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Daily Puzzle - July 31

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 2 hours 39 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

My neighbour recently moved in down the road and has five children. Unusually, half of the children are girls. How can this be?

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Daily Sudoku - July 31 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 2 hours 39 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - July 31

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 2 hours 39 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Game

I Love Traffic
   Guide the speeding cars through increasingly busy intersections and avoid any collisions.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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kludge

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - 19 hours 42 min ago

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 31, 2014 is:

kludge • \KLOOJ\  • noun
: a system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components

Examples:
Ralph was extremely pleased when his employer purchased a new computer system to replace the kludge that had continually crashed at critical moments.

"Many biologists, from Darwin to Crick, have pointed out that evolution is frequently a kludge: Bits are added on to other bits, organs originally selected for one function assume another, and so on." — John Staddon, The New Behaviorism, Second Edition, 2014

Did you know?
The first recorded use of the word "kludge" is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm, who defined the word in a 1962 issue of the magazine Datamation as: "an ill-assorted collection of poorly-matching parts, forming a distressing whole." He further explained that it was derived from the German word "klug," meaning "smart" or "witty." Why Granholm included a "d" in his spelling is not known. What we do know is that speakers of American English have agreed to keep it silent, making the vowel pronunciation of "kludge" reflect the pronunciation of German "klug" (KLOOK). We can also tell you that not everyone agrees with Granholm on the "d" matter: the spelling "kluge" is also popularly used.

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Daily Game - July 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:53pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Colour Smash
   Pits your white square against the forces of the purple/blue squares.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Daily Puzzle - July 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:53pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What are the next 3 digits in this sequence:

731828531530331430...

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 30 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:53pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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July 31, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears

This Day in History - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00pm

On July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa's death remains shrouded in mystery to this day.

Born in 1913 to a poor coal miner in Brazil, Indiana, Jimmy Hoffa proved a natural leader in his youth. At the age of 20, he helped organize a labor strike in Detroit, and remained an advocate for downtrodden workers for the rest of his life. Hoffa's charisma and talents as a local organizer quickly got him noticed by the Teamsters and carried him upward through its ranks. Then a small but rapidly growing union, the Teamsters organized truckers across the country, and through the use of strikes, boycotts and some more powerful though less legal methods of protest, won contract demands on behalf of workers.

Hoffa became president of the Teamsters in 1957, when its former leader was imprisoned for bribery. As chief, Hoffa was lauded for his tireless work to expand the union, and for his unflagging devotion to even the organization's least powerful members. His caring and approachability were captured in one of the more well-known quotes attributed to him: "You got a problem? Call me. Just pick up the phone."

Hoffa's dedication to the worker and his electrifying public speeches made him wildly popular, both among his fellow workers and the politicians and businessmen with whom he negotiated. Yet, for all the battles he fought and won on behalf of American drivers, he also had a dark side. In Hoffa's time, many Teamster leaders partnered with the Mafia in racketeering, extortion and embezzlement. Hoffa himself had relationships with high-ranking mobsters, and was the target of several government investigations throughout the 1960s. In 1967, he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on July 31, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown.

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Robert Half

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm
"What happens when the future has come and gone?"
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Italian Proverb

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm
"Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box."
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Rita Mae Brown

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
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Redd Foxx

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."
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Daily Game - July 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:41am
BrainBashers Daily Game

Quatrix
   A clone of the popular game.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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selfie

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 30, 2014 is:

selfie • \SEL-fee\  • noun
: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

Examples:
Before the game started, David had a chance to take several selfies of himself posing with his favorite players.

"Still, results of a survey by the Pew Research Center released in March show that 55 percent of millennials—those ages 18 to 33—have posted a selfie on a social media site—compared with 26 percent of all Americans." — Doug Moore, Chicago Tribune, June 29, 2014

Did you know?
The first-known appearance of "selfie" in written form occurred in 2002 on an Australian news website, but the word didn't see much use until 2012. By November 2013, "selfie" was appearing frequently enough in print and electronic media that the Oxford English Dictionary chose the word as its Word of the Year. This announcement itself led to a significant increase in the use of the word by news organizations, an increase that was further boosted following the December 10, 2013, memorial service for Nelson Mandela, at which American President Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The word "selfie," with its suggestions of self-centeredness and self-involvement, was particularly popular with critics who saw this moment as a reflection of the President's character.

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Daily Puzzle - July 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:39pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Hot is to freeze as ==?== is to melt?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 29 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:39pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - July 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:39pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Dodge Please
   Dodge all of the yellow balls by controlling the blue ball with your mouse.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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July 30, 1965: Johnson signs Medicare into law

This Day in History - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry S. Truman was enrolled as Medicare's first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. Johnson wanted to recognize Truman, who, in 1945, had become the first president to propose national health insurance, an initiative that was opposed at the time by Congress.

The Medicare program, providing hospital and medical insurance for Americans age 65 or older, was signed into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. Some 19 million people enrolled in Medicare when it went into effect in 1966. In 1972, eligibility for the program was extended to Americans under 65 with certain disabilities and people of all ages with permanent kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplant. In December 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), which added outpatient prescription drug benefits to Medicare.

Medicare is funded entirely by the federal government and paid for in part through payroll taxes. Medicare is currently a source of controversy due to the enormous strain it puts on the federal budget. Throughout its history, the program also has been plagued by fraud--committed by patients, doctors and hospitals--that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Medicaid, a state and federally funded program that offers health coverage to certain low-income people, was also signed into law by President Johnson on July 30, 1965, as an amendment to the Social Security Act.

In 1977, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) was created to administer Medicare and work with state governments to administer Medicaid. HCFA, which was later renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Baltimore.

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G. K. Chesterton

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:00pm
"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."
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