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Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine

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"Here's a tip to avoid death by celebrity: First off, get a life. They can't touch you if you're out doing something interesting."
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Leon Trotsky

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"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man."
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Doug Larson

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"Few things are more satisfying than seeing your own children have teenagers of their own."
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Joseph Stalin

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:00pm
"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic."
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execrable

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 15, 2014 is:

execrable • \EK-sih-kruh-bul\  • adjective
1 : deserving to be execrated : detestable 2 : very bad : wretched

Examples:
It turned out that the execrable odor was coming from a bag of onions rotting in the back of the pantry.

"If the waiter laid my plate on the table and said, 'Eat!' I wouldn't mind. But 'Enjoy!' is another matter. There's something cloying, manipulative and, yes, distasteful about being told to enjoy something that might, for all you know, be bland or even execrable." — Tim Johnson, The Burlington (Vermont) Free Press , February 16, 2013

Did you know?
He or she who is cursed faces execrable conditions. Keep this in mind to remember that execrable is a descendant of the Latin verb exsecrari, meaning "to put under a curse." Since its earliest uses in English, beginning in the 14th century, execrable has meant "deserving or fit to be execrated," the reference being to things so abominable as to be worthy of formal denouncement (such as "execrable crimes"). But in the 19th century we lightened it up a bit, and our "indescribably bad" sense has since been applied to everything from roads ("execrable London pavement" — Sir Walter Scott) to food ("The coffee in the station house was ... execrable." — Clarence Day) to, inevitably, the weather ("the execrable weather of the past fortnight" — The (London) Evening Standard).

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November 15, 1867: First stock ticker debuts

This Day in History - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.

The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape later used in ticker-tape parades). The ticker, which caught on quickly with investors, got its name from the sound its type wheel made.

Calahan worked for the Gold & Stock Telegraph Company, which rented its tickers to brokerage houses and regional exchanges for a fee and then transmitted the latest gold and stock prices to all its machines at the same time. In 1869, Thomas Edison, a former telegraph operator, patented an improved, easier-to-use version of Calahan's ticker. Edison's ticker was his first lucrative invention and, through the manufacture and sale of stock tickers and other telegraphic devices, he made enough money to open his own lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where he developed the light bulb and phonograph, among other transformative inventions.

The last mechanical stock ticker debuted in 1960 and was eventually replaced by computerized tickers with electronic displays. A ticker shows a stock's symbol, how many shares have traded that day and the price per share. It also tells how much the price has changed from the previous day's closing price and whether it's an up or down change. A common misconception is that there is one ticker used by everyone. In fact, private data companies run a variety of tickers; each provides information about a select mix of stocks.

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Ernie Kovacs

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
"Television � a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done."
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Fletcher Knebel

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
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Maurice Chevalier

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
"Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives."
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Edgar Wilson Nye

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
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