August 2, 2019
A Common Phrase With Historical Origins from the Fact Site
Now I’m not talking about the ancient practice of borrowing DVDs from a store to return them later (if you’re young, then a DVD is basically Netflix except only one film, but on disk rather than the internet).
The term “Blockbuster” is used to describe high-budget, high-grossing films.
Yet this term originated from a type of World War II bomb used by the RAF.
The “Block Buster” was what the Germans started calling a British bomb capable of reducing a single city block to rubble – and that’s exactly what it did to many German cities over the course of the war so it’s unsurprising they came up with that name.
Almost immediately, the term “Blockbuster” started being thrown around to describe literally anything “big and exciting”.
After the end of World War II, the term continued being used, more so in the description of movies. By the mid-1950’s the term “Blockbuster” had been cemented to describe any movie grossing at least $2,000,000 ($17,500,000 by today’s standards).
So now you know where the term “Blockbuster” comes from! I had no idea it came from WWII. If I did, I had forgotten.
Anyway, IT’S FRIDAY!!!! Yay! Today is National Coloring Book Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Water Balloon Day, and National Beer Day! I usually just pick one, but since it’s summer time and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot one – each and every one sounds like it would be enjoyable! So, go and enjoy today! Have a great one!
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes