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Daily Game - June 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:56pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Pipol Destinations
   Guide your 'Pipol' to their respective destinations through 20 levels.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Clarke

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"Who is more busy than he who hath least to do?"
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Rodney Dangerfield

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them."
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George Santayana

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."
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Anatole France

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another."
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waddy

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 26, 2015 is:

waddy • \WAH-dee\  • noun
: cowboy

Examples:
"One of the waddies, a young, long-faced kid in an oversized black hat, held Renegade's reins up close to the bridle and was running a soothing hand down the skewbald's stout neck." — Peter Brandvold, .45 Caliber Firebrand, 2009

"There is always an Old West gunfight re-enactment to watch, a nightly rodeo to attend, and waddies on horseback to witness strolling into downtown, tying their steed to a hitching post at the historic Irma Hotel—named after Buffalo Bill's daughter—and enjoying an after-work beverage and dinner." — Michael Johnson, Alamogordo (New Mexico) Daily News, May 26, 2012

Did you know?
It's easier to rope a wild mustang than to round up the origin of waddy. Some folks claim it comes from wadding (the material used in stuffing or padding) because waddies were once extra hands hired to fill in when extra cowhands were needed. But other evidence suggests that waddy originally referred to a cattle rustler, a usage that wouldn't support the wadding theory. There is also an Australian waddy meaning "stick" or "club," but definitive evidence of a connection between the Australian and American words remains elusive. All researchers can say with certainty is that waddy has been used to refer to a cowboy since at least the late 19th century.

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June 26, 1948: U.S. begins Berlin Airlift

This Day in History - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1948, U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.

When World War II ended in 1945, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though located within the Soviet zone of occupation, was also split into four sectors, with the Allies taking the western part of the city and the Soviets the eastern. In June 1948, Josef Stalin’s government attempted to consolidate control of the city by cutting off all land and sea routes to West Berlin in order to pressure the Allies to evacuate. As a result, beginning on June 24 the western section of Berlin and its 2 million people were deprived of food, heating fuel and other crucial supplies.

Though some in U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s administration called for a direct military response to this aggressive Soviet move, Truman worried such a response would trigger another world war. Instead, he authorized a massive airlift operation under the control of General Lucius D. Clay, the American-appointed military governor of Germany. The first planes took off from England and western Germany on June 26, loaded with food, clothing, water, medicine and fuel.

By July 15, an average of 2,500 tons of supplies was being flown into the city every day. The massive scale of the airlift made it a huge logistical challenge and at times a great risk. With planes landing at Tempelhof Airport every four minutes, round the clock, pilots were being asked to fly two or more round-trip flights every day, in World War II planes that were sometimes in need of repair.

The Soviets lifted the blockade in May 1949, having earned the scorn of the international community for subjecting innocent men, women and children to hardship and starvation. The airlift–called die Luftbrucke or “the air bridge” in German–continued until September 1949, for a total delivery of more than 1.5 million tons of supplies and a total cost of over $224 million. When it ended, the eastern section of Berlin was absorbed into Soviet East Germany, while West Berlin remained a separate territory with its own government and close ties to West Germany. The Berlin Wall, built in 1961, formed a dividing line between East and West Berlin. Its destruction in 1989 presaged the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and marked the end of an era and the reemergence of Berlin as the capital of a new, unified German nation.

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Daily Puzzle - June 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:42pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Find 5 odd numbers which add up to 14.

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Daily Sudoku - June 25 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:42pm
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 - June 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:42pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Shell Game
   Guess which cup the ball is under.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Sir Arthur Eddington

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong."
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Friedrich Nietzsche

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time."
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B. F. Skinner

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do."
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Matt Frewer

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!"
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futile

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 25, 2015 is:

futile • \FYOO-tul\  • adjective
1 : serving no useful purpose : completely ineffective 2 : occupied with trifles : frivolous

Examples:
Unfortunately, all efforts to repair the damage ultimately proved futile.

"Kumiko's journey is a tragic one. It is made clear from the beginning that her quest is futile." — Josh Weitzel, Columbia Chronicle (Columbia College Chicago), April 13, 2015

Did you know?
Futile floated into the English language in the mid-16th century from Middle French, where it took shape from the Latin adjective futilis, meaning "that easily pours out" or "leaky." That leak of information lets you in on how futile developed its "ineffective" and "frivolous" meanings: things that are leaky are of no use. In 1827, English author Robert Southey found use for the word by blending it into utilitarian to form futilitarian, a word that is used today for anyone who believes that human striving is futile.

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June 25, 1876: Battle of Little Bighorn

This Day in History - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River–which they called the Greasy Grass–in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked.

In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march. A force of 1,200 Native Americans turned back the first column on June 17. Five days later, General Alfred Terry ordered Custer’s 7th Cavalry to scout ahead for enemy troops. On the morning of June 25, Custer drew near the camp and decided to press on ahead rather than wait for reinforcements.

At mid-day, Custer’s 600 men entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Among the Native Americans, word quickly spread of the impending attack. The older Sitting Bull rallied the warriors and saw to the safety of the women and children, while Crazy Horse set off with a large force to meet the attackers head on. Despite Custer’s desperate attempts to regroup his men, they were quickly overwhelmed. Custer and some 200 men in his battalion were attacked by as many as 3,000 Native Americans; within an hour, Custer and every last one of his soldier were dead.

The Battle of Little Bighorn–also called Custer’s Last Stand–marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The gruesome fate of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty. Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.

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Daily Puzzle - June 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you complete the following language equations? For example 24 H in a D is 24 Hours in a Day.

7 D in a W
A S has 4 S
C 22
20,000 L U the S
8 P in the S S
1760 Y in a M

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Daily Sudoku - June 24 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:28pm
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 - June 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Wordo
   Clear the board by spelling the words. The longer the word the more points.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Edith Wharton

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there's no reason why you shouldn't have a fairly good time."
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