Interesting Origins of Rock N Roll Band Names

Anyone who grew up in the Rock ‘n Roll era has been exposed to some interesting band names. We may never have given many of them much thought, and many, actually have no real significant meaning. Others, however, were inspired by unknown stories. Here are a few.

ABBA

They were named using the first initials of the band members. It could have turned out so much differently should they had different names.

Bay City Rollers

No, the band was not from Bay City but was named randomly by sticking a pin in a map that included Michigan.

The Beatles

The name was inspired on Buddy Holly’s Crickets, but the spelling was altered for a little play on words.

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Rather than a Winston Churchill Speech, the name of this band was taken from the name of a Johnny Cash Album.

The Box Tops

After recording “The Letter” the band was looking for suggestions on a name and the thought occurred to have them send in 50 cents and some box tops to enter a contest. Contest over.

Chicago

Some will remember their original name as the Chicago Transit Authority. It was pretty simple in that their record label wanted to shorten their name.

Deep Purple

It may be hard to imagine but the band’s name was taken from a band members grandmother’s affection for a Bing Crosby song of the same name.

Hootie and the Blowfish

No, lead singer Darius Rucker was not Hootie nor his band the Blowfish. These were actually nicknames of a couple of his college friends, one who looked like an owl (Hootie) and one who look like a blowfish.

The Rolling Stones

This is not complicated as the legendary band was named after the title of a Muddy Water’s tune.

Three Dog Night

Nearly called Tricycle to emphasize the three members of the band, they settled on Three Dog Night, an Australian description on how cold nights were described. A Three Dog Night was the coldest.

UB40

The band was named after a British unemployment form, the UB40 that would help applicants get unemployment benefits from the British government.

There are usually little quirks or stories behind the names of most famous bands. Searching out your favorites can be fun and enlightening!

Seven “Must Do’s” When Visiting Florida

Millions of people visit Florida each year. Some come for the beaches, others for the theme parks and still others just to visit family and friends. Here are seven things everyone should try to do when visiting the Sunshine State.

  1. Watch a Rocket Launch

Rocket launches are occurring more frequently than ever from the Space Coast near Titusville. Odds are pretty good there may be a launch scheduled during your visit. Night and early evening launches can be particularly spectacular. There are plenty of free viewing areas along the coast.

  1. Experience a Sunset in Key West

Every evening is a festival in Key West with stunning sunsets common in the city. Street musicians and abundant pubs add to the experience.

  1. Drive Across the Skyway Bridge

The Skyway Bridge south of St. Petersburg soars into the sky above Tampa Bay offering inspiring views to the east and west. The bridge is so long and high it can be closed due to fog and high winds in the area.

  1. Take a Trip on The St. John’s River

Flowing from Southeast Florida up to Jacksonville, the St. John’s River is one of the world’s largest south to north flowing rivers. It also connects a series of lakes through the state, providing a multi-layer boating experience. Boat rental, air boat, and eco-boating tours are available along the length of the river and its connected lakes.

  1. Drive on the World’s Most Famous Beach

You can actually drive your vehicle along the hard packed sandy beaches in Volusia County near Daytona. New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona, also offers beach driving and is considered one of the best areas for surfing in the state.

  1. Catch a Professional Sports Game

Many forget Florida is home to multiple pro sports franchises including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and others. Both Orlando and Miami also have Major League Soccer franchises.

  1. Get Off the Beaten Path

There are some very interesting rural and beach side areas of the state if you are willing to get off of the freeways and explore. The Lake Okeechobee area in Southern Florida is loaded with large sugar production plants and farms. The Polk County and West Central Florida region has abundant orange groves. The Panhandle area is filled with charming coastal towns and homes.

While the beaches and parks are a huge draw, don’t underestimate the value of exploring beyond the traditional tourist areas in Florida. It can make your visit just a bit more unique.

Three Franchise Changes in Sports (and 3 that should)

Changing the names of sports franchises or their locations is not a new anomaly. In fact, the Cleveland Indians, who have announced they will be dropping the name “Indians” were once themselves known as The Naps and the Spiders. Here are three notable names and/or location changes in sports and an additional three that should consider it.

The Washington Bullets/Wizards

Before the Washington NBA franchise was known as the Wizards they were actually called the Capital Bullets for a season in 1973. They became the Washington Bullets in 1974 and kept the name until 1995, when rising crime in the city caused them to rethink the moniker. They have played as the Washington Wizards since.

The Rams & Raiders

Perhaps no sport franchises has been more nomadic than professional football’s Rams and Raiders. The Rams played in Cleveland from 1936 to 1945 before moving to LA in 1946. They played in LA until moving to St. Louis in 1995. They played in Missouri before returning to Los Angles in 2015. The Raiders, of course, played in Oakland before traveling down state to call Los Angles home. They returned to Oakland, only to recently moving yet again, this time to Las Vegas. In both cases, the nickname was kept through each of the moves.

