## Fun Stuff

### Mark Twain

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 12/02/2013 - 6:00pm
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
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### inveigh

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 12/02/2013 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 02, 2013 is:

inveigh • \in-VAY\  • verb
: to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : rail

Examples:
Several property owners wrote letters to the paper inveighing against the high property taxes that they are required to pay.

"The anti-mine forces recruited personalities such as filmmaker and actor Robert Redford to inveigh against the project; companies such as Tiffany & Co. and Zale Corp. and dozens of others signed pledges to boycott the mine's products…." — From an article by James Greiff in the Anchorage Daily News, October 2, 2013

Did you know?
You might complain or grumble about some wrong you see, or, for a stronger effect, you can "inveigh" against it. "Inveigh" comes from the Latin verb "invehere," which joins the prefix "in-" with the verb "vehere," meaning "to carry." "Invehere" literally means "to carry in," and when "inveigh" first appeared in English, it was also used to mean "to carry in" or "to introduce." Extended meanings of "invehere," however, are "to force one's way into," "attack," and "to assail with words," and that's where the current sense of "inveigh" comes from. A closely related word is "invective," which means "insulting or abusive language." This word, too, ultimately comes from "invehere."

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### December 2, 2001: Enron files for bankruptcy

This Day in History - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 11:00pm

On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine's list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron's stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping from$90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by closing on November 30, 2001. As prices fell, Lay sold large amounts of his Enron stock, while simultaneously encouraging Enron employees to buy more shares and assuring them that the company was on the rebound. Employees saw their retirement savings accounts wiped out as Enron's stock price continued to plummet. After another energy company, Dynegy, canceled a planned$8.4 billion buy-out in late November, Enron filed for bankruptcy. By the end of the year, Enron's collapse had cost investors billions of dollars, wiped out some 5,600 jobs and liquidated almost $2.1 billion in pension plans. Over the next several years, the name "Enron" became synonymous with large-scale corporate fraud and corruption, as an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Justice Department revealed that Enron had inflated its earnings by hiding debts and losses in subsidiary partnerships. The government subsequently accused Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, who served as Enron's CEO from February to August 2001, of conspiring to cover up their company's financial weaknesses from investors. The investigation also brought down accounting giant Arthur Anderson, whose auditors were found guilty of deliberately destroying documents incriminating to Enron. In July 2004, a Houston court indicted Skilling on 35 counts including fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. Lay was charged with 11 similar crimes. The trial began on January 30, 2006, in Houston. A number of former Enron employees appeared on the stand, including Andrew Fastow, Enron's ex-CFO, who early on pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and agreed to testify against his former bosses. Over the course of the trial, the defiant Skilling--who unloaded almost$60 million worth of Enron stock shortly after his resignation but refused to admit he knew of the company's impending collapse--emerged as the figure many identified most personally with the scandal. In May 2006, Skilling was convicted of 19 of 35 counts, while Lay was found guilty on 10 counts of fraud and conspiracy. When Lay died from heart disease just two months later, a Houston judge vacated the counts against him. That October, the 52-year-old Skilling was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

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### Daily Puzzle - December 1

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What word goes in the brackets:

WEEP [....] FALL

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### Daily Sudoku - December 1 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku

Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

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### Daily Game - December 1

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

StarBox
Enter the StarBox to test your ultimate survival and star-collecting skills.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:00pm
"We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"
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### Johnny Carson

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:00pm
"I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing."
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### Will Rogers

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:00pm
"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has."
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### Dick Cavett

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 6:00pm
"It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear."
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### clochard

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 01, 2013 is:

clochard • \kloh-SHAHR\  • noun
: vagrant, tramp

Examples:
"Yesterday, the pope lunched at a soup kitchen … sitting down to table with 100 of the 2,000 clochards who regularly eat there." — From an article by Paddy Agnew in the Irish Times, December 28, 2009

"The character, played by Michel Simon, is an archetypal French clochard, a kind of Gallic version of Chaplin's Little Tramp, who, mourning his lost dog, tries to off himself by jumping in the Seine." — From an article by Stephen Heyman in The New York Times, September 15, 2013

Did you know?
Why such a fancy French word for a bum? The truth of the matter is, nine times out of ten, you will find "clochard" used for not just any bum, but a French bum—even more specifically, a Parisian bum. And, sometimes, it's even a certain type of Parisian bum—a type that has been romanticized in literature and is part of the local color. Nevertheless, as français as this word (which comes from the French verb "clocher," meaning "to limp") may seem, its regular appearance in English sources since 1937 makes it an English word, too.

