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The AFI Top 100 Films # 2 Casablanca

For those that find in them a certain joy every time the orchestra of film kicks, when those studio logos lighten the dark of the screen and the familiar trumpet notes sound, you know what I mean when I say that the greatest movies ever made are a must see for everyone. Those top 100 or 200, or 500 films that everyone should see before they die. Film is subjective though, and there are many lists. Fortunately for us, the American Film Institute compiled a list of the top 100 films of the 20th Century. From top to bottom, the list compiles the greatest American films released in the first 100 years of cinema. Number two on the list is Casablanca, that classic of classics which produced some of the most memorable lines in movie history. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, two of the greatest stars of their time and one of the greatest onscreen couples ever filmed, Casablanca tells the story of a bitter night club owner Rick Blaine in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during World War II. His long lost love, the woman responsible for his bitter and cynical outlook on life comes back into his life with her husband Laszlo, the leader of Czech resistance and a hunted man by the Nazi forces looking for papers that Blaine has. The history between Blaine and...

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How Does a Washing Machine Work?

Washing machines are used to clean clothing by submerging clothing in a mixture of detergent and water. The motion of the washer serves to loosen the dirt. In machines, such as the top loading whirlpool washing machine, the agitator acts by twisting the clothing back and forth and pulling the garments to the tub’s bottom. The clothes are then pulled back up where they are once again grabbed by the agitator. In machines which are front loading, the clothes are tumbled and plunged within the water repeatedly. After the water is removed, the drum on the inside stimulates centrifugal force in order to remove all of the water from the garments. Although washing machines are designed differently depending on the manufacturer, the basic design is similar. The control of the machine consists of a cycle selector mechanism, a selector of water temperature, a timer, a start button, and a selector of load size. The mechanisms of the machine consist of a transmission, motor, pump, clutch, agitator, outer tub, inner tub, as well as a water inlet valve. The washing machine possesses two tubs with the inner tub having numerous holes and the outer tub being responsible for holding the water. The spin cycle causes the inner tub to spin which serves to force the water outward. The controls of the cycle include both integrated and separate controls for water...

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Who is Miley Cyrus?

If you’ve been hearing the name lately especially from young children and teens and you’re wondering who this celebrity is, two words: “Hannah Montana”. Miley Cyrus is a young teen actress who plays the dual title role on Disney’s TV Series “Hannah Montana”. She plays Miley Stewart, a normal teenage girl whose alter ego is the flamboyant and extremely famous music pop icon, Hannah Montana. The success of this TV series launched young Miley into instant stardom and her star still shines on. Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray and Leticia Cyrus. If you’re wondering why the name “Billy Ray Cyrus” sounds familiar, maybe it’s because you’ve heard of his most famous song, “Achey Brakey Heart” which came out in the 1990’s. Between Billy Ray and Leticia, Miley has 5 other siblings: Trace and Brandi are her maternal siblings (children of Leticia from a previous relationship), Christopher Cody is his father’s child from his previous relationship and she also has 2 younger siblings, Braison and Noah to complete the family. The name Miley as it happens comes from “Smiley” which the family called Miley when she was younger because she smiled often. The nickname got shortened to Miley over time, which is kind of fateful considering that what launched her to stardom was her portrayal of a teenage girl named “Miley Stewart” in Hannah...

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Tips For Breastfeeding In Public

Breastfeeding in public can be a nightmare for a modest nursing mother. Some women dread the thought of breastfeeding in public so much that they may consider formula feeding their infant to avoid the situation. With a little preparation and practice, breastfeeding in public can be done discreetly. Here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity while breastfeeding your baby. Nursing clothes with ties or fold over flaps can cause unexpected breast exposures while performing the most mundane of tasks like retrieving a dropped pacifier from the floor or struggling with a jammed shopping cart. Purchasing nursing clothes with snaps, buttons or hooks will help ensure that your chest remains under wraps when out in public. Nursing clothes are a great convenience for a nursing mother and child but they can also lead to disaster if not fastened securely. Keeping your breastfeeding feeding supplies stocked and ready to go at all times is great way to help discreetly nurse your child in public. Being caught in public with a hungry baby and no cover blanket can lead to disaster for the modest mother. Keeping extra breast feeding supplies in the trunk of your car in an extra diaper bag will ensure that you are never covered without the items necessary to nurse discreetly. Packing extra breast feeding supplies like an additional blanket, burp cloths and breast...

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The Latest Vacuum Cleaning Equipment Is NOT Your Mother's Old Machine

There was a time not to long ago when a vacuum cleaner was basically the same machine no matter where or how it was purchased. In previous times, the decision on what vacuum cleaner to purchase was based more on the "extras" the salesman offered but more often than not, it was the financing arrangements that were available. Like now, most families could ill afford the additional expense of replacing home appliances, which few that were available. The vacuum cleaner though was one piece of equipment that was considered almost a necessity once it was used, especially with the advent of wall to wall carpet. Many homes pre-1960 did not have wall to wall carpet but instead relied on area rugs for floor coverings. These large rugs could be taken out to the backyard, hung over a fence or clothesline and beaten with a carpet beater to remove ground in soil. Vacuum cleaners removed the need to take rugs out of the house for cleaning. Today however, there are several carpet cleaning technologies available. Two of the most popular types of vacuum cleaner technologies include HEPA filtration and bagless. Both technologies have the champions and like everything else have their positives and negatives. The positive with HEPA filtration is that small particulate dirt is better captured. This allows for a cleaner exhaust and theoretically, a cleaner indoor environment. The...

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