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Rube Goldberg
REUBEN GARRETT LUCIUS GOLDBERG (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970), known best as RUBE GOLDBERG, was an American cartoonist , sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, giving rise to the term Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg
machines for any similar gadget or process. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award in 1959
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Random House Dictionary Of The English Language
RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER\'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY is a large American dictionary , first published in 1966 as The Random House Dictionary
Dictionary
of the English Language: The Unabridged Edition. Edited by Jess Stein, it contained 315,000 entries in 2256 pages, as well as 2400 illustrations. The CD-ROM
CD-ROM
version in 1994 also included 120,000 spoken pronunciations. HISTORYThe Random House publishing company entered the reference book market after World War II. They acquired rights to the Century Dictionary
Dictionary
and the Dictionary
Dictionary
of American English
American English
, both out of print. Their first dictionary was Clarence Barnhart 's American College Dictionary
Dictionary
, published in 1947, and based primarily on The New Century Dictionary, an abridgement of the Century
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Pee-wee's Big Adventure
PEE-WEE\'S BIG ADVENTURE is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton
Tim Burton
in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman with supporting roles provided by Elizabeth Daily , Mark Holton , Diane Salinger , and Judd Omen. Reubens also co-wrote the script with Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
and Michael Varhol . Based on the 1948 Italian classic The Bicycle Thief , it is the tale of Pee-wee Herman embarking on a nationwide adventure in search for his stolen bicycle . After the success of The Pee-wee Herman Show , Reubens began writing the script to Pee-wee's Big Adventure when he was hired by Warner Bros. . The producers and Reubens hired Burton to direct when they were impressed with his work on Vincent and Frankenweenie
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Tom And Jerry
TOM AND JERRY is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna
William Hanna
and Joseph Barbera . It centers on a rivalry between its two title characters, Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
, and many recurring characters , based around slapstick comedy . In its original run, Hanna and Barbera produced 115 Tom and Jerry shorts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
from 1940 to 1958. During this time, they won seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film , tying for first place with Walt Disney
Walt Disney
's Silly Symphonies with the most awards in the category. After the MGM cartoon studio closed in 1957, MGM revived the series with Gene Deitch directing an additional 13 Tom and Jerry shorts for Rembrandt Films from 1961 to 1962
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Soap-opera
A SOAP OPERA or SOAP, is a serial drama on television or radio that examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama . The term soap opera originated from such dramas in the past being typically sponsored by soap manufacturers
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Edward Scissorhands
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton
Tim Burton
, produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written by Caroline Thompson from a story by Tim Burton
Tim Burton
and Caroline Thompson, starring Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
as an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation who has scissor blades instead of hands. The young man is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim ( Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
). Additional roles were played by Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
, Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall
, Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin

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The Electric Company
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY is an American educational children\'s television series created by Paul Dooley and directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar (1972–1975) and John Tracy (1975–1976); written by Dooley, Christopher Cerf (1971–1973), Jeremy Steven (1972–1974) and John Boni/Amy Ephron (1972–1973); and produced by the Children's Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop ) for PBS
PBS
in the United States. PBS
PBS
broadcast 780 episodes over the course of its six seasons from October 25, 1971, to April 15, 1977
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Back To The Future
BACK TO THE FUTURE is a 1985 American science-fiction adventure comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale . It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly , who is sent back in time to 1955, where he meets his future parents in high school and accidentally becomes his mother's romantic interest. Christopher Lloyd portrays the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown , Marty's friend who helps him repair the damage to history by helping Marty cause his parents to fall in love. Marty and Doc must also find a way to return Marty to 1985. Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they had attended school together. Various film studios rejected the script until the financial success of Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone
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Postage Stamp
A POSTAGE STAMP is a small piece of paper that is purchased and displayed on an item of mail as evidence of payment of postage. Typically, stamps are printed on special custom-made paper , show a national designation and a denomination (value) on the front, and have an adhesive gum on the back or are self-adhesive . Postage stamps are purchased from a postal administration (post office) or other authorized vendor, and are used to pay for the costs involved in moving mail, as well as other business necessities such as insurance and registration. They are sometimes a source of net profit to the issuing agency, especially when sold to collectors who will not actually use them for postage. Stamps are usually rectangular, but triangles or other shapes are occasionally used. The stamp is affixed to an envelope or other postal cover (e.g., packet, box, mailing cylinder) the customer wishes to send
