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Paul Fix

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory."
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J. D. Salinger

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."
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disingenuous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 29, 2015 is:

disingenuous • \dis-in-JEN-yuh-wuss\  • adjective
: lacking in candor; also : giving a false appearance of simple frankness : calculating

Examples:
Be aware that their expressions of concern may in truth be disingenuous and self-serving.

"He said the group's claims were wildly disingenuous and its objections politically and financially motivated." — James L. Rosica, The Tampa Tribune, December 18, 2014

Did you know?
Today's word has its roots in the slave-holding society of ancient Rome. Its ancestor ingenuus is a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn" (itself from gignere, meaning "to beget"). Ingenuus begot the English adjective ingenuous. That adjective originally meant "freeborn" (as in "ingenuous Roman subjects") or "noble and honorable," but it eventually came to mean "showing childlike innocence" or "lacking guile." In the mid-17th century, English speakers combined the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous, meaning "guileful" or "deceitful."

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January 29, 1936: U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

This Day in History - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:00pm

On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.

The Hall of Fame actually had its beginnings in 1935, when plans were made to build a museum devoted to baseball and its 100-year history. A private organization based in Cooperstown called the Clark Foundation thought that establishing the Baseball Hall of Fame in their city would help to reinvigorate the area's Depression-ravaged economy by attracting tourists. To help sell the idea, the foundation advanced the idea that U.S. Civil War hero Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown. The story proved to be phony, but baseball officials, eager to capitalize on the marketing and publicity potential of a museum to honor the game's greats, gave their support to the project anyway.

In preparation for the dedication of the Hall of Fame in 1939--thought by many to be the centennial of baseball--the Baseball Writers' Association of America chose the five greatest superstars of the game as the first class to be inducted: Ty Cobb was the most productive hitter in history; Babe Ruth was both an ace pitcher and the greatest home-run hitter to play the game; Honus Wagner was a versatile star shortstop and batting champion; Christy Matthewson had more wins than any pitcher in National League history; and Walter Johnson was considered one of the most powerful pitchers to ever have taken the mound.

Today, with approximately 350,000 visitors per year, the Hall of Fame continues to be the hub of all things baseball. It has elected 278 individuals, in all, including 225 players, 17 managers, 8 umpires and 28 executives and pioneers.

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Daily Puzzle - January 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A 'complete' word is a word in which every letter, in turn, can be replaced by another to form a new word.

For example, SEND is a complete word because:

   Starting with SEND we can replace the S with an L to make LEND
   Starting with SEND we can replace the E with an A to make SAND
   Starting with SEND we can replace the N with an E to make SEED
   Starting with SEND we can replace the D with a T to make SENT.

Which 2 of the following words are not complete words? Proper nouns (i.e. people's names) are not allowed.

HARD
PORT
DUCK
HANG
BAIL
MAST
THIN
LEAN
FIRE
READ

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 28 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
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 - January 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Dig It Puzzle
   Use your mouse to drag, flip, spin and drop the tiles to reveal a hidden treasure box.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Pat Conroy

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"I've always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position."
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John J. Plomp

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers."
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Rodney Dangerfield

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"Life is just a bowl of pits."
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Frank Zappa

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
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retronym

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 28, 2015 is:

retronym • \REH-troh-nim\  • noun
: a term (such as analog watch or snail mail) that is newly created and adopted to distinguish the original or older version, form, or example of something from other, more recent versions, forms, or examples

Examples:
"… first came paperback book, differentiated from a book with a cloth or leather binding, provoking the retronym hardcover book." — William Safire, The New York Times Magazine, November 18, 2007

''Nowadays we need such distinctions as free-range chickens, birth mother, natural blonde, … and manual toothbrushes. The faster we advance, the more retronyms we enlist." — David Astle, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, November 1, 2014

Did you know?
Remember way back when cameras used film? Back then, such devices were simply called cameras; they weren't specifically called film cameras until they needed to be distinguished from the digital cameras that came later. Similarly, the term desktop computer wasn't often used until laptops became prevalent. A lot of our common retronyms have come about due to technological advances: acoustic guitar emerged to contrast with electric guitar, and brick-and-mortar store to distinguish traditional stores from online retailers. Retronym was coined by Frank Mankiewicz, an American journalist and former president of National Public Radio, and first seen in print in 1980.

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January 28, 1986: Challenger explodes

This Day in History - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:00pm

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world's first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.

In the aftermath of the explosion, President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to determine what went wrong with Challenger and to develop future corrective measures. The presidential commission was headed by former secretary of state William Rogers, and included former astronaut Neil Armstrong and former test pilot Chuck Yeager. The investigation determined that the explosion was caused by the failure of an "O-ring" seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The elastic O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time, which began a chain of events that resulted in the massive explosion. As a result of the explosion, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.

In September 1988, space shuttle flights resumed with the successful launching of the Discovery. Since then, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, such as the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.

On February 1, 2003, a second space-shuttle disaster rocked the United States when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry of the Earth's atmosphere. All aboard were killed. Despite fears that the problems that downed Columbia had not been satisfactorily addressed, space-shuttle flights resumed on July 26, 2005, when Discovery was again put into orbit.

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Daily Puzzle - January 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What number comes next in this sequence:

31 30 31 31

Note: the answer is NOT 30.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 27 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:59pm
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 - January 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Zirch
   Look for Z, I, R, C and H as the letters of the alphabet dance around the screen in this fast-paced search game.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Devin J. Monroe

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:00pm
"Don't tell people to act their age. It's like telling a baby to move out, and if they're older you're telling them to "die in a hole.""
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R. Stevens

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:00pm
"Ever heard Victoria's REAL secret? Too much support hurts."
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George Santayana

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:00pm
"Music is essentially useless, as life is."
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W. Somerset Maugham

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:00pm
"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
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