Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Top Tens

Halloween is just around the corner so in honor of this fun holiday, here are a few Halloween themed top ten lists for you to enjoy!! And remember, keep it clean (and safe!).

Top Ten Halloween Movies
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Shining
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Halloween
  • Poltergeist
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Alien
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Exorcist
  • Seven
Top Ten Kids Costumes for 2011
  • Transformers "Bumble Bee"
  • Twister (yes, the classic game complete with spinner hat)
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Crayons
  • Captain America
  • Ballerina
  • Ghostface
  • Monster High Characters
  • Wolverine
  • Skeleton
Top Ten Halloween Candies
  • Snickers
  • Nerds
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Life Savers
  • M&M's
  • Twizzlers
  • Skittles
  • Butterfingers
  • Candy Corn
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Top Ten Halloween Songs
  • The Monster Mash
  • Thriller
  • Tubular Bells (theme from The Exorcist)
  • The Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack)
  • Don't Fear the Reaper
  • Werewolves of London
  • Highway to Hell
  • Ghostbusters
  • Witchy Woman
  • Purple People Eater

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

History of the Clothes Dryer

Have you ever wondered where the dryer you are renting from AZUMA Leasing originated? Here is some info about where the clothing dryer came from:

In the early 1800s, clothes dryers were first being invented in England and France. One common kind of early clothes dryer was the ventilator. The ventilator was a barrel-shaped metal drum with holes in it to allow the heat to escape. It was turned by hand over a fire until the clothing inside was dry. Can you imagine having to do that? Talk about a hazard for the launderer!! One early American patent for a clothes dryer was granted to George T. Sampson on June 7, 1892. Sampson's dryer used the heat from a stove to dry clothes and it had a rack for the clothing. This dryer was also a ventilator dryer.

Electrical clothes dryers appeared around 1915. We take them for granted now, but clothes dryers are a fairly recent invention. In 1955, only 10 percent of U.S.households had one, probably because they were fairly expensive. Inventor J. Ross Moore lived on a North Dakota farm in the early 20th century. Tired of hanging wet clothes outside in the frigid winters, he built a shed, installed a stove and hung the clothes there to dry. Over the next 30 years, Moore developed his idea for an automatic clothes dryer. He finally built a drum-type model that worked. He developed both gas and electric models but, due to financial difficulties, needed to find a manufacturer to produce them. After many rejections, he struck a deal with Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, Wis. Hamilton began selling the new automatic clothes dryer, named the "June Day," in 1938.

Here are a few important dates in dryer history:
  • In 1946, dryer manufacturers moved controls to the front of the dryer, added a timer, an exhaust for moist air, temperature controls and a cool-down cycle.
  • In 1958, a 30-inch-wide dryer using a negative pressure system was first offered to the public. This system is still used in dryers.
  • In 1959, dryness-sensors were first used to shut off the power when the load was dry.
  • In 1965, dryers with permanent-press cycles were introduced.
  • In 1972, manufacturers put electric starters on gas dryers.
  • In 1983, the first clothes dryers with delayed start timers allowed users to run dryers in off-peak hours.
Hope you found this interesting! Just goes to show ya, there is always something new to learn. Until next time, keep it clean!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

All American Foods!

I don't know about you but sometimes I get a hankering for junk food. Some of the best were created right here in the great USA! Here is a little list of some foods that have roots in our great country. See if any of your favorites made the list!

  • Corn Dog - This yummy golden goodness on a stick was invented in 1942 at the Texas State Fair. This cornmeal-battered hot dog has paved the way for other fried goodies like fried Oreos, cheesecake, Twinkies and even Coca-Cola.
  • Philly Cheesesteak - You don't need to be from Philly to appreciate this gigantic, messy sandwich. Fatty meat, Cheese Wiz, chopped onions on a white hoagie roll. Resistance is futile so grab a stack of napkins and eat up.
  • S'mores - Graham crackers and marshmallows aren't particularly exciting on their own. Add a campfire and a nice hunk of chocolate to the party and s'mores are hard to say no to. They are melty and ooey-gooey which equals a whole lotta fun.
  • Buffalo Wings - Chicken is usually a pretty healthy form of protein but only in America could someone have concocted the idea to fry wings until crispy and then smother them in hot sauce and butter. As if that weren't enough, they were wise enough to add creamy, cheesy sauces on the side for dipping. No Super Bowl watch party is complete without these.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream - I don't know about you but I am guilty of eating cookie dough straight from the refrigerated roll. Now, add that yummy goodness to some vanilla ice cream and you have a delicious sweet treat. It tastes even better while watching chick flicks with friends.
Hope this list got you thinking about your favorite junk foods. I betcha some of them were created right here at home. A word of caution: don't eat all of the above listed items in one sitting or a tummy ache is eminent. Until next time, keep it clean!!