| Matt Facts: Matthew dislikes drinking cold drinks from coffee mugs. He also hates plastic forks. | | Did you Know? Toothpicks are overrated. | | Words of Inspiration: "You can tell a lot about a fellow by the way he eats Jelly Beans" – R.Regan | | Did you know? There are no Pez Facts. Pez is, in fact, not factual. | | Matt Facts: Matthew's fortune cookies always predict success. | | Words of Inspiration: When I'm sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead - Barney Stinson | | Did you know? "Buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo” is a gram­mat­i­cally valid sentence. | | Matt Facts: Matthew is best served on the rocks with a slice of lemon. | | Words of Inspiration: "Life is futile." | | Did you Know? Dinosaurs and Dandelions is the name of a popular blog that has been around since the 15 April 2010 | | Matt Facts: Unlike some people, Matthew only celebrates his birthday once a year. | | Words of Inspiration: "I'll be back" - The Terminator. | | Did you Know? The two modern breeds of Cocker Spaniel, American and English, are thought to have been descended from only two dogs? | | Matt Facts: On the second to last full moon of the year, Matthew develops an itch on his right shoulder. | | Words of Inspiration: “You can do it!” - Rob Schneider, in every Adam Sandler movie ever | | Did you know? Lettuce is often eaten raw. | | Words of Inspiration: "Science is always at work and never sleeps – just like Rust" | | Did you Know? When you dream, every­thing you see in that dream, you’ve seen before in real life. | | Matt Facts: Matthew officially endorses the Cadbury's Moro bar as being delicious | | Did You Know? A tadpole is also called a 'pollywog'. | | Matt Facts: Matthew has his own Facebook fan page. Creepy. | | Did You Know? Cats sleep for 70% of their lives. | | Words of Inspiration: "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it." - Gandalf. | | Did you Know? This is the end. The journey ends here. Then it starts all over again. |

Saturday, 9 March 2013

PHRASE THIS: A rolling stone gathers no moss

Missing your usual Saturday Music Box fix? Well, too bad. Instead, ponder this: Why does one of America's most popular magazines (Rolling Stone) share its name with Britain's biggest ever rock band (The Rolling Stones)?

No, one was not named after the other, both were in fact named after Muddy Waters' song, Rollin' Stone. Recorded in 1950, Rollin' Stone is Muddy Waters version of a traditional blues song, Catfish Blues. By the way, Muddy Waters is a person and not a group. While the song didn't chart, it was commercially successful and Muddy was able to quit his full time job.

The Rolling Stones on the other hand, were formed in 1962 in London - four years after Muddy had toured the country. They released their first album in 1964, composed mainly of covers, and toured the States that same year. Since then the band has released 29 albums and over 100 singles.

Rolling Stone was founded in 1967. Not just about music, the magazine is also "about the things and attitudes that music embraces." Rolling Stone was noted for its liberal politics in the 1970s and featured Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo writings including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971.

Anyway, without further ado, lets travel back in time to 1960 and visit the traditional home of the America's Cup, Newport. On today is the Newport Jazz Festival and here is Muddy Waters playing Rollin' Stone.