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Barbie

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Ma

ttel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.

Barbie dolls is the most famous and best-selling doll in 20th century, which is first on display at American International Toy Fair in 1959. And now barbie dolls has been sold to more than 150 countries in the word ,whose total sales is up to one billion dollars. The product is made a series of movies and also adapted to a collection of small game.

Whether we see it or not, there is no doubt that it is the only one which has been cultural label in many American paintings. The major reason is that the peasant and wife’s expression strongly reflect the American national spirits ----dare to explore and stand suffering!

Creation of American Gothic
? In 1930, Grant Wood, an American painter with European training, noticed the Dibble House, a small white house built in the Carpenter Gothic architectural style in Eldon, Iowa. Wood decided to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” He recruited his sister Nan (1899–1990) to model the woman, dressing her in a colonial print apron mimicking 19th century Americana. The man is modeled on Wood's dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby (1867–1950) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The three-pronged hay fork is echoed in the stitching of the man's overalls, the Gothic window of the house and the structure of the man's face. Each element was painted separately; the models sat separately and never stood in front of the house.

NBA: the National Basketball Association
? The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in the world. It consists of thirty member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player.

Introduction

NBA正式赛季于每年11月的第一个星期的星期二 开始,分为常规赛(Regular season)和季后赛 (Playoffs)两部分。常规赛为循环赛制,每支 球队都要完成82场比赛;常规赛到次年的4月结束, 每个联盟的前八名,包括各个赛区的冠军,将有 资格进入接下来进行的季后赛。季后赛采用七战 四胜赛制,共分四轮;季后赛的最后一轮也称为 总决赛,由两个联盟的冠军争夺NBA的最高荣 誉—总冠军(Championship),表现最出色的球 员(一般是冠军球队)将获得总决赛MVP(the most valuable player)

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