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Friday, August 28, 2009

Did you know that Frank Zamboni invented the Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machine in 1949?

Did you know that Frank Zamboni invented the Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machine in 1949?


Frank J. Zamboni (1901-1988) was an inventor and mechanic who invented the Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machine in 1949. His machine is used in ice rinks to resurface marred ice. In 1939, Zamboni and his brother Lawrence built a 20,000-square-foot enclosed ice skating rink in Paramount, California, USA. Resurfacing the ice was a major problem, and took many men and assorted equipment. In 1942, Zamboni transformed a tractor to scrape and smooth the ice in a single pass. After years, he perfected his it, releasing his "Model A Zamboni Ice Resurfacer" in 1949, (patent #2,642,679). The Olympic medal-winner Sonja Henie was one of his first customers.


The word zipper was coined by B.F. Goodrich in 1923, whose company sold rubber galoshes equipped with zippers. Goodrich is said to have named them zippers because he liked the zipping sound they made when opened and closed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Did you know that these successful child actors who continued their success further as adults?

Did you know that these successful child actors continued their success further as adults?


1. Drew Barrymore


Being born in Barrymore family would automatically get you an acting career, but starting from 11 months is still commendable. She started with dog-food commercial in which even after being bitten by the dog, didn’t cry and impressed the producers.
She made her film debut in Altered States, a blockbuster sci-fi adaptation of a novel; and then in cult film ET.

But after that Drew had brush ups with drugs even before she entered in her teens, and people were ready to write her off as just a one time actor.
Proving everybody wrong she made a comeback by playing the challenging role of
manipulative teenage seductress in Poison IVY . After that she never looked back, and from winning Golden Globe to conquering fans’ hearts, she kept on gaining success and fame.

2. Christian Bale


Christian Bale who left the audience awestruck playing starring role in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun at the age of 13,
was sure to make a successful transition to a grown-up cult star. Ever since his teen acting years, Bale had always been bestowed with roles of substance.

He made his film debut as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in a tele-film dubbed, Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. His impressive appearance soon took him ahead to play lead roles in the miniseries Heart of the Country and the fantasy adventure Mio in the Land of Faraway, where he shared screen space with Christopher Lee and Nick Pickard. Who can forget the serial killer Patrick Bateman of American Psycho. His performance did wonders in his career and elevated his popularity status to sky-heights.

Today, Bale is best-known for his enormous cult following. The Tenth Anniversary issue of the Entertainment Weekly titled him as one of the “Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade”. His performance in American Psycho did wonders in his career and elevated his popularity status to sky-heights.

3. Jodie Foster


This li’l 3-year old tot hit the field of acting appearing in TV commercials. Soon after she debuted as a television actress in a 1968 episode of Mayberry R.F.D. Jodie had made 50 appearances in TV and films altogether, before attending her college.

Then in 1976, at the tender age of 14, she stunned her audience playing underage prostitute in Taxi Driver. She won an Oscar nomination for best supporting Actress for this role. Jodie made sure that she never loses her pace of work, and went on step by step with stronger determination. Her hard work and talent didn’t go unnoticed and she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1989 for playing a rape survivor in The Accused.

Since then, there has been a long list of awards to her kitty; her internationally acclaimed and Oscar winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs, definitely deserves a special mention.

4. Natalie Wood


Natalie Wood emerged as a born star ever since her debut in Tomorrow Is Forever in 1943. Almost in a blink of an eye, she became the top child star in Hollywood with her 1947 Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street. In her 20 films as a child actor, Natalie shared screen space with stars like Gene Tierney, James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Bette Davis and Bing Crosby.

Natalie proved that not all successful child actors grow up to be spoiled brats. She made successful transition to adult roles and won both critical acclamation and awards.

At 16, she won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Nicholas Ray’s Rebel.
1950s was a kind of a stagnant phase in her career, when she was tired and full playing many ‘girlfriend’ roles under the contract signed with Warner Brother. Then in 1961, Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass once again brought her career on track and she won Best Actress Nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards. West Side Story , Love with the Proper Stranger, Inside Daisy Clover (1965) and This Property Is Condemned (1966) are just to name a few of her works that showered her with awards along with rocking Box Office success. Wood was an actress in true sprits, who worked till her last breath and died while filming a sci-fi film Brainstorm (1983).














