Thought for Today: “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, educator and Librarian of Congress (1914-2004).
Today’s Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 88. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 86. Singer Sam the Sham is 80. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 78. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 77. Actor Frank Bonner is 75. Actress Kelly Bishop is 73. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 70. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 69. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 69. Actress Bernadette Peters is 69. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 69. Actress Ilene Graff is 68. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 64. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is 62. Actor John Turturro is 60. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 60. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 56. Actress Maxine Bahns is 48. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 48. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 48. Author Daniel Handler (aka “Lemony Snicket”) is 47. Actress Tasha Smith is 46. Actor Rory Cochrane is 45. Actress Ali Larter is 41. Country singer Jason Aldean is 40. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 39. Actress Michelle Horn is 30. Actress True O’Brien (TV: “Days of Our Lives”) is 23. Actress Madisen Beaty is 22. Actress Quinn Shephard is 22. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson is 21.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year.
100 years ago Today’s Highlight in History took place:
On Feb. 28, 1917, The Associated Press reported that the United States had obtained a diplomatic communication sent by German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to a German official in Mexico; the “Zimmermann Note,” which had been intercepted and decoded by Britain, proposed a German alliance with Mexico and Japan should the U.S. enter World War I. (Outrage over the telegram helped propel America into the conflict.)
5:00 pm is Liv and Maddie, Liv feels that she has something to prove; she insists on doing her own stunts without knowing how complicated they are. duration 30 minutes.
5:30 pm is Liv and Maddie: Cali Style, Liv, Maddie and the rest of the Rooney clan start their new life in California; Ruby comes home from summer camp and gets excited to have sort-of siblings but ends up in the middle of a sister fight between Liv and Maddie. duration 30 minutes.
6:00 pm is Bunk’d, Upon arriving at camp, the Ross kids discover that the camp owner, Gladys, is scarier than the legendary creature haunting the grounds; Gladys’ old rivalry with the kids’ mom sparks her fury. duration 30 minutes.
6:30 pm is Bizaardvark, Paige has mixed feelings when her mother hires her and Frankie to sing while they wait tables at the family restaurant; Dirk becomes trapped in his lair in an avalanche of props. duration 30 minutes.
7:00 pm is K.C. Undercover, K.C. goes undercover in a retirement home as a senior citizen named Bernie; she wins the affections of a feisty fellow senior named Irma. duration 30 minutes.
7:30 pm is Good Luck Charlie, Amy’s attempt help Teddy with an unfair teacher only makes the situation worse; Bob ends up participating in Charlie’s ballet class. duration 30 minutes.
8:00 pm is Stuck in the Middle, Harley and Ethan make a TV commercial for their dad’s store. duration 30 minutes.
8:30 pm is Good Luck Charlie, Teddy and PJ pose as Gabe’s parents in order to get him out of trouble; Bob bets Amy she can’t build a playhouse for Charlie without his help. duration 30 minutes.
6:00 pm is Henry Danger, When Captain Man loses his powers of invulnerability and becomes too afraid to fight crime, Kid Danger must keep Swellview safe. duration 30 minutes.
6:30 pm is Henry Danger, Henry is grounded after he is caught sneaking out at night; while Piper drives Henry crazy at home, Charlotte steps into the sidekick role. duration 30 minutes.
7:00 pm is Henry Danger, Henry and Ray must deal with an annoying new villain called the Spoiler; Piper tries to join a popular Captain Man fan club. duration 30 minutes.
7:30 pm is The Thundermans, Max and Phoebe accidentally sell one of Barb’s old superhero utility belts to an Electress fan at the family’s garage sale. duration 30 minutes.
8:00 pm is The Thundermans, Phoebe volunteers to take home the class’s Venus flytrap for the weekend; Max performs an experiment on a plant, causing it to grow continuously. duration 30 minutes.
8:30 pm is Game Shakers, When the gang discovers that a hacker has put their new game on an illegal Web site, they track him down in Alaska. duration 30 minutes.
If you subscribe to the theory that if it is in the dictionary then you can use it in your essay, then these 300 new words will make you very happy.
“In a blog post, Oxford noted that many of the new words are popular terms in food, fitness and party culture, such as the Thai dish “pad kee mao,” “fitspo” and “drunk text,” respectively.
Here’s a selection from the latest update, according to the Oxford blog post:
cat lady noun: An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.
craptacular adjective: Remarkably poor or disappointing.
drink the haterade phrase: Indulge in excessively negative, critical, or resentful behavior.
drop bear noun: A mythical marsupial resembling a koala, said to live in trees and attack people by dropping on to their heads from above.
drunk text noun: A text message sent while drunk, typically one that is embarrassing or foolish.
femslash noun: A genre of fiction, chiefly published online, in which female characters who appear together in film, television, or other popular media are portrayed as having a sexual relationship.
fitspo noun: Short for fitspiration, a person or thing that serves as motivation for someone to sustain or improve health and fitness.
freecycle verb: Give away (something used or unwanted), as opposed to selling it or throwing it away, especially in an arrangement made via the Internet.
frita noun: (in Cuban cuisine) a sandwich consisting of a fried cake of seasoned pork and beef that is topped with very thinly cut chips and served in a roll.
herd mentality noun: The tendency for people’s behavior or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong.
jelly adjective: Jealous
meet-cute noun: (in a film or television program) an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that leads to the development of a romantic relationship between them.
otherize verb: View or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself.
otherkin adjective: Denoting or relating to people who identify as non-human.
sausage party noun: An event or group in which the majority of participants are male.
screencast noun: A video recording or transmission of the data displayed on the screen of a computer or mobile device, typically with accompanying audio.
shoestring fries noun: French fries sliced extremely thinly.
smishing noun: The fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.
squad goals noun: Used in reference to a person or thing seen as a model to aspire to or emulate, especially with one’s friends (often as a hashtag in social media).
third gender noun: A category of people who do not identify as male or female, but rather as neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.
yas exclamation: Expressing great pleasure or excitement.”