“After I’m dead, I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” Cato, 234 – 149 B.C.

April Fish

April Fools Day likely originated in France. Prank victims are called Poisson d’Avril (April Fish) as fish are gullible and easily caught in the spring.

Dodge This

The LA (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers got their unusual name from the network of trolley cars in the area during the late 19th century. The nickname “Trolley Dodgers” stuck.

Sir Francis

Yes, two ships were sunk where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, but only to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Spanish fleet.

Alan Parsons’ … Projects

Alan Parsons (of the Alan Parson’s Project band) was the audio engineer for one of the top-selling albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Breakthrough performance

It’s hard to play in front of 500K people when your guitar turns into a snake. Carlos Santana was tripping on LSD during his biggest performance ever at Woodstock.

Chill out children!

19th-Century Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for children promised to “relieve the poor sufferer immediately. It is perfectly harmless…” It did, however, contain morphine.

Violin rocks…

Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana started with the violin. His dad was a professional violinist, and Santana took it up at age 5.

In Laws

Musicians Ringo Starr (The Beatles) and Joe Walsh (The Eagles, The James Gang) are brothers-in-law. Walsh married Marjorie Bach, the sister of Ringo’s wife, Barbara Bach.

Quick Cameo…

Guitarist Joe Walsh (Eagles, The James Gang) made a brief cameo appearance as a prisoner in The Blues Brothers during the final Jailhouse Rock scene.

Music Second…

Rock legend Chuck Berry originally played music to earn money for camera gear, as he aspired to be a professional photographer.

Ever wonder about...

Whose idea was it to drink cow milk?
Is there weather inside the world’s largest building?
Do hangovers get worse as you get older?
How many stars are in our universe?

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