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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 9, 2010 / 25 Nissan, 5770

The secret life of appliances

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nothing is what it seems in the world of appliances. When our washing machine went kaput, I went shopping for a new one and asked for a brand name — you know, the one with the lonely repairman who never has any work and waits for women to call.


The salesman said, "Sure, I can show you that brand. This five-speed top-load baby has your brand name right there on top — but that's not really who made it."


Wink, wink.


When our refrigerator joined the breakdown conspiracy a month later, we replaced it with a sleek side-by-side number. I'd tell you the brand, but that salesman also said the brand names don't mean what they used to. He said a number of different brands share the same manufacturer and are built with the same manufactured parts.


That probably explains why my parents once had a Kenmore stove delivered from Sears, opened the bottom drawer and found a GE information booklet.


That refrigerator we bought came with a phone number to call for repair information — in New Zealand. I am curious what the charge would be for a home-service call. Probably more than your basic $79.95, what with the cost of transcontinental air-fare, shuttles and a hotel with a breakfast bar.


Consumer Reports played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, finding connections between appliances instead of celebrities. Whirlpool makes appliances for Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Gladiator, Admiral, Amana, Jenn-Air, Magic Chef and Maytag. And in yet another conquest, Whirlpool also makes appliances for IKEA and Kenmore. If they ever make a movie about the relationships between appliances, it will be rated R.


Kenmore, one of the more amorous lines of appliances, not only has a relationship with Whirlpool, but also maintains liaisons with Frigidaire and LG.


Appliances change partners more often than the leads in soap operas. Just when you think all these appliance liaisons could not grow any more risqué, Electrolux, the high-end Swedish manufacturer, begins cavorting about with Frigidaire and Tappan. Do their flat top ranges never even blush?


Electrolux, spotted on the red carpet with Sears, also heats things up with Kenmore and Kenmore Pro.

Letter from JWR publisher


I recently gave my credit card number over the phone to purchase a small appliance that was made by who knows what company and told the customer service representative it was a MasterCard. She took the number and said, "Nope, it's a VISA."


I corrected her and said, "No, the card used to be VISA, but now it's a MasterCard."


"Not anymore," she said. "That line of MasterCard, was bought out by VISA."


It's a sad day when you can't trust your plastic. Or the brand name on your kitchen appliances.


The brand you thought you bought probably belongs to another company, and even that company could have been bought out by the time you finish reading this piece.


It even makes you wonder if the Maytag man is as lonely as he claims or if he secretly has a full and busy social life.


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