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From "Taxi"

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel."
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Bette Midler

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"I never know how much of what I say is true."
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David Letterman

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move."
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rebarbative

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 17, 2015 is:

rebarbative • \rih-BAR-buh-tiv\  • adjective
: repellent, irritating

Examples:
The cantankerous professor found the music, clothing, and slang favored by her students to be rebarbative.

"For all the complaints about his abrasiveness, the shadow chancellor is simply doing his job.… He once gave me a heartfelt radio interview in which he suggested, like the character in the Roger Rabbit movie, that he was not so much bad but 'just drawn that way,' and that maturity had taken the edge off his rebarbative manner." — Anne McElvoy, The Guardian, February 22, 2015

Did you know?
You may be surprised to learn that today's word traces back to the Latin word for beardbarba—making it a very distant relative of the English word beard. But there is some sense to the connection. After all, beards may not be repellent, but they can be prickly and scratchy. Another descendant of Latin barba is the English word barb, which can refer to a sharp projection (as found on barbed wire) or a biting critical remark, both of which can discourage others from getting too close. An interesting side note: barber too traces back to barba—but by way of an Anglo-French word for beard.

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April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 returns to Earth

This Day in History - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00pm

With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

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Daily Puzzle - April 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

The beginning of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?

Wbeue omce jrhek, rm d teqfetweuek aduw on wbe cofmwz on Kehomtbrue, ome Lu Soknuez Mrcxjeiz: d pouwbz semwjeldm, pbo, wdxrms rw rmwo brt bedk udwbeu jdwe rm jrne wbdw be lftw sew lduurek, dmk mow ierms zofms emofsb ou urcb emofsb wo dtarue wo wbe bdmk on d jdkz on nouwfme, bdk pekkek dm ojk njdle ofw on leue dwwdcblemw, pbo rm beu wfum bdk wdxem brl nou wbe tdle uedtom. Wbft wpo aeoaje pbo cdmmow dnnouk wo ajdz cdukt nou lomez, tolewrlet trw kopm wo d qfrew sdle nou johe.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 16 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:47pm
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 - April 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Sundown Shootout
   Get ready for a showdown and become the fastest gun in town!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:00pm
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
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Anatole France

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:00pm
"A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance."
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David Frost

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:00pm
"Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home."
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Farmers' Almanac

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:00pm
"To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer."
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hat trick

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:00am

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

hat trick • \HAT-TRICK\  • noun
1 : the retiring of three batsmen with three consecutive balls by a bowler in cricket 2 : the scoring of three goals in one game by a single player 3 : a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments

Examples:
"Scoring a celestial hat trick, the space shuttle Discovery placed its third satellite in orbit Saturday." — The Houston Post, September 2, 1984

"Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown onto the ice after Flyers center Brayden Schenn apparently scored the first hat trick of his career." — Sam Carchidi, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2015

Did you know?
It may surprise some people to learn that the term hat trick actually originated in British cricket. A bowler who retired three batsmen with three consecutive balls in cricket was entitled to a new hat at the expense of the club to commemorate this feat. Eventually, the phrase was applied to the same player scoring three goals in any goal sport, and baseball announcers now occasionally refer to a batter who gets three hits in three turns at bat as having managed a hat trick as well. The phrase finally broadened to include any string of three important successes or achievements in any field.

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April 16, 1943: Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered

This Day in History - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:00pm

In Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. Hoffman was disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations. In his notes, he related the experience:

“Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away.”

After intentionally taking the drug again to confirm that it had caused this strange physical and mental state, Dr. Hoffman published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. Widespread use of the so-called “mind-expanding” drug did not begin until the 1960s, when counterculture figures such as Albert M. Hubbard, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey publicly expounded on the benefits of using LSD as a recreational drug. The manufacture, sale, possession, and use of LSD, known to cause negative reactions in some of those who take it, were made illegal in the United States in 1965.

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Daily Puzzle - April 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:33pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you find a seven letter word such that:

The first two letters are a man.
The first three letters are a woman.
The first four letters are a great man.
The whole is a great woman.

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Daily Sudoku - April 15 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:33pm
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 - April 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:33pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Gryzzles
   Can you collect all of the bones?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Putt's Law

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."
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Thomas A. Edison

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
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Jean Giraudoux

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."
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