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High Heels During Economic Lows?

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, such as the hemline index. According to that theory, a relationship exists between the popular length of dresses and skirts and the state of the financial markets. Hence, when the bottom dropped out during the Great Depression, the thigh-bearing flapper style gave way to more modest calf-skimming silhouettes.
A slideshow from the New York Times indicates that high heels may be another barometer of the fiscal climate. Only heel height is inversely proportional to the economic prognosis with super stacked shoes enjoying a sky high moment during the current recession. Designers also created notable platform styles during the Great Depression, World War II and the oil crisis of the ’70s. In explaining the link between high heels and economic lows, Elizabeth Semmelhack, the senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, remarked New York Times “These little trifles can elevate one’s mood.”
Perhaps Wall Street should take a cue from Carmen Miranda and adopt platforms as the financial district footwear du jour.
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How to Coordinate a Sequin Dress and Shoes

Sequined dresses or gowns are in a league of their own. If silk whispers its elegant story, then sequins shout it to the rooftops. Sequined styles are a fierce choice and one usually reserved for special occasions when you want to look — well, better than you ever have before. Since the gown has its own built-in razzle-dazzle, choosing the right accessories can get dicey. Should you stick with basic, simple pieces or build on that glittering shine? Maybe you should try to find a middle ground? And if you do, how would that work exactly? The last thing you want is to ruin your special look by choosing the wrong shoes.
Shoes are important in fashion today. (We should actually have put “important” in full caps, but it’s considered rude.) They have unseated jewelry as the reigning king of stylish accessories. Look in the average woman’s closet and you’ll see 17 pairs of shoes looking back at you — and sometimes there is lot more foot candy squirreled under the bed, crammed into the guestroom closet or hidden under piles of extra blankets to keep them safe from prying — and judgmental ┬ĘC eyes.
Shoes are a big deal, and the right shoe choice can make or break your sequined outfit, be it a dress, gown, shirt, tunic or belt. Before you start stressing, understand that making the right selection isn’t rocket science. The shoes you wear with sequins are often far enough away from the hem of the sequined piece that you won’t have to worry much about creating a matchy-matchy look — which can be hard when you’re sporting spangles

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1951 NASCAR Grand National Recap

During the 1951 NASCAR Grand National season, car manufacturers became more actively involved in the sport of racing. Nash recruited and signed dynamic stars Curtis Turner and Johnny Mantz to drive Ambassadors in NASCAR Grand National competition, while Daytona winner Marshall Teague convinced Hudson to support his racing efforts by showing how winning on the NASCAR tracks would sell more Hudson cars to the public. Though Oldsmobile won more races overall, Hudson won 12 of the 41 races in the 1951 NASCAR Grand National campaign, including the two biggest prizes, the Southern 500 and the Grand National championship.
Another significant event in this formative year of NASCAR Grand National racing was Bill France’s effort to convince the Detroit Junior Chamber of Commerce to book the Grand National Circuit at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. The timing was perfect as the Motor City was gearing up to celebrate its 250th anniversary in the summer of 1951. You can learn about these events and more in the following article, from season highlights to the year’s final standings, all packed with plenty of photos. January, 1951
Bill France announces that the NASCAR Grand National division will venture into the far west in 1951. Johnny Mantz, winner of the 500-mile race at Darlington, will be the Regional Director of NASCAR events in California.
January 22, 1951
Bill Holland, winner of the 1949 Indianapolis 500, is suspended from AAA Indy Car racing. Holland, who has never finished worse than second in four starts in the Memorial Day classic, is kicked out of AAA for one year for competing in a three-lap Lion’s Charity race at Opa Locka, Fla., on Nov. 14, 1950. The AAA has a strict rule forbidding its drivers to participate in any race other than its own.
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February 11, 1951 Marshall Teague wheels his Hudson Hornet to victory in the season-opening NASCAR Grand National race on Daytona’s Beach-Road course

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. Bill France is successful in luring suspended AAA driver Bill Holland into the NASCAR fold. Holland drives a Nash Ambassador, but encounters early mechanical trouble and finishes 47th in the 54-car field. April 1, 1951
Curtis Turner drives a Nash Ambassador to a big win in the 150-lap NASCAR Grand National race at Charlotte Speedway. Bill Holland, in the Plymouth that Johnny Mantz drove to victory in the 1950 Southern Five-Hundred, survives a wild tumble on the 132nd lap.
April 8, 1951
Marshall Teague wins the first NASCAR Grand National event on the West Coast. Driving his Hudson Hornet, Teague leads all 200 laps at Carrell Speedway in Gardena, Calif. Frank Mundy drives a rental car to an 11th-place finish, winning $25. Mundy waited until after dark to return the car so the attendant wouldn’t notice the bald tires.

April 16, 1951
Officials at Darlington Inter?national Raceway schedule a 250-mile AAA Big Car race for July 4. At the request of AAA officials, the 200-mile NASCAR Grand National race slated for July 3 at Darlington is canceled. The AAA told Raceway officials it would refuse to conduct an Indy Car-type race in conjunction with NASCAR.
May 6, 1951
Curtis Turner hops into his ?reliable Oldsmobile and wins the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National event at Martins?ville Speedway. Turner parked his Nash Ambassador due to repeated overheating problems.
Late May, 1951
NASCAR joins forces with the Detroit Junior Chamber of Commerce and will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Motor City with a 250-mile NASCAR Grand National race at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Posted awards of $12,500 will be ?distributed to the ?drivers who qualify for the event.

June 16, 1951
Driving a Studebaker, Frank Mundy wins the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National event on a Saturday night at Columbia Speedway in South Carolina. It is the first NASCAR Grand National event to be staged under the lights, Mundy’s first career NASCAR Grand National victory, and the first win for the Studebaker nameplate.
July 8, 1951
Fonty Flock prevails in a wreck-strewn 100-mile race at the Bain?bridge, Ohio, Fairgrounds. Only five cars finish the brutal event on the one-mile dirt oval.
July 14, 1951
Tony Bonadies wheels a Nash Ambassador to victory in the 400-lap NASCAR Short Track Grand National race at Lanham, Md. Bonadies is the only driver in the 25-car field to run the entire distance without making a pit stop.
August 12, 1951: Motor City 250
Newcomer Tommy Thompson outlasts Curtis Turner in an epic slugfest to win the Motor City 250 at Detroit. Driving a Chrysler, Thompson survives a motorized rubdown with roughneck Turner, takes the lead with 18 laps remaining, and collects $5,000 for the victory.
September 3, 1951: Southern 500
A record 82 cars start the 2nd annual Southern 500 at Darlington. Herb Thomas and Jesse James Taylor finish 1-2 in Hudson Hornets.

October 14, 1951 A total of 106 cars compete in the NASCAR Modified and Sportsman race at Langhorne Speedway. Dick Eagan, driving in relief of Hully Bunn, is declared the winner after a crash halts the race after 83 laps. Don Black is critically injured in the massive pileup, which unfolds for more than one minute. Fritz Holzhauer was badly burned in an earlier incident. Photos of the big crash will appear in the Dec. 9 issue of This Week magazine, which appears in Sunday editions of news?papers across the country.
November 7, 1951
NASCAR publishes its first official newsletter from its new offices on Peninsula Avenue in Daytona Beach. The NASCAR Newsletter consists of four pages.
November 11, 1951
Tim Flock takes the lead on the 14th lap and breezes to victory in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National event at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. It is the first official NASCAR race staged at the venerable one-mile oval. Young Jesse James Taylor

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November 12, 1951 NASCAR announces it intends to sanction a Speedway Division for open-wheel cars powered by stock engines. The first appearance of the Speedway cars is slated for the 1952 Daytona Speedweeks activities.

November 25, 1951 Frank Mundy throttles his Studebaker to a win in the 150-lap NASCAR Grand National finale at Lakeview Speedway in Mobile, Ala. Bob Flock crashes his Oldsmobile in the early laps and suffers a broken neck. Herb Thomas wraps up the tightly contested NASCAR Grand National champion?ship chase by nosing out Fonty Flock by 146.2 points.
December 8, 1951
Perry Smith, owner of the Studebaker Frank Mundy drives, perishes in a private air crash near Greensburg, Ind. Smith was on a mercy mission, carrying an ill 80-year-old woman to a hospital when his Navion flew into icy weather and crashed into a rural countryside.
Continue on to the next page to learn the full results of the 1951 NASCAR Grand National season.

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How Velocity Cruz Tablets Work

Fast food chain Taco Bell launched an advertising campaign in 2006 promoting the fourth meal, that food you just might need between dinner and breakfast and outside of the recommended allowance of three meals a day. You could look at tablets to be a kind of fourth meal of computing — between a notebook or laptop and smartphones or other portable devices. Tablets aren’t quite as necessary as desktops and laptops, but they do fill a need many didn’t even know they had until they had the option to get one — much like a 3 a.m. burrito.
Marketing and innovation have a lot to do with the explosion of tablet sales since 2010, and some users have replaced computing staples like notebooks, PDAs and even PCs with tablets, making them less a novelty or accessory option and more of a main meal. Even Mark Dean, the chief technology officer at IBM, announced “my main device is now a tablet” in August 2011

