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Lily Tomlin

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:00pm
"Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them."
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 07, 2014 is:

prototype • \PROH-tuh-type\  • noun
1 : an original model on which something is patterned : archetype 2 : an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type 3 : a standard or typical example 4 : a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (such as an airplane)

It's not clear at this point how the device will differ from its prototype.

"Someone seems to have gotten his or her hands on an iPhone 6 prototype and is now selling it on eBay for a handsome sum—bidding had reached $83,300 at the time of this writing." — Lauren Walker, Newsweek, October 6, 2014

Did you know?
The prefix prot-, or proto-, comes from Greek and has the basic meaning "first in time" or "first formed." A prototype is someone or something that serves as a model or inspiration for those that come later. A successful fund-raising campaign can serve as a prototype for future campaigns. The legendary Robin Hood, the "prototypical" kindhearted and honorable outlaw, has been the inspiration for countless other romantic heroes. And for over a century, Vincent van Gogh has been the prototype of the brilliant, tortured artist who is unappreciated in his own time.

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November 7, 1991: Magic Johnson announces he is HIV-positive

This Day in History - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1991, basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man's disease. Johnson (1959- ), who is African American and heterosexual, was one of the first sports stars to go public about his HIV-positive status.

Revered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Johnson spent his entire 13-season NBA career with the Lakers, helping them to win five championships in the 1980s. The 6'9" point guard, a native of Lansing, Michigan, was famous for his extraordinary passing skills, contagious smile and love of the game. In 1981, he signed a 25-year deal with the Lakers for $25 million, one of the NBA's first over-the-top contracts.

Johnson, a three-time NBA "Most Valuable Player" and 12-time All-Star team member, didn't completely hang up his basketball shoes after announcing his retirement in 1991.  He was voted most valuable player of the 1992 NBA All-Star Game and played on the Olympic "Dream Team" (alongside Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing) that won gold for the U.S. in Barcelona that summer. He briefly returned to the Lakers for the 1993-94 season as head coach and made a short-lived comeback as a Lakers player in the 1995-96 season.

Today, Johnson is a prominent spokesman for AIDS awareness and a successful businessman, earning millions from a range of ventures, including movie theaters and restaurants. He serves as an example of how a variety of drug treatments have transformed AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition for many people in the U.S. Still, some 25 years after the first AIDS cases were reported, 25 million people worldwide have died of AIDS and another 40 million have been infected with the virus.

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Daily Puzzle - November 6

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:40pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

If you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp.

You only have one match, so what do you light first?

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Daily Sudoku - November 6 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:40pm
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 - November 6

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:40pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

   Get 10 marbles to the bottom before the computer does.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Richard Gere

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:00pm
"I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe."
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Henri-Fr�d�ric Amiel

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:00pm
"Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves."
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Leo Tolstoy

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:00pm
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
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From the 1985 movie "Bliss"

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:00pm
"The entire economy of the Western world is built on things that cause cancer."
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