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Casablanca Premieres

One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three Oscars, Casablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is an American expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who "stickarray(s his); neck out for nobody." But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine's resolve is tested. To what did Bogart's son compare the controversial colorization of the black-and-white classic?




In the New Testament, Mammon is the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god. The term is also used generally in the Bible to describe wealth as a source of corruption. "You cannot serve God and mammon"—meaning that you cannot be both a good person and absorbed with gaining wealth—is one of the most noted Biblical proverbs. The common literary usage of Mammon as a god of covetousness or avarice likely stems from what text, in which Mammon oversees a cave of worldly wealth?

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Willis Haviland Carrier

While developing a dehumidifier for the Buffalo Forge Company in the early 1900s, American engineer Willis Carrier discovered that circulating air over cold pipes not only removes water from the air but also cools it. He became the father of air conditioning, holding over 80 patents and dominating air conditioner manufacturing with his company, Carrier Corporation. He invented a practical air conditioning system for skyscrapers in 1939. What did he call his invention when he patented it in 1906?

Last updated on Tuesday, 26th November 2013

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