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Thomas A. Edison

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:00pm
"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."
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rhadamanthine

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 16, 2015 is:

rhadamanthine • \rad-uh-MAN-thun\  • adjective
: (often capitalized) rigorously strict or just

Examples:
The judge took the maliciousness of the crime into account and decided upon a rhadamanthine punishment.

"Sometimes, she writes with incandescent hope; often, she manifests a disagreeable proclivity for passing Rhadamanthine judgment on us all." — Andrew Solomon, New York Times, December 12, 2014

Did you know?
In Greek mythology, there were three judges of the underworld: Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamanthus. Minos, a son of Zeus and Europa, had been the king of Crete before becoming supreme judge in the underworld after his death. Aeacus, another son of Zeus, was king of Aegina before joining the underworld triumvirate. Rhadamanthus, brother of Minos and king of the Cyclades Islands, was especially known for being inflexible when administering his judgment—hence, the meaning of rhadamanthine as "rigorously strict or just."

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March 16, 1802: U.S. Military Academy established

This Day in History - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:00pm

The United States Military Academy–the first military school in the United States–is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is often simply known as West Point.

Located on the high west bank of New York’s Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack. In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection.

Ten years after the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy in 1802, the growing threat of another war with Great Britain resulted in congressional action to expand the academy’s facilities and increase the West Point corps. Beginning in 1817, the U.S. Military Academy was reorganized by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer–later known as the “father of West Point”–and the school became one of the nation’s finest sources of civil engineers. During the Mexican-American War, West Point graduates filled the leading ranks of the victorious U.S. forces, and with the outbreak of the Civil War former West Point classmates regretfully lined up against one another in the defense of their native states.

In 1870, the first African-American cadet was admitted into the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1976, the first female cadets. The academy is now under the general direction and supervision of the department of the U.S. Army and has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.

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Daily Puzzle - March 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:18pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What letter comes first in this grid?

_  T  T  F  F
S  S  E  N  T
E  T  T  F  F
S  S  E  N  T

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Daily Sudoku - March 15 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:18pm
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 - March 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:18pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Bounce
   Can you capture 75% of the playing area?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Yogi Berra

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"This is like deja vu all over again."
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W. L. George

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies."
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity."
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Oscar Wilde

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Only the shallow know themselves."
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