Author - Noah Jones

I spent most of my earlier days writing at local Newspapers in Los Angeles. I'm also a graduate of UCLA having studied Journalism and Creative Writing, earning two different degrees in one. So have fun reading

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Relationship Advice From the Longest Married Couple in America

Divorce and separation have become very common in today’s world. There are hardly any couples who have stayed married for a long period of time. Every other person has step parents, ex-wives, and what not.

The changes in society have led to a sad truth that cause relationships to fail so easily. The worldly distractions and lack of trust are the main reasons why couples fall out of love and decide to separate. In a world like this, someone who has been married for tens of years is the ideal goal. Let’s take first hand advice from America’s longest married couple to help everyone of this generation save their emotional relationships.

The Story of Real Love


John and Ann Betar have been married for 84 years now. Their long-lasting love is based on the simple process of expressing love and admiration. John was 21 when he met Ann, who was then 17. It is a tale of November 1932.

The two became neighbors and that was nature’s way of bringing two meant-to-be souls together. John shifted to the area. He was a Syrian refugee who took a place in United States to call home. John started working as a salesman in the area of Connecticut called Bridgeport. 17-year-old Ann was only in high school at the time.

Obstacles They Faced

Their fairytale was not perfect. They had obstacles in their way. The two fell madly in love with each other and wanted to marry to spend the rest of their lives together. However, Ann’s father wanted her to marry someone way older than her. Despite various session of convincing, Ann’s father didn’t change his mind. In the end, the two ran away in November 1932 to get eloped. New York was their new home now.


The 104-year-old John and 100-year-old Ann have been married for 84 years. When questioned about their secret to such an everlasting love, they gave us some answers. The first advice from America’s longest married couple was about how to figure out if the person is ‘the one’.

Valuable Advice

John and Ann were friends before they became lovers. The mutual understanding through friendship and then developing a strong bond of love lets you know if the person is someone you actually love and want to marry. They say that they’ve seen their grandchildren grow into adults by now. The joy of seeing their happy family keeps them young, and adds to their life.

The most important advice about how to keep love alive was actually pretty simple. John and Ann say they regularly show their love through words and prove it with actions. It’s the little things that matter at the end of the day. Being a loving person not just to your partner, but to everyone around you shows the authenticity of your feelings.


John and Ann are definitely couple goals. Their simple recipe of love is an easy way to achieve a successful marriage.

Divorce and separation have become very common in today’s world. There are hardly any couples who have stayed married for a long period of time. Every other person has step parents, ex-wives, and what not.
The changes in society have led to a sad truth that...

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Cars That are Older Than You But Still Turn Heads

Let’s be clear, we’re not talking about supercars that used to be on calendars and posters put up in little boys rooms, we’re talking about cars that regular people bought, that were ahead of their time. Some of these cars are driven today, but mostly by enthusiasts and collectors. They were cool back in the day while they were still in production, and they are cool now. Some of these cars haven’t been mentioned as best cars by some car magazine, they are told to be the best by the drivers that drove them.

Mercedes – Benz R129 SL500

There is actually nothing to say about this car that could, even closely, describe the feeling you have behind the wheel. Numbers from the specs suggest that it’s a car, but if you didn’t see the car, you would imagine something different. We won’t talk about numbers, but here are a few comparisons for you to understand why this car made it to the list. It weighs over two tons, it has more power than a military Hummer, it’s quiet, top speed exceeds the speed of a plane lifting off and it’s a convertible. That’s enough technical stuff and so far it looks good, but what about the exterior? Does the car look good as well as it seems on paper? By some, it exceeds it. Some say it’s a masterpiece. Words can`t describe the look of this car, so just look at it in the picture below.

Let’s be clear, we’re not talking about supercars that used to be on calendars and posters put up in little boys rooms, we’re talking about cars that regular people bought, that were ahead of their time. Some of these cars are driven today...

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New 20 Fun Facts About The Simpsons

“The Simpsons” TV show started 27 years ago, and today it is a well-known international comic institution. Here are 20 fun facts about one of the funniest cartoon in the last 30 years…

The number that Bart dials when he calls Moe’s Tavern to prank him is 764-84377. This number is one digit longer than the usual American phone number and if you turn it to letters, it says “SMITHERS”.

We all noticed that everyone from Springfield is yellow. Have you ever wondered why is that so? “An animator came up with “the Simpsons” yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said:”This is the answer!” because when you’re flicking through channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons.” explains the creator Matt Groening.