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Looney Tunes
LOONEY TUNES is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation , alongside its sister series Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
. It was known for introducing such famous cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny , Daffy Duck , Porky Pig , Elmer Fudd , Tweety , Sylvester , Yosemite Sam , Foghorn Leghorn , Marvin the Martian , Pepé Le Pew , Speedy Gonzales , Tasmanian Devil , Road Runner , Wile E. Coyote and many others. Looney Tunes' name was inspired by Walt Disney 's musical series Silly Symphonies . They initially showcased Warner-owned musical compositions through the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko
Bosko
and Buddy
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Sesame Street
SESAME STREET is an American children\'s television series , produced by Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop) and created by Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
and Lloyd Morrisett . The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated through the use of Jim Henson 's Muppets , animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969, to positive reviews, some controversy, and high viewership; it has aired on the U.S.'s national public television provider ( PBS
PBS
) since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO
HBO
on January 16, 2016
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Vision On
VISION ON was a British children's television programme, shown on BBC1
BBC1
from 1964 to 1976 and designed specifically for children with hearing impairment . CONTENTS * 1 Concept and production * 2 Presenters * 3 Segments * 4 Music * 5 Co-productions * 6 Distribution * 7 End of production * 8 Series guide * 9 Tie-in publication * 10 References * 11 External links CONCEPT AND PRODUCTION Vision On
Vision On
was conceived and developed by BBC
BBC
producers Ursula Eason and Patrick Dowling to replace a monthly series For Deaf Children (1952–64), a programme paced slowly enough for children to read captions and subtitles. It was noted in surveys that a favourite for deaf children was Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops
, due to its lively and fast-moving format and the fact that even the profoundly deaf could still enjoy the music's lower frequency notes
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Red Buttons
RED BUTTONS (born AARON CHWATT; February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was an American comedian and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sayonara
Sayonara
(1957). CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 3.1 Death * 4 Filmography * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFE Red Buttons
Red Buttons
was born AARON CHWATT on February 5, 1919, in New York City, to Jewish immigrants Sophie (née Baker) and Michael Chwatt. At sixteen years old, Chwatt got a job as an entertaining bellhop at Ryan's Tavern in City Island, Bronx . The combination of his red hair and the large, shiny buttons on the bellhop uniforms inspired orchestra leader Charles "Dinty" Moore to call him "Red Buttons," the name under which he would later perform
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Hatari!
HATARI! (pronounced , Swahili for "Danger!") is a 1962 American action /adventure romantic drama film directed by Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
and starring John Wayne
John Wayne
. It portrays a group of professional game catchers in Africa. The film includes dramatic wildlife chases and the scenic backdrop of Mount Meru , a dormant volcano. Hatari!
Hatari!
was shot in Technicolor
Technicolor
and filmed on location in northern Tanganyika
Tanganyika
(in what is now Tanzania
Tanzania
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Ted Healy
TED HEALY (born ERNEST LEA NASH, October 1, 1896 – December 21, 1937) was an American vaudeville performer, comedian , and actor . Though he is chiefly remembered as the creator of The Three Stooges and the style of slapstick comedy that they later made famous, he had a successful stage and film career of his own, and was cited as a formative influence by several later comedy stars. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Show business career * 2.1 The Stooges * 2.2 After the Stooges * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 5 Legacy * 6 Filmography * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links EARLY LIFESources conflict on Healy's precise birth name and birthplace, but according to baptism records, he was born Ernest (or Earnest) Lea Nash on October 1, 1896 in Kaufman, Texas . He attended Holy Innocents' School in Houston before the family moved to New York in 1908. While in New York, he attended high school at De La Salle Institute
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The Three Stooges
THE THREE STOOGES were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1928 until 1970, best known for their 190 Columbia short-subject films that have been airing on television regularly since 1958. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick . In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their actual first names. There were a total of six stooges over the act's run, with only three active at any given time, but Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's run of more than forty years. The act began as part of a mid-1920s vaudeville comedy act, billed as " Ted Healy and His Stooges", consisting of Healy, Moe Howard , Moe's brother Shemp Howard and Larry Fine . The four made one feature film, Soup to Nuts , before Shemp left to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by his younger brother, Jerome "Curly" Howard , in 1932
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