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But for most tablet buyers it is still an in-between device that hasn’t been available at much of an in-between price.
Velocity Micro, Inc., however, provides a more affordable option with its Cruz tablets. With models costing hundreds of dollars less than some higher-end tablets, the Velocity Cruz devices fall within the “mass-market tablet space” [source: Pierce]. When Apple launched its iPad in early 2010, it sold 3 million units in the first 80 days at a price of $499 to $699 [source: Apple Inc.]. Coming fast on its heels, Motorola, Samsung, HP, and just about anyone in the computing game started releasing their own tablets in a price range similar to Apple’s iPad. In the fall of 2010 Velocity Micro, known more for high performing desktop and laptop computers than mass-market devices, introduced the Cruz Tablet, and at a cost of $299, it made news for its price point maybe more than for its selling points.
Velocity Cruz tablets are recognizable as tablets, those (mostly) non-phone, not exactly computers with an interface right on the screen — a kind of smallish notebook but without a standard keyboard or lid display and closure — but are they in the same consumer space as the iPad or other tablets? Are they trying to be? Do they have the velocity of the higher priced forerunners

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How AIMS World Running Works

2010 marks the 2,500th anniversary of the marathon. In 490 BC, undermanned Greek forces defeated the Persians, arguably the world’s greatest army. According to legend, an Athenian named Pheidippides ran the 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) from the Greek city of Marathon to Athens to announce the unlikely victory, after which he immediately collapsed and died [source: AIMS]. Pheidippides’ epic run was repeated at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, where a Greek runner rightfully took the gold.
Two-and-a-half millennia after the first unofficial marathon, long-distance running has never been more popular. In 2009, the New York Marathon — now measuring the standard 42.195 kilometers, or 26.2 miles — opened slots to more than 43,000 participants. The 2010 London Marathon received 120,000 applications in three days for only 35,000 spots in the race [source: Gibson]. Incredibly, hardly any of the intrepid racers collapsed and died.
The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is an organization of over 300 member races in 90 countries dedicated to promoting long-distance running worldwide. Through its Web site, its quarterly magazine Distance Running and its many promotional efforts, AIMS endorses and advertises marathons, half-marathons, 5Ks, 10Ks and “fun runs” around the world to serve both local and traveling “destination” runners.
According to a nonscientific survey of running magazines and Web sites, destination running is a hot hobby among the marathon set, which is increasingly educated

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, wealthy and female. Back in 1980, only 10 percent of U.S. marathoners were women. By 2009, that number had risen to 41 percent [source: Running USA]. Nearly half of U.S. marathoners of both sexes are also over the age of 40. These runners see destination races as the ideal training motivator and a perfect excuse for a family vacation to scenic and often exotic locales [source: Bakoulis]. Who wouldn’t be lured by a June “Santa Claus” marathon in Finland where participants cross the Arctic Circle under a midnight sun

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In a world that spends more than $5 billion annually on running shoes, AIMS standardizes, certifies and promotes competitive road races around the globe. Keep reading to learn more about the mission of AIMS and how to become a member.

Dodge Muscle Cars

Dodge muscle cars were winners at America’s dragstrips well before they took their place among the country’s fastest and wildest street-going supercars.
Chrysler’s excitement division was a force in the Super Stock drag wars of the early 1960s, and the company’s advertisements of the time bragged of the exploits of its factory-sponsored Ramchargers team.
The source of these bragging rights was a lineup of remarkably powerful engines. For 1960, Dodge’s hot D500 option could be teamed with 361- or 383-cid V-8s crowned with an outrageous ram induction intake manifold that balanced dual four-barrel carburetors outboard of the valve covers. Even hotter were the race-ready 1962 “Max Wedge” dual-quad 413s at 410 bhp, and the 1963 and 1964 426-cid wedges at 425 bhp.
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But Dodge is better known for its role in bringing Chrysler’s incredible 426 Hemi V-8 to the masses. The Hemi was introduced as a racing engine in 1964. A street version followed in 1966 and helped put Dodge’s new Charger and Coronet on the muscle map. As hyped as it was

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Its hot-car offerings expanded quickly to include the 440-cid V-8-powered 1967 Coronet R/T and Charger R/T midsize cars. Dodge had dabbled in the compact-muscle market with trim Dart, which boasted a 235-bhp, 273-cid V-8 GT version as early as 1965.
Dodge’s hottest small-block V-8, a 340-cid mill underrated at 275 bhp, was introduced in the Dart GTS for 1968. By then, Dodge’s mainstay 335-bhp 383-cid V-8 was available in the Dart, and some enterprising hot rodders — both inside and outside the factory ranks — were even fitting the compacts with 440 and Hemi power