The Homer’s saying “D’oh!”, when an episode that you’re watching is dubbed in French, is translated to “T’oh!” and in the Spanish is “Ouch!”.

The Oxford English Dictionary actually added the word “d’oh” to the list in 2001 and it is spelled “doh”. The meaning of the word is:” Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish.”

Every character in the show has only four fingers. The God is the only one that has been given all five fingers.

Making of each episode takes around six to eight months.

Lisa’s 8th birthday has been celebrated on two totally different episodes.

Supermarket, skateboarding, Lisa playing saxophone and couch stunts are the show’s usual intro, but in one episode, its creators broke that trend. Instead of that, they put a cover of Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” and her response was just a simple tweet of “Wooo!!”.

Matt Groening, the show’s creator, is the voice behind the sound of Maggie’s “sucking”.

By the words of former US President George Bush, The Simpsons were to blame for society’s problems. He also said that families in America should be more like The Waltons than The Simpsons.

Middle name of Milhouse Van Houten is Mussolini.

The show’s animators had a problem in the episode “Angry Dad”. In this episode, Bart draws a cartoon/comic and no one could do the drawings to look like a child did them, so a son of one of the animators did them.

Matt Groening’s comic strip called “Life in Hell” has Maggie’s stuffed bunny as the main character.

If an episode is made a little bit shorter, the couch gag in the opening scene will be longer, and it will be shorter if an episode is longer.

To keep fans guessing in which state the Simpsons live in, Matt Groening called the town Springfield, because there are many different cities called just like that.

Street names in Groening’s hometown Portland, Oregon are the last names of many characters in the show.

24601 was principal Skinner’s prisoner number in Vietnam. Twin Peaks Hank Jennings and Les Miserables Jean Valjean both had this same Prisoner number.

Today, six main voice actors for the show earn £400,000 per episode. From 1998 to 2004 they would get $125,000 per show and before 1998, their earnings were “just” $30,000 per episode.

Robert Underdunk Terwilliger is the actual name of Sideshow Bob.

Danny Elfman needed only two days to compose the show’s famous theme tune back in 1989.

“The Simpsons” TV show started 27 years ago, and today it is a well-known international comic institution. Here are 20 fun facts about one of the funniest cartoon in the last 30 years…
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Things You Probably Did Not Know About The Hermès Birkin Bag

Even if you don’t like it, The Hermès Birkin bag is the most famous and the most wanted handbag in the world. People who adore fashion have absolutely heard numerous information of its creation, how it is made and how hard can it be to get one. Still, there are more interesting stories even for those who believe they know everything about them.

The original Birkin bag was envisioned and sketched in airplane

The story began in 1981, when Jane Birkin was sitting next to CEO of Hermès. She complained to him how it is difficult to find a good bag after her husband destroyed her basket two days earlier. Interestingly, sketch for the first bag was made on a barf bag.

 

Jane Birkin currently uses her fifth bag

A woman after whom this bag was named after has somewhere unusual views regarding the bag. She uses only one bag at the time, in a neutral color. Also, she uses it until it is wrecked and even then, she auctions it for charity. Jane loves to personalize her bag, by adding patches and charms, believing this make the bag less formal and snobbish.

 

Hermès gives nominal royalty to Jane Birkin for the use of her name

In the beginning, Birkin received a free bag for this purpose. Even though she is not a formal ambassador or face of Hermès, she receives an annual amount she gives to charity. This payment was rumored to be £30,000 in 2012.

 

Birkin bag can be bought in more than 20 shades of blue

Although the bag is usually pictured in popular neutrals, an entire rainbow spectrum of colors exists. During 31 years of existence, at least 25 blues are produced, including popular shades named Mykonos, Bleu Roi and Blue Jean.

 

It takes 48 hours to make a Birkin bag

All of Hermès bags are made by the single artisan. He or she needs 48 working hours to finish it, meaning it takes over a week to craft a single bag.

 

Each artisan has personal tools for manufacturing

Every employee included in bag’s creation gets a personal set of tools after they are employed at Hermès. When he or she gets retired, they get to keep their set.

 

The most expensive piece ever cost nearly a quarter million dollars

This Birkin is made of crocodile skin, with diamonds and 18k white gold details. It was sold in auction and its exact price was $221,844.

