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Morning Minutes: Feb. 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


Lackadaisical lak-uh-DEY-zi-kuhl (adjective) Without interest, vigor, or determination - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


The 40 Best Whitney Houston Songs


http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2012/02/the-40-best-whitney-houston-songs.html#!080911-music-whitney-houston-2000s


Mark the first anniversary of Whitney Houston's passing by remembering her best songs.


Number to Know


22: Number of American Music Awards Whitney Houston won during her life, more than any other female artist.


This Day in History


Feb. 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela, a leader in the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after being incarcerated for 27 years.


Today's Featured Birthday


Actor Burt Reynolds (77)


Daily Quote


"Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude." - Joseph Wood Krutch


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 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


Smaragdine smuh-RAG-din (adjective) Of or relating to emeralds - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin At His Greatest


http://www.npr.org/2011/07/18/105855746/rhapsody-in-blue-gershwin-at-his-greatest


Listen to the radio broadcast that accompanied the addition of "Rhapsody in Blue" to NPR's list of 50 essential classical recordings. Also listen to Gershwin's most famous song, first performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Columbia Symphony today in 1924.


Number to Know


55: Number of senators who voted that former President Bill Clinton was not guilty of perjury.


This Day in History


Feb. 12, 1999: President Bill Clinton is acquitted after a five-week impeachment trial in which he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. 


Today's Featured Birthday


Comedian Arsenio Hall (57)


Daily Quote


"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." - Stephen Hawking


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 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


Sycophant SIK-uh-fuhnt (noun) A self-seeking, servile flatterer - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


Five Favorite Films with Ang Lee


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/taking_woodstock/news/1854837/five_favourite_films_with_ang_lee/


The "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" director explains his five favorite movies. Learn about what styles and directors inspire his work.


Number to Know


10: Number of Oscar nominations "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" received on this day in 2001, including one for Best Picture.


This Day in History


Feb. 13, 1920: The League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations, recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.


Today's Featured Birthday


Talk show host Jerry Springer (69)


Daily Quote


"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Katzantzakis


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 14


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Word of the Day


Infatuation in-fach-oo-EY-shuhn (noun) Foolish or all-absorbing passion or an instance of this - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


Valentine's Day by the Numbers


http://www.history.com/interactives/valentines-day-by-the-numbers


If you're one of the 62 percent of adults who celebrate Valentine's Day, or if you just enjoy infographics, this is the site for you! Learn how many pounds of chocolate are bought, how many cards are sent and how many conversation hearts are eaten.


Number to Know


102 million: Number of Americans over the age of 18 who are unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That's 44.1 percent of the country's population.


This Day in History


Feb. 14, 278: St. Valentine is beheaded by the order of Claudius II, or Claudius the Cruel, emperor of Rome.


Today's Featured Birthday


Quarterback Drew Bledsoe (41)


Daily Quote


"Love conquers all." - Virgil


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 15


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Word of the Day


Cynic SIN-ik (noun) A person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


Simpsons Wiki


http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Simpsons_Wiki


Learn everything you never knew you wanted to know about "The Simpsons."


Number to Know


24: Seasons of "The Simpsons" that have aired, making it the longest-running American scripted, primetime TV series ever.


This Day in History


Feb. 15, 1903: The first teddy bear, named after President Theodore Roosevelt, goes on sale.


Today's Featured Birthday


Creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening (59)


Daily Quote


"Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Theresa


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 16


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Word of the Day


Milieu mil-YOO (noun) Surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharoahs


http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/tut/index.html


Take a virtual trip through the Field Museum's archives to see pictures of the artifacts from King Tut's tomb, learn about life in ancient Egypt and follow the artifacts as they toured America in the 1960s and '70s.


Number to Know


3000: Years Tutankhamun's tomb was untouched after being buried in the desert.


This Day in History


Feb. 16, 1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun, becoming the first person to enter since approximately 1400 B.C.


Today's Featured Birthday


Rapper/actor Ice-T (55)


Daily Quote


"I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed." - Robert H. Schuller


 


 


Morning Minutes: Feb. 17


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Word of the Day


Ascetic uh-SET-ik (adjective) Rigorously abstinent; austere - dictionary.com


Website of the Day


The Michael Bayifier


http://bayifier.com


This site allows you to upload a picture and add all the explosions, jets and Shia LaBoef needed to make it look like it was taken in a Michael Bay movie. 


Number to Know


15,007,034: Number of Beetles produced to break the Model T's record.


This Day in History


Feb. 17, 1972: The Volkswagon Beetle becomes the world's best-selling car, breaking the record held for over 40 years by the Ford Model T.


Today's Featured Birthday


Director Michael Bay (48)


Daily Quote


"The harder I work, the luckier I get." - Samuel Goldwyn