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Daily Game - September 12

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:58pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Hardball Frenzy
   Point and click to shoot at the green balls and take them out.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Mae West

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:00pm
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
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Pablo Picasso

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:00pm
"Everything you can imagine is real."
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Pierre Beaumarchais

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:00pm
"It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them."
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Frank Zappa

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:00pm
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
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lido

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 12, 2014 is:

lido • \LEE-doh\  • noun
: a fashionable beach resort

Examples:
Sharon bought a new bathing suit in anticipation of her upcoming vacation at a luxurious lido.

"The lido on the Promenade at Grange-over-Sands has been abandoned since it closed in 1993, although there is now a campaign for it to be reopened." — Griff Witte, BBC.com, August 13, 2014

Did you know?
The original Lido is a beach resort near Venice, Italy. The town’s name comes from the Italian word lido, which means "shore" or "bank." (The Italian root derives from litus, the Latin word for "shore.") By the mid-19th century, Lido’s reputation as a chic vacation destination for the well-to-do made it the envy of seaside resorts everywhere. English speaking social climbers generalized the town’s name and started using it for any fashionably Lido-esque beach.

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September 12, 1940: Lascaux cave paintings discovered

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

Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.

First studied by the French archaeologist Henri-Édouard-Prosper Breuil, the Lascaux grotto consists of a main cavern 66 feet wide and 16 feet high. The walls of the cavern are decorated with some 600 painted and drawn animals and symbols and nearly 1,500 engravings. The pictures depict in excellent detail numerous types of animals, including horses, red deer, stags, bovines, felines, and what appear to be mythical creatures. There is only one human figure depicted in the cave: a bird-headed man with an erect phallus. Archaeologists believe that the cave was used over a long period of time as a center for hunting and religious rites.

The Lascaux grotto was opened to the public in 1948 but was closed in 1963 because artificial lights had faded the vivid colors of the paintings and caused algae to grow over some of them. A replica of the Lascaux cave was opened nearby in 1983 and receives tens of thousands of visitors annually.

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Daily Puzzle - September 11

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is the test to see if a number is divisible by nine?

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Daily Sudoku - September 11 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:44pm
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 - September 11

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

The Cannon Man
   Fire the Cannon Man through the hoops.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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David Coblitz

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:00pm
"A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members."
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Malcolm Forbes

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:00pm
"Ability will never catch up with the demand for it."
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Frantz Fanon

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:00pm
"Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent."
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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:00pm
"A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time."
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exacerbate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 11, 2014 is:

exacerbate • \ig-ZASS-er-bayt\  • verb
: to make more violent, bitter, or severe

Examples:
It seemed as though every new attempt at a solution served only to exacerbate the problem.

"The rise of commercial data profiling is exacerbating existing inequities in society and could turn de facto discrimination into a high-tech enterprise." — Seeta Peña Gangadharan, The New York Times, August 7, 2014

Did you know?
Make it a point to know that the Latin adjective acer, meaning "sharp," forms the basis of a number of words that have come into English. The words acerbic ("having a bitter temper or sour mood"), acrid ("having a sharp taste or odor"), and acrimony ("a harsh manner or disposition") are just the tip of the iceberg. First appearing in English in the 17th century, exacerbate derives from the Latin prefix ex-, which means "out of" or "outside," and acerbus, which means "harsh" or "bitter" and comes from acer. Just as pouring salt in a wound worsens pain, things that exacerbate can cause a situation to go from bad to worse. A pointed insult, for example, might exacerbate tensions between two rivals.

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September 11, 2001: Attack on America

This Day in History - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:00pm

At 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767--United Airlines Flight 175--appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.

The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America's support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the U.S. in the months before September 11 and acted as the "muscle" in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming the ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.

As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.

Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries, many severe.

Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane--United Flight 93--was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that "I know we're all going to die. There's three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey." Another passenger--Todd Beamer--was heard saying "Are you guys ready? Let's roll" over an open line. Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were "Everyone's running to first class. I've got to go. Bye."

The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.

At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared: "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."

Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden's terrorist network based there, began on October 7, 2001. Bin Laden was killed during a raid of his compound in Pakistan by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.

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Daily Puzzle - September 10

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:30pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A super-train leaves London heading towards Manchester, travelling at 174 mph.

Exactly five minutes later, another super-train leaves Manchester heading towards London, travelling at 215 mph.

London is 180 miles from Manchester.

Which super-train will be farther from Manchester when they meet?

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Daily Sudoku - September 10 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:30pm
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 - September 10

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:30pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Flux
   Gather balls and build clusters.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jef Mallett

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:00pm
"If time flies when you're having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don't think you're having enough."
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