 

Birkins can be purchased easier than you think

Usually, there are stories about endless waiting lists and also about clients purchasing various Hermès products in order to eventually being offered to buy a Birkin. Still, if you are lucky and if you ask nicely, you can enter Hermès store for the first time and buy it.

“Himalayan” Birkin is named after its color, not after its origin
Although this one is pretty obvious, a significant number of people associate Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin with an origin of crocodiles from which it is made of. This is, of course, untrue, as crocodiles like warm weather. Name of this super-rare bag is derived after its unique color resembling mountain top with snow.

Even if you don’t like it, The Hermès Birkin bag is the most famous and the most wanted handbag in the world. People who adore fashion have absolutely heard numerous information of its creation, how it is made and how hard can it be to get one. Still...

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Rapper Chance Will be Donating $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

This Monday, rapper Chance announced that he will donate one million dollars “for arts and enrichment” programs to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Foundation. The news was announced at Westcott Elementary School in the neighborhood of West Chatham. Grammy-winning artist gave an oversized check to students of the school at the press conference held at his elementary school.

This was announced a couple of days after meeting of the rapper with Bruce Rauner, the Governor of Illinois, where artist expressed his concerns about the lack of direct funding by the state towards CPSs. Chance said on Monday to students and reporters that he got a lot of vague answers from the Governor in the meeting. He also added that Rauner called his over the weekend, after their talk on Friday. The rapper first shared his feeling via reporters, stating “Do your job!” “Our talks were unsuccessful”. Finally, Chance concluded his opinion, stating “Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”

Earlier, Governor Rauner’s veto of a bill set back $215 million in funding to CPS. Chance stated that this is an important compromise for both schools and students across the state. This may result in thousands of staff dismisses or shortening of the school year by 13 days. Rapper passionately explained that the second option would result in over 380,000 kids without adult-supervising activities during June and potential misbehaviors.

Ticket sales for rapper’s tour in spring and effort of local venues, promoters all over the country as well as concert promoters (including Live Nation, AEG and Ticketmaster) made this donation possible, explained rapper. Although he did not elaborate money rising, he said that all aforementioned groups were banded together to collect ticket sales funds to CPS donations.

Social Works, a local non-profit organization which was created by Chance last, will add additional $10,000 to every $100,000 raised for the CPS via website donations. Artist also stated that he will be donating $10,000 to 10 selected local schools, including rapper’s elementary school.

Rapper declined to comment on Rauner’s two earlier proposals for $215 million fund raising for CPS.

 

 

He pointed out that the Governor has the power to change the situation “with the stroke of the pen”. Artist also commented on the high murder rate. He expressed his concerns as  ” As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS “ and added “I’m asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning.”

The problem of CPS funding goes for two last years, mainly between Republican Governor Rauner and Democratic State Senate President John Cullerton. Although the full budget has not been approved during this time, several measures were taken in order to keep CPS going in session.

Chance added that he had been in contact with other celebrities from Chicago, including rapper Common, to discuss their help for CPS. Although he is aware that he is not a politician, Chance added that he feels the

responsibility to provide quality education for the children.

This Monday, rapper Chance announced that he will donate one million dollars “for arts and enrichment” programs to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Foundation. The news was announced at Westcott Elementary School in the neighborhood of West Chatham...

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Mega writers who sold over 100 million books

You may often hear that reading is dead these days. It is actually far from that and the best proof are these mega-selling authors.

Legions of readers are standing beside the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is his most famous book. It follows a personal quest of a young Andalusian shepherd. This book is translated into 81 languages and for almost eight years, it was at the top of all bestseller lists. That is almost two cycles of presidential elections.

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Coelho, beside The Alchemist, has more than 30 books. His latest work is The Spy which came out in November 2016. The writer has around 350 million books that were sold. And we are not talking about large and small screens but the old fashion papers filled with ink and made of dead trees. That is not all because Coelho has company.

There is another writer who sold almost 350 million books and that is Stephen King, the horror master, who has more than 50 titles with his name written beside them. Dan Brown also has an astonishing number of readers measured in millions. Just his The Da Vinci Code has sold 80 million copies. A Large amount of King’s End of Watch and John Grisham’s The Whistler are being sold all around the world as we speak.

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Best-selling authors are one, but on the other hand, you have mega-best-selling authors with 100 million copies sold or more. Some of them are Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Ken Follett and Stephenie Meyer. We are living in the time when there can only be more and more of them.

