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Daily Game - July 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

The Final Frontier
   Retrieve enough cargo for Iron Maiden to perform the loudest gig in the Universe.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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William Feather

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor."
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Samuel Butler

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."
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M. Cartmill

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."
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Paula Poundstone

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00pm
"I don't have a bank account, because I don't know my mother's maiden name."
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blandish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 19, 2014 is:

blandish • \BLAN-dish\  • verb
1 : to coax or persuade with flattery : cajole 2 : to act or speak in a flattering or coaxing manner

Examples:
Some of Tim's coworkers even managed to blandish him into doing their work for them by complimenting him shamelessly.

"Glennan believed a presidential statement would help to gain initiative against Congress and the media, and he repeatedly blandished Eisenhower to make a greater public relations effort." — Yanek Mieczkowski, Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment, 2013

Did you know?
The word "blandish" has been a part of the English language since at least the 14th century with virtually no change in its meaning. It ultimately derives from "blandus," a Latin word meaning "mild" or "flattering." One of the earliest known uses of "blandish" can be found in the sacred writings of Richard Rolle de Hampole, an English hermit and mystic, who cautioned against "the dragon that blandishes with the head and smites with the tail." Although "blandish" might not exactly be suggestive of dullness, it was the "mild" sense of "blandus" that gave us our adjective "bland," which has a lesser-known sense meaning "smooth and soothing in manner or quality."

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July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone found

This Day in History - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years.

When Napoleon, an emperor known for his enlightened view of education, art and culture, invaded Egypt in 1798, he took along a group of scholars and told them to seize all important cultural artifacts for France. Pierre Bouchard, one of Napoleon's soldiers, was aware of this order when he found the basalt stone, which was almost four feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide, at a fort near Rosetta. When the British defeated Napoleon in 1801, they took possession of the Rosetta Stone.

Several scholars, including Englishman Thomas Young made progress with the initial hieroglyphics analysis of the Rosetta Stone. French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832), who had taught himself ancient languages, ultimately cracked the code and deciphered the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide. Hieroglyphics used pictures to represent objects, sounds and groups of sounds. Once the Rosetta Stone inscriptions were translated, the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.

The Rosetta Stone has been housed at the British Museum in London since 1802, except for a brief period during World War I. At that time, museum officials moved it to a separate underground location, along with other irreplaceable items from the museum's collection, to protect it from the threat of bombs.

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John Green

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses."
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Robertson Davies

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser."
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Albert Einstein

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."
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William Blake

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:00pm
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
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