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    Imponderables
    feldman
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I’ve written before (http://www.imponderables.com/archives/001275.php) about how the beginning of my work career coincided with DL’s early network television days. At that time, I was working in the daytime programming department at 30 Rock, but got bumped up to primetime when...
  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (May 24, 2015)

    Braingle's Teasers
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Find the Words The following sentences have two blanks that can be filled with two words that are anagrams of each other. Please find those words. 1. The _____ on the water was giving the fisherman a headache. "Oh, well", he thought, "maybe another _____ will help," as he reached for his cooler. 2. As the two lovers sat quietly staring into _____, they were both glad that they had brought their _____ on this chilly night. 3. It is not that Officer Smith _____ this part of his job, it was just that there was no easy way to tell someone about a _____ in the family. Check Braingle.com for the…
  • Today's Daily Trivia Quiz (May 24, 2015)

    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Triple Phrases 3 How well do you know some common lists of three items? I'll give you the first two items; see if you remember the third. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Purloin

    Braingle's Mentalrobics
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    pur-loin verb :: To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch. verb :: To practice theft; to steal. "He broke into outhouses with an axe he managed to purloin in a wood-cutters' camp." --Conrad, Joseph
  • Where Ya From?

    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What four different words (of a common group) could you add (one each) to the four words below to create a new common group? back, down, out, up Check Braingle.com for the answer.
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  • My David Letterman Story

    feldman
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I’ve written before (http://www.imponderables.com/archives/001275.php) about how the beginning of my work career coincided with DL’s early network television days. At that time, I was working in the daytime programming department at 30 Rock, but got bumped up to primetime when...
  • Spice Trends

    feldman
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Chiles are up. Celery salt is down....
  • Word Dominoes

    feldman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Imagine a word game without letters, one that requires all the verbal dexterity you can muster. Word Dominoes is that game. Game play couldn't be simpler. Each domino contains 2 images. One player places two images next to each other,...
  • Show Me the Kwan

    feldman
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One shining development in the board game world is that toy companies have abandoned the expense and heft of unnecessary boards, not only saving trees but preventing hernias and shelf congestion. Our third word game, Show Me the Kwan,...
  • Schmovie

    feldman
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    When I worked at NBC, one of my stranger tasks was to sit in a room with another programmer and come up with titles for theatrical movies that we had bought. These movies had bombed so badly at the...
 
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    Braingle's Teasers

  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (May 24, 2015)

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Find the Words The following sentences have two blanks that can be filled with two words that are anagrams of each other. Please find those words. 1. The _____ on the water was giving the fisherman a headache. "Oh, well", he thought, "maybe another _____ will help," as he reached for his cooler. 2. As the two lovers sat quietly staring into _____, they were both glad that they had brought their _____ on this chilly night. 3. It is not that Officer Smith _____ this part of his job, it was just that there was no easy way to tell someone about a _____ in the family. Check Braingle.com for the…
  • Daily Brain Teaser for May 23, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Roller It can roll up, it can roll down, it can roll all around, but when it rolls over, it just lays on the ground. Check Braingle.com for the answer.
 
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    Braingle's Mentalrobics

  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Purloin

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    pur-loin verb :: To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch. verb :: To practice theft; to steal. "He broke into outhouses with an axe he managed to purloin in a wood-cutters' camp." --Conrad, Joseph
  • Stress : Rewind and Fast-forward

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When you are under stress try this short exercise to put things in perspective. It might make your problem seem less stressful. Mentally rewind your life ten years and remember what you were like at that time. Try to imagine how your current problem would have seemed back then. Would it have been as important? Now fast-forward ten years into the future and imagine how your life might be like. How important is your current problem to your future self? Chances are your current problem may seem insignificant to your future self and this might change your perspective on how you view your problem…
  • Memory : Routines

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Most of us go through our daily lives with fairly fixed routines. We get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and drive to work the same way every day. This isn't necessarily bad because it allows our brains to slowly speed up to meet the day, but it also doesn't give our brains any exercise. Since these routine tasks are carried out almost subconsciously, the brain uses almost no energy and makes no new associations or neural connections. Even activities like doing the laundry or walking the dog can be so routine that you hardly even think about doing them. Each activity is a chance to give your…
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    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles

  • Where Ya From?

