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Daily Game - July 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:55pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Sketchy
   Extreme snow sledding.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Alejandro King

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"If you're not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work."
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Charles Baudelaire

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"The world only goes round by misunderstanding."
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Sir Francis Bacon

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."
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Andre Malraux

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness."
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octothorpe

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 1:00am

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

octothorpe • \AHK-tuh-thorp\  • noun
: the symbol #

Examples:
"To demonstrate and test the varying thicknesses that a pen is capable of imparting, Ivy League students often begin by writing an octothorpe—known to some plebians as a 'hashtag.'" — Evan Siegel, Columbia Spectator (Columbia University), December 6, 2014

"Whatever it ought to be called, Messina chose to use this symbol for collating Twitter searches in 2007 because he wanted a sign that could be input from a low-tech cellphone. He had two options: octothorpe or asterisk. He chose the former." — Roman Mars, Slate.com, December 17, 2014

Did you know?
A versatile symbol with many names (among them hash mark, number sign, and pound sign), the octothorpe has become popularized as the go-to symbol for marking trending topics on Twitter and other social media. It is believed to have been adopted by the telecommunications industry with the advent of touch-tone dialing in the 1960s. Stories abound about how the odd symbol got its name. The octo- part almost certainly refers to the eight points on the symbol, but the -thorpe remains a mystery. One story links it to a telephone company employee who happened to burp while talking about the symbol with co-workers. Another relates it to the athlete Jim Thorpe and the campaign to restore posthumously his Olympic medals, which were taken away after it was discovered that he played baseball professionally previous to the 1912 Games. A third claims it derives from an Old English word for "village."

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July 22, 2003: Jessica Lynch gets hero’s welcome

This Day in History - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 2003, U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, a prisoner-of-war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital, receives a hero’s welcome when she returns to her hometown of Palestine, West Virginia. The story of the 19-year-old supply clerk, who was captured by Iraqi forces in March 2003, gripped America; however, it was later revealed that some details of Lynch’s dramatic capture and rescue might have been exaggerated.

Lynch, who was born April 26, 1983, was part of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas. On March 23, 2003, just days after the U.S. invaded Iraq, Lynch was riding in a supply convoy when her unit took a wrong turn and was ambushed by Iraqi forces near Nasiriya. Eleven American soldiers died and four others besides Lynch were captured.

Lynch, who sustained multiple broken bones and other injuries when her vehicle crashed during the ambush, was taken to an Iraqi hospital. On April 1, she was rescued by U.S. Special Forces who raided the hospital where she was being held. They also recovered the bodies of eight of Lynch’s fellow soldiers. Lynch was taken to a military hospital in Germany for treatment and then returned to the United States.

Lynch’sstory garnered massive media attention and she became an overnight celebrity. Various reports emerged about Lynch’s experience, with some news accounts indicating that even after Lynch was wounded during the ambush she fought back against her captors. However, Lynch later stated that she had been knocked unconscious after her vehicle crashed and couldn’t remember the details of what had happened to her. She also said she had not been mistreated by the staff at the Iraqi hospital and they put up no resistance to her rescue. Critics–and Lynch herself–charged the U.S. government with embellishing her story to boost patriotism and help promote the Iraq war.

In August 2003, Lynch received a medical honorable discharge. She collaborated on a book about her experience, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, which was released later that year. In April 2007, Lynch testified before Congress that she had falsely been portrayed as a “little girl Rambo” and the U.S. military had hyped her story for propaganda reasons. According to Lynch: “I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and tried to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were, in fact, legendary.” She added: “The truth of war is not always easy to hear but is always more heroic than the hype.”

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Daily Puzzle - July 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Which month comes next in this sequence:

July June March May ==?==

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
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 - July 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Skidoo TT
   A nice slippery track to play with your skidoo. Navigate around the track in either arcade or time trial mode.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jeff Foxworthy

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house."
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Will Rogers

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself."
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Douglas Adams

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."
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Simeon Strunsky

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly."
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truculent

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:00am

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

truculent • \TRUCK-yuh-lunt\  • adjective
1 : feeling or displaying ferocity : cruel, savage 2 : deadly, destructive 3 : scathingly harsh : vitriolic 4 : aggressively self-assertive : belligerent

Examples:
Warren's truculent demeanor made him unpleasant to work with, particularly as deadlines approached.

"When I interviewed her at the end of last year, she struck me as an unusually truculent person, one who certainly couldn't be pushed about, by me or anyone." — Rachel Cooke, The Observer (London), May 31, 2015

Did you know?
Truculent derives from truculentus, a form of the Latin adjective trux, meaning "savage." It has been used in English since the 16th century to describe people or things that are cruel and ferocious, such as tyrannical leaders, and has also come to mean "deadly or destructive" (as in "a truculent disease"). In current use, however, it has lost much of its etymological fierceness. It now frequently serves to describe speech or writing that is notably harsh (as in "truculent criticism") or a person who is notably self-assertive and surly (such as "a truculent schoolboy"). Some usage commentators have criticized these extended uses because they do not match the savagery of the word's original sense, but they are well-established and perfectly standard.

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July 21, 1861: The First Battle of Bull Run

This Day in History - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:00pm

In the first major land battle of the Civil War, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.

Three months after the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops–mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen–toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.

On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians–men, women, and children–turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson’s men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname “Stonewall.”

Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell’s line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the “Southern insurrection.”

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Daily Puzzle - July 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 7:27pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Using a tap, a nine gallon container and a four gallon container, can you measure exactly 6 gallons?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 20 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 7:27pm
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 - July 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 7:27pm
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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Jacques Derrida

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 7:00pm
"To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
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