Today, the entertainment is a little different than before. People often don’t choose to go to the movies, watch TV on television or buy CDs to listen to music. Now, everything we watch, listen or read is mostly through our phones, especially younger generations. But, a book will always be a book. A Countless number of them are being bought every day all around the world and not just the books by best-selling authors but also by those who don’t visit the bestseller list.

Rock stars are not the only ones who have fans. Mega-best-selling authors have readers who are at the same time real fans. There are people who are not just reading their books, but also collect and try to have every single title by their favorite writer.

In the favor of books goes that you can buy them almost anywhere, from supermarkets and drugstores to discount warehouses and at the airport beside neck pillows and chewing gums.

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Jamie Raab, president and publisher of Grand Central Publishing, which published The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks, said:” You can’t be a one or two-book wonder. Authors like Sparks tend to attract a lot of readers at the beginning, and then keep them. They give the reader what they like.” Rabb, also imprinted and published Baldacci.

Of course, a story about famous writers can’t go without a Muggle of British wizardry, JK Rowling. She sold over 450 million books and in February 2004, Forbes magazine estimated her fortune to £576 million, making her the wealthiest woman in the United Kingdom leaving even Queen Elizabeth II behind. She is also the second richest female entertainer in the world, with only Oprah Winfrey being ahead of her.

You may often hear that reading is dead these days. It is actually far from that and the best proof are these mega-selling authors.
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Celebrity Generation. Who’s The Star?

As the old saying goes, the apple never falls too far from the tree! They were born into the most famous and rich families in the world. And more than that – they are extremely gorgeous!

We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who not only resemble their parents in looks but also in careers and successes. – Starting with…

Madonna & Lourdes Leon

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Lourdes, Madonna’s first born with Carlos Leon, fulfilled her mother’s dreams more than she expected. Born in 1996, Madonna was pregnant with Lourdes during the filming of Evita, and Mary Cross’s “Madonna: A Biography” states: “Now 38 years old, Madonna had, at last, triumphed on screen and achieved her dream of having a child, both in the same year. She had reached another turning point in her career, reinventing herself and her image with the public.”

Lourdes (Lola) is mainly known for her music, but in addition, she founded with her mother a new fashion line “Material Girl” (naturally) and models in her spare time for Stella McCartney.

Freddie Mercury & Parents

It’s obvious who’s the star in this picture. Freddie Farrokh Bulsara Mercury was born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Persian parents who are part of a Zoroastrianism community which fled to India when the Arab Muslim invasion of Persia happened a few hundred years ago. Then they moved to Zanzibar so dad could work in a British office. When he was a teenager, the family moved to England.

When he was 24 he formed Queen with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

Kate Moss & Lila Grace Moss

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Like mother like daughter. You can expect no less from the model that redefined fashion and design’s daughter. Vogue magazine cover? Done! And now she’s landed her first for “The Braid Bar” at the age of only 14!

We all remember that Kate herself was discovered by Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas at JFK. She then grew to become one of the “50 Sexiest Women of All Time” as well as “100 Sexiest Women of 1995 and had the term “Heroin Chic” coined after her figure and style.

Lila is growing to be no less stunning than Kate so, we’re keeping our eye on her!

As the old saying goes, the apple never falls too far from the tree! They were born into the most famous and rich families in the world. And more than that – they are extremely gorgeous!
We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who...

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What to Expect from Fashion in 2017.

In a year that is ahead of us is a whole bunch of designer collaborations, exciting exhibitions and new label launches that are already confirmed. There are some events that you should be aware of…

We are expecting a reminding exhibition of Princess Diana’s era-defining style in February. To be precise, 24th February is the day of opening Diana: Her fashion story. The late princess is an enduring style icon and this will provide a fresh insight of her. One of the things to see will be her Victor Edelstein velvet gown in which she danced with John Travolta in the White House back in 1985. The exhibition will be held at the Princess’s London home, Kensington Palace, where she lived for 15 years.   

Alexa Chung will launch her own label in May. Fans of Chung’s work waited for this news for a long time. After being a fashion plate for years, Alexa will at last launch her own line in spring this year. Her new brand is expected to be a contemporary-priced, ready-to-wear line which was designed by this TV presenter and model all by herself so that we could get a slice of her style.