    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What four different words (of a common group) could you add (one each) to the four words below to create a new common group? back, down, out, up Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • The Infinite Riddle

    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My head and tail both equal are My middle slender as a bee. Whether I stand on head or heel Is quite the same to you or me. But if my head should be cut off The matter's true, though passing strange Directly I to nothing change. What am I? Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • Thespian

    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What is one word that can be added to the following group of four words to create a new group of four words or phrases with mutual commonality? down, left, right, up Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • Word Defragmentation

    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For each item below, construct the answer word which has been fragmented, by joining together its "fragment" words which are smaller words that you must figure out from the clues provided. The hint gives the respective number of letters in each "fragment" word, and the number of letters in each answer word (shown in brackets). Example: rectangular block + advance/profit Hint: 3 letters + 4 letters (= 7 letters) Answer: bargain (bar + gain) 1) repair + consumed 2) symbolic piece of cloth + scold 3) rendered inoperable + extreme anger 4) commercial + fair 5) separated/split + turmoil/bustle 6)…
 
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    Ray's Question of the Day

  • Friday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    22 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Question for May 22, 2015:What specific sound, with an alliterative name, is heard at the beginning of the Royal Teens' song "Short Shorts" and at the end of the Bobby Day song "Rockin' Robin"?Previous question and answer:What detective novel ends with these lines: '"How could you?' she gasped. I had only a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in.  'It was easy,' I said"?A: "I, THE JURY" by Mickey Spillane
  • Thursday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    21 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Question for May 21, 2015:What detective novel ends with these lines: '"How could you?' she gasped. I had only a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in.  'It was easy,' I said"?Previous question and answer:What Irving Berlin song rhymes the words casino, bambino, vino, and Scallopino?A: "THE PICCOLINO"
  • Wednesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    20 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Question for May 20, 2015:What Irving Berlin song rhymes the words casino, bambino, vino, and Scallopino?Previous question and answer:In what movie did Billy Crystal's real-life brother play a berserk killer?A: Richard Crystal appeared in "BLUE SUNSHINE" in 1978.
  • Tuesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    19 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Question for May 19, 2015:In what movie did Billy Crystal's real-life brother play a berserk killer?Previous question and answer:Guitarist and founding member Dave Alexander was fired from what band in August 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music Festival too stoned to play? A: THE STOOGES
  • Monday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    18 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Question for May 18, 2015:Guitarist and founding member Dave Alexander was fired from what band in August 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music Festival too stoned to play? Previous question and answer:What was the name of the career achievement award given to Richard Castle by the International Society of Mystery Writers on “Castle”? A: POE'S PEN
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  • The Unforgettable fire

    Ken Jennings
    12 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I was a guest on this week’s episode of LiveWire Radio, discussing life and times with host Luke Burbank. I don’t know if it made the final broadcast, but I also played a few quick rounds of the “Question Game” from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with my celeb crush Andy Richter. As far as I know, this is the first ever battle of wits ever held between a Jeopardy! uber-champ and a Celebrity Jeopardy! uber-champ. Historic! (An aside from my son, who happens to be in the room while I’m typing this: has the same person ever appeared as a Celebrity Jeopardy!
  • I been Nate Silvered

    Ken Jennings
    8 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    FiveThirtyEight.com ran a smart analysis this week on the probability of another 75-game Jeopardy! run. On the whole, I agree with David Goldenberg’s main conclusions: the run is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon because (a) the competition is better curated and better prepped today, and (b) 75 games was an incredibly lucky run in the first place. (I don’t actually think that Goldenberg’s contention that strong players are playing more aggressively today, and therefore are less likely to build long streaks, is actually a thing, even though I think he’s largely…
  • Potatoes

