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Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 2:43 AM EST
Feb 23 2017

Today is Thursday, February 23, the 54th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 311 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until Mardi Gras;
6 days until Ash Wednesday;
17 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
22 days until St. Patrick's Day;
25 days until the arrival of Spring;
37 days until April Fools' Day;
45 days until Palm Sunday;
46 days until First Day of Passover;
50 days until Good Friday;
52 days until Easter Sunday;
53 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
54 days until Last Day of Passover;
58 days until Earth Day;
64 days until Arbor Day;
71 days until Cinco de Mayo;
80 days until Mother's Day;
95 days until Memorial Day;
631 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,427 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1954, a group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

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Among other things, today is also National Dog Biscuit Day.

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Florida woman pours glue into ATMs after card repeatedly declined.

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Some persons born on February 23 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"There isn't any virtue where there has never been any temptation. Virtue is just temptation, overcome."
-Margaret Deland

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"Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president."

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Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots.

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For a generation of historians, liberalism and centrism were taken for granted. Now historians no longer know what to think about America.

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A "nearby" star with seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life. If we were in the 23rd century, it would take a starship using Star Trek's faster than light propulsion technology about three months to reach the Trappist-1 system at warp six.

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What's worse than ransomware that encrypts your Mac's hard drive? Ransomware that won't decrypt your drive even if you pay the ransom.

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Prolonged sleep may be an early warning sign of dementia. Using data from 2,457 people, average age 72, who were part of a study in Framingham, Mass., researchers found that those with a new habit of excessive slumber were at a greater risk. And in related news, there's concern the leading theory About Alzheimer's is wrong.

I need a nap. Have a good weekend, see you on Monday...

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