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Morning Minutes: Oct. 18

Word of the Day

Scintillate SIN-tuh-layt (verb) To emit sparks, spark; to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks; sparkle - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Bakerella
www.bakerella.com/category/sweets/cupcakes

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, which is one day that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Devoted baking blogger Bakerella has plenty to dish on how to make the most fun, unique and, most importantly, easy cupcakes around. These are no ordinary cupcakes, and they will certainly impress anyone with a sweet tooth.

Number to Know

1867: Year when Russia transferred Alaska to the U.S. It happened on this date, a day that is celebrated as Alaska Day.

This Day in History

Oct. 18, 1968: The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Zac Efron (23)

Daily Quote

“'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.” - William Shakespeare

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 19

Word of the Day

Fret FRET (verb) To eat or gnaw into; wear, corrode; fray; to become vexed or worried; agitate - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

J.K. Rowling Official Site
www.jkrowling.com

There is much more to J.K. Rowling than just Harry Potter. Visit her official site to read her biography, find out what projects she’s working on and have fun with interactive graphics. Nearly everything your mouse touches moves and, before you know it, you’ll spend hours playing in her cyber land of magic.

Number to Know

36 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2009 — children 5 to 13 — across the United States. This number is up about 190,000 from a year earlier. Of course, many other children — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 19, 2005: Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor John Lithgow (65)

Daily Quote

“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” - William Shakespeare

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 20

Word of the Day

Plaintive PLAYN-tiv (adj.) Expressive of suffering or woe; melancholy - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Official Mickey Mantle Web Site
www.mickeymantle.com

Today is Mickey Mantle’s birthday. Visit the official of this baseball Hall of Famer to find quotes, facts, recommended YouTube videos, pictures and everything else that a Mantle fan would want.

Number to Know

111.3 million: Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2009 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 20, 1977: A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Viggo Mortensen (52)

Daily Quote

“A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.” - J.M. Barrie

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 21

Word of the Day

Caravansary kair-uh-VAN-suh-ree (noun) An inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where caravans rest at night; hotel, inn - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Apple Country
www.nyapplecountry.com

Today is Apple Day, which initiated in the United Kingdom and gives people an excuse to drink cider, play apple games and exchange gardening advice. And, of course, taste the many varieties of apples! Visit this website to learn more about apple nutrition, find all-apple recipes and get fun apple facts for kids.

Number to Know

92: Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 21, 1967: Vietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, D.C. A peaceful rally at the Lincoln Memorial is followed by a march to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and U.S. marshals protecting the facility.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress/novelist Carrie Fisher (54)

Daily Quote

“They that are born on Halloween shall see more than other folk.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 22

Word of the Day

Permeable PER-mee-uh-bul (adj.) Capable of being permeated; penetrable; having pores or openings that permit liquids or gases to pass through - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Timothy Leary Archives
www.timothylearyarchives.org

Today is Timothy Leary’s birthday – he would have been 90. Leary was an American psychologist who advocated for research into psychedelic drugs. Later labeled “the most dangerous man in American” by President Richard Nixon, he was a controversial figure in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Visit this website to find the complete archives of Leary, including unpublished works, interviews and audio recordings. 

Number to Know

931 million pounds: Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2009. Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states: Each produced at least 100 million pounds.  – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 22, 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis: President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announces that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval "quarantine" of the Communist nation.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Author/doctor/speaker Deepak Chopra (64)

Daily Quote

“Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows Eve. ... And on this fatal night, at this witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon.” - Kim Elizabeth

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 23

Word of the Day

Reminisce rem-uh-NISS (verb) To indulge in the process or practice of thinking or telling about past experiences - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Make A Difference Day
http://ourblocks.net/project-ideas-for-make-a-difference-day-10-24-09

Today is Make a Difference Day. Created in 1990 by USA Weekend Magazine, this day takes place every fourth Saturday in October and gives people an excuse to make a difference in their communities: volunteer, pick up litter, help a neighbor, etc. Visit this website to find past honorees, project ideas and more.

Number to Know

1,317: Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2008, employing 38,369 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 146, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 23, 2001: Apple releases the iPod.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Entertainer "Weird Al" Yankovic (51)

Daily Quote

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” - H.P. Lovecraft

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 24

Word of the Day

Demeanor dih-MEE-ner (noun) Behavior toward others; outward manner - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Origami
www.origami.com

Today is the start of World Origami Days, which will end Nov. 11 (Japan’s Origami Day). Oppenheimer founded the first American origami group, and she wanted the world to share in the magic of origami. Visit this website to find diagrams on how to create an elephant, alien, angel and much more out of folded paper.

Number to Know

422: Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California led the nation in this category, with 47 establishments. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Oct. 24, 2002: Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rapper Drake (24)

Daily Quote

“Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.” - Sir Francis Bacon