    Ken Jennings
    7 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    “To one interested in furnishing the mind, the monotonous thing is to drop in one fact after another until it fills up from the bottom like a barrel of potatoes. To fit new items into a growing pattern of knowledge is an exciting occupation.” –Max Eastman, 1936 I’m going to remember this one the next time somebody asks me (and this happens a lot) whether schools should be teaching kids what to learn or how to learn, like this is an either/or thing.
  • Mummies and dinosaurs PLUS Wordplay Wednesday

    Ken Jennings
    6 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    I spent part of this afternoon going over the fact-checker’s notes on the seventh Junior Genius Guides book, which will be about dinosaurs. Finally, after years of dinking around with presidents and maps and other things that kids don’t care about, we are actually getting to the good stuff. It also reminded me that I saw a cover concept for Book Six over a month ago and never posted it here. I’m not 100 percent sure my publisher wants me putting this online yet, but why not? It looks amazing. Coming this August! Pre-order now! Also, Wordplay Wednesday! Why not? Two…
  • Two short videos

    Ken Jennings
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Two things of minor interest if you’re minorly interested in this sort of thing. Here’s a new TV ad that I made for American Online. It’s only airing in the market(s) where the company is testing this new “Assist by AOL” product. Minnesota, I think. The room where actress Megan Duffy and I are standing is actually a single set, complete with a half-clock, half-vase-of-flowers, etc. MOVIE MAGIC. This one will take a little more explanation. Here’s a popular web video of a 20,000-mile straight-line sea route between Pakistan and Siberia. After this video made…
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    Mental Floss

  • 15 Things You Might Not Know About 'Thelma

    Roger Cormier
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Thelma and Louise never made it to Club Med, but they did make a impact.
  • This Computer Program Can Write Its Own Rap Lyrics

    Beth Anne Macaluso
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Plenty of rappers have claimed that they’re the best alive. But now they’ve got some competition—from a computer program. A team of Finnish computer scientists has developed a machine-learning algorithm, dubbed “DeepBeat,” which has “learned” how to rap by analyzing the rhymes present in approximately 10,000 songs by more than 100 artists. When it came to creating the program, the scientists chose to focus exclusively on a type of linguistic device known as an assonance rhyme—which, unlike a “perfect rhyme,” only requires that the words in question repeat vowel…
  • Humans and Dogs Have Been Best Friends For Way Longer Than We Thought

    Rebecca OConnell
    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Dogs have long been our animal BFFs, but how far back can our companionship be traced? According to a new study, further back than we thought. Previous studies have suggested that dogs became domesticated roughly 11,0000 to 16,000 years ago as companions to hunter-gatherers. But a new study published in Current Biology found that dogs were likely domesticated a staggering 27,000 to 40,000 years ago. Using the genome of a 35,000-year-old wolf, the researchers attempted to distinguish when exactly dogs split from wolves. The remains used for testing—a rib found trapped in…
  • Why NYC's Bagels are So Delicious

    Hannah Keyser
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Conventional wisdom has long held that the "softness" of New York's water—meaning it has comparatively low concentrations of calcium and magnesium—is why the city can claim it has the world's best bagels. While there is some logic to this (harder water toughens the gluten in dough), the real reason that the bagels are better here has more to do with technique than anything else. When we talked to Baz Bagel & Restaurant at this year's Choice Eats, they confirmed the soft water theory is mostly myth, explaining that great bagels are a mix of ingredients and know-how. This week,…
  • A Brief History of the Ice Cream Truck

    Gillian Reagan
    24 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    How a musical truck hijacked an elite dessert and delivered it to the people.
 
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    Family Life Magazine

  • The benefits of working with professional maternity photographers

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Maternity photography has only recently gained a surprisingly high popularity level. As a result, the number of specialists offering such packages has skyrocketed. Here are the benefits that you could be gaining if you did a bit market search and decided to collaborate with a truly professional expert. Why say yes to maternity photography?   These days, all women are thrilled about the idea of having a few maternity photos taken. If you are wondering about the reason for which the Orlando maternity photography field has grown so much in the last few years, then your answer is simple.
  • Why take the heavy highway contracting exam?