Athletics and Braves

Perhaps because of their long histories, baseball franchises have a long history of changing cities while maintaining their mascots. The Oakland Athletics, for example, previously played as the Kansas City Athletics and the Philadelphia Athletics. The Braves called both Boston and Milwaukee home before heading to Atlanta.

On the other hand, there are sports franchises that should consider changing their name. These include:

The Utah Jazz

Make no mistake. Utah has a lot to be proud of. There are beautiful, scenic national parks, terrific winter sports and the inspiring Mormon Tabernacle. But “jazz”? Of course, the NBA franchise took its name from the New Orleans team when it moved to the city, but it still doesn’t make sense.

The Lakers

It will never happen, of course, but the Laker name made much more sense when the basketball franchise was in Minnesota (The Land of 10,000 Lakes).

The Browns

Did you know the Browns where named after their first head coach, Paul Brown in a fan contest in 1946? Did you also know Paul Brown went on to start the rival Bengals in 1968, borrowing the Browns “CB” initials and use of orange in the team’s colors? Seems odd the Browns franchise would have continued with the name.

We likely haven’t seen the end of franchise moves and mascot changes. It is just a part of the business of sports.

Brilliant Films That Were Made in the 1930s

Considering films weren’t invented until the late 1800s, and color and sound wasn’t added until decades later, it is stunning to realize the number of history making movies that were created in the 1930s. Here’s a look at some of these classic films that have long since been a part of our entertainment history.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Most know the story of Dorothy Gayle (Judy Garland) and her adventures with the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man as they go in search of the “Great and Powerful Oz”. What we may not realize is that the movie was one of the first to use Technicolor and that the film addresses some deeper political and social issues through its themes and characters. The film was an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Best Cinema Photography, Best Art Direction and Best Effects. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Over the Rainbow” and Best Original Score.

Gone With the Wind (1939)

This romantic classic was based on a 1936 novel from Margaret Mitchell. The David O. Selznick Film starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as was called the “Hollywoodiest of Hollywood” films. The movie featured elaborate costumes and cinematography, was filmed in Technicolor and a score that surpassed anything previously. The film was set during the civil war and immediate post-war era and did have its critics who thought the film ignored the horrors of slavery.

King Kong (1933)

Alright, we admit it. This 30s era film looks dated when compared to today’s special effects and technology. At the time, however, the movie received raved reviews. The film starred Fay Wray and Kong himself, who filmmakers were able to portray as both savage and gentle. While Ms. Wray may have had her doubts about their relationship, Kong was clearly smitten by her. Spoiler alert: Kong falls for Fay Wray in multiple ways, and it was beauty that killed the beast.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

What happens when an otherwise naive man is asked to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate? What would happen when he is faced with the evils of political corruption? Jimmy Stewart stars in this Frank Capra film that will have you rooting for him.

This decade was filled with memorable films ranging from Les Misérables to Wuthering Heights. It also included Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. Running out of documentaries to watch on your streaming service? Take a trip back to the 1930s and view a few of these classics.

Have You Ever Wondered….

Anyone who has had a four to seven year old has heard the questions. “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why is the grass green?”, “Why do I have to take a nap?”. The questions may change, but our curiosity doesn’t diminish. As we get older there are still things we may wonder about. Here are a few.

Have you ever wondered…

Why some people are afraid of heights?

Most people attribute fears to either previous behaviors (like falling from a high place) or evolution (an innate fear of things that can be dangerous.)

How far the moon is from the Earth?

At its closest, the earth and the moon get within about 226,000 miles of each other. That number can be better visualized when you realize it equates to about 100 trips between New York City and Los Angeles.

Why they are called “Bachelor’s” degrees?

It is generally accepted the term comes from the French word ‘bacheler’ that translate into “apprentice knight”. It is the starting point of knighthood.

What the “new car” smell is?

We tend to romanticize the new car smell as being something special but it is actually just the combination of new interior materials like plastics, cloths and leather-like materials. If you want to cheat there are new car fragrances available in air fresheners.

Why some people prefer mountains over beaches?

There have been studies that say those who love mountains tend to be more introverted than those who appreciate the beach. Beaches also tend to be warmer so it may be as simple as that. Both offer fresh, rejuvenating ionized air.

Why taller men are more attractive to women?

This may come down to confidence. Women are attracted to confident men and taller men tend to be more confident. This can give credence to why some shorter men exude extra confidence to better compete.

How fast the Earth is turning?

