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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 6:00pm
"Lack of money is the root of all evil."
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nictitate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 11:00pm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 20, 2016 is:

nictitate • \NIK-tuh-tayt\  • verb

1 : to close and open quickly : to shut one eye briefly : wink

2 : to close and open the eyelids

Examples:

"Dermaq's third eyelids nictitated over his corneas as though to wash away the image, and momentarily he looked away, then back at his superior." — Charles L. Harness, Firebird, 1981

"The hump shifted, raised a hairless head of chitinous scales. Almond eyes of burning gold nictitated to life. A broad chest of angular plates swelled with breath." — Ian C. Esslemont, Night of Knives, 2004

Did you know?

Nictitate didn't just happen in the blink of an eye; it developed over time as an alteration of the older verb nictate, which also means "to wink." Both verbs trace to the Latin word for winking, nictare. The addition of the extra syllable was apparently influenced by Latin verbs ending in -itare, such as palpitare and agitare (which gave us palpitate and agitate, respectively). Today, nictitate has a special use in the animal world. Since the early 18th century, scientists have used nictitating membrane to describe the so-called "third eyelid": the thin, usually transparent membrane in the eyes of birds, fishes, and other vertebrates that helps keep the eyeball moist and clean.



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November 20, 1945: Nuremberg trials begin

This Day in History - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 11:00pm

Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.

The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity. Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.

On October 1, 1946, 12 architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted. Of the original 24 defendants, one, Robert Ley, committed suicide while in prison, and another, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was deemed mentally and physically incompetent to stand trial. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, leader of the Gestapo and the Luftwaffe; Alfred Jodl, head of the German armed forces staff; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior.

On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged. Goering, who at sentencing was called the “leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews,” committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia (but is now believed to have died in May 1945). Trials of lesser German and Axis war criminals continued in Germany into the 1950s and resulted in the conviction of 5,025 other defendants and the execution of 806.

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Robert W. Sarnoff

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00pm
"Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears."
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Oscar Levant

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00pm
"The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too."
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Robin Morgan

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00pm
"Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange."
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Jane Wagner

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 6:00pm
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."
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meshuggener

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:00pm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 19, 2016 is:

meshuggener • \muh-SHUG-uh-ner\  • noun

: a foolish or crazy person

Examples:

"What kind of meshuggener would apply the small plates concept to Jewish comfort food, which is all about abundance and appetite?" — Tracey Macleod, The Independent (United Kingdom), 16 Dec. 2011

"Whoever decided to remake The Producers in 2005 was a meshuggener. There will certainly not be a remake of The Frisco Kid, a film from 1979—[Gene] Wilder plays a rabbi who rides into trouble in the Wild West. Don't go there!" — David Robson, The Jewish Chronicle Online, 1 Sept. 2016

Did you know?

From bagel and chutzpah to shtick and yenta, Yiddish has given English many a colorful term over the years. Meshuggener is another example of what happens when English interprets that rich Jewish language. Meshuggener comes from the Yiddish meshugener, which in turn derives from meshuge, an adjective that is synonymous with crazy or foolish. English speakers have used the adjective form, meshuga or meshugge, to mean "foolish" since the late 1800s; we've dubbed foolish folk meshuggeners since at least 1900.



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November 19, 1863: Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address

This Day in History - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:00pm

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee’s defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army’s ultimate decline.

Charged by Pennsylvania’s governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery’s dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting “a few appropriate remarks” to consecrate the grounds.

At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln’s address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Reception of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the “little speech,” as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written.

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Lisa Kudrow

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00pm
"[Detractors] are just wrong, and that's okay. They just don't see it yet. That's what I would tell myself to keep those moments of doubt, only moments."
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William Shakespeare

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00pm
"I hold ambition of so light a quality that is is but a shadow's shadow."
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From the 1985 movie "Bliss"

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00pm
"The entire economy of the Western world is built on things that cause cancer."
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Sir Barnett Cocks

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00pm
"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled."
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Daily Puzzle - January 11

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 1:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Geoff and I were playing on the roundabout at the local park.

It was very large and we stood on opposite sides and we spun the roundabout anti-clockwise.

I then threw a ball at Geoff.

Did the ball go to Geoff, or did it go to the right of him or the left of him?

A roundabout is similar to a merry-go-round or carousel, but smaller.

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Daily Sudoku - January 11 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 1:44pm
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 - January 11

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 1:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Maya Boom
   Place bombs to rid the baddies using the explosions, while keeping the good guys alive.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Daily Puzzle - January 10

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:34pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is represented by this BrainBat?

ENO ERAUQS OT

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 10 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:34pm
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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