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Wolfgang Pauli

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 7:00pm
"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 19, 2015 is:

rue • \ROO\  • verb
: to feel regret, remorse, or penitence for

I rue the day I agreed to serve on this committee.

"While times do change, they don't always change for the best; Sheldon rues that Sundays are no longer a church-dominated day in many Christian denominations." — Carolyn Bostick, Observer-Dispatch (Utica, New York), April 18, 2015

Did you know?
If you remember your high school French, or if you've ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, you may have the notion that the English word rue is somehow connected to the French word for "street." In actuality, the French and English words are not related at all. The English rue is originally from the Old English word hrēow, meaning "sorrow." Used as both a noun (meaning "regret, sorrow") and, more frequently, a verb, rue is very old, dating back to before the 12th century.

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July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone found

This Day in History - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.

When Napoleon, an emperor known for his enlightened view of education, art and culture, invaded Egypt in 1798, he took along a group of scholars and told them to seize all important cultural artifacts for France. Pierre Bouchard, one of Napoleon’s soldiers, was aware of this order when he found the basalt stone, which was almost four feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide, at a fort near Rosetta. When the British defeated Napoleon in 1801, they took possession of the Rosetta Stone.

Several scholars, including Englishman Thomas Young made progress with the initial hieroglyphics analysis of the Rosetta Stone. French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832), who had taught himself ancient languages, ultimately cracked the code and deciphered the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide. Hieroglyphics used pictures to represent objects, sounds and groups of sounds. Once the Rosetta Stone inscriptions were translated, the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.

The Rosetta Stone has been housed at the British Museum in London since 1802, except for a brief period during World War I. At that time, museum officials moved it to a separate underground location, along with other irreplaceable items from the museum’s collection, to protect it from the threat of bombs.

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David Richerby

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money."
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Peter McArthur

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves."
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Dave Barry

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death."
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Cary Grant

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"I improve on misquotation."
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Daily Puzzle - July 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

At the equator the radius of the earth is 6,378 km, so its circumference is almost exactly 40,000 km.

Imagine we had a long rope which went around the equator, this would of course be 40,000 km long.

If we now placed 1 metre sticks vertically all the way around and lay the rope on top of these sticks (i.e. the rope would be 1m higher all the way around) how much extra rope would we require?

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Daily Sudoku - July 18 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:59pm
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 - July 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Best Friends Forever 3
   Help the three friends escape each level by having them work together.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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