Fun Stuff

Randy K. Milholland

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"Lies are like children. If you don't nurture them, they'll never be useful later."
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Christopher Morley

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity."
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Jerry Seinfeld

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"There is no such thing as "fun for the whole family.""
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Henry Fielding

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not."
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Daily Puzzle - May 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is represented by this BrainBat?

FIZZ FIZZ FIZZ FIZZ FIZZ FIZZ

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - May 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:01pm
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 - May 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Bounce
   Bounce from platform to platform changing all of them to green and watch out for the spikes or you'll fail!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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nepotism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 22, 2015 is:

nepotism • \NEP-uh-tiz-um\  • noun
: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

Examples:
It was strongly believed that nepotism played a role in helping Jessica get the sales manager position at her cousin's store.

"The Times investigation found that at least 7% of county firefighters on the payroll since 2012 were the sons of current or former employees of the department.… Statistical experts consulted by The Times said the percentage of sons and other relatives on the job strongly indicated that nepotism was at play." — Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2015

Did you know?
During his papacy from 1471–1484, Sixtus IV granted many special favors to members of his family, in particular his nephews. This practice of papal favoritism was carried on by his successors, and in 1667 it was the subject of Gregorio Leti's book Il Nepotismo di Roma—titled in the English translation, The History of the Popes' Nephews. Shortly after the book's appearance, nepotism began to be used in English for the showing of special favor or unfair preference to any relative by someone in any position of power, be it ecclesiastical or not. (The "nep-" spelling is from nepote, a 17th-century variant of Italian nipote, meaning "nephew.")

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Daily Puzzle - May 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you find a word that begins with the letter I and by the addition of the letter A becomes another word that is pronounced the same?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - May 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:51pm
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 - May 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Pretty Pretty Bang Bang
   Psychedelic chain-reaction, ball exploding fun.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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May 22, 1843: Great Emigration departs for Oregon

This Day in History - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00pm

A massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. Known as the “Great Emigration,” the expedition came two years after the first modest party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon.

After leaving Independence, the giant wagon train followed the Sante Fe Trail for some 40 miles and then turned northwest to the Platte River, which it followed along its northern route to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. From there, it traveled on to the Rocky Mountains, which it passed through by way of the broad, level South Pass that led to the basin of the Colorado River. The travelers then went southwest to Fort Bridger, northwest across a divide to Fort Hall on the Snake River, and on to Fort Boise, where they gained supplies for the difficult journey over the Blue Mountains and into Oregon. The Great Emigration finally arrived in October, completing the 2,000-mile journey from Independence in five months.

In the next year, four more wagon trains made the journey, and in 1845 the number of emigrants who used the Oregon Trail exceeded 3,000. Travel along the trail gradually declined with the advent of the railroads, and the route was finally abandoned in the 1870s.

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Ferdinand Foch

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear."
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George Santayana

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"Sanity is a madness put to good use."
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Jean Kerr

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible."
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Judith Martin

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation."
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umpteen

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2015 is:

umpteen • \UMP-teen\  • adjective
: very many : indefinitely numerous

Examples:
By midmorning, Ellie had already phoned her sister umpteen times.

"It's the home chore that everybody hates most. I see that on the TV how-to shows, read it on umpteen do-it-yourself sites. Nobody likes removing wallpaper." — Allen Norwood, Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, January 22, 2015

Did you know?
"I'll go to bed and I'll not get up for umpty-eleven months." You know the feeling. The speaker here is war-weary Bill, a character in Patrick MacGill's early 20th-century novel The Great Push. His umpty originated as military slang around 1905 and stood for an indefinite number, generally largish. (It was probably created by analogy to actual numbers such as twenty.) Soon, there followed umpteen, blending umpty and -teen. Umpteen usually describes an indefinite and large number or amount, while the related umpteenth is used for the latest or last in an indefinitely numerous series. We only occasionally use umpty these days (and even more rarely umptieth), but you're bound to hear or read umpteen and umpteenth any number of times.

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Daily Puzzle - May 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:37pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

From what can you take its whole and still leave some?

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Daily Sudoku - May 20 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:37pm
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 - May 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:37pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Common Answers
   Compete with the rest of the world by predicting the most common answers to 10 easy questions.
[Played on the BrainBashers Puzzle/Illusion website]

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