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Ernest Hemingway

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful."
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John Adams

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
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Franklin P. Adams

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."
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Voltaire

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."
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Daily Puzzle - April 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A large fresh water reservoir has two types of drainage system: small pipes and large pipes.

6 large pipes, on their own, can drain the reservoir in 12 hours.

3 large pipes and 9 small pipes, at the same time, can drain the reservoir in 8 hours.

How long will 5 small pipes, on their own, take to drain the reservoir?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 29 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:44pm
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 - April 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

3D Logic
   Link every pair of like-coloured markers to complete a cube.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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commodious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:00am

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

commodious • \kuh-MOH-dee-us\  • adjective
: comfortably or conveniently spacious : roomy

Examples:
"Branch … says the top priority for a moviegoer is comfortable seating. To meet that demand, Hendrick Construction … removed the theater's 1,800 traditionally narrow, fabric-covered folding seats and replaced them with 800 more commodious, densely padded, soft grey vinyl recliners nearly 3 feet in width." — Roberta Fuchs, Mecklenburg Times (Charlotte, North Carolina), March 2, 2015

"The voice came from the boughs of a tall cherry-tree, where Adam had no difficulty in discerning a small blue-pinafored figure perched in a commodious position where the fruit was thickest." — George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859

Did you know?
Although it's now used to mean "roomy," in the 16th century commodious was regularly used to mean "handy" or "serviceable," a meaning that is true to the word's Latin ancestor, commodum, meaning "convenience." Poet William Cowper used the word in that original sense in a letter referring to a vessel that served double duty, carrying mackerel and herring from a seaside town to London, then making the return trip carrying passengers. As Cowper observed, "The cheapness of the conveyance made it equally commodious for dead fish and lively company." (No doubt the arriving passengers had a lively smell, which may be one reason why Cowper also noted that some visitors to the seaside town were company whom "people who were nice in the choice of their company, were rather fearful of keeping company with.")

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April 29, 2004: World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C.

This Day in History - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:00pm

On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Beyond the pool is a curved wall of 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war.An Announcement Stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”

Though the federal government donated $16 million to the memorial fund, it took more than $164 million in private donations to get it built. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in the war, and actor Tom Hanks were among its most vocal supporters. Only a fraction of the 16 million Americans who served in the war would ever see it. Four million World War II veterans were living at the time, with more than 1,100 dying every day, according to government records.

The memorial was inspired by Roger Durbin of Berkey, Ohio, who served under Gen. George S. Patton. At a fish fry near Toledo in February 1987, he asked U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur why there was no memorial on the Mall to honor World War II veterans. Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, soon introduced legislation to build one, starting a process that would stumble alongthrough 17 years of legislative, legal and artistic entanglements. Durbin died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

The monument was formally dedicated May 29, 2004, by U.S. President George W. Bush. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it received some 4.4 million visitors in 2005.

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Bret Harte

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm
"The only sure thing about luck is that it will change."
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Peter Drucker

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm
"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."
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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm
"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
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Charles M. Schulz

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."
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Daily Puzzle - April 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:30pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

You are running in a street marathon and you overtake the person in second place, what position are you now in?

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Daily Sudoku - April 28 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:30pm
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 - April 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:30pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

BugBug In Sky Tower
   Look for lost parts of your ship as you roll your way through challenging puzzles.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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portmanteau

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:00am

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

portmanteau • \port-MAN-toh\  • noun
1 : a large suitcase 2 : a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms

Examples:
The word "ginormous" is a portmanteau of "gigantic" and "enormous."

"… the rumors that the singer [Rihanna] is now dating Leonardo DiCaprio may or may not be true, but they do give the world the portmanteau RihCaprio." — Alison Herman, Flavorwire, March 20, 2015

Did you know?
In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, Alice asks Humpty Dumpty to explain words from the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky" and is told that slithy is "like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word." Although slithy hasn't caught on (it's made up of slimy and lithe, according to Humpty Dumpty), another portmanteau invented by Carroll has in fact found a place in the language: chortle (supposedly from chuckle and snort). English includes other portmanteaus, too, such as brunch (breakfast and lunch) and dramedy (drama and comedy). Following Carroll's lead, English speakers have come to call these fairly common words by the not-so-common name for a type of traveling bag with two compartments. The technical (and simpler) term for such words is blend.

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April 28, 1945: Benito Mussolini executed

This Day in History - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.

The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, defeat of the Axis powers all but certain, Mussolini considered his options. Not wanting to fall into the hands of either the British or the Americans, and knowing that the communist partisans, who had been fighting the remnants of roving Italian fascist soldiers and thugs in the north, would try him as a war criminal, he settled on escape to a neutral country.

He and his mistress made it to the Swiss border, only to discover that the guards had crossed over to the partisan side. Knowing they would not let him pass, he disguised himself in a Luftwaffe coat and helmet, hoping to slip into Austria with some German soldiers. His subterfuge proved incompetent, and he and Petacci were discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses.

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Arthur Schopenhauer

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world."
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Evan Esar

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name."
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