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    If you are going to make it on your own, to build a company or start a new career, then by all means consider getting a license in a field you feel comfortable with. Heavy highway contracting courses offer all individuals the chance to have a steady income, as the field is quite popular and projects will always appear.   Heavy highway building: general facts   This is one of the most popular fields at the moment and there is a growing number of individuals that are part of Virginia heavy highway exam preparation courses, looking forward to obtaining their license. Before revealing a…
  • The secrets of Asian style home decor

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Who doesn’t like interior design? Who doesn’t appreciate a beautifully decorated house? However, how can one tell if a space is beautifully decorated or not, if not by founding his or her opinions on personal taste and preferences? This being said, here are a few secrets of one of the most appreciated interior design trends, the Asian style home decor. As you know, this is one trend that enjoys a great deal of popularity, going far beyond borders. Today, this style has entered the homes of people living all across the globe. Still, there is something that not that many people know about…
  • Questions you should ask before having orthopaedic surgery

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:10 am
    Orthopaedic surgery is a major medical procedure by which a professional, certified orthopaedist attempts to fix musculoskeletal issues and eliminate the pain associated with sports injuries, trauma or degenerative diseases. Because the procedure can be quite complicated, it is essential that all patients be informed and ask their orthopaedic surgeon in Sydney several questions in advance. Here are some aspects that your conversation should touch upon and why it’s important for you to know the answer. What does the procedure involve? What about non-surgical alternatives? Most patients are…
  • How to choose your Ottawa car accident lawyer

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    When you have been involved in a car accident, the next step is to hire an Ottawa car accident lawyer who can represent your interests and help you obtain a fair compensation. By choosing the right lawyer, you will have the peace of mind that your case obtains an advantageous settlement and you will have a positive outcome on this entire unfortunate situation. To this extent, the first aspect you should base your choice on is experience. When a lawyer has been in the field for at least a few years, he will understand the process, know the judges and offer you the best possible legal…
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    Mix Top Ten Lists

  • Top 10 Biggest Gaming Websites

    top10 contributor
    24 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Here are ten of the biggest gaming sites dedicated to news, reviews, scoops and guides for experts and novices alike. These ten have been ranked based on the number of unique visitors they garner per month.   10. Joystiq Screenshots, reviews, previews, and news brought to with the help of a nice uncluttered interface. The weekly podcast is for those who hate reading. You can get it on iTunes, Zune, and as a MP3. It garners over 2.6 million unique visitors per month.   9. GotGame This gaming website site is one of the best around when it comes to video reviews of video game titles…
  • Top 10 Awkward Places To Have Sex

    top10 contributor
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    What’s the most awkward place you’ve had sex? Are any of these places on your list? Here are ten awkward places many people tried to have sex at.   10. In Your Backyard Experts say getting busy in your backyard is a great way to get all the benefits of having sex outdoors and away from home—without having to worry that you’ll get caught. Plus, you can always pitch a tent so your guy can, um, pitch a tent in private.   9. Park We’ll leave you to your own imagination with this one. Just be courteous and wipe down the equipment that you used for the pleasure.
  • Top 10 Tips For Handling Abuse From Parents

    top10 contributor
    20 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    If you’re a child or adult that is being physically abused by his/her parents, here are ten tips for handling the abuse:   10. Don’t Pay Attention Yes, seriously! I mean you if you start bothering about so small abuses by your parents you will go on taking more and more stress. So the best way is, Why the hell do you pay attention to them? Just stop thinking about it, ignore it. Keep yourself busy in your other activities, friends, study, books etc which will at least help you in building your future. Don’t pay attention to their small small abuses, consider that they maybe in…
  • Top 10 Most Expensive Books

