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  A new page in the book of life:  Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

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Toady's tidbits for today /
Don't skip breakfast! Start the day with some food for thought.

Words to keep
"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." —John Milton (Areopagitica)

Kyushu & Japan
The name of one of Japan's four major islands, Kyushu, means "Nine States". However, it has only seven prefectures besides Okinawa, which was politically included in Kyushu in 1972. The seven are Oita, Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. Why, then, is the island called Kyushu? Because it once consisted of nine feudal states, grouped as follows: Chikuzen and Chikugo, Hizen and Higo, Buzen and Bungo, Hyuga, Satsuma, and Osumi. By the way, the other three major islands of the Japanese archipelago are Hokkaido; Honshu, where most of the big cities are; and Shikoku — which means "Four Countries"! It does have four prefectures, but that's another story.

Toady's teaser for today /
Look tomorrow!

Q:  What's Rainbow Plaza?

Yesterday's teaser
Q:  What do people mean when they speak of "the literary canon"?
A:  All those books that are generally regarded as classics.
Toady's triathlon for today / Here are three quick exercises to get you going!
[Note: The exercises may not work in all browsers.]
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