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Daily Game - July 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:31pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Sheriff Tripeaks
   You need to find a card with one number above or below the shown card.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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weasel word

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:00am

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

weasel word • \WEE-zul-WERD\  • noun
: a word used in order to evade or retreat from a direct or forthright statement or position

Examples:
Many people suspected that the politician's weasel words concealed a deeper agenda.

"Lesson: When your team messes up, take responsibility, fully and openly. No exculpatory clauses or weasel words." — Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, March 4, 2015

Did you know?
Some people believe that weasels can suck the insides out of an egg without damaging the shell, so that an egg thus weasel-treated would look fine on the outside but would actually be empty and useless. It was this supposed behavior on the part of the weasel that led people to start using weasel word to refer to any term intended to give the impression that everything is fine when the speaker is really trying to avoid answering a question, telling the truth, or taking the blame for something.

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July 16, 1945: Atom bomb successfully tested

This Day in History - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own uranium bomb, the War Department took a more active interest, and limits on resources for the project were removed.

Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves, himself an engineer, was now in complete charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science and discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bringing the war to a decisive end. The Manhattan Project (so-called because of where the research began) would wind its way through many locations during the early period of theoretical exploration, most importantly, the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi successfully set off the first fission chain reaction. But the Project took final form in the desert of New Mexico, where, in 1943, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing Project Y at a laboratory at Los Alamos, along with such minds as Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, and Fermi. Here theory and practice came together, as the problems of achieving critical mass-a nuclear explosion-and the construction of a deliverable bomb were worked out.

Finally, on the morning of July 16,in the New Mexico desert120 miles south of Santa Fe, the first atomic bomb was detonated. The scientists and a few dignitaries had removed themselves 10,000 yards away to observe as the first mushroom cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized.

The question now became-on whom was the bomb to be dropped? Germany was the original target, but the Germans had already surrendered. The only belligerent remaining was Japan.

A footnote: The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project finally ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion.

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George Meany

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Anybody who has doubts about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one."
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Fred Allen

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done."
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Frank Moore Colby

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible."
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Segal's Law

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."
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Daily Puzzle - July 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:18pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

If you have a helium filled balloon in a closed car, and you go around corner. Will the balloon swing into or out of the corner?

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Daily Sudoku - July 15 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:18pm
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 - July 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:18pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Crate Man
   Lead the crate man to the red door.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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