    top10 contributor
    19 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    How much would you pay for a book? Would you pay anything over $1000? Here is a list of the most expensive books ever soon. The starting price is £ 1,400,000.   10.The Hours and Psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum Price: £ 1,400,000 This book was sold in London in June 21, 1988 in London. The Bohun Psalter and Hours (c.1361-73) is a series of splendidly illuminated devotional books made in a unique way during the second half of the 14th century for the Bohun family, Earls of Hereford. The manuscript contains eight large historiated initials subdivided into four compartments, each with a…
  • Top 10 Ways To Prevent Spread of Ebola

    top10 contributor
    19 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Ebola is a neglected tropical disease (NTP) that killed 11,022 people in 2014 and 2015. 4,716 of the cases were from Liberia. NTPs are prone to hit war-torn, poverty-stricken areas. They are cropping up in Syria (Leishmaniasis) and Yemen (Coronavirus) as we speak. The best way to prevent the spread is to maintain a universal and accessible health care system. Follow these tips carefully if you are living in a war-torn area or plan to travel there.     Tip #1 Avoid items that have come in contact with those who are diagnosed with Ebola. Even handling clothing or objects of a person…
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    Phactual

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs

    Rudie Obias
    22 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Steve Jobs is probably one of the most iconic CEO and computer innovators in modern history. His stamp on technology and pop culture cannot be measured or quantify. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. 1. College Dropout. After he graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, Steve Jobs attended Reed College for a semester before he dropped out of school. However, he did take a few college classes and courses over the next 18 months. 2. Yahoo!. With the emergence of Google and Internet search, Apple and Steve Jobs almost bought Yahoo! to gain…
  • A Girl’s Best Friend: 7 Diamond Facts

    Rebecca Sutton
    22 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Diamonds are nothing but tiny crystals of carbon converted into universally recognized tokens of wealth, power, and romance. Yet, we obsess over their worth and the status they bring us, shelling out oodles of money to have one weighing down our left ring fingers (am I right, girls?).  Ladies, read this discover the awful truth behind that prized rock and men, rejoice until DeBeers finds another gemtastic marketing ploy. 1. Death By Chocolate…Diamond: Brown diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. Thus, those yummy chocolate diamonds ladies are begging their…
  • Floyd Mayweather: The Champ

    Olivia James
    22 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Floyd Mayweather won his match of the century against Manny Pacquiao and is the undisputed current champ of boxing. There’s a lot more to him than just boxing. He’s wealthy, wacky, and wild. 1. Mayweather is actually the highest paid athlete in the world for the past two years running. He typically keeps multiple thousands of dollars on his person at all times. 2. He spent time on Dancing with the Stars but was eliminated for his paso doble. 3. He hasn’t lost a match since the 1996 Olympic semifinals against Serafim Todorov from Bulgaria. 4. Thanks to his extreme wealth,…
  • 27 Doctor Who Quotes Full of Feels

    Monica Beyer
    22 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Doctor Who, the long-running British science fiction show, has spanned not only decades but generations. While the Doctor and his companions change over the years, the stories they tell still bring on all the feelings. Here are a few favorite quotes from the newer incarnations of the Doctor, his friends and his enemies, starting with the War Doctor and finishing up with the Twelfth. War Doctor “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame. Whatever the cost.” “So I won’t remember that I tried to save Gallifrey, rather than burn it.
  • The Man Behind the Toon: Tex Avery

    Jess Hicks
    22 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Tex Avery is the father of animation when it comes to major studios. He created characters for Warner Bros and MGM during the Golden Age of Hollywood animation. Here are 15 facts about the man behind the bunny: Avery was known for creating Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Droopy Dog, Chilly Willy, and most famously Bugs Bunny Actual name was Frederick Bean Avery Dropped out of art school in Chicago On a trip to California with some friends, Tex decided Cali was the place for him and stayed behind when his friends went back home to Texas. He made a living by day doing dock work and slept on the beach at…
 
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