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Daily Game - December 8

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:31pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Chamber Drop
   Drop the ball precisely on the target but watch out for fans!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Evan Esar

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00pm
"America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week."
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Joan Rivers

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00pm
"The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it."
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H. L. Mencken

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00pm
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."
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Tommy Cooper

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00pm
"Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone."
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greenmail

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 08, 2014 is:

greenmail • \GREEN-mail\  • noun
: the practice of buying enough of a company's stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company at a price above market value; also : the money paid for such stock

Examples:
In an astonishing act of greenmail, the investor bought up all available shares of the company and leveraged his sale back to the company at triple the purchase price.

"We arrived in the middle of great turmoil, with the era of greenmail and leveraged buyouts, when both managers and corporate raiders were abusing shareholders horribly." — Nell Minow, interview in USA TODAY, October 20, 2014

Did you know?
Greenmail is a recent English coinage, but its history spans a millennium. In the Anglo-Saxon historical records for 1086, we find an early use of a word that still survives in Scottish English as mail, meaning "payment" or "rent." The 16th century saw the appearance of the compound blackmail, which was originally a tribute that freebooting chiefs at the Scottish border exacted in exchange for immunity from pillage. In 1862, the U.S. government began printing paper money using green ink, and soon the word green came to suggest money. Finally, in the 1980s, greenmail was coined by combining green and blackmail to describe a particular type of financial piracy.

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Laurence J. Peter

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:00pm
"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status."
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Quentin Crisp

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:00pm
"Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors."
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Hunter S. Thompson

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:00pm
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
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Harry S Truman

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:00pm
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
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