5. Mickey Rooney


Multiple awards winner, Mickey Rooney made appearances in films, television and stage almost throughout his life.
Mickey has been winning all the flatteries right from his first performance, which he gave while only 17-months old. Wearing specially tailored tuxedo, Mickey had already begun to show his starry colors appearing in A Gaiety Girl with his parents. His first full fledged TV appearance that featured him as “Mickey McGuire” for 78 of the comedies, got him his screen name ‘Mickey Rooney’, who was actually named as Joseph Yule, Jr on his birth.

Mickey smoothly made his way to adolescent roles playing teenage son of a judge in 1937’s A Family Affair. And, Andy Hardy of A Family Affair went on from series to series till 1958, to make Mickey one of the most successful comedians of his times.

Mickey was a pool of talent, after comedy, he made some memorable musicals that proved to be even bigger hits. Babes in Arms (1939)is one of his strings of musicals that made him the biggest box office drawer in 1940. His unforgettable performances had made him unquestionably, the best-known entertainer .

6. Seth Green
Well known for his role of Daniel “Oz” Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seth Green
had made a jumpstart in his career at the ages of 10. He bounced directly from TV commercials to prestige films like
Hotel New Hampshire with Jodie Foster and Woody Allen’s Radio Days.

Proceeding smoothly through long list of appearances in TV and Films, Green’s career took a leap with
Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the Austin Powers series. Now he had successfully established himself as
as a self-aware adult star with Josie And The Pussycats, The Italian Job and RobotChicken. He was adored as a kid and he’s equally adored as a modern cult figure and that’s what you call a performer.

7. Kirsten Dunst

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Starting off as a fashion model at a tender age of three, now best known as Spiderman’s love interest, Kristen Dunst had given countless appearances in TV and Films right from her childhood days. Pretty soon she managed to become the favorite child model of Ford Models and Elite Model Management.

By the age of 12, Kirsten had modeled for almost 100 commercials. She made her debut in films with Oedipus Wrecks, a short film by Woody Allen. But her real breakthrough came with her role of Claudia in the movie “Interview with Vampire”. Starring opposite Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, Kirsten had already begun realizing her dream. She even won a Golden Globe Nomination and an award for the best breakthrough performance at MTV movie awards in 1995 for this role. She has never looked back since then.

After Spiderman sequels lot of good things has been coming her way. Kirsten is completely hooked and booked all through this year, and we wish her the same for all her coming years.

8. Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci won both love and acclaims right at the age of 11, with her best-known work in Mermaids as Wednesday Addams. She did not rest after all this appreciation and with The Opposite Of Sex, she put herself on the aisle that lead her towards fame even more startling than this. Anything but conventional, Ricci played it all - dark or cartoonish. Her mesmerizing yet creepy looks in the Ice Storm, Pumpkin and contrast child-like look in Monster made her one of the best unconventional young actors around.

Her Black Snake Moan (2007) was described as a Ricci’s best performance by filmmaker Kevin Smith. However, for this fully charged actress, this is just the beginning, there’s a lot more to come.


9. Ron Howard

Ron Howard caught eyes of viewers when he played Andy Griffith’s TV son, Opie Taylor,
on The Andy Griffith Show in 1960 at the age of six. However, credit for his first earned recognition goes to
Winthrop Paroo, the role that he played in the film version of The Music Man with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Then in 1974, with Happy Days he outplayed many big actors with his superb rendition of Richie Cunningham character.
While starring in Happy days, he also debuted his directorial career. Beginning with low budget action-comedy like Grand Theft Auto, and Night Shify he went on to create a masterpiece, The Da Vinci Code.









10. Natalie Portman

Natalie knew it from beginning that acting is what she’s made for. In 1990, she turned
down the opportunity to become a child model for Revlon in favor of acting. Just four years later, her strong ambition for acting got her first role in an independent film Léon. She didn’t have to sweat post-Leon and her hands were already full with roles in films Heat, Everyone Says I Love You, and Mars Attacks!, as well as a major role in Beautiful Girls.

The vulnerable little girl from Luc Besson’s The Professional, or exorbitantly costumed heroine of The Phantom Menace, she performed all sorts of shades with equal caliber.

Natalie played the lead role in Anywhere but Here in 1997 and won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ann Augus. Portman has consistently grown onscreen and has continued growing even better.

Did you know that this is the worlds biggest dog?


That this is the worlds biggest dog?














