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Jane Caminos

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:00pm
"A waist is a terrible thing to mind."
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Abraham Lincoln

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:00pm
"He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met."
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Bertrand Russell

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:00pm
"Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths."
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rancid

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 09, 2014 is:

rancid • \RAN-sid\  • adjective
1 : having a rank smell or taste 2 : offensive

Examples:
Although considered healthier, unsaturated fats become rancid much more easily than saturated fats do.

"Oddly enough, this wild conjecture is about as far as McGinniss goes into the rancid waters of tabloid gossip." — From a book review by Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post, March 11, 2014

Did you know?
"Rancid" has a fairly straightforward history; it derives from Latin "rancidus," itself from the Latin verb "rancēre," meaning "to be rancid" or "to stink." In addition to the related words "rancidness" and "rancidity," another descendant of "rancēre" in English is "rancor," meaning "bitter deep-seated ill will." ("Rancor" passed through Middle French rather than being borrowed into English directly.) These days, "rancid" also has developed a second, extended sense which is used in the context of offenses to less literal or physical senses than those of smell or taste, and you might see references to "rancid behavior" or "a rancid personality."

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April 9, 1865: Robert E. Lee surrenders

This Day in History - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00pm

At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option.

In retreating from the Union army's Appomattox Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia had stumbled through the Virginia countryside stripped of food and supplies. At one point, Union cavalry forces under General Philip Sheridan had actually outrun Lee's army, blocking their retreat and taking 6,000 prisoners at Sayler's Creek. Desertions were mounting daily, and by April 8 the Confederates were surrounded with no possibility of escape. On April 9, Lee sent a message to Grant announcing his willingness to surrender. The two generals met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home at one o'clock in the afternoon.

Lee and Grant, both holding the highest rank in their respective armies, had known each other slightly during the Mexican War and exchanged awkward personal inquiries. Characteristically, Grant arrived in his muddy field uniform while Lee had turned out in full dress attire, complete with sash and sword. Lee asked for the terms, and Grant hurriedly wrote them out. All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property--most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee's starving men would be given Union rations.

Shushing a band that had begun to play in celebration, General Grant told his officers, "The war is over. The Rebels are our countrymen again." Although scattered resistance continued for several weeks, for all practical purposes the Civil War had come to an end.

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Roald Dahl

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it."
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity."
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Ogden Nash

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore."
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Artemus Ward

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?"
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Daily Puzzle - April 8

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Every morning when I warm my milk for breakfast, I put one cup of milk in the microwave (which is in perfect working order) for exactly 84 seconds.

Why?

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Daily Sudoku - April 8 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:59pm
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 - April 8

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Word Monaco
   Card solitaire with letters. Make as many words as you can to clear the deck.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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virescent

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 08, 2014 is:

virescent • \vuh-RESS-unt\  • adjective
: beginning to be green : greenish

Examples:
Buds formed on the bare trees, infusing the stark branches with a slight virescent tint.

"While Heisman Trophy winner and National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow read 'Green Eggs and Ham,' during Dr. Seuss Week, Lincoln Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Jo Bures quietly slipped away to a meeting. None of the kindergartners noticed, their eyes fixated on the screen, their ears absorbing the story of Sam I Am and his never wavering quest to get the narrator to try the virescent foods." — From an article by Chris Dunker in the Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska), February 25, 2014

Did you know?
"Virescent" first appeared in English in 1826. It derives from the present participle of "virescere," a Latin verb meaning "to become green" and a form of another verb, "virēre," meaning "to be green." "Virēre" also gave us another adjective meaning green, "verdant," only the route to that adjective takes a stop at Old French "verdoier" ("to be green"). "Virescent" has seen occasional general use, as when Thomas Hardy wrote, in his 1881 novel A Laodicean, of "[t]he summer … tipping every twig with a virescent yellow." But it is nowadays found most frequently in scientific contexts, especially those pertaining to botany.

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April 8, 1974: Aaron sets new home run record

This Day in History - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's legendary record of 714 homers. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a 4th inning pitch off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Al Downing. However, as Aaron was an African American who had received death threats and racist hate mail during his pursuit of one of baseball's most distinguished records, the achievement was bittersweet.

Henry Louis Aaron Jr., born in Mobile, Alabama, on February 5, 1934, made his Major League debut in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves, just eight years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier and became the first African American to play in the majors. Aaron, known as hard working and quiet, was the last Negro league player to also compete in the Major Leagues. In 1957, with characteristically little fanfare, Aaron, who primarily played right field, was named the National League's Most Valuable Player as the Milwaukee Braves won the pennant. A few weeks later, his three home runs in the World Series helped his team triumph over the heavily favored New York Yankees. Although "Hammerin' Hank" specialized in home runs, he was also an extremely dependable batter, and by the end of his career he held baseball's career record for most runs batted in: 2,297.

Aaron's playing career spanned three teams and 23 years. He was with the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965, the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974 and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975 to 1976. He hung up his cleats in 1976 with 755 career home runs and went on to become one of baseball's first African-American executives, with the Atlanta Braves, and a leading spokesperson for minority hiring. Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Daily Puzzle - April 7

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:45pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Assign every letter of the alphabet its numerical value: A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on, up to Z=26.

Can you find a 6 letter word which has a total over 115? For example WIZARD = 23 + 9 + 26 + 1 + 18 + 4 = 81.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 7 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:45pm
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 - April 7

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:45pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Balloonator
   Popping balloons is fun.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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spandex

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 07, 2014 is:

spandex • \SPAN-deks\  • noun
: any of various elastic textile fibers made chiefly of polyurethane; also : clothing made of this material

Examples:
While spandex is appropriate for running races and perhaps errands too, few of us can get away with donning it in the workplace.

"[Olympic bobsled brakeman Chris] Fogt says his athletic life and his military career have some similarities, particularly the camaraderie forged in the trenches…. 'For us, it's obviously slightly different. Your life's not in danger. At the same time, you're sliding down an icy track in a bathtub with four men in spandex. You get very close.'" — From an article by Rick Maese in the Washington Post, February 24, 2014

Did you know?
Spandex is a fiber that has had an impact on fashion high and low, casual and formal, outer and under. It's not a trademark, as a number of the names of other fibers are, among them "Dacron," "Lycra," and "Orlon." It's a generic term, coined in 1959 as an anagram of the word "expands." Anagrammatic coinages are not common; the only other in our dictionaries that the average person is likely to be familiar with is "sideburns." "Sideburns" is an anagram (and synonym) of "burnsides," from Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general in the American Civil War credited with originating the fashion (in the U.S., at least) also known as "side-whiskers."

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Daily Puzzle - April 6

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Move from letter to letter and collect the necessary letters for DUCK (in any order).

How many different routes can you take if you always start with the central D and always move either horizontally or vertically?

   K
  CUK
 KCKUK
KUCDUUC
 UCKKU
  KUK
   C

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 6 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:44pm
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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