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Daily Game - January 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 7:08pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Dare Devil
   Perform stunts on your dirt bike. Upgrade your kit with the points better tricks give you.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Edward R. Murrow

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained."
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John Lehman

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat."
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Fred Allen

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"California is a fine place to live--if you happen to be an orange."
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Shirley Temple

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph."
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tintinnabulation

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2015 is:

tintinnabulation • \tin-tuh-nab-yuh-LAY-shun\  • noun
1 : the ringing or sounding of bells 2 : a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells

Examples:
The tintinnabulation that could be heard throughout the village was from the church on the common announcing morning services.

"The song opens with the far-away electric tintinnabulation of an ice cream truck." — Colette McIntyre, Styleite, September 4, 2014

Did you know?
If the sound of tintinnabulation rings a bell, that may be because it traces to a Latin interpretation of the sound a ringing bell makes. Our English word derives from tintinnabulum, the Latin word for "bell." That Latin word, in turn, comes from the verb tintinnare, which means "to ring, clang, or jingle." Like the English terms "ting" and "tinkle," tintinnare originated with a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it—that is, it is onomatopoeic. Edgar Allan Poe celebrates the sonic overtones of tintinnabulation in his poem "The Bells," which includes lines about "the tintinnabulation that so musically wells / From the bells, bells, bells, bells, / Bells, bells, bells—/ From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells."

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January 19, 1809: Edgar Allan Poe is born

This Day in History - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

By the time he was three years old, both of Poe's parents had died, leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. After attending school in England, Poe entered the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1826. After fighting with Allan over his heavy gambling debts, he was forced to leave UVA after only eight months. Poe then served two years in the U.S. Army and won an appointment to West Point. After another falling-out, Allan cut him off completely and he got himself dismissed from the academy for rules infractions.

Dark, handsome and brooding, Poe had published three works of poetry by that time, none of which had received much attention. In 1836, while working as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, Virginia, Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. He also completed his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym, published in 1838. Poe lost his job at the Messenger due to his heavy drinking, and the couple moved to Philadelphia, where Poe worked as an editor at Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine. He became known for his direct and incisive criticism, as well as for dark horror stories like "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Also around this time, Poe began writing mystery stories, including "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter"--works that would earn him a reputation as the father of the modern detective story.   

In 1844, the Poes moved to New York City. He scored a spectacular success the following year with his poem "The Raven." While Poe was working to launch The Broadway Journal--which soon failed--his wife Virginia fell ill and died of tuberculosis in early 1847. His wife's death drove Poe even deeper into alcoholism and drug abuse. After becoming involved with several women, Poe returned to Richmond in 1849 and got engaged to an old flame. Before the wedding, however, Poe died suddenly. Though circumstances are somewhat unclear, it appeared he began drinking at a party in Baltimore and disappeared, only to be found incoherent in a gutter three days later. Taken to the hospital, he died on October 7, 1849, at age 40.

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Daily Puzzle - January 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:54pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Astrology begins with the letter A, biology with B. Can you find an 'ology' that begins with a P and another that begins with an L?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 18 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:54pm
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 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:54pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Steel Tower
   Build a steel tower up to the skies.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Miguel de Cervantes

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:00pm
"Facts are the enemy of truth."
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David Letterman

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:00pm
"I'm just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious."
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Abraham Maslow

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:00pm
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
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Albert Einstein

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:00pm
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
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gratuitous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2015 is:

gratuitous • \gruh-TOO-uh-tuss\  • adjective
1 : done or provided without recompense : free 2 : not called for by the circumstances : unwarranted

Examples:
John seems incapable of talking about anything he owns without a gratuitous reference to the amount of money he spent on it.

"Each gratuitous 'Mr.,' 'Mrs.,' 'Miss,' or 'Ms.' appeared not so much respectful as nostalgic, a yearning for a return to the days when all but the closest acquaintances addressed one another with titles and surnames." — Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2014

Did you know?
Like gratitude, grace, and congratulate, gratuitous is a descendant of the Latin word gratus, which means "pleasing" or "grateful." When gratuitous was first used in the middle of the 17th century, it meant "free" or "given without return benefit or compensation." The extended meaning "done without good reason" or "unwarranted" came about just a few decades later, perhaps from the belief held by some people that one should not give something without getting something in return. Today, that extended meaning is the more common sense, often used in such phrases as "a gratuitous insult" or to describe elements of a story that are not relevant to the plot.

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January 18, 1919: Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris

This Day in History - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in Paris, France, some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin the long, complicated negotiations that would officially mark the end of the First World War.

Leaders of the victorious Allied powers--France, Great Britain, the United States and Italy--would make most of the crucial decisions in Paris over the next six months. For most of the conference, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson struggled to support his idea of a "peace without victory" and make sure that Germany, the leader of the Central Powers and the major loser of the war, was not treated too harshly. On the other hand, Prime Ministers Georges Clemenceau of France and David Lloyd George of Britain argued that punishing Germany adequately and ensuring its weakness was the only way to justify the immense costs of the war. In the end, Wilson compromised on the treatment of Germany in order to push through the creation of his pet project, an international peacekeeping organization called the League of Nations.

Representatives from Germany were excluded from the peace conference until May, when they arrived in Paris and were presented with a draft of the Versailles Treaty. Having put great faith in Wilson's promises, the Germans were deeply frustrated and disillusioned by the treaty, which required them to forfeit a great deal of territory and pay reparations. Even worse, the infamous Article 231 forced Germany to accept sole blame for the war. This was a bitter pill many Germans could not swallow.

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, five years to the day after a Serbian nationalist's bullet ended the life of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and sparked the beginning of World War I. In the decades to come, anger and resentment of the treaty and its authors festered in Germany. Extremists like Adolf Hitler's National Socialist (Nazi) Party capitalized on these emotions to gain power, a process that led almost directly to the exact thing Wilson and the other negotiators in Paris in 1919 had wanted to prevent--a second, equally devastating global war.

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Daily Puzzle - January 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:40pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What three letter word best completes the below words?

LO...E
EDU...E
VA...E
S...TER
S...HE
...ER

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 17 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:40pm
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 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:40pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Pitch Black
   Play a game of target practice with invisible balls.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Ruskin

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:00pm
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."
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