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Ford's Assembly Line Ushers in Era of Mass Production

Henry Ford, an American engineer, introduced the world's first moving assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant, which reduced chassis assembly time from 12½ hours to less than 3 hours. These innovations were not popular with the staff, however, and in order to stop them from deserting their monotonous jobs, Ford doubled their pay and reduced their shifts by one hour. By the end of 1918, what percentage of all the cars in the US were Model T Fords?




Millefiori is a glassmaking technique in which colored glass rods are arranged in bundles so that the cross-section forms a pattern. When the bundle is heated and drawn out thinly, the design becomes reduced in scale. Millefiori is of ancient origin and was used in Anglo-Saxon jewelry and metalwork. It was revived in 16th-century Venice, and then in 19th-century France and Britain for paperweights, doorknobs, and ornamental glass. "Millefiori" is a combination of 2 Italian words meaning what?

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Woody Allen

Allen is an American actor, writer, and director. He began his career writing for television comedians and performing in nightclubs. His early film comedies, which often depict neurotic urban characters preoccupied with sex, death, and psychiatry, include Sleeper and Annie Hall. Much of Allen's later work in comedy and drama explores these themes as well as sophisticated New Yorkers' various other preoccupations. How many Academy Award nominations has Allen received?

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