May will be very busy month for fashion fans, because Balenciaga will take over the V&A. This was announced in October by V&A as the major fashion showcase for 2017. It will be a retrospective of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work that was titled Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. 80 years have passed since Mr Balenciaga opened his doors of iconic Paris salon, and the exhibition will feature over 100 of his most innovative and glamorous fashion silhouettes.

In February, there will also be a couple of major designer debuts. Raf Simons has been working for Calvin Klein for some time now, and we will finally get a glimpse of his work. New York Fashion Week will be the place where this ex-Dior designer will make his debut. Another thing to be excited for is the first collection from design duo Monse. They have just taken the helm at Oscar de la Renta. Zayn Malik also has his first collection, which is, at the same time, his first attempt in fashion design that he will be presenting for Versus Versace during London Fashion Week. To see if it will be any good, we will have to wait for another two months.

At the peak of the spring, in April, there will come to a collaboration between Victoria Beckham and Target. US retail giant and Victoria will team up so she could become the next designer with a high street line. This will hit our stores on 9th April. Net-A-Porter should stock the collection in the UK just like when Peter Pilotto collaborated with Target and that makes us happy because we will be able to get our hands on some VB’s designs.

Selena Gomez and Coach will also team up somewhere around September or October. In 2016, Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger did exactly what Selena and Coach are hoping to achieve in 2017. As a matter of fact, it should probably be even more because next autumn, the singer and actress will collaborate with the all-American label. Their campaign should kick off in winter 2017, also launching a charity design project including a female empowerment organization Step Up.

In a year that is ahead of us is a whole bunch of designer collaborations, exciting exhibitions and new label launches that are already confirmed. There are some events that you should be aware of…
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15 Frightening Titanic Facts

’I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.’’ Captain Edward Smith

It was the biggest and the most expensive ship ever made, no one could sink the Titanic, however, a terrible thing happened and we are introducing you with some of the most interesting facts about Titanic.

The Titanic was the biggest moving object in the world in 1912. It was the largest passenger ship ever made and it was 883 feet long. The Titanic was one of the first cruise ships to ever take the trip overseas.

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It’s easy to say that the Titanic held the largest commercial passenger list to date. With 2,224 passengers on board, the Titanic went to the ocean. Tragically, after it crashed, most of its passengers and crew went to the deep ocean. Only 710 people survived the event. It’s one of the most tragic events to this date.

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Did you ever wonder, if the Titanic were to lunch today how much would it cost? Basically, you would need $83,200 to ride first class in parlor suite. Back in 1912, a suite cost $4,350 and first class bedroom ticket cost $150 – which is around $3,000 in today’s dollars.

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A notorious American banker and steel tycoon Mr. J.P. Morgan was one of the richest people to buy a ticket. The Titanic was well known in the whole world, and many rich people just wanted to ride in it. However, Morgan didn’t board the ship that day and saved his life.

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Around 600 tons of coal burned a day to push its massive engines. Yes, the Titanic required a lot of energy. It was carrying 6,000 tons of coal in the ocean. A few fireman survived the crash beating the freezing water in their work clothes – t-shirt and shorts.

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The Titanic’s smoke stacks, recognizable by its size. However, not all four stacks were meant for smoke, only three of them were. The fourth was actually used as a massive air vent. Can you imagine the size of that thing? It still amazes a lot of shipbuilding engineers today.

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Many people say that passengers went down with the ship. But many passengers survived the crash but didn’t make to the lifeboat. And the fact is that lifeboats had enough space for 1,178 passengers, which left almost a thousand souls freezing in deep ocean water.

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Unfortunately, Titanic never made it to final docking; but it made two stops before heading across the Atlantic Ocean, it docked in France and Ireland. Heading the Titanic, Captain Edward J. Smith in last minutes said to his crew “Well boys do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourself.”

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Some believe that binoculars could change the event entirely. When the ship was heading toward the iceberg, the lookouts couldn’t see it from crows nest and didn’t have binoculars on hand. And the ship was aware of icebergs; four days before it discovered the bottom of the ocean, the ship was sent a few messages about floating sea ice.

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The Titanic had a small chance that it could avoid the iceberg. But because of its massive size it was difficult to turn in time. The ship’s First Officer, William McMaster, saw the iceberg first and gave the order to turn, but the crash was inevitable on April 15. 1912.

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In the movie ”Titanic” the ship sank in only few minutes. But in reality it took two hours and forty minutes to sink. It also broke in half as it went down because of it’s heavy mass and gravity of course. Sounds of screams and broken materials, as the Titanic sank, marked the evening at 23:40 ‘till 2:00.