Okay its a fake, but made you look.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Did you know that Pouring a can of Coca-Cola over battery terminals will bubble away the corrosion.

Did you that:


















Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl, Let the "real thing"sit for one hour, then flush wha la clean.

The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

Rubbing a bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca Cola will removed the rust?

Pouring a can of Coca-Cola over battery terminals will bubble away the corrosion.

Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes, will loosen that rusted bolt:

Pouring a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, and adding detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.

Coke will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Did you know that Gloria Estefan is the most successful female Latin artist in the world?

Mariah Carey is the most successful female solo artist . In 2000, she received the Best Selling Pop-Female Artist of the Millennium award for being the best selling female pop artist of all time. In 2003, she also became the first female artist to receive the Chopard Diamond World Music Award, for sales surpassing 150 million albums. She has sold a total of eighty-five million records in the U.S. (sixty-four million albums and twenty-one million singles) and over 215 million records worldwide, (165 million albums plus 50 million singles); Also Mariah Carey is the most successful international artist ever in Japan, with sales of over twelve million.

















Michael Jackson sets the world record for the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time he has had during his extraordinary career 13 No.1 singles — more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era — and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling an estimated 750 million records worldwide, .






Stevie Wonder was only 13 years old when his album Little Stevie Wonder - The Twelve Year Old Genius topped the US charts in 1963. He is also ... He is also the solo artist to have won the most Grammy awards, having taken home 19 of the prestigious prizes throughout his career.






BEST SELLING REGGAE ALBUM was Legend (1984) by Bob Marley, it has had certified sales of 1.8 million in the UK, and has sold more than 10 million copies in the USA. The album's ... The album's tracks include "No Woman No Cry" and "One Love".

















Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan is the most successful female Latin artist in the world. Her current total world sales stand at more than 35 million. In the USA she has amassed eight gold albums, four of which have passed the three million sales mark - Primitive Love (1985), Let It Loose (1987), Cuts Both Ways (1989) and Greatest Hits (1992). In the UK her Anything For You (aka Let It Loose) and Cuts Both Ways both sold more than one million copies. In 1990 Estefan was presented with a Golden Globe award for album sales outside the USA.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Did you know that Only one artist has ever won back to back Grammy Award for Song of the Year?

Did you know that Roberta Flack is the only Artist to win be awarded song of the year back to back?


1974 "Killing Me Softly with His Song"*


1973 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"*

Did you know that only 2 artist have won back to back Grammy Award for Album of the Year?

Did you know that these artist won Grammy Awards for song of the year back to back?
1977 Songs in the Key of Life performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder

1975 Fulfillingness' First Finale performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder

1974 Innervisions performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder














1967 A Man and His Music performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Sonny Burke

1966 September of My Years performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Sonny Burke

1960 Come Dance with Me! performed by Frank Sinatra

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Did you know who has the most Grammy nominations without a win?


Did you know that Joseph "Satch" Satriani is an American multi-instrumentalist, known as a rock guitarist, who has been nominated for 15 Grammy Award nominations, more than any artist without winning.
















Nominations
Year Album Category




1989 Always With Me, Always With You Best Pop Instrumental Performance



1989 Surfing with the Alien Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1990 The Crush of Love Best Rock Instrumental Performance





1991 Flying in a Blue Dream Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1993 The Extremist Best Rock Instrumental Performance

1994 Speed of Light Best Rock Instrumental Performance



1995 All Alone Best Rock Instrumental Performance




1997 (You're) My World Best Rock Instrumental Performance



1998 Summer Song (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1999 A Train of Angels Best Rock Instrumental Performance

2001 Until We Say Goodbye Best Rock Instrumental Performance


2002 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Live in San Francisco


2003 Starry Night Best Rock Instrumental Performance




2006 Super Colossal Best Rock Instrumental Performance





2008 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Satriani L

Did you know that Diana Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards and never won one

Did you know that:


It took eighteen nominations attempts for Susan Lucci, to finally win a Emmy in 1999.
























Only 2 movies in history have been nominated for 11 Oscars, and didn't win a single one.
The Turning Point (1977) and



The Color Purple (1985).























Diana Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards in various categories, but has never won one.





















She (Diana Ross and The Supremes) has been awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award 3 times.


















These actors both received seven Oscar nominations and neither won one.

Richard Burton and




Peter O'Toole,























Quincy Jones has been nominated 77 times for Grammy Awards.

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