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H. P. Lovecraft

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."
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cock-a-hoop

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 22, 2014 is:

cock-a-hoop • \kah-kuh-HOOP\  • adjective
1 : triumphantly boastful : exulting 2 : awry

Examples:
The driver's pit crew was cock-a-hoop as they watched her cross the finish line to victory lane.

"The cock-a-hoop pride and sensitivity of these former colonials were mere annoyances, almost impossible to take seriously for a nation with a world war to win." — From Patricia Brady's 2011 book A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson

Did you know?
The adjective "cock-a-hoop" comes from a curious 16th- and 17th-century expression, "to set cock a hoop," which meant "to be festive" or "to drink or celebrate without restraint." Etymologists, however, are not entirely certain about the origin of that old expression. Although no one knows if it originally had any connection with the "rooster" sense of "cock," many people thought it did—and this perceived association influenced the current meaning of "cock-a-hoop." The cock is known for its triumphant crow, and "cock-a-hoop" is now used to refer to something triumphantly boastful.

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Daily Puzzle - April 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:04pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

My grandfather was X years old in the year X squared. In which year was he born?

For example if he was 33 years old in the year 1089 AD (= 33 x 33), he would have been born in 1056 AD - but then of course he would currently be nearly a thousand years old! You can safely assume that none of my family had children when they were very, very old, and I'm not too old myself.

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Daily Sudoku - April 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:04pm
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 - April 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:04pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

That Gravity Game
   Play as a marshmallow who falls into a gravity machine.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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April 22, 1970: The first Earth Day

This Day in History - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00pm

Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world's environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs.

Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness. "The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy," Senator Nelson said, "and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda." Earth Day indeed increased environmental awareness in America, and in July of that year the Environmental Protection Agency was established by special executive order to regulate and enforce national pollution legislation.

On April 22, 1990, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations.

Earth Day has been celebrated on different days by different groups internationally. The United Nations officially celebrates it on the vernal equinox, which usually occurs about March 21.

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Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Eric Kaplan

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"Ah! Memory impairment: the free prize at the bottom of every vodka bottle!"
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Bertrand Russell

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise."
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Isaac Newton

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light."
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Edward P. Tryon

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."
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minutia

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 21, 2014 is:

minutia • \muh-NOO-shee-uh\  • noun
: a minute or minor detail

Examples:
The self-help book said it was easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of everyday life and fail to notice important opportunities.

"Jackson, though, is smart enough to hire people to figure out salary caps and contract minutia." — From a column by Tim Dahlberg via the Associated Press, March 18, 2014

Did you know?
"Minutia" was borrowed into English in the late 18th century from the Latin plural noun "minutiae," meaning "trifles" or "details" and derived from the singular noun "minutia," meaning "smallness." In English, "minutia" is most often used in the plural as either "minutiae" or, on occasion, as simply "minutia" (as illustrated in our second example sentence). Latin "minutia," incidentally, comes from "minutus," an adjective meaning "small" that was created from the verb "minuere," meaning "to lessen." A familiar descendant of "minutus" is "minute."

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April 21, 0753: Rome founded

This Day in History - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:00pm

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome's founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa. Alba Longa was a mythical city located in the Alban Hills southeast of what would become Rome. Before the birth of the twins, Numitor was deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin so that she would not give birth to rival claimants to his title. However, Rhea was impregnated by the war god Mars and gave birth to Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered the infants drowned in the Tiber, but they survived and washed ashore at the foot of the Palatine hill, where they were suckled by a she-wolf until they were found by the shepherd Faustulus.

Reared by Faustulus and his wife, the twins later became leaders of a band of young shepherd warriors. After learning their true identity, they attacked Alba Longa, killed the wicked Amulius, and restored their grandfather to the throne. The twins then decided to found a town on the site where they had been saved as infants. They soon became involved in a petty quarrel, however, and Remus was slain by his brother. Romulus then became ruler of the settlement, which was named "Rome" after him.

To populate his town, Romulus offered asylum to fugitives and exiles. Rome lacked women, however, so Romulus invited the neighboring Sabines to a festival and abducted their women. A war then ensued, but the Sabine women intervened to prevent the Sabine men from seizing Rome. A peace treaty was drawn up, and the communities merged under the joint rule of Romulus and the Sabine king, Titus Tatius. Tatius' early death, perhaps perpetrated by Romulus, left the Roman as the sole king again. After a long and successful rule, Romulus died under obscure circumstances. Many Romans believed he was changed into a god and worshipped him as the deity Quirinus. After Romulus, there were six more kings of Rome, the last three believed to be Etruscans. Around 509 B.C., the Roman republic was established.

Another Roman foundation legend, which has its origins in ancient Greece, tells of how the mythical Trojan Aeneas founded Lavinium and started a dynasty that would lead to the birth of Romulus and Remus several centuries later. In the Iliad, an epic Greek poem probably composed by Homer in the eighth century B.C., Aeneas was the only major Trojan hero to survive the Greek destruction of Troy. A passage told of how he and his descendants would rule the Trojans, but since there was no record of any such dynasty in Troy, Greek scholars proposed that Aeneas and his followers relocated.

In the fifth century B.C., a few Greek historians speculated that Aeneas settled at Rome, which was then still a small city-state. In the fourth century B.C., Rome began to expand within the Italian peninsula, and Romans, coming into greater contact with the Greeks, embraced the suggestion that Aeneas had a role in the foundation of their great city. In the first century B.C., the Roman poet Virgil developed the Aeneas myth in his epic poem the Aeneid, which told of Aeneas' journey to Rome. Augustus, the first Roman emperor and emperor during Virgil's time, and Julius Caesar, his great-uncle and predecessor as Roman ruler, were said to be descended from Aeneas.

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Daily Puzzle - April 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:50pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Below, 10 nine letter words have been broken into chunks of three letters.

These chunks have been mixed up, no chunk is used twice and all chunks are used.

Can you determine what the 10 words are?

ely rec ant htn fer ort
ent cer por sin lig ian
lio row use rar lib ive
tfo sca ing ing far eth
som dif est dig imp mho

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 20 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:50pm
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 - April 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:50pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Mr Moth Ball
   Jump from platform to platform to eat the purple blobs and go on to the next level, but watch out for the little red moths.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Gustave Flaubert

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois."
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Kin Hubbard

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."
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Anonymous

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side."
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Gore Vidal

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
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