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Eight-man group of musicians played as the ship sank into the freezing ocean, trying to comfort passengers. This is one of the many truths that the movie took from the horror event. They were called White Star Line and they played orchestra music of Rossini, Herold, Auber, Balfe and A. Thomas.

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After the crash, hundreds of passengers were left swimming in the cold Atlantic Ocean. Once the word was out, many ships were headed to help. Eight ships set sail to pull passengers from the water, but it was too late. The Titanic boarded many adults, but the youngest passenger was a baby named Elizabeth Glady Millvina Dean. She survived the event and passed away in 2009.

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Robert Ballad finally found the ship in the bottom of the ocean and it took many years to find it. Now, you can buy a ticket which cost $59,000 per person to see the Titanic docked in the Atlantic Ocean. The trip is taken in Russian submersible ship and you can tour in and out the Titanic.

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Scientists believe that the Titanic touched the ocean floor in only 15 minutes. Because it was so heavy, once it was underneath the ocean water it sank so quickly. The tragic process of sinking lasted for hours, but it’s final movements were over in just a minutes. Everyone will always remember this tragic event.

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’I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.’’ – Captain Edward Smith
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Inception

Let’s just face it, 2010 has had some great movies: Shutter Island, Toy Story 3, and even some surprises –Karate Kid. No one expected that movie to be good. But, Christopher Nolan’s Inception took the first page in my book.

Imagine, just for a brief of the second, some futuristic world where people can transmit themselves into peoples’ dreams to extract information from those dreams and plant an idea. Leonardo DiCaprio is a thief with uncommon ability to enter someone’s dream and steal their secrets. This movie has everything: the acting is excellent, screenplay, sound production, visual effects, Christopher Nolan spent almost ten years writing this story and it’s perfect.

Okay, let’s get started with the story, and don’t worry – no spoiler alert, because the movie is basically immune to spoilers. If you knew how it ended it’s meaningless unless you know how the story got there. So, Leonardo DiCaprio has his business team (Joseph Gordon – Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy) and their job is to fight through the cover of reality and dream, reality within a dream. For the movie viewer, it’s a “time struggle”, because we are never quite sure what the correlation between real-time and dream time is. One of the main stars in the movie explains that you can never remember the begging of a dream and how it got at the moment your consciousness realizes some action is happening, and that dreams that seem to last for hours may actually last for a few minutes. Also, when you’re dreaming you’re never quite sure if it’s a dream because it feels like reality.

Leonardo DiCaprio is hired by the powerful billionaire (Ken Watanabe) to plant an idea into his rival’s mind (Cillian Murphy), and he needs do to it so well that Murphy believes it is his own. And it’s impossible, it has never been done before. So, DiCaprio gathers his team of skilled and talented people who are going to try to plant an idea. So, let’s talk a little bit about this team of skilled and talented people, and their roles. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) is DiCaprio’s longtime associate, his “right hand” in missions and also his friend. Tom Hardy (Eames) is a master at deception. And last to join the team was Ellen Page (Ariadne), a smart young architect who is a prodigy at creating space. The mission is to create a dream within a dream within a dream and plant an idea in Murphy’s mind, entirely different and far more dangerous procedure that can leave them trapped in their victim mind. And because the movie being an action thriller, it’s not really hard to say that things don’t go exactly according to plan. Now, many people complained that the movie is confusing, but this movie requires paying attention, because it’s not predictable.

“Inception is truly a one of a kind experience and amazing accomplishments of Christopher Nolan. Even if the movie is complex he never fails to entertain us, telling an exciting story with great characters we care about, even if they are the bad guys.”

Let’s just face it, 2010 has had some great movies: Shutter Island, Toy Story 3, and even some surprises –Karate Kid. No one expected that movie to be good. But, Christopher Nolan’s Inception took the first page in my book.
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Ben Burtt – Sound Designer Behind WALL-E (2008)

Every sound designer is asked to create some sort of a world in sounds. And it’s most inspiring when the whole movie requires an original new world of sound – WALL-E

Ben Burtt is an Academy Award-winning sound designer who did his very first work on first Star Wars movies, and in many ways, he’s considered “a father” of modern sound design. He was born on 12 July 1948 in Jamesville, New York. Graduated in 1975 from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production. He created a whole new world in animated movie WALL-E, from the background sounds and ambiances, the wind, the storm, mechanical sounds of motors, robot arms and legs, the sound of a space-ship, to new imaginary language. It’s really hard to make up an original sound voice, especially for the character like WALL-E, because he doesn’t talk. Sound designer has to pay attention to emotion that needs to be emphasized, and it’s the hardest part in filmmaking because the film can easily lose it sense, it can be misunderstood. WALL-E doesn’t talk in languages we know. Even if he doesn’t talk much in his imaginary robotic language, he uses different sounds like squeaks, pitched sounds, etc. It took nine months for Ben Burtt to create sounds for this movie.

