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Niels Bohr

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 7:00pm
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 05, 2015 is:

enjoin • \in-JOIN\  • verb
1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition 2 a : forbid, prohibit b : to prohibit by a judicial order : put an injunction on

"And yet, to satisfy this good old man, / I would bend under any heavy weight / That he'll enjoin me to." — William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, 1600

"A federal district judge has preliminarily enjoined the White House from moving forward on its unilateral policy, only further emphasizing that this is a job for Congress." — editorial, Houston Chronicle, February 25, 2015

Did you know?
Which of these words do you think has the same root as enjoin?

  • a. endorse    b. joy    c. junta    d. purloin
It might help if we tell you that enjoin derives ultimately from the Latin verb jungere, which means "to join." Jungere is behind a number of English words, including join, conjoin, disjoin, and junction. Are you ready for your answer? The correct choice is junta, a term that entered English by way of Spanish. A junta is a committee that controls a government, especially after a revolutionary seizure of power—in other words, a group of persons "joined" together for a specific purpose.

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April 05, 1614: Pocahontas marries John Rolfe

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

Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.

In May 1607, about 100 English colonists settled along the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. The settlers fared badly because of famine, disease, and Indian attacks, but were aided by 27-year-old English adventurer John Smith, who directed survival efforts and mapped the area. While exploring the Chickahominy River in December 1607, Smith and two colonists were captured by Powhatan warriors. At the time, the Powhatan confederacy consisted of around 30 Tidewater-area tribes led by Chief Wahunsonacock, known as Chief Powhatan to the English. Smith’s companions were killed, but he was spared and released, (according to a 1624 account by Smith) because of the dramatic intercession of Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan’s 13-year-old daughter. Her real name was Matoaka, and Pocahontas was a pet name that has been translated variously as “playful one” and “my favorite daughter.”

In 1608, Smith became president of the Jamestown colony, but the settlement continued to suffer. An accidental fire destroyed much of the town, and hunger, disease, and Indian attacks continued. During this time, Pocahontas often came to Jamestown as an emissary of her father, sometimes bearing gifts of food to help the hard-pressed settlers. She befriended the settlers and became acquainted with English ways. In 1609, Smith was injured from a fire in his gunpowder bag and was forced to return to England.

After Smith’s departure, relations with the Powhatan deteriorated and many settlers died from famine and disease in the winter of 1609-10. Jamestown was about to be abandoned by its inhabitants when Baron De La Warr (also known as Delaware) arrived in June 1610 with new supplies and rebuilt the settlement–the Delaware River and the colony of Delaware were later named after him. John Rolfe also arrived in Jamestown in 1610 and two years later cultivated the first tobacco there, introducing a successful source of livelihood that would have far-reaching importance for Virginia.

In the spring of 1613, English Captain Samuel Argall took Pocahontas hostage, hoping to use her to negotiate a permanent peace with her father. Brought to Jamestown, she was put under the custody of Sir Thomas Gates, the marshal of Virginia. Gates treated her as a guest rather than a prisoner and encouraged her to learn English customs. She converted to Christianity and was baptized Lady Rebecca. Powhatan eventually agreed to the terms for her release, but by then she had fallen in love with John Rolfe, who was about 10 years her senior. On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas and John Rolfe married with the blessing of Chief Powhatan and the governor of Virginia.

Their marriage brought a peace between the English colonists and the Powhatans, and in 1615 Pocahontas gave birth to their first child, Thomas. In 1616, the couple sailed to England. The so-called Indian Princess proved popular with the English gentry, and she was presented at the court of King James I. In March 1617, Pocahontas and Rolfe prepared to sail back to Virginia. However, the day before they were to leave, Pocahontas died, probably of smallpox, and was buried at the parish church of St. George in Gravesend, England.

John Rolfe returned to Virginia and was killed in an Indian massacre in 1622. After an education in England, their son Thomas Rolfe returned to Virginia and became a prominent citizen. John Smith returned to the New World in 1614 to explore the New England coast. On another voyage of exploration in 1614, he was captured by pirates but escaped after three months of captivity. He then returned to England, where he died in 1631.

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Jean Cocteau

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:00pm
"Art is science made clear."
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Aldous Huxley

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:00pm
"That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent."
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Woody Allen

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:00pm
"As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on."
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Lily Tomlin

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:00pm
"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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Daily Puzzle - April 4

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you find 12 animals in this rather curious poem:

A person, as simple we are.
Catch the kid o'er the bridge.
Follow the chief, oxtail soup we like.
Anagram ANPI gives us PAIN, cower under a ridge.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 4 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 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 - April 4

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 6:59pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Same Game
   Can you remove all of the blocks that are the same?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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