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Daily Game - January 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:26pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Oran
   Collect all the orange balls and get to the exit to pass each level.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Ellen Goodman

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:00pm
"In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right."
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Pierre Beaumarchais

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:00pm
"It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them."
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H. P. Lovecraft

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:00pm
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
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Albert Camus

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:00pm
"Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question."
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warp speed

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 16, 2015 is:

warp speed • \WORP-SPEED\  • noun
: the highest possible speed

Examples:
When Mario saw Helen enter the elevator, he grabbed his laptop and vaulted down the stairs at warp speed to get to the meeting room ahead of her.

"You may have noticed that time, which is fleeting in the best of circumstances, has a way of moving at warp speed when you reach a certain age." — Ed Gebhart, Delaware County Daily Times, December 28, 2014

Did you know?
Warp speed is an example of a phrase that entered the public consciousness through science fiction and eventually gained enough popularity to end up in the dictionary. The expression was popularized on the science-fiction show Star Trek in the 1960s. On the show, warp speed referred to a specific concept, namely the idea of faster-than-light travel. Within a relatively short period of time, Star Trek gained a devoted and intense following. Fans were soon discussing the fictional concepts of the show, including warp speed, with great enthusiasm. Eventually, the term warp speed was adopted by the general population. In the process, however, it lost its specific fictional meaning and came to mean simply "the highest possible speed."

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January 16, 1919: Prohibition takes effect

This Day in History - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00pm

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.

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Daily Puzzle - January 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:12pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Last week my wife and I found ourselves stranded on an island, oops!

Unfortunately, we were also stranded with our two sons, with no clear means of rescue.

Luckily, I came across an old rickety boat which I knew could carry either one adult or two children.

How did I rescue my family?

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Daily Sudoku - January 15 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:12pm
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 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:12pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Square Man 3
   Very square platform game.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Mark Twain

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:00pm
"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."
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Peter McArthur

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:00pm
"A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people."
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Calvin Coolidge

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:00pm
"No man ever listened himself out of a job."
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Alvin Toffler

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:00pm
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
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Brobdingnagian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 15, 2015 is:

Brobdingnagian • \brob-ding-NAG-ee-un\  • adjective
: marked by tremendous size

Examples:
Our little dog was frightened by the Brobdingnagian proportions of the statues in the park.

"In a clever new show at the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Amy Toscani has mined thrift-store trinkets for inspiration and body parts for Brobdingnagian sculptures, whose huge scale dwarfs viewers." — Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), April 26, 2014

Did you know?
In Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels, Brobdingnag is the name of a land that is populated by a race of human giants "as tall as an ordinary spire steeple." In Gulliver's first close-up encounter with the giants, he is attempting to get past a stile of which every step is six feet high when a group of field-workers approach with strides ten yards long and reaping hooks as large as six scythes. Their voices he at first mistakes for thunder. Swift's book fired the imagination of the public and within two years of the 1726 publication of the story, people had begun using Brobdingnagian to refer to anything of unusually large size. (Swift himself had used Brobdingnagian as a noun to refer to the inhabitants of Brobdingnag.)

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January 15, 1967: Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl

This Day in History - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football.

In the mid-1960s, the intense competition for players and fans between the National Football League (NFL) and the upstart American Football League (AFL) led to talks of a possible merger. It was decided that the winners of each league's championship would meet each year in a single game to determine the "world champion of football."

In that historic first game--played before a non-sell-out crowd of 61,946 people--Green Bay scored three touchdowns in the second half to defeat Kansas City 35-10. Led by MVP quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers benefited from Max McGee's stellar receiving and a key interception by safety Willie Wood. For their win, each member of the Packers collected $15,000: the largest single-game share in the history of team sports.

Postseason college games were known as "bowl" games, and AFL founder Lamar Hunt suggested that the new pro championship be called the "Super Bowl." The term was officially introduced in 1969, along with roman numerals to designate the individual games. In 1970, the NFL and AFL merged into one league with two conferences, each with 13 teams. Since then, the Super Bowl has been a face-off between the winners of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) for the NFL championship and the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the legendary Packers coach who guided his team to victory in the first two Super Bowls.

Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial American holiday, complete with parties, betting pools and excessive consumption of food and drink. On average, 80 to 90 million people are tuned into the game on TV at any given moment, while some 130-140 million watch at least some part of the game. The commercials shown during the game have become an attraction in themselves, with TV networks charging as much as $2.5 million for a 30-second spot and companies making more expensive, high-concept ads each year. The game itself has more than once been upstaged by its elaborate pre-game or halftime entertainment, most recently in 2004 when Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" resulted in a $225,000 fine for the TV network airing the game, CBS, and tighter controls on televised indecency.

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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm
"There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible."
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Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
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Oscar Wilde

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm
"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays."
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Alfred Hitchcock

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm
"This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop."
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