A Brief History On February 17, 1996, Chess champion Garry Kasparov bested the IBM Deep Blue supercomputer in an historic chess game between man and machine.  The battle between organic and electronic brains went far beyond a single match, as Kasparov beat the special-built chess playing machine three games to one and two ties. Digging Deeper Not content with beating the Grand Master once, IBM reworked their computer, doubling its computing speed, and a rematch was held in 1997, this time resulting in a win for Deep Blue.  An irate Kasparov demanded a rematch, but IBM had taken the computer…

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A Brief History On February 16, 2024, we celebrate another National Do a Grouch a Favor Day.  Why would we want to do a grouch a favor?  Are grouches a good thing? Digging Deeper Whether you call them a grouch, a crab, a whining sniveling malcontent, or a more formal name such as curmudgeon, grouches are all around, complaining about everything and snapping at others.  Here are some reasons we should be thankful for grouches and do them a favor. Grouches are funny.  Famous comedians such as Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Burr, Lewis Black, and Ricky Gervais made a…

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A Brief History On February 15, 1949, even Indiana Jones would have been envious of the work of Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux who began digging at the Qumran Caves where they later found the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish documents that date back as far as the 3rd Century BC. Digging Deeper Some other contenders for the title of “Greatest Archaeological Find” include: The Rosetta Stone, found in 1799 by Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt, finally allowed researchers to interpret Egyptian hieroglyphics. King Tut’s Tomb, found in 1922, totaled over 5,000 objects from Ancient Egypt, the…

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A Brief History Epic science fiction fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Dune: Part Two on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD on 6001 Canal Rd. in Valley View, OH 44125!  For your chance to get a pass, please log on to https://wbtickets.com/DUNE2HHVV26.  Passes are first-come, first-serve.  Only 25 pairs of passes are available due to this screening event being a very “hot ticket!”  The theater is overbooked slightly to ensure a full audience.  Therefore, seating is not guaranteed.  So, please arrive early! …

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A Brief History On February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook, navigator, map maker, and explorer, was killed by native Hawaiians at the island of Hawaii near what is now Kealakekua. Cook is one of several notable explorers to die while exploring, including: Digging Deeper Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese sea captain often cited as the “first person to circumnavigate the Earth,” actually never completed his famous voyage as he was killed in a fight with natives in the Philippines in 1521. Robert Falcon Scott died trying to become the first person to reach the South Pole in 1912. Scott and four…

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