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Don Marquis

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control."
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Henry David Thoreau

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!"
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Robert Byrne

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on."
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anastrophe

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 24, 2015 is:

anastrophe • \uh-NASS-truh-fee\  • noun
: inversion of the usual syntactical order of words for rhetorical effect

Examples:
My father was fond of word play, especially anastrophe, when he talked to my sister and me about things we would rather not talk about; he would say things like "Tired you are not but to bed you must go."

"Should you buy 'Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric'? If you're at all interested in the techniques of writing, yes. At the very least, you'll learn that that last sentence, with its inversion of the usual word order —'yes' at the end instead of the beginning of the sentence—is an instance of anastrophe." — Michael Dirda, Washington Post, May 5, 2011

Did you know?
"Powerful you have become Dooku, the dark side I sense in you." Fans of Star Wars will recognize Yoda's line in Attack of the Clones. Others might guess that Yoda is the speaker because of the unconventional syntax that is the hallmark of Yoda's speech. (In typical Yoda fashion, the subject is second instead of first in both clauses—it follows a predicate adjective and the direct object, respectively.) The name for this kind of syntactical inversion is anastrophe, from the Greek verb anastrephein, meaning "to turn back." President John F. Kennedy employed anastrophe for rhetorical effect when he inverted the typical positive-to-negative parallelism in his famous line "Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." In poetry, anastrophe is often used to create rhythm, as in these lines from Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky": "So rested he by the Tumtum tree, / And stood awhile in thought."

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June 24, 1997: U.S. Air Force reports on Roswell

This Day in History - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1997, U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.

Public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, began to flourish in the 1940s, when developments in space travel and the dawn of the atomic age caused many Americans to turn their attention to the skies. The town of Roswell, located near the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico, became a magnet for UFO believers due to the strange events of early July 1947, when ranch foreman W.W. Brazel found a strange, shiny material scattered over some of his land. He turned the material over to the sheriff, who passed it on to authorities at the nearby Air Force base. On July 8, Air Force officials announced they had recovered the wreckage of a “flying disk.” A local newspaper put the story on its front page, launching Roswell into the spotlight of the public’s UFO fascination.

The Air Force soon took back their story, however, saying the debris had been merely a downed weather balloon. Aside from die-hard UFO believers, or “ufologists,” public interest in the so-called “Roswell Incident” faded until the late 1970s, when claims surfaced that the military had invented the weather balloon story as a cover-up. Believers in this theory argued that officials had in fact retrieved several alien bodies from the crashed spacecraft, which were now stored in the mysterious Area 51 installation in Nevada. Seeking to dispel these suspicions, the Air Force issued a 1,000-page report in 1994 stating that the crashed object was actually a high-altitude weather balloon launched from a nearby missile test-site as part of a classified experiment aimed at monitoring the atmosphere in order to detect Soviet nuclear tests.

On July 24, 1997, barely a week before the extravagant 50th anniversary celebration of the incident, the Air Force released yet another report on the controversial subject. Titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed,” the document stated definitively that there was no Pentagon evidence that any kind of life form was found in the Roswell area in connection with the reported UFO sightings, and that the “bodies” recovered were not aliens but dummies used in parachute tests conducted in the region. Any hopes that this would put an end to the cover-up debate were in vain, as furious ufologists rushed to point out the report’s inconsistencies. With conspiracy theories still alive and well on the Internet, Roswell continues to thrive as a tourist destination for UFO enthusiasts far and wide, hosting the annual UFO Encounter Festival each July and welcoming visitors year-round to its International UFO Museum and Research Center.

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Daily Puzzle - June 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:15pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A bookworm eats from the first page of an encyclopaedia number 1 to the last page of encyclopaedia number 5.

The bookworm eats in a straight line and the encyclopaedia is sitting on a bookshelf in the usual order.

Each encyclopaedia consists of 400 pages.

Each page is 0.01 inches thick and each cover is 0.25 inches thick.

What distance does the bookworm eat through?

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Daily Sudoku - June 23 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:15pm
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 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:15pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

WOne
   Roll through each level collecting barrels in this fun physics-based game!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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George Burns

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there."
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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"Hell is full of musical amateurs."
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Robert Frost

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
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Will Cuppy

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons."
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belated

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 23, 2015 is:

belated • \bih-LAY-tud\  • adjective
1 : delayed beyond the usual time 2 : existing or appearing past the normal or proper time

Examples:
Susan called Jim to let him know that a belated birthday gift from her was on its way.

"Friends and neighbors of the state Capitol complex joined Lt. Gov. Angela McLean Friday in a belated Earth Day celebration, planting trees and dedicating a new garden space across from the Capitol." — Independent Record (Montana), May 1, 2015

Did you know?
Long ago, there was a verb belate, which meant "to make late." From the beginning, belate tended to mostly turn up in the form of its past participle belated. Eventually, belate itself fell out of use, leaving behind belated as an adjective that preserved the original notion of delay. As you may have guessed, belate and its descendant belated derive from the adjective late; belate was formed by simply combining the prefix be- ("to cause to be") with late. Belated was also once used in the sense "overtaken by night," as in "belated travelers seeking lodging for the night." This sense was in fact the first meaning of the adjective but it too fell out of use.

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June 23, 1992: Teflon Don sentenced to life

This Day in History - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:00pm

Mafia boss John Gotti, who was nicknamed the “Teflon Don” after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. Moments after his sentence was read in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, hundreds of Gotti’s supporters stormed the building and overturned and smashed cars before being forced back by police reinforcements.

Gotti, born and educated on the mean streets of New York City, became head of the powerful Gambino family after boss Paul Castellano was murdered outside a steakhouse in Manhattan in December 1985. The gang assassination, the first in three decades in New York, was organized by Gotti and his colleague Sammy “the Bull” Gravano. The Gambino family was known for its illegal narcotics operations, gambling activities, and car theft. During the next five years, Gotti rapidly expanded his criminal empire, and his family grew into the nation’s most powerful Mafia family. Despite wide publicity of his criminal activities, Gotti managed to avoid conviction several times, usually through witness intimidation. In 1990, however, he was indicted for conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Paul Castellano, and Gravano agreed to testify against him in a federal district court in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

On April 2, 1992, John Gotti was found guilty on all counts and on June 23 was sentenced to multiple life terms without the possibility of parole.

While still imprisoned, Gotti died of throat cancer on June 10, 2002.

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Daily Puzzle - June 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is represented by this BrainBat?

FORWARD

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - June 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:01pm
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 - June 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Ultimate Billiards
   Pot all of the bombs before they go off.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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P. J. O'Rourke

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"Skiing consists of wearing $3,000 worth of clothes and equipment and driving 200 miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and drink."
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Aesop

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
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Johnny Carson

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners."
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