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Morning Minutes: Nov. 29

Word of the Day

Misconstrue miss-kun-STROO (verb) To understand or explain wrongly; misinterpret - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Cyber Monday tips 
www.walletpop.com

Before starting off on your online shopping spree, take a few minutes to review some tips and tricks of the trade. Jorgen Wouters’ article, “Top 10 Cyber Monday Tips for Safe Online Shopping,” tells you how to spot trustworthy websites, protect your computer and your personal information and avoid too-good-to-be-true deals. 

Number to Know

$488.5 million: The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August 2010. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($28.2 million worth) during the same period. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Nov. 29, 1963: President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Today’s Featured Birthday

TV host/comedian Howie Mandel (55)

Daily Quote

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” - Madeleine L'Engle, who was born on this date in 1918.

 

Morning Minutes: Nov. 30

Word of the Day

Hobgoblin HAHB-gahb-lin (noun) A mischievous goblin; a source of fear, perplexity or harassment - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Mark Twain’s birthday
www.marktwainhouse.org

Today is Mark Twain’s birthday. Visit this site to learn about his life, his accomplishments, his influence on today’s culture and more. Plus, read about what exhibits are being featured at The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Number to Know

$2,520,700: Amount of money Ken Jennings won on “Jeopardy” during his record-breaking streak, which ended on this date in 2004.

This Day in History

Nov. 30, 1993: President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Ben Stiller (45)

Daily Quote

“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” - Mark Twain

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 1

Word of the Day

Contrite kun-TRYTE (adjective) Feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

World AIDS Day
www.worldaidsday.org

Take some time today to learn more information about AIDS and how it affects the world. Find facts about research efforts, ways to donate and how to help stop the spread of HIV.

Number to Know

33.4 million: Number of people in the world who have HIV/AIDS, according to www.avert.org. Today is World AIDS Day.

This Day in History

Dec. 1, 1955: In Montgomery, Ala., seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer/actress Bette Midler (65)

Daily Quote

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” - Norman Vincent Peale

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 2

Word of the Day

Psephology see-FAH-luh-jee (noun) The scientific study of elections - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

First Day of Hanukkah
www.jewfaq.org

Today is the first day and second night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light. Visit this site for a break down of what Hanukkah means and frequently asked questions about the Jewish religion.

Number to Know

98: Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2008. California led the nation with 18 locations. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 2, 2001: Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer Britney Spears (29)

Daily Quote

“Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.” - Carol Nelson

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 3

Word of the Day

Pungle PUNG-gul (verb) To make a payment or contribution of money - usually used with up - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday
www.ozzy.com

Celebrate Ozzy’s birthday by visiting his official site. Find out the latest news on the Price of Darkness, his tour dates and his Twitter messages. You can also watch videos.

Number to Know

614: The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children's vehicles in 2008; they employed 9,163 workers. California led the nation with 99 establishments. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 3, 1989: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the Cold War between their nations may be coming to an end.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Ozzy Osbourne (62)

Daily Quote

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” - Roy L. Smith

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 4

Word of the Day

Ululate ULL-yuh-layt (verb) Howl, wail - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Star gazing
www.stardate.org  

This time of year generally brings about the best conditions for spotting stars, planets and constellations in the night sky. Visit this site for weekly tips on where to look for the best star-gazing opportunities.

Number to Know

$5.1 billion: The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys (including dolls), puzzles and electric trains from China between January and August 2010. China was the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts. These include roller skates ($37 million), sports footwear ($218 million) and basketballs ($32 million). China leads Thailand as the leading supplier of ice skates ($9 million versus $6 million), with Canada ranking third ($4 million). – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 4, 1980: English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rapper Jay-Z (41)

Daily Quote

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” - Mary Ellen Chase

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 5

Word of the Day

Greasy spoon GREE-see-SPOON (noun) A dingy small cheap restaurant - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Walt Disney’s birthday
www.justdisney.com

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday by visiting this site. Learn about his life, the story behind his characters, watch clips of him and read his famous quotes.

Number to Know

50.9 percent: Proportion of the nation's spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2009. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Dec. 5, 2007: Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Neb., mall, killing eight people before taking his own life.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/racer Frankie Muniz (25)

Daily Quote

“Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.” - W.J. Cameron