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Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for."
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David Smith

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 7:00pm
"In this business you either sink or swim or you don't."
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carouse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2014 is:

carouse • \kuh-ROWZ ("OW" as in "cow")\  • verb
1 : to drink liquor freely or excessively 2 : to take part in a drunken revel : engage in dissolute behavior

Examples:
The sailor spent all of shore leave carousing with his mates.

"Separatist fighters have taken to carousing drunkenly at night and wearing civilian clothes." — Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times, August 20, 2014

Did you know?
Sixteenth-century English revelers toasting each other's health sometimes drank a brimming mug of spirits straight to the bottom—drinking "all-out," they called it. German tipplers did the same and used the German expression for "all out"—gar aus. The French adopted the German term as carous, using the adverb in their expression boire carous ("to drink all out"), and that phrase, with its idiomatic sense of "to empty the cup," led to carrousse, a French noun meaning "a large draft of liquor." And that's where English speakers picked up carouse in the mid-1500s, first as a noun (which later took on the sense of a general "drinking bout"), and then as a verb meaning "to drink freely."

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Daily Puzzle - September 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:36pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What number comes next in this sequence:

12 13 15 17 111 113 117 119 123 ==?==

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 19 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:36pm
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 - September 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:36pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Wake The Royalty
   Everyone is sleeping in the kingdom. Wake up all the royal family!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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September 20, 1973: King triumphs in Battle of Sexes

This Day in History - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, top women's player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men's player. Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn't handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player. The match was a huge media event, witnessed in person by over 30,000 spectators at the Houston Astrodome and by another 50 million TV viewers worldwide. King made a Cleopatra-style entrance on a gold litter carried by men dressed as ancient slaves, while Riggs arrived in a rickshaw pulled by female models. Legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell called the match, in which King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. King's achievement not only helped legitimize women's professional tennis and female athletes, but it was seen as a victory for women's rights in general.

King was born Billie Jean Moffitt on November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California. Growing up, she was a star softball player before her parents encouraged her to try tennis, which was considered more ladylike. She excelled at the sport and in 1961, at age 17, during her first outing to Wimbledon, she won the women's doubles title. King would rack up a total of 20 Wimbledon victories, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, over the course of her trailblazing career. In 1971, she became the first female athlete to earn more than $100,000 in prize money in a single season. However, significant pay disparities still existed between men and women athletes and King lobbied hard for change. In 1973, the U.S. Open became the first major tennis tournament to hand out the same amount of prize money to winners of both sexes.

In 1972, King became the first woman to be chosen Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" and in 1973, she became the first president of the Women's Tennis Association. King also established a sports foundation and magazine for women and a team tennis league. In 1974, as a coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms, one of the teams in the league, she became the first woman to head up a professional co-ed team.

The "mother of modern sports" retired from tennis with 39 Grand Slam career titles. She remained active as a coach, commentator and advocate for women's sports and other causes. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, was renamed in King's honor. During the dedication ceremony, tennis great John McEnroe called King "the single most important person in the history of women's sports."

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Thomas Sowell

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"There are only two ways of telling the complete truth--anonymously and posthumously."
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Dorothy Nevill

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
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From "Taxi"

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel."
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Oscar Wilde

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"Biography lends to death a new terror."
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velar

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 19, 2014 is:

velar • \VEE-ler\  • adjective
1 : formed with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate 2 : of, forming, or relating to a velum and especially the soft palate

Examples:
The word "keg" contains two velar consonants, "k" and "g."

"Those throat-clearing sounds you hear in German? That's the voiceless velar fricative, and it adds a wonderful percussiveness to '99 Luftbalons.' English speakers don't have it; it's one reason the Anglicized version of Nena's 1984 hit falls flat." — William Weir, Slate, November 8, 2012

Did you know?
Velar is ultimately derived from Latin velum (meaning "curtain" or "veil"), which was itself adopted into English by way of New Latin as a word for the soft palate (the fold at the back of the hard palate—palate, by the way, refers to the roof of the mouth—that partially separates the mouth from the pharynx). Velar is used by phonologists to refer to the position of the tongue in relation to the soft palate when making certain sounds. Other terms for what phonologists refer to as "places of articulation" are palatal (tongue against the roof of the mouth), dental (tongue against the upper teeth), and alveolar (tongue against the inner surface of the gums of the upper front teeth).

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Daily Puzzle - September 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:22pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

10     100     1,000     10,000

Which number comes after 10,000?

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Daily Sudoku - September 18 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:22pm
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 - September 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:22pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Less Quick
   Click the objects in the correct order before time runs out. With unlimited lives for those who are not fast enough.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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September 19, 1957: Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion

This Day in History - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.

In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world's first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first nuclear weapon test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.

1957's Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.

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Frank Herbert

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action."
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Andy Rooney

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose."
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Joe Theismann

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein."
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Caskie Stinnett

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"A diplomat... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip."
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