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April 21, 2013

Say What?


STEALING SOMEONE’S THUNDER: A literary critic and third rate playwright named John Dennis,¬†wrote a play called “Appius and Virginia”.¬† The story goes that Dennis invented a new machine, which produced the sound of thunder for his play. Unfortunately, for the dramatist, his play was a flop. A few weeks later, Dennis went to see a production of “Macbeth” and was astonished to find that the sound of thunder needed in the play was being produced by the machine that he himself had invented. Dennis was apparently so angry that he shouted, “Damn them!…They will not let my play run, but they steal my thunder!”