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Dodge showrooms in 1968 also included the low-price, high profile Coronet-based Super Bee, the division’s answer to the Plymouth Road Runner. But the glamour boy of the lineup was the newly restyled Charger. Its “coke-bottle” styling won raves from press and public and reached an extreme in the 1969 Charger Daytona, with its long nose and sky-high rear wing needed to qualify the setup for NASCAR racing.
Dodge finally joined the pony car ranks for 1970 with the Challenger. This handsome coupe and convertible got the full muscle-car treatment. It was offered with every performance engine in the corporate arsenal: 340 four-barrel, 340 Six Pack (three two-barrel carbs), 383 Magnum, 440 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and 426 Hemi V-8s. A full palette of bright colors, bold stripes, hood scoops, and tail spoilers helped advertised Challenger’s performance potential.
The Hemi lasted through 1971, by which time toughening emissions laws and rising insurance rates were killing off every American automaker’s high-compression performance engines. Fast Dodges were available for a few more years, but when the Challenger was put to rest in 1974, Dodge performance went into a slumber that wouldn’t be lifted until 1992. That’s when the Viper signaled a reawakening of Dodge’s muscle car spirit, a reawakening that would lead eventually to the resurrection of the Challenger itself.
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Hollywood’s First Magical Makeover Movie

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As a kid, I watched a ton of AMC, back in the pre-“Mad Men” and -“Walking Dead” days when the channel only played old movies, and was commercial-free to boot. And, oh, how I hated Bette Davis because whenever one of her movies was on, that meant it was probably a drama about dramatic adult things, and all my 10-year-old self wanted was some Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick or a happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical. However, my kid self likely would’ve been into Davis’ “Now, Voyager”because I was and still am a sucker for a magical makeover movie.
That 1942 drama was Hollywood’s first magical makeover movie, effectively kicking off a genre of lady-leaning films that center around how a physical and fashion overhaul can transform a woman’s life readily, generally in the form of a super hot guy really, truly seeing her for the first time. Think “My Fair Lady,” “Pretty Woman” and “Clueless,” to name just a few.
(For a deeper look into the genre’s enduring appeal and its conflicting gendered messages about beauty and empowerment, you can listen to a Stuff Mom Never Told You episode all about it here. I highly recommend it, of course.)
Moreover, “Now, Voyager” established the standard magical makeover formula, complete with the classic foot-to-head pan up of protagonist Charlotte Vale, in which the camera painstakingly reveals the beautiful swan that had been hiding inside that former ugly duckling. The beauty “before” and “after” signifiers haven’t changed much over the years, either, which is kind of fascinating when you consider how those outward symbols of femininity haven’t fluctuated alongside the ever-evolving fashions, politics and media depictions of women

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Ah, the transformational power of simply taking one’s bun down!
Mitchell and Ford also note that Warner Bros strategically publicized the amount of costuming it took to dowdy up Davis, and the film’s promotional images only showed Davis post-makeover and fabulous. By that time, Davis was famous enough that people knew she was a striking woman in the real life, so it was her spinster make-under that people came to see.
That’s the funny thing about magical makeover movies. Usually, the audience is well aware that the leading lady is a stunner, which means that perhaps the genre’s appeal relies on a bit of schadenfreude. Maybe we derive comfort both from seeing gorgeous starlets sporting unflattering glasses, unibrows and ill-fitting clothes, as well as witnessing the seemingly attainable elements of their transformation. While a lot of makeover movies offer a saccharine moral that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, I’d argue that our delight in these kinds of movies is all about the superficial stuff because it simultaneously tells us that all it takes to become the center of sexual attention is a trip to a waxing salon, makeup counter, hair salon and stylist. Anyone can be beautiful by normative (i.e. white, Western) standards — hooray! Although it most certainly helps to already look like Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, or another A-lister in order to maximize makeover results.
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How to Choose the Right Razor Blade

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Irritation can happen when your hair grows back after shaving. Hairs will curl inward while growing, forming ingrown hairs and razor bumps that can be painful and unattractive. The best way to combat these issues is to develop a shaving routine that includes a sharp razor and a shaving gel or cream that works best for you. There are many razor options out there, from electric to disposable, and each will offer a slightly different shave. No matter what type of razor you choose, however, the most important quality is that the blade not be dull.
But from that point, you will want to consider your personal shaving needs when deciding between the different types of razors on the market. Do you have particularly sensitive skin? Will you be shaving just one area, like your face, or will you be shaving areas with different needs, such as your legs, armpits and bikini line? All of these factors can influence which type of razor blade is the best choice for you.
To find out which razor blades will give you the smoothest shave for your skin type, read on.