrate, learn about pi and listen to "Lose Yourself in the Digits," the official rap of Pi Day.

Number to Know

3.14159: The beginning digits of pi; visit the Pi Day website listed above to see the first million digits.

This Day in History

March 14, 1950: The FBI debuts the "Ten Most Wanted" list in an effort to publicize dangerous fugitives and increase tips from the public.

Today's Featured Birthday

Comedian/actor Billy Crystal (65)

Daily Quote

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. ... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" - Robert Kennedy

Morning Minutes: March 15

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

Balaclava bal-uh-KLAH-vuh (noun) A close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.

Website of the Day

'Beware The Ides Of March,' And 8 Other Bad Omens In Literature

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/ides-of-march-julius-caesar_n_1347990.html

Learn about the warning signs famous literary characters saw and ignored.

Number to Know

$302,000: Amount of money "The Godfather," which was released on this date in 1972, made in its opening weekend.

This Day in History

March 15, 44 B.C.: Julius Caesar is murdered.

Today's Featured Birthday

Actor Kellan Lutz (27)

Daily Quote

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Morning Minutes: March 16

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

Infamy IN-fuh-mee (noun) Extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

60 Second Recaps

http://www.60secondrecap.com

Never read "The Scarlet Letter"? Fear not! This website breaks down books in 60 second videos. Most of the classics are included. With videos for the plot, characters and major themes, you can become an expert on almost any book in a matter of minutes.

Number to Know

.002: Fractions of a second Ricky Craven finished ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Darlington 500 on this day on 2003, in the closest recorded finish in NASCAR history. 

This Day in History

March 16, 1850: Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" is published.

Today's Featured Birthday

Actress Lauren Graham (46)

Daily Quote

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." - Vince Lombardi

Morning Minutes: March 17

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

Chide chahyd (verb) To scold or reproach; find fault - dictionary.com

Website of the Day

7 Crazy St. Patrick's Day Traditions Around The Globe

http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/st-patricks-traditions-slideshow.html

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world, and some places celebrate more exuberantly than others. Included are a city that dyes its river green, another that has men dressed as leprechauns change its street signs and a Caribbean island that considers the day a national holiday.

Number to Know

13 million: Pints of Guinness beer consumed on St. Patrick's Day, according to Guinness' global corporate-relations director.

This Day in History

March 17, 1762: First St. Patrick's Day parade is held in New York City.

Today's Featured Birthday

Soccer player Mia Hamm (41)

Daily Quote

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." - Ann Landers