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### Daily Puzzle - November 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 11:32pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

I started out on the journey from the badlands with a full tank of fuel, 12 gallons exactly.

However, the moment I started out, the fuel tank sprung a leak. I travelled at 50 mph until I ran out of fuel exactly 4 hours later.

I know that the car does 25 miles for each gallon.

How much fuel had I lost through the hole?

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### Daily Sudoku - November 30 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 11:32pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku

Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

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### Daily Game - November 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 11:32pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Turbo Truck
Take your truck out on the huge hills and cliffs.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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### December 1, 1990: Chunnel makes breakthrough

This Day in History - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 11:00pm

Shortly after 11 a.m. on December 1, 1990, 132 feet below the English Channel, workers drill an opening the size of a car through a wall of rock. This was no ordinary hole--it connected the two ends of an underwater tunnel linking Great Britain with the European mainland for the first time in more than 8,000 years.

The Channel Tunnel, or "Chunnel," was not a new idea. It had been suggested to Napoleon Bonaparte, in fact, as early as 1802. It wasn't until the late 20th century, though, that the necessary technology was developed. In 1986, Britain and France signed a treaty authorizing the construction of a tunnel running between Folkestone, England, and Calais, France.

Over the next four years, nearly 13,000 workers dug 95 miles of tunnels at an average depth of 150 feet (45 meters) below sea level. Eight million cubic meters of soil were removed, at a rate of some 2,400 tons per hour. The completed Chunnel would have three interconnected tubes, including one rail track in each direction and one service tunnel. The price? A whopping $15 billion. After workers drilled that final hole on December 1, 1990, they exchanged French and British flags and toasted each other with champagne. Final construction took four more years, and the Channel Tunnel finally opened for passenger service on May 6, 1994, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and France's President Francois Mitterrand on hand in Calais for the inaugural run. A company called Eurotunnel won the 55-year concession to operate the Chunnel, which is the crucial stretch of the Eurostar high-speed rail link between London and Paris. The regular shuttle train through the tunnel runs 31 miles in total--23 of those underwater--and takes 20 minutes, with an additional 15-minute loop to turn the train around. The Chunnel is the second-longest rail tunnel in the world, after the Seikan Tunnel in Japan. Categories: Fun Stuff ### Marcus Brigstocke Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 6:00pm "Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music." Categories: Fun Stuff ### Peter McWilliams Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 6:00pm "To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all." Categories: Fun Stuff ### Victor Borge Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 6:00pm "Laughter is the closest distance between two people." Categories: Fun Stuff ### Karen Elizabeth Gordon Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 6:00pm "All phone calls are obscene." Categories: Fun Stuff ### lollapalooza Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 12:00am Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 30, 2013 is: lollapalooza • \lah-luh-puh-LOO-zuh\ • noun : one that is extraordinarily impressive; also : an outstanding example Examples: The device, which is due out this spring, is being touted as the lollapalooza of smart phones. "This drink, at$38 a glass in South Beach, is a real lollapalooza." — From an article by Malcolm Berko in NewsOK (Oklahoma), October 20, 2013

Did you know?
Some readers may recognize "lollapalooza" as the name of an American music festival, now held annually in Chicago. Actually, the word "lollapalooza" has been around since at least the 1890s, though etymologists aren't sure where it comes from. Occasionally, it has been used as a gambling term for a made-up hand used to trick an inexperienced player—but primarily the term is used in a way very similar to "humdinger" and "doozy." It is spelled in a number of ways. "Lallapalooza," "lalapalooza," and "lollapaloosa" are among the variants, and in the past it was sometimes "lalapaloozer." Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg may have contributed to the popularity of this term with "Lala Palooza," one of his cartoon characters from the 1930s.

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