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Ernest Hemingway

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"Never confuse movement with action."
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Leslie Nielsen

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"'Who are you and how did you get in here?' 'I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.'"
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Daily Puzzle - June 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What number do you get if you divide 200 by 1/2 and add 7?

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Daily Sudoku - June 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:47pm
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 - June 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Super Fishing
   Fishing for fun!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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ingenuous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 1:00am

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

ingenuous • \in-JEN-yuh-wus\  • adjective
1 : showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness 2 : lacking craft or subtlety

Examples:
The salesman had perfected the art of winning over potential buyers by playing the part of a folksy, ingenuous bumpkin who is just looking out for his customers.

"Wearing his yellow tights and green tunic with pride, a gangling James Moye portrays Buddy as an endearing, mildly anxious man-child with an ingenuous personality and a wide smile." — Michael Sommers, New York Times, December 14, 2014

Did you know?
Today, the words ingenuous and ingenious have distinct meanings and are not used interchangeably, but that wasn't always the case. For many years, the two words were used as synonyms. Ingenious has always had the fundamental meaning of "clever," and ingenuous has been most often used to suggest frankness and openness (owing either to good character or, now more often, innocence), but there was a time when ingenious could also mean "frank" and ingenuous could mean "clever." The publication in 1755 of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, in which these synonymous uses are not recognized, may have had something to do with establishing ingenious and ingenuous as distinct words. In any case, they appear to have ceased being used as synonyms by about 1800.

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June 21, 1788: U.S. Constitution ratified

This Day in History - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:00pm

New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.

Beginning on December 7, five states–Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut–ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution–the Bill of Rights–and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.

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Halifax

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:00pm
"Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side."
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Cyra McFadden

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:00pm
"I no longer prepare food or drink with more than one ingredient."
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Samuel Johnson

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:00pm
"Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable."
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Robert Benchley

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:00pm
"As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did."
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Daily Puzzle - June 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:33pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Which word can be placed between the two following words to make two new ones:

TABLE[....]HOUSE

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - June 20 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:33pm
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 - June 20

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:33pm
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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hobbit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 20, 2015 is:

hobbit • \HOB-it\  • noun
: a member of a fictitious peaceful and genial race of small humanlike creatures that dwell underground

Examples:
Anthony attended the science-fiction and fantasy convention dressed as a hobbit.

"Jones' 10x20 hobbit-style house comes equipped with the iconic ivy-covered roof and many amenities indoors, including a washer/dryer, full kitchen, shower room and even a flat screen TV." — Keith Lovely, Jr., HLNtv.com, February 9, 2015

Did you know?
"What is a hobbit?" wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in the 1937 fantasy novel that introduced Mr. Bilbo Baggins. The author then answered himself: "They are (or were) little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves.... There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along...." Tolkien tells us that hobbits "are inclined to be fat," and that they "dress in bright colours"; they "have good-natured faces, and deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner)." Tolkien, a professional linguist who taught at Oxford, coined the word hobbit (and many other terms—in fact, a whole new language) for The Hobbit and for his enormously popular series The Lord of the Rings.

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June 20, 1975: Jaws released

This Day in History - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.

The film starred Roy Scheider as principled police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as a marine biologist named Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as a grizzled fisherman called Quint. It was set in the fictional beach town of Amity, and based on a best-selling novel, released in 1973, by Peter Benchley. Subsequent water-themed Benchley bestsellers also made it to the big screen, including The Deep (1977).

With a budget of $12 million, Jaws was produced by the team of Richard Zanuck and David Brown, whose later credits include The Verdict (1982), Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Filming, which took place on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, was plagued by delays and technical difficulties, including malfunctioning mechanical sharks.

Jaws put now-famed director Steven Spielberg on the Hollywood map. Spielberg, largely self-taught in filmmaking, made his feature-length directorial debut with The Sugarland Express in 1974. The film was critically well-received but a box-office flop. Following the success of Jaws, Spielberg went on to become one of the most influential, iconic people in the film world, with such epics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET: the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). E.T., Jaws and Jurassic Park rank among the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time. In 1994, Spielberg formed DreamWorks SKG, with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. The company has produced such hits as American Beauty (1999), Gladiator (2001) and Shrek (2001).

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Douglas Adams

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00pm
"It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear."
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Henry Kissinger

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00pm
"The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault."
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Mark Twain

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00pm
"It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it."
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John M. Ford

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00pm
"We're not lost. We're locationally challenged."
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