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Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm
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jinni

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 14, 2015 is:

jinni • \JEE-nee\  • noun
1 : one of a class of spirits that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural power 2 : a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it : genie

Examples:
"Onstage, she was electric. She was like some sort of jinni, a supernatural force of some sort." — Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 2014

"A knockoff 'Bewitched' in which Hagman played Maj. Anthony Nelson, a bachelor astronaut more or less cohabiting with curvaceous female jinni Barbara Eden, who called him 'Master,' the series, which was risqué in a way about to become outdated, ran from 1965 to 1970…." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2012

Did you know?
Is that jinni or jinn? Djinni or djinn? Adopted from an Arabic word for demon (usually represented in our alphabet as jinnī), this word is spelled a variety of ways in English—including genie, a spelling that comes from the same Arabic word but by way of French. All of those variant spellings are used to describe a supernatural spirit from Arabic mythology that is made of fire or air and can assume human or animal form. Mythology holds that jinn (that's the plural of jinni) love to punish humans for any harm done to them and that they are the cause of many accidents and diseases.

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May 14, 1804: Lewis and Clark depart

This Day in History - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:00pm

One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery”–featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men would make the full journey)–left St. Louis for the American interior.

The expedition traveled up the Missouri River in a 55-foot long keelboat and two smaller boats. In November, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader accompanied by his young Native American wife Sacagawea, joined the expedition as an interpreter. The group wintered in present-day North Dakota before crossing into present-day Montana, where they first saw the Rocky Mountains. On the other side of the Continental Divide, they were met by Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone Indians, who sold them horses for their journey down through the Bitterroot Mountains. After passing through the dangerous rapids of the Clearwater and Snake rivers in canoes, the explorers reached the calm of the Columbia River, which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805, the expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean, the first European explorers to do so by an overland route from the east. After pausing there for the winter, the explorers began their long journey back to St. Louis.

On September 23, 1806, after almost two and a half years, the expedition returned to the city, bringing back a wealth of information about the largely unexplored region, as well as valuable U.S. claims to Oregon Territory.

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Daily Puzzle - May 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Punctuate this sentence:

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Daily Sudoku - May 13 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
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 - May 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Brain Buggle
   Find the most words within the given time.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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