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Thomas A. Edison

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
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Jean Giraudoux

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."
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Sir Winston Churchill

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
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stentorian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2015 is:

stentorian • \sten-TOR-ee-un\  • adjective
: extremely loud

Examples:
The foreman barked out his orders in a stentorian tone that could be heard clearly over the din of the factory's machinery.

"[Lawrence] Tanter … was the first voice to stand out among the bedlam when the Lakers came from behind to beat Boston in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals. He said simply in his stentorian way, 'Number 16.'" — Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2015

Did you know?
The Greek herald Stentor was known for having a voice that came through loud and clear. In fact, in the Iliad, Homer described Stentor as a man whose voice was as loud as that of fifty men together. Stentor's powerful voice made him a natural choice for delivering announcements and proclamations to the assembled Greek army during the Trojan War, and it also made his name a byword for any person with a loud, strong voice. Both the noun stentor and the related adjective stentorian pay homage to the big-voiced warrior, and both have been making noise in English since the early 17th century.

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April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier

This Day in History - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of sharecroppers. Growing up, he excelled at sports and attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the first athlete to letter in four varsity sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. After financial difficulties forced Robinson to drop out of UCLA, he joined the army in 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After protesting instances of racial discrimination during his military service, Robinson was court-martialed in 1944. Ultimately, though, he was honorably discharged.

After the army, Robinson played for a season in the Negro American League. In 1945, Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Robinson, who was known for his integrity and intelligence as well as his talent, to join one of the club’s farm teams. In 1947, Robinson was called up to the Majors and soon became a star infielder and outfielder for the Dodgers, as well as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. In 1949, the right-hander was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player and league batting champ. Robinson played on the National League All-Star team from 1949 through 1954 and led the Dodgers to six National League pennants and one World Series, in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.

Despite his talent and success as a player, Robinson faced tremendous racial discrimination throughout his career, from baseball fans and some fellow players. Additionally, Jim Crow laws prevented Robinson from using the same hotels and restaurants as his teammates while playing in the South.

After retiring from baseball in 1957, Robinson became a businessman and civil rights activist. He died October 24, 1972, at age 53, in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Daily Puzzle - April 14

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:19pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

The following words have had their vowels removed, can you find the missing animals?

SLTH
RCN
MNKY
LLGTR
LPHNT
LND
GT
BR
BBN
CYT

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 14 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:19pm
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 14

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:19pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Sputnik
   Use planets to make your ship travel as far as possible.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Mitch Hedberg

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say 'Mitch,' and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly."
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Robert Frost

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."
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Jane Austen

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."
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Mark Twain

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
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bilk

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 14, 2015 is:

bilk • \BILK\  • verb
1 : to block the free development of : frustrate 2 a : to cheat out of something valuable : defraud b : to evade payment of or to 3 : to slip away from

Examples:
The investigation revealed that the garage had been bilking motorists for repairs that had never been made.

"Two women were convicted Thursday of taking part in a scheme in which unnecessary medical procedures were carried out in order to bilk insurance companies out of more than $50 million." — Sean Emery, Orange County Register (California), March 7, 2015

Did you know?
Initially, "bilking" wasn't considered cheating—just good strategy for cribbage players. Language historians aren't sure where bilk originated, but they have noticed that its earliest uses occur in contexts referring to cribbage. Part of the scoring in cribbage involves each player adding cards from his or her hand to a pile of discards called the "crib." At the end of a hand, the dealer gets any points in the crib. Strategically, then, it's wisest for the dealer's opponent to discard non-scoring cards—the ones most likely to "balk," or put a check on, the dealer's score. Etymologists theorize that "bilk" may have originated as an alteration of that card-game "balk."

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April 14, 1865: Lincoln is shot

This Day in History - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Booth, a Maryland native born in 1838, who remained in the North during the war despite his Confederate sympathies, initially plotted to capture President Lincoln and take him to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, on March 20, 1865, the day of the planned kidnapping, the president failed to appear at the spot where Booth and his six fellow conspirators lay in wait. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to Union forces.

In April, with Confederate armies near collapse across the South, Booth hatched a desperate plan to save the Confederacy. Learning that Lincoln was to attend a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater on April 14, Booth masterminded the simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward. By murdering the president and two of his possible successors, Booth and his conspirators hoped to throw the U.S. government into disarray.

On the evening of April 14, conspirator Lewis T. Powell burst into Secretary of State Seward’s home, seriously wounding him and three others, while George A. Atzerodt, assigned to Vice President Johnson, lost his nerve and fled. Meanwhile, just after 10 p.m., Booth entered Lincoln’s private theater box unnoticed and shot the president with a single bullet in the back of his head. Slashing an army officer who rushed at him, Booth leapt to the stage and shouted “Sic semper tyrannis! [Thus always to tyrants]–the South is avenged!” Although Booth broke his leg jumping from Lincoln’s box, he managed to escape Washington on horseback.

The president, mortally wounded, was carried to a lodging house opposite Ford’s Theater. About 7:22 a.m. the next morning, Lincoln, age 56, died–the first U.S. president to be assassinated. Booth, pursued by the army and other secret forces, was finally cornered in a barn near Bowling Green, Virginia, and died from a possibly self-inflicted bullet wound as the barn was burned to the ground. Of the eight other people eventually charged with the conspiracy, four were hanged and four were jailed. Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president, was buried on May 4, 1865, in Springfield, Illinois.

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Daily Puzzle - April 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:06pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is represented by this BrainBat?

draob gniward eht ot

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 13 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:06pm
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 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:06pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

3D Ball Drop
   Gently and quickly guide the ball through the 3D maze to safety.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Evan Esar

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"Walking isn't a lost art: one must, by some means, get to the garage."
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Frantz Fanon

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent."
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Charles Caleb Colton

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them."
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