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Daily Game - February 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:55pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Spy A Solution
   Help Barry negotiate 20 challenges with increasing difficulty in order to save his job.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Ursula K. LeGuin

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm
"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next."
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Jimmy Buffett

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm
"We are the people our parents warned us about."
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Jackie Mason

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm
"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."
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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm
"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches."
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thrasonical

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 24, 2015 is:

thrasonical • \thray-SAH-nih-kul\  • adjective
: of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of Thraso : bragging, boastful

Examples:
"There was never any thing so sudden but the fight of two rams and Caesar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and overcame'…." — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1623

"After pages of thrasonical twaddle sprinkled with fawning photos, charts and esoteric columns of numbers I learned only of the flawless perfection of the university...." — Peter B. Fletcher, Ann Arbor (Michigan) News, December 16, 2003

Did you know?
Thraso was a blustering old soldier in the comedy Eunuchus, a play written by the great Roman dramatist Terence more than 2,000 years ago. Terence is generally remembered for his realistic characterizations, and in Thraso he created a swaggerer whose vainglorious boastfulness was not soon to be forgotten. Thraso's reputation as a braggart lives on in thrasonical, a word that boasts a 450-year history as an English adjective.

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February 24, 1836: Alamo defenders call for help

This Day in History - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.

A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie.

Though Santa Ana's 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On February 24, they answered Santa Ana's call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo's cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvantage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforcements. Addressing one of the pleas to "The People of Texas and All Americans in the World," Travis signed off with the now-famous phrase "Victory or Death."

Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis' call for help, and beginning at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort's outer wall, killing Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the Texan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at least 600 of Santa Ana's men.

The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana's army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of "Remember the Alamo!" The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic. 

 

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Daily Puzzle - February 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

At the recent BrainBashers Mixed National Hurdle trials, ten contestants competed for the coveted BB Shield. There were numerous judges who made sure that the results were accurate, from their notes can you determine who finished where?

Ivor Bigfoot finished before May Eye and Mick Stup whilst Leigh Vamessage was victorious over May Eye and Laura DeLand. Jack Pott was beaten by Jerry Atric, Mick Stup and Al Beback. Laura DeLand was beaten by Mick Stup, May Eye and Ivor Bigfoot, whereas Joe King beat Jerry Atric and Jack Pott but lost to Laura DeLand and Inga Hootz. Leigh Vamessage was beaten by Ivor Bigfoot and Inga Hootz. Inga Hootz was beaten by Al Beback, who, in turn, lost to Ivor Bigfoot, but beat Jerry Atric and Jack Pott. May Eye finished ahead of Mick Stup and Jerry Atric, who lost to Leigh Vamessage and Inga Hootz.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - February 23 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:41pm
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 - February 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Mind Reader
   Be amazed as the computer reads your mind!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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William James

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices."
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Samuel Goldwyn

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm
"You've got to take the bitter with the sour."
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H. H. Williams

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm
"Furious activity is no substitute for understanding."
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Walt Disney

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm
"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known."
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acumen

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 23, 2015 is:

acumen • \uh-KYOO-mun\  • noun
: keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters

Examples:
Detective Morton possesses a superior acumen that enables him to solve the most bizarre and puzzling of mysteries.

"[Suzanne] Isken says the pieces on display fall in the category of fine art based on their technical acumen and their ability to push aesthetic boundaries and upend accepted themes of the traditional medium." — Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2015

Did you know?
A keen mind and a sharp wit can pierce the soul as easily as a needle passes through cloth. Remember the analogy between a jabbing needle and piercing perception, and you will readily recall the history of acumen. Our English word retains the spelling and figurative meaning of its direct Latin ancestor, a term that literally meant "point." Latin acumen traces to the verb acuere, which means "to sharpen" and derives from acus, the Latin word for "needle." In its first known English uses in the 1500s, acumen referred specifically to a sharpness of wit. In modern English, it conveys the sense that someone is perceptive enough to grasp a situation quickly and clever enough to use it.

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February 23, 1945: U.S. flag raised on Iwo Jima

This Day in History - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:00pm

During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachi's slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.

Rosenthal took three photographs atop Suribachi. The first, which showed five Marines and one Navy corpsman struggling to hoist the heavy flag pole, became the most reproduced photograph in history and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The accompanying motion-picture footage attests to the fact that the picture was not posed. Of the other two photos, the second was similar to the first but less affecting, and the third was a group picture of 18 soldiers smiling and waving for the camera. Many of these men, including three of the six soldiers seen raising the flag in the famous Rosenthal photo, were killed before the conclusion of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March.

In early 1945, U.S. military command sought to gain control of the island of Iwo Jima in advance of the projected aerial campaign against the Japanese home islands. Iwo Jima, a tiny volcanic island located in the Pacific about 700 miles southeast of Japan, was to be a base for fighter aircraft and an emergency-landing site for bombers. On February 19, 1945, after three days of heavy naval and aerial bombardment, the first wave of U.S. Marines stormed onto Iwo Jima's inhospitable shores.

The Japanese garrison on the island numbered 22,000 heavily entrenched men. Their commander, General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, had been expecting an Allied invasion for months and used the time wisely to construct an intricate and deadly system of underground tunnels, fortifications, and artillery that withstood the initial Allied bombardment. By the evening of the first day, despite incessant mortar fire, 30,000 U.S. Marines commanded by General Holland Smith managed to establish a solid beachhead.

During the next few days, the Marines advanced inch by inch under heavy fire from Japanese artillery and suffered suicidal charges from the Japanese infantry. Many of the Japanese defenders were never seen and remained underground manning artillery until they were blown apart by a grenade or rocket, or incinerated by a flame thrower.

While Japanese kamikaze flyers slammed into the Allied naval fleet around Iwo Jima, the Marines on the island continued their bloody advance across the island, responding to Kuribayashi's lethal defenses with remarkable endurance. On February 23, the crest of 550-foot Mount Suribachi was taken, and the next day the slopes of the extinct volcano were secured.

By March 3, U.S. forces controlled all three airfields on the island, and on March 26 the last Japanese defenders on Iwo Jima were wiped out. Only 200 of the original 22,000 Japanese defenders were captured alive. More than 6,000 Americans died taking Iwo Jima, and some 17,000 were wounded.

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Daily Puzzle - February 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 8:27pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is missing from this sequence:

Greenland, New Guinea, Borneo, Madagascar, ==?==, Sumatra, Honshu

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Daily Sudoku - February 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 8:27pm
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 - February 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 8:27pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Jack Ice 2
   Blast the enemies with Jackice's ice gun, until they are totally frozen. Then use the frozen enemy as a giant snowball to crush others.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Robert Zend

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:00pm
"There are too many people, and too few human beings."
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