Pyrrhic Victory (PIR-ik VIK-tuh-ree) noun
- A victory won at too great a cost.
EtymologyAfter Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, who suffered staggering losses in defeating the Romans.
- When someone is so concerned about toilet seat germs, they cover the seat with half a roll of toilet paper, leaving it to appear like it has been mummified.
"I was going to use that stall to drop a deuce, but somebody left it looking like a toilet mummy."
- Daniel Webster: orator delivered his Seventh of March speech defending the Compromise of 1850 (1850)
- telephone: transmitter/receiver of sound was patented by Alexander Graham Bell (1876); exactly 50 years later, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York City and London (1926)
- fair use: the US Supreme Court ruled in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music that parodies are not copyright infringements (1994)
- Luther Burbank 1849
- Pieter Mondrian 1872
- Maurice Ravel 1875
- Anna Magnani 1908
- Lee Young 1917 - Musician (Nat King Cole Trio)
- Mahlon Clark 1923 - Musician (Lawrence Welk's band)
- James Broderick 1927
- Lord Snowdon 1930 - Photographer
- Frank Morelli 1932
- Willard Scott 1934 - Television personality ("Today")
- Homero Blancas 1938
- Daniel J. Travanti 1940 - Actor ("Hill Street Blues")
- Michael York 1942
- Michael Eisner 1942 - Walt Disney CEO
- Tammy Faye Bakker 1942
- Billy MacMillan 1943
- Chris White 1943 - Musician (The Zombies)
- John Heard 1946
- Peter Wolf 1946 - Musician (J. Geils Band)
- Matthew Fisher 1946 - Musician (Procol Harum)
- Donna Loren 1947
- Hugo Ferreira 1974 - Musician (Tantric)
- Jenna Fischer 1974 - Actress ("The Office")
- Laura Prepon 1980 - Actress ("That 70s Show")