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Sir Ralph Richardson

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:00pm
"Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing."
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egregious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 10, 2014 is:

egregious • \ih-GREE-juss\  • adjective
: conspicuous; especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant

Examples:
It was an egregious breach of theater etiquette on Eugene's part when he left his cell phone on during the play and it rang during an important scene.

"Stanford still leads in the nation in scoring defense, but had perhaps the most egregious defensive breakdown of the weekend, failing to cover a Notre Dame receiver who scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-down pass with 1:01 left." — Jake Curtis, San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2014

Did you know?
Egregious derives from the Latin word egregius, meaning "distinguished" or "eminent." In its earliest English uses, egregious was a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her eminently above others. That's how English philosopher and theorist Thomas Hobbes used it in flattering a colleague when he remarked, "I am not so egregious a mathematician as you are." Since Hobbes' day, however, the meaning of the word has become noticeably less complimentary, possibly as a result of ironic use of its original sense.

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November 10, 1969: Sesame Street debuts

This Day in History - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1969, "Sesame Street," a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. "Sesame Street," with its memorable theme song ("Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street"), went on to become the most widely viewed children's program in the world. It has aired in more than 120 countries.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, a former documentary producer for public television. Cooney's goal was to create programming for preschoolers that was both entertaining and educational. She also wanted to use TV as a way to help underprivileged 3- to 5- year-olds prepare for kindergarten. "Sesame Street" was set in a fictional New York neighborhood and included ethnically diverse characters and positive social messages.

Taking a cue from "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," a popular 1960s variety show, "Sesame Street" was built around short, often funny segments featuring puppets, animation and live actors. This format was hugely successful, although over the years some critics have blamed the show and its use of brief segments for shrinking children's attention spans.

From the show's inception, one of its most-loved aspects has been a family of puppets known as Muppets. Joan Ganz Cooney hired puppeteer Jim Henson (1936-1990) to create a cast of characters that became Sesame Street institutions, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird.

The subjects tackled by "Sesame Street" have evolved with the times. In 2002, the South African version of the program, "Takalani Sesame," introduced a 5-year-old Muppet character named Kami who is HIV-positive, in order to help children living with the stigma of a disease that has reached epidemic proportions. In 2006, a new Muppet, Abby Cadabby, made her debut and was positioned as the show's first female star character, in an effort to encourage diversity and provide a strong role model for girls.

Since its inception, over 74 million Americans have watched "Sesame Street." Today, an estimated 8 million people tune in to the show each week in the U.S. alone.

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Daily Puzzle - November 9

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Assign every letter of the alphabet its numerical value: A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on, up to Z=26.

Can you find a familiar 11 letter word whose letter values total only 52?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - November 9 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22pm
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 - November 9

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

The Unfair Platformer
   Who said platform games had to be fair?!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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George Ade

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:00pm
"After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity."
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Herb Caen

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:00pm
"Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything."
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Albert Einstein

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:00pm
"Imagination is more important than knowledge..."
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Paul Valery

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:00pm
"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them."
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