It can be shocking to realize that even those who are standing still on the equator are traveling about 1,000 miles per hour as the world turns. That doesn’t include the speed we travel around the sun. Getting dizzy yet?

Who is more likely to die each year, a policeman or fireman?

While it varies by year, generally, policemen are 2.5 times more likely to die in performance of duties than fireman. It may be interesting to note that the most dangerous job according to the Department of Labor and Statistics is logging, Loggers are about five times more likely to die working than a policeman, and is about 11 times more dangerous than being a firefighter.

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Five Man-Made Structures in the USA You Should See in Person

You can read about them, see documentaries about their construction and view tens of thousands of photos but there is still nothing like seeing and experiencing them in person. Here are five great American structures you need to visit in person.

  1. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

This stunning piece of engineering and art sits beside the Mississippi River in Downtown St. Louis and represents the area as the the Gateway to the West. The arch is actually a part of a National Park and visitors can ride a tram built inside the structure to the top for some incredible views both to the east and west. It is the country’s tallest monument at 630 feet. The top of the arch is designed “flex” up to 18 inches but generally does not move. In a 50 mile per hour wind it will only sway about an inch and a half.

  1. Mount Rushmore

While technically the mountain is not manmade, the sculptures of the four presidents it features are. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore was designed to be a tourist attraction for the remote region. It worked, as about 2.5 million visitors each year make a visit to see the granite images of Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge

One of the great engineering achievements in our history, the Golden Gate Bridge crosses a 3-mile section of the strait between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Bridge construction started in 1933 and it took four years to complete. In spite of its name, it is actually orange and is said to be the most photographed bridge in the world.

  1. Hoover Dam

Any trip to Las Vegas deserves a trip to the Hoover Dam, just 30 miles Southeast of the city on the Nevada-Arizona border. One can’t help but be impressed with the size and amount of concrete it took to build what was originally named the Boulder Dam. Besides an amazing feat of engineering, it serves multiple practical purposes including flood prevention, irrigation, hydroelectric power and a major recreational area.

  1. Washington Monument

Because of lack of funding, the Washington Monument took almost forty years to complete. Since its opening in 1847 it has served as a landmark for not only the city of Washington DC, but the nation. The marble obelisk stands at 555 feet and was constructed as a tribute to the Father of Our Country, George Washington.

These are five structures that are “bucket-list” worthy for any American.

Name the Movie: 12 Memorable Lines

Are you a movie fan? Have you seen many of the classics? How are you at recalling what movies some famous lines are from? See how well you can do in naming the films in which these quotes were taken.

THE MOVIES

  1. “You had me at hello.”
  2. “It was beauty killed the beast.”
  3. “Houston, we have a problem.”
  4. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
  5. “What we’ve got here, is a failure to communicate.”
  6. “Build it, and they will come.”
  7. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
  8. “Here’s lookin’ at you kid.”
  9. “Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
  10. “You can’t handle the truth.”
  11. “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.”
  12. “It’s in the hole!”

THE ANSWERS

  1. Jerry McGuire. This line was spoken to McGuire (Tom Cruise) by Renee Zellwegger in the film, that was also known for the line “Show me the money” said repeatedly by Cuba Gooding Jr.
  2. King Kong. This is the last line of the 1933 classic spoken after King Kong was shot from the top of the Empire State building and fell to his death.
  3. Apollo 13. You may have known this one, but did you know the actual quote spoken by astronaut Jack Swigert on the actual mission were “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”?
  4. The Godfather Part II. Give yourself a pat on the back in you “Part II” included in your answer.
  5. Cool Hand Luke. This often quoted line when a problem arises is from the 1967 film starring Paul Newman.
  6. Field of Dreams. This was a fastball down the middle for baseball fans.
  7. Jaws. This is a great line when explaining to someone they’ve probably underestimated a problem. From the 1975 film.
  8. Casablanca. This was a no-brainer for classic film buffs and Humphrey Bogart fans.
  9. Dead Poets Society. Robin Williams spoke the line in the 1989 movie.
  10. “A Few Good Men”. From the dramatic courtroom scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.
  11. Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. Yes, the line was originally heard in the 1948 classic, but don’t feel bad if you said “Blazing Saddles” the 1974 movie from Mel Brooks which also featured the line.
  12. “Caddyshack”. A hapless groundskeeper played by Bill Murray shouted the phrase while pretending to play and announce his swing at “The Masters”.

If you got 11 or 12 right, give yourself an Oscar. You’ve earned a Golden Globe with 9 or 10 correct. If you scored  7 or 8, you got the part. A score of 6 or less means you didn’t get past the audition. .

