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Jean Giraudoux

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."
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Daily Puzzle - October 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Take a normal piece of paper, exactly 0.1 mm thick.

Fold it in half, and then in half again, and again, and again.

Do this a total of 50 times.

How thick would the final paper be?

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Daily Sudoku - October 17 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
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 - October 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:58pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Snail Bob 2
   Snail Bob is back and it's Grandpa's birthday.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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forswear

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 17, 2014 is:

forswear • \for-SWAIR\  • verb
1 : to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath 2 a : to reject, deny, or renounce under oath b : to renounce earnestly

Examples:
Tina forswore flying after the latest airline mishap left her stranded in Chicago for eighteen hours.

"… the film finds Cotillard playing an ordinary woman who, shortly after recovering from a period of depression, finds herself being laid off in unusual circumstances. If she can persuade a majority of her colleagues to forswear their annual bonuses then she can keep her job." — Donald Clarke, The Irish Times, August 22, 2014

Did you know?
Forswear (which is also sometimes spelled foreswear) is the modern English equivalent of the Old English forswerian. It can suggest denial ("[Thou] would'st forswear thy own hand and seal" — John Arbuthnot, John Bull) or perjury ("Is it the interest of any man … to lie, forswear himself, indulge hatred, seek desperate revenge, or do murder?" — Charles Dickens, American Notes). But in current use, it most often has to do with giving something up, as in "the warring parties agreed to forswear violence" and "she refused to forswear her principles." The word abjure is often used as a synonym of forswear, though with less emphasis on the suggestion of perjury or betrayal of the beliefs that one holds dear.

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October 17, 1931: Capone goes to prison

This Day in History - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at 14, joined a gang and earned his nickname "Scarface" after being sliced across the cheek during a fight. By 1920, Capone had moved to Chicago, where he was soon helping to run crime boss Johnny Torrio's illegal enterprises, which included alcohol-smuggling, gambling and prostitution. Torrio retired in 1925 after an attempt on his life and Capone, known for his cunning and brutality, was put in charge of the organization.

Prohibition, which outlawed the brewing and distribution of alcohol and lasted from 1920 to 1933, proved extremely lucrative for bootleggers and gangsters like Capone, who raked in millions from his underworld activities. Capone was at the top of the F.B.I.'s "Most Wanted" list by 1930, but he avoided long stints in jail until 1931 by bribing city officials, intimidating witnesses and maintaining various hideouts. He became Chicago's crime kingpin by wiping out his competitors through a series of gangland battles and slayings, including the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, when Capone's men gunned down seven rivals. This event helped raise Capone's notoriety to a national level.

Among Capone's enemies was federal agent Elliot Ness, who led a team of officers known as "The Untouchables" because they couldn't be corrupted. Ness and his men routinely broke up Capone's bootlegging businesses, but it was tax-evasion charges that finally stuck and landed Capone in prison in 1931. Capone began serving his time at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, but amid accusations that he was manipulating the system and receiving cushy treatment, he was transferred to the maximum-security lockup at Alcatraz Island, in California's San Francisco Bay. He got out early in 1939 for good behavior, after spending his final year in prison in a hospital, suffering from syphilis.

Plagued by health problems for the rest of his life, Capone died in 1947 at age 48 at his home in Palm Island, Florida.

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Richard Pryor

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic.""
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Charles Lamb

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is."
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Chinese Proverb

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."
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Fred Allen

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"Committee--a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done."
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