Once a common feature of rural American homes, the cellar door is a slanted trapdoor set outside a house to cover a flight of stairs to the basement. Cellar doors are generally unremarkable. The term "cellar door" itself, however, is often proposed as one of the most beautiful phrases in English. It is said to have been a favorite of Edgar Allen Poe, and its beauty has been invoked by H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. What is supposedly so special about it?
Back in the day
One of the most well-known examples of meteoric success on the Internet, the highly popular video sharing website YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The next year, it was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion. Within a few years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes of videos were being streamed from the site each month from myriad sources, amateur and professional alike. However, it all started with a single video, uploaded in April 2005, titled what?
Born on a day like today
Short and heavyset, Douglas was dubbed "the Little Giant" for his oratorical skill. In 1858, he engaged in a number of widely publicized debates with Abraham Lincoln in a close contest for the Senate seat in Illinois. The Democrats nominated Douglas for president in 1860, but a splinter group of Southerners chose a different nominee, which divided the Democratic vote and gave the presidency to Lincoln. What extraordinary gesture was Douglas said to have offered at Lincoln's inauguration in 1861?