Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 29 January 2009

Oprah Winfrey born (1954)


The term blockbuster was first used to describe a class of bombs dropped by teh British Royal Air Force during WWII. These extremely heavy, vastly powerful incendiaries were capable of destroying an entire block of buildings at a time. (The 4,000lb blockbuster was first dropped on Emden, Germany in 1941; the 12,000lb blockbuster on Germany's Dortmund-Ems Canal in 1943.) The term has evolved to describe anything of great size or power, but is most frequently applied to entertainment productions such as books, plays, musuem exhibits, and especially movies. (Extremely successful prescriptions medications are also sometimes called blockbuster drugs; in music, the term chartbuster was coined to describe a bestselling song or group.)

It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
James Thurber (1894-1961)
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