Fun facts inspired by today’s playlist:
RAPPIN’ TO THE BEAT.
Rapper’s Delight was recorded in one take! Not only is that impressive for the rappers, but in the days before drum machines and samples that meant live drums and bass too. The bass player was 17 years old and got paid $70 to play 15 solid minutes of bass without any mistakes for ‘these kids who are going to talk real fast over it.’ The rest is history.
Until the 17th century, the word apple was as a generic term for fruit. The 14th century Middle English phrase appel of paradis meant banana. In ancient Greece, the apple was a symbol of love thanks to goddess Aphrodite - throwing an apple at someone declared your love, and catching it meant you accepted it.
Happy 100th birthday, bumper cars! Back then the original game was to dodge other cars, not ram them…because they were made of thin pieces of tin and would fall apart and get nailed back to together at the end of the night. Yowza. The first run of ‘dodgem cars’ didn’t even make it past the first season.