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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:00pm
"A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done."
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Robert Frost

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:00pm
"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."
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sempiternal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 28, 2014 is:

sempiternal • \sem-pih-TER-nul\  • adjective
: of never-ending duration : eternal

Examples:
No matter how much we try to analyze it, the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, will be a matter of sempiternal debate.

"But by Page 10, I knew I'd never read 'Moby-Dick.' The novel— if you can call such an idiosyncratic book by any generic name—hit me like a storm out of nowhere. It contained a wild deluge of thoughts and ideas and sempiternal images." — Amy Wilentz, Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2011

Did you know?
Despite their similarities, sempiternal and eternal come from different roots. Sempiternal is derived from the Late Latin sempiternalis and ultimately from semper, Latin for "always." (You may recognize semper as a key element in the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps: semper fidelis, meaning "always faithful.") Eternal, on the other hand, is derived by way of Middle French and Middle English from the Late Latin aeternalis and ultimately from aevum, Latin for "age" or "eternity." Sempiternal is much less common than eternal, but some writers have found it useful. Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, wrote, "The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, … to lose our sempiternal memory, and to do something without knowing how or why…."

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October 28, 1965: Gateway Arch completed

This Day in History - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis' central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. As the market and supply point for fur traders and explorers—including the famous Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—the town of St. Louis grew exponentially after the War of 1812, when great numbers of people began to travel by wagon train to seek their fortunes west of the Mississippi River. In 1947-48, Saarinen won a nationwide competition to design a monument honoring the spirit of the western pioneers. In a sad twist of fate, the architect died of a brain tumor in 1961 and did not live to see the construction of his now-famous arch, which began in February 1963. Completed in October 1965, the Gateway Arch cost less than $15 million to build. With foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, its frame of stressed stainless steel is built to withstand both earthquakes and high winds. An internal tram system takes visitors to the top, where on a clear day they can see up to 30 miles across the winding Mississippi and to the Great Plains to the west. In addition to the Gateway Arch, the Jefferson Expansion Memorial includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse of St. Louis, where two of the famous Dred Scott slavery cases were heard in the 1860s.

Today, some 4 million people visit the park each year to wander its nearly 100 acres, soak up some history and take in the breathtaking views from Saarinen's gleaming arch.

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Daily Puzzle - October 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:17pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A horse is pulling a wagon up a hill at an increasing speed. Ignoring all masses except those of the horse and the wagon, which is the case:

a) the horse pulls on the wagon harder than the wagon pulls on the horse.
b) the horse pulls on the wagon less than the wagon pulls on the horse.
c) the horse pulls on the wagon just as hard as the wagon pulls on the horse?

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Daily Sudoku - October 27 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:17pm
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 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:17pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Alphabet Hunter
   Spot the letters of the alphabet in the correct order.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Lynda Barry

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke."
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Kate Reid

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion."
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Bertolt Brecht

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"Why be a man when you can be a success?"
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W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn--much."
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homage

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 27, 2014 is:

homage • \AH-mij\  • noun
1 : something done or given as an acknowledgement of a vassal's duty to his lord 2 a : respect b : tribute

Examples:
One scene in the movie was clearly the director's homage to his mentor and idol.

"Click through the slideshow to preview Fili’s homage to Italian typography, including elegant signs for trattorias, … cinemas, and more." — Erica Schwiegershausen, New York Magazine, September 17, 2014

Did you know?
The root of homage is homo-, the Latin root meaning "man." In medieval times, a king's male subject could officially become the king's "man" by publicly announcing allegiance to the monarch in a formal ceremony. In that ritual, known as homage, the subject knelt and placed his hands between those of his lord, symbolically surrendering himself and putting himself at the lord's disposal and under his jurisdiction. A bond was thus forged between the two; the vassal's part was to revere and serve his lord, and the lord's role was to protect the vassal and his family. Over time, homage was extended from the ceremony to the acts of duty and respect done for the lord, and eventually to any respectful act or tribute.

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October 27, 1904: New York City subway opens

This Day in History - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:00pm

At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city's innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.

While London boasts the world's oldest underground train network (opened in 1863) and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system. The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations. Running from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, and then heading west along 42nd Street to Times Square, the line finished by zipping north, all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem. On opening day, Mayor McClellan so enjoyed his stint as engineer that he stayed at the controls all the way from City Hall to 103rd Street.  

At 7 p.m. that evening, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 people paid a nickel each to take their first ride under Manhattan. IRT service expanded to the Bronx in 1905, to Brooklyn in 1908 and to Queens in 1915. Since 1968, the subway has been controlled by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). The system now has 26 lines and 468 stations in operation; the longest line, the 8th Avenue "A" Express train, stretches more than 32 miles, from the northern tip of Manhattan to the far southeast corner of Queens.

Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York. With the exception of the PATH train connecting New York with New Jersey and some parts of Chicago's elevated train system, New York's subway is the only rapid transit system in the world that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No matter how crowded or dirty, the subway is one New York City institution few New Yorkers—or tourists—could do without.

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Daily Puzzle - October 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:03pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What comes next in this sequence:

eno owt ehret rouf eivf xis ==?==

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - October 26 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:03pm
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 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:03pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Ball-A-Track
   How far can you keep the ball inside the track?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
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Fran Lebowitz

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special."
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Carolyn Wells

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"Actions lie louder than words."
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Ogden Nash

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"I think that I shall never see / a billboard lovely as a tree. / Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, / I'll never see a tree at all."
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