Why Should You Visit Ohio

When thinking “vacation” most people will think of places like Florida, the Great Smoky Mountains, Aspen or a cruise. There are some good reasons, however, to think out-of-the-box a bit. One state to consider visiting is the Buckeye State. Ohio is diverse in its geography and its attractions. From the North Coast along Lake Erie to the Ohio River along its southern border, there is something for everyone in Ohio.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Home of one of the original NFL teams, Canton, Ohio is home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here you can see memorabilia and historic articles from throughout the history of the game. Learn about the legends of football and discover details about their accomplishments.

The Rock’N Roll Hall of Fame

The distinctive glass pyramid along the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland was designed by I.M. Pei and serves as the home of the Rock’N Roll Hall of Fame. See clothing worn by the biggest stars of rock and roll and view some of the instruments they used. See concert footage, read handwritten lyric notes stroll through floors and floors of displays.

Professional Sports

Sure, there are the Browns, Bengals, Indians and Reds, but Ohio also is home to Major League Soccer, the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and minor league baseball teams with names like the Clippers, Rubber Ducks and Mud Hens.

Amusement Parks and Zoos

Cedar Point along Lake Erie in Sandusky Ohio is known for its number and size of its roller coasters but that is only the start. There’s also Kings Island Amusement Park just north of Cincinnati and the state is filled with both indoor and outdoor water parks. There are world-class zoos in the state as well, including in Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Amazing Bike Trails

Ohio is crisscrossed with scenic and diverse bike trails suitable for the whole family. The state has been aggressive in its “Rails to Trails” programs making biking safe and enjoyable. Be sure to check out particularly beautiful trails around Mt. Vernon and Loveland, Ohio.

Flea Markets

If you enjoy shopping and bargains, you’ll love some of the mega-flea markets in Ohio. Put on your walking shoes and head to Caesars Creek and Traders World north of Cincinnati or the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the state at Hartville. There are also plenty of monthly and seasonal flea markets scheduled throughout the summer.

Casinos

While not exactly Las Vegas, you’ll find casino gambling in the state’s major cities like Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo.

Ohio is an affordable place to visit and highways make the state easy to get around in. If you are considering someplace different for vacation, consider a visit to the Great State of Ohio.

Eight Important Life Skills Your Child Should Have By the Time They Are a Teen

Raising children is not easy, yet somehow your parents and your parents-parents managed to accomplish it. Sometimes it is brilliantly accomplished and others, well…not so much. The subjectivity of child-rearing has given us expressions ranging from “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” to “Were you raised in a barn?” Parents have said everything from “Will you talk to YOUR son?” to “That’s my boy.”

We all have to start somewhere. Here are nine important life skills every child should know before the become a teenager.

1. The importance of remembering names. How important is a name? Just yell out “mom” in a a crowd and see how many women turn around. A person’s name is one of the most personal, valuable things they have. Knowing who new people they meet by their name is so important as they get older and that should be a skill they learn before becoming a teen.

2. How to give a firm handshake. This is a life lesson that should take all of a minute to teach. Nobody appreciates a limp handshake. A form handshake however can demonstrate respect and confidence.

3. Looking people in the eye. When you look someone in the eye it invites trust and a willingness to connect. Being “shy” may work when your child is four but probably not so much at fourteen.

4. Basic table manners. No, your teen may not need to know how to set a table for a formal dinner but they should know how to properly use a knife and fork when eating in public. Knowing where to put a napkin can be helpful as well. Then there’s not slurping soup or chewing with your mouth open thing. You probably get the picture.

5. Personal hygiene. If your teen knows the difference between smelling fresh and over-using body-spray you are a step ahead of the game.

6. The value of money and benefits of saving. If you are good at this, odds are your child may be. If not, call in some help.

7. Knowing how to swim. If your child doesn’t know how to swim by the age of 13, good luck getting them to learn later. Actually, learning to swim is critically important if you live in a warmer climate or near water.

8. How to be polite. Few things make a parent more proud than to hear how nice, respectful and polite their child is. Please, thank you and an occasional “yes sir” can go a long way.

Of course the list could go on and on, and it does. Teaching our children some of these skills needs to be done consciously and by example. What can you teach your child today?

How Low Can You Get Your Electric Bill?

Unless you totally disconnect and get off the grid, odds are you will never achieve a zero electric bill. After all, there are minimum charges, taxes and fees you will get billed for even if your electric meter doesn’t make a turn. But how low can you get your electric bill and where should you spend your efforts? Here are some thoughts.

Your HVAC

Your “big users” are the appliances that use the majority of the electricity in your home (over 10%) and are worth paying particular attention to. The biggest, of course, would be if you heat or cool with electric heating and air conditioning. There are several ways to reduce HVAC electