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Daily Game - October 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:12pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Crazy Chess
   Action packed arcade game where you pick up points by moving your knight using the rules of chess.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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neophilia

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 18, 2014 is:

neophilia • \nee-uh-FILL-ee-uh\  • noun
: love or enthusiasm for what is new or novel

Examples:
Loretta wondered if it was neophilia that led her husband to buy shiny new power tools even when the ones he already had were in perfect condition.

"Time was, not too many years ago, when shopping was a pleasure. The atmosphere at the malls, the array of items, the decor, the people, the variety of shops, all beckoned to our neophilia, although I wasn’t aware there was a word for it." — Juanita Hughes, Cherokee Tribune (Canton, Georgia), September 2, 2014

Did you know?
The earliest known example of neophilia in print is from an 1899 issue of Political Science Quarterly, a publication of Columbia University. The word is a combination of the Greek-derived combining forms neo-, meaning "new," and -philia, meaning "liking for." In the 1930s, the form neophily was introduced as a synonym of neophilia, but no neophilia could save it from obscurity—it has never caught on. The opposite of neophilia is neophobia, meaning "a dread of or aversion to novelty." It has been around slightly longer than neophilia, having first appeared in 1886.

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October 18, 1867: U.S. takes possession of Alaska

This Day in History - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiasticly expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.

Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory, which was remote, sparsely populated and difficult to defend, to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain. Negotiations between Seward (1801-1872) and the Russian minister to the U.S., Eduard de Stoeckl, began in March 1867. However, the American public believed the land to be barren and worthless and dubbed the purchase "Seward's Folly" and "Andrew Johnson's Polar Bear Garden," among other derogatory names. Some animosity toward the project may have been a byproduct of President Johnson's own unpopularity. As the 17th U.S. president, Johnson battled with Radical Republicans in Congress over Reconstruction policies following the Civil War. He was impeached in 1868 and later acquitted by a single vote. Nevertheless, Congress eventually ratified the Alaska deal. Public opinion of the purchase turned more favorable when gold was discovered in a tributary of Alaska's Klondike River in 1896, sparking a gold rush. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources. Today, 25 percent of America's oil and over 50 percent of its seafood come from Alaska. It is also the largest state in area, about one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states combined, though it remains sparsely populated. The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word alyeska, which means "great land." Alaska has two official state holidays to commemorate its origins: Seward's Day, observed the last Monday in March, celebrates the March 30, 1867, signing of the land treaty between the U.S. and Russia, and Alaska Day, observed every October 18, marks the anniversary of the formal land transfer.

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Al Boliska

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?"
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Henry David Thoreau

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone."
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Kin Hubbard

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people."
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Jean Giraudoux

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."
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Daily Puzzle - October 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Take a normal piece of paper, exactly 0.1 mm thick.

Fold it in half, and then in half again, and again, and again.

Do this a total of 50 times.

How thick would the final paper be?

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Daily Sudoku - October 17 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
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 - October 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Snail Bob 2
   Snail Bob is back and it's Grandpa's birthday.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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