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12-01-2007, 12:37 AM
all about algorithm (AL-guh-rith-uhm) noun

A finite sequence of well-defined steps for solving a problem.

[After al Khwarizmi (the [man] of Khwarizm), a nickname of the 9th century
Persian astronomer and mathematician Abu Jafar Muhammand ibn Musa, who
authored many texts on arithmetic and algebra. He worked in Baghdad and his
nickname alludes to his place of origin Khwarizm (Khiva), in present-day
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.]

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12-01-2007, 12:38 AM
yesterday's fact while we are at it

"Snowbird" has been in use since the late 1600s, but it has only been applied to humans since the early 1900s. It was first used to describe men who enlisted in the armed forces to get food and clothing during the winter months and then deserted as the warm spring weather approached. Not long after, the term was applied to the northern laborers who would flock down south to work as the cold, harsh winter set in up north. Today, northerners of all kinds, from vacationers to retirees, can be seen migrating as soon as the first frost arrives.

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