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Games Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event.[1] Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
might have an opening ceremony that involves thousands of participants and is watched worldwide.Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities. See also[edit]Wikimedia Commons has media related to Opening ceremonies.Golden Spike Groundbreaking Olympic Games
Olympic Games
ceremony Ship christening Topping outReferences[edit]^ Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Grand Openings: Chapter 8. Adams Media. pp
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Scissors
Scissors
Scissors
are hand-operated shearing tools. A pair of scissors consists of a pair of metal blades pivoted so that the sharpened edges slide against each other when the handles (bows) opposite to the pivot are closed. Scissors
Scissors
are used for cutting various thin materials, such as paper, cardboard, metal foil, cloth, rope, and wire. A large variety of scissors and shears all exist for specialized purposes. Hair-cutting shears
Hair-cutting shears
and kitchen shears are functionally equivalent to scissors, but the larger implements tend to be called shears. Hair-cutting shears
Hair-cutting shears
have specific blade angles ideal for cutting hair. Using the incorrect scissors to cut hair will result in increased damage or split ends, or both, by breaking the hair
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Opening Ceremony (brand)
Opening Ceremony is an American clothing brand and retailer founded in 2002 by American fashion designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.[1]Contents1 History 2 In popular culture 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] Carol Lim (born 1975) and Humberto Leon (born 1975), partners since they were in college in UC Berkeley in the 1990s, decided to leave their jobs in corporate fashion to realize their unique dream after inspired by a visit to Hong Kong and that city’s thirst for fashion.[2] They founded Opening Ceremony and opened their first SoHo
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Olympic Games
The modern Olympic Games
Olympic Games
or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques[1][2]) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games
Olympic Games
are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.[3] The Olympic Games
Olympic Games
are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Pierre de Coubertin
founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896
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FIFA World Cup
The FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football
Football
Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals
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Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand
New Zealand
are the current champions, having defeated Australia
Australia
in the final of the 2015 tournament in England. The winners are awarded the William Webb Ellis
William Webb Ellis
Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby School
Rugby School
pupil who — according to a popular legend — invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game
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Soft Launch
A soft launch, also known as a soft opening, is a preview release of a product or service to a limited audience prior to the general public. Soft-launching a product is sometimes used to gather data or feedback regarding its acceptance in the marketplace, prior to making it widely available during an official release or grand opening. A company may also choose a soft launch to test the functionality of a product, allowing adjustments to be made before a wider release and marketing effort are implemented.Contents1 Computer related1.1 Website 1.2 Hardware 1.3 Software2 Mobile software 3 Bricks and mortar
Bricks and mortar
establishments 4 ReferencesComputer related[edit] When implementing a soft launch strategy, a company releases a product with little or no marketing. A soft launch permits a company to react to customer demands quickly and effectively, introducing new features which will ultimately make the product successful
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Golden Spike
Coordinates: 41°37′4.67″N 112°33′5.87″W / 41.6179639°N 112.5516306°W / 41.6179639; -112.5516306The original "golden spike", on display at the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford UniversityThe golden spike (also known as The Last Spike[1]) is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford
Leland Stanford
to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah
Promontory Summit, Utah
Territory. The term last spike has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a meeting point
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Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians and businessmen. The actual shovel used during the groundbreaking is often a special ceremonial shovel, usually colored gold, meant to be saved for subsequent display and may be engraved.[1][2]Contents1 Other uses 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksOther uses[edit] The term groundbreaking, when used as an adjective, may mean being or making something that has never been done, seen, or made before; "stylistically innovative works". See also[edit]Look up groundbreaking in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.Builders' rites Topping out Cornerstone Publicity stunt Ribbon cutting ceremonyReferences[edit]^ jwise@dothaneagle.com, Jeremy Wise
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Olympic Games Ceremony
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games
Olympic Games
were an integral part of these Games; the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry. An example of this is the prominence of Greece
Greece
in both the opening and closing ceremonies. During the 2004 Games, the medal winners received a crown of olive branches, which was a direct reference to the Ancient Games, in which the victor's prize was an olive wreath. The various elements of the ceremonies are mandated by the Olympic Charter
Olympic Charter
and cannot be changed by the host nation
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Ship Naming And Launching
Ceremonial ship launching
Ceremonial ship launching
is the process of transferring a vessel to the water. It is a naval tradition in many cultures, dating back thousands of years. It has been observed as a public celebration and a solemn blessing. Ship launching imposes stresses on the ship not met during normal operation, in addition to the size and weight of the vessel, and it represents a considerable engineering challenge as well as a public spectacle
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Topping Out
In building construction, topping out (sometimes referred to as topping off) is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction. Nowadays, the ceremony is often parlayed into a media event for public relations purposes.[1]Contents1 History 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.[2] Long an important component of timber frame building,[3] it migrated initially to England and Northern Europe, thence to the Americas. A tree or leafy branch is placed on the topmost wood or iron beam, often with flags and streamers tied to it. A toast is usually drunk and sometimes workers are treated to a meal
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Adams Media
Simon & Schuster, Inc. (/ˈʃuːstər/), a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, is an American publishing company founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard Simon and Max Schuster. As of 2016, Simon & Schuster publishes 2,000 titles annually under 35 different imprints.[2][3]Contents1 History1.1 Early years 1.2 Expansion 1.3 Corporate ownership 1.4 1980s 1.5 1990s 1.6 2000s 1.7 2010s2 Notable people2.1 Notable editors and publishers 2.2 Notable authors3 Logo 4 Imprints4.1 Adult publishing 4.2 Children's publishing 4.3 Audio 4.4 Former imprints5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 Further readingHistory[edit]Middle 20th century HQ, BroadwayEarly years[edit] In 1924, Richard Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, asked whether there was a book of New York World
New York World
crossword puzzles, which were very popular at the time
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Culture
Culture
Culture
(/ˈkʌltʃər/) is the social behavior and norms found in human societies. Culture
Culture
is considered a central concept in anthropology, encompassing the range of phenomena that are transmitted through social learning in human societies. Some aspects of human behavior, social practices such as culture, expressive forms such as art, music, dance, ritual, religion, and technologies such as tool usage, cooking, shelter, and clothing are said to be cultural universals, found in all human societies
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992 album by Vesta Williams "Special" (Garbage song), 1998 "Special
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Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event.[1] Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
might have an opening ceremony that involves thousands of participants and is watched worldwide.Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities. See also[edit]Wikimedia Commons has media related to Opening ceremonies.Golden Spike Groundbreaking Olympic Games
Olympic Games
ceremony Ship christening Topping outReferences[edit]^ Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Grand Openings: Chapter 8. Adams Media. pp
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