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3 Cheers for DiMaggio
Shortly after her marriage to Joe DiMaggio (in January, 1946), Marilyn Monroe interrupted their honeymoon (with his blessing) to tour American troop installations abroad. "Oh, Joe!" she exclaimed upon her triumphant return. "It was so exciting. The boys were thrilled! You never heard such cheers!" DiMaggio's reply? "Yes, I have."[Notwithstanding this remark, DiMaggio was usually remarkably elegant and reserved. DiMaggio and Monroe were divorced the following year.][In the 1939 All-Star game, DiMaggio—playing for the American League—hit an inconspicuous-looking home run. The homer proved to be more significant four years later, however, when his brother Vince—playing for the National League in the 1943 All-Star game—also hit a boomer, sending both brothers into the record books: As the only siblings ever to ...
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"Weird Al" Yankovic - My Bologna
"Weird Al" Yankovic once produced a parody of The Knack's classic song "My Sharona" called "My Bologna." When the song became a huge hit (his first) Yankovic presented Doug Fieger, The Knack's lead singer, with an unusual gift as a token of his appreciation. The gift? A large bologna.[Yankovic's song 'Christmas at Ground Zero' was banned at some radio stations. It's subject? Nuclear war in the Yuletide Season.]
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Dinah Washington: Queen of the Blues
"She was Queen of the Blues and she brooked no rivals. During a tour of Britain in 1959, Dinah Washington told her audience: 'I'm happy to be here, but just remember. There's one heaven, one earth and one queen: Elizabeth is an imposter.' Far from being shocked, her listeners loved it. It was just what they expected from the singer whose first hit had been 'Evil Gal Blues.'"
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Beethoven Responds to a Violinist's Complaint
Beethoven, who believed that he was communing with God while composing, spared no expense in time and effort to attain perfection. A violinist once complained about an unusually awkward passage in one of his compositions. "When I composed that, I was conscious of being inspired by God Almighty," Beethoven replied. "Do you think I can consider your puny little fiddle when He speaks to me?"
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Ludwig Van Beethoven: Absent-Minded Composer
While performing a new piano concerto at the Theater An der Wien one evening, Beethoven began to conduct from his seat at the keyboard (a fairly common practice at the time). At the first sforzando, however, he raised his arms with such passion that he knocked over the piano lights.Beginning the concerto again (with choir boys holding up the piano lights), Beethoven again dramatically raised his arms, this time striking one of the boys (who dropped his light), causing the other to astutely duck—and sending the audience into fits of laughter.Enraged, Beethoven struck the piano with such force that he broke six strings playing the first chord...[On similar occasions, the first violinist was known to sneak up behind Beethoven and ...
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Joseph Bell: Cheeky Diagnosis?
One day Dr. Joseph Bell (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's medical school mentor and the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes) assembled a group of students around a patient's bed to demonstrate the deductive method of diagnosis.  "Aren't you a bandsman?" he asked the sick man. Yes, the man politely nodded. "You see, gentlemen, I am right," Bell continued. "It is quite simple. This man has a paralysis of the cheek muscles, the result of too much blowing at wind instruments. We need only inquire to confirm. What instrument do you play, my man?" The patient's reply? "The big drum, Doctor."  [More often than not, Bell was correct. He first impressed 18-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle by correctly deducing that a patient was a ...
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Bobby Bonilla - first game against Pittsburgh
On December 2, 1991, Bobby Bonilla signed a million, five-year deal with the New York Mets—a deal which briefly made Bonilla the highest paid player in professional baseball. Still, Bonilla's first year with the Mets was very difficult. During his first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (the team which he had left to join the Mets), he was booed by the Pirates fans. Then a golf ball thrown from the stands hit him in the head. And the topper? As he went back to the dugout to get a helmet, he noticed that the Pirates' organist was playing a curious song. Its title? "Take the Money and Run!"[Though he 'tried to give them 29 million reasons why I should get ...
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Louise Brooks - sleep disturbance
Louise Brooks was famous in Hollywood for her love of sleep—indeed "Twelve hours a day keeps the doctor away" was said to be her motto. On one occasion, during the filming of Beggars of Life (1928)..."Louise was sojourning in a hotel room in Jacumba, California, which opened upon the dancing pavilion."It was the first night and the band played mercilessly—while the natives danced. Louise stood it ten minutes, then went to the window and called the band master. 'How much do you take in here?' she demanded."'Ten dollars—on good nights,' was the answer."'I'll give you fifteen if you'll fold up your horns and beat it.' Louise waved the bills before him. Without a word, the leader reached for the bills, ...
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Sinead O'Connor & The Eminem Show
In October 2002, Sinead O'Connor revealed that her 15-year-old son misbehaved whenever he listened to Eminem's new CD, The Eminem Show (the best-selling album of 2002). Her solution? She just tossed it—off the balcony.
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Liam Gallagher loses two teeth
In 2002, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher lost two teeth during a brawl in Munich. At a concert some time later, he introduced a song with an unusual dedication: "This next one," he said, "is for my teeth."[Anyone know which song they played? Maybe "My Big Mouth"? Or "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is"?]