It’s really hard to make up an original sound voice, especially for the character like WALL-E, because he doesn’t talk. Sound designer has to pay attention to emotion that needs to be emphasized, and it’s the hardest part in filmmaking because the film can easily lose it sense, it can be misunderstood. WALL-E doesn’t talk in languages we know. Even if he doesn’t talk much in his imaginary robotic language, he uses different sounds like squeaks, pitched sounds, etc. It took nine months for Ben Burtt to create sounds for WALL-E. Out of improvisations of taking sounds from both the real world and some synthesization, he will fascinate you on what you hear in the movie.

There are around 2600 sound files made for WALL-E, which is a lot. More then he made for any other move. A Star Wars movie, which is huge, usually has around 1000 new sounds. For Ben, this was gigantic, partly because WALL-E needed so much detail in the sound. WALL-E does lots of movements in the film; lots of driving this way, driving that way. They put the sound with everything and convince the audience that this character really exists; this illusion. Obviously, nothing is recorded while you’re making the movie, everything’s added later. “You learn, as a sound designer, that the most important thing is to make the right choice with the right sound in the right moment in a film. The end result is a product which involves thousands, maybe tens of thousands of decisions, and certainly thousands of sounds.  And all this sounds end up in the world of WALL-E.”


If you are wondering what the story is about I recommend that you watch the movie, and here’s a brief introduction (no spoiler alert): 700 years in the future, the world is turned into an uninhabitable garbage dump. Humans are long lost cruising in the galaxies. Back on Earth, there are two signs of life: one is a cockroach, of course. And the other is WALL-E. WALL-E spends his days collecting, compacting and stacking cubes of junk. Then out of the sky comes another, but different robot – EVE. She is in search of planet life, which signifies that it’s time for humans to leave the stars and reclaim their badly abused planet. So that is how the story begins, I recommend this movie to all ages. WALL-E was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, who was the big star behind the biggest Pixar film today Finding Nemo.

Every sound designer is asked to create some sort of a world in sounds. And it’s most inspiring when the whole movie requires an original new world of sound – WALL-E
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Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.

Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets from their subconscious. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Butterfly Effect (2004) Ashton Kutcher is victim of his blackouts during important events of his childhood. Growing up he finds a journal, a way to remember those lost memories, and a way to alter his life. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters. Directors: Erick Bress, J. Mackye Gruber.

Memento (2000) Guy Pearce struggles with keeping his short-term memory loss an obstacle while searching for his wife murderer. Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Annie Moss, Joe Pantolino. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino’s violent “western” story sets in the post Civil War era where a group of criminals against each other found shelter in the wooden cabin. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Django Unchained (2012) Django is a slave who is in Mississippi, with his German friend, trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner. Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. Director: Quentin Tarantino

Interstellar (2014) A team of astronauts on a mission of finding life out of Earth in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Revenant (2015) Leonardo Dicaprio sustains deathly injuries from a brutal bear attack in the wilderness. He must use his survival skills to find back a way to civilization. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter. Director: Alejando G. Inarritu.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Based on true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to the being a billionaire to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Definitely, Maybe (2008) A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year old daughter. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin. Director: Adam Brooks.

Shutter Island (2010) Leonardo DiCaprio is investigating a disappearance of a murderess from a hospital for the criminally insane. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Fight Club (1999) An insomniac office worker forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf. Director: David Fincher.

The Dark Knight (2008) Joker is here, wrecking and creating chaos in town. Bruce Wayne needs to save Gotham City. Stars: Christian Bale, Heather Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two men in prison bond over time, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Stars: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton. Director: Frank Darabont.

Now You See Me (2013) An FBI agent and Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank money during the performance and gave it to the audience. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Louis Leterrier.

Hope you enjoy this list!

Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.
Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets...