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Daily Sudoku - August 27 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:15pm
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 - August 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:15pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Snow Boarder XS
   Ride your snow board downhill performing tricks along the way.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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fleer

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 27, 2014 is:

fleer • \FLEER\  • noun
: a word or look of derision or mockery

Examples:
When Adam suggested that the firm's partners do the work pro bono he half-expected to be hit with a collective fleer, but the others readily agreed.

"He expressed himself, of course, with eccentric abandon—it would have been impossible for him to do otherwise; but he was content to indicate his deepest feelings with a fleer." — Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians, 1918

Did you know?
Fleer first appeared in English as a verb (fleryen in Middle English) meaning "to laugh, grin, or grimace in a coarse manner." The verb is of Scandinavian origin and is akin to the Norwegian flire, meaning "to giggle." The noun fleer first and most famously appeared in William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello, in which the evil Iago invites Othello to observe the signs of his wife's unfaithfulness in the visage of her supposed lover, Cassio: "And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns / That dwell in every region of his face…."

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August 27, 1883: Krakatau explodes

This Day in History - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00pm

The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatau (also called Krakatoa), a small, uninhabited volcanic island located west of Sumatra in Indonesia, on this day in 1883. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.

Krakatau exhibited its first stirrings in more than 200 years on May 20, 1883. A German warship passing by reported a seven-mile high cloud of ash and dust over Krakatau. For the next two months, similar explosions would be witnessed by commercial liners and natives on nearby Java and Sumatra. With little to no idea of the impending catastrophe, the local inhabitants greeted the volcanic activity with festive excitement.

On August 26 and August 27, excitement turned to horror as Krakatau literally blew itself apart, setting off a chain of natural disasters that would be felt around the world for years to come. An enormous blast on the afternoon of August 26 destroyed the northern two-thirds of the island; as it plunged into the Sunda Strait, between the Java Sea and Indian Ocean, the gushing mountain generated a series of pyroclastic flows (fast-moving fluid bodies of molten gas, ash and rock) and monstrous tsunamis that swept over nearby coastlines. Four more eruptions beginning at 5:30 a.m. the following day proved cataclysmic. The explosions could be heard as far as 3,000 miles away, and ash was propelled to a height of 50 miles. Fine dust from the explosion drifted around the earth, causing spectacular sunsets and forming an atmospheric veil that lowered temperatures worldwide by several degrees.

Of the estimated 36,000 deaths resulting from the eruption, at least 31,000 were caused by the tsunamis created when much of the island fell into the water. The greatest of these waves measured 120 feet high, and washed over nearby islands, stripping away vegetation and carrying people out to sea. Another 4,500 people were scorched to death from the pyroclastic flows that rolled over the sea, stretching as far as 40 miles, according to some sources.

In addition to Krakatau, which is still active, Indonesia has another 130 active volcanoes, the most of any country in the world.

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John Scalzi

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"My marriage had its ups and downs like anyone's, but when it came down to it, I knew it was solid. I miss that sort of security, and that sort of connection with someone."
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John Ruskin

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey."
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Marlo Thomas

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning."
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Louis Vermeil

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking."
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Daily Puzzle - August 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

How many days before 17th August is it, if 50 days ago, it was four times as many days since March 30th?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - August 26 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:01pm
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 - August 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Super Fishing
   Fishing for fun!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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suffrage

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 26, 2014 is:

suffrage • \SUF-rij\  • noun
1 : a vote given in deciding a disputed question or electing a person for an office or trust 2 : the right of voting; also : the exercise of such right

Examples:
On August 26, 1920—42 years after such an amendment had first been introduced in Congress—the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution became law, finally granting women suffrage.

"The Clark Chateau, 321 W. Broadway St., is hosting an exhibit that celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage in the state of Montana." — Montana Standard, July 9, 2014

Did you know?
Why would a 17th-century writer warn people that a chapel was only for "private or secret suffrages"? Because in addition to the meanings listed above, "suffrage" has been used since the 14th century to mean "prayer" (especially a prayer requesting divine help or intercession). So how did "suffrage" come to mean "a vote" or "the right to vote"? To answer that, we must look to the word’s Latin ancestor, "suffragium," which can be translated as "vote," "support," or "prayer." That term produced descendants in a number of languages, and English picked up its senses of "suffrage" from two different places. We took the "prayer" sense from a Middle French "suffragium" offspring that emphasized the word’s spiritual aspects, and we elected to adopt the "voting" senses directly from the original Latin.

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Daily Puzzle - August 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you find anagrams of the following words?

ASPIRATE
ALARMING
BLEATING
DECIMATE
CREATIVE
CHEATING
DOWNLOAD
GRADIENT
ALTITUDE
GENERATE

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - August 25 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:51pm
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 - August 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Extreme Heli Boarding
   Jump out of a helicopter for a thrilling ride through the untouched snow, performing massive jumps and tricks at extreme height.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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August 26, 1939: First televised Major League baseball game

This Day in History - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets--there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.

In 1939, the World's Fair--which was being held in New York--became the catalyst for the historic broadcast. The television was one of fair’s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that the Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on August 26 was the perfect event to showcase America's grasp on the new technology.

By today's standards, the video coverage was somewhat crude. There were only two stationary camera angles: The first was placed down the third base line to pick up infield throws to first, and the second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the field. It was also difficult to capture fast-moving plays: Swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but invisible during pitches and hits.

Nevertheless, the experiment was a success, driving interest in the development of television technology, particularly for sporting events. Though baseball owners were initially concerned that televising baseball would sap actual attendance, they soon warmed to the idea, and the possibilities for revenue generation that came with increased exposure of the game, including the sale of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising.

Today, televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with technology that gives viewers an astounding amount of visual and audio detail. Cameras are now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick up field-level and sideline conversation.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others."
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Eric Hoffer

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."
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James Madison

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
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Cyra McFadden

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"I no longer prepare food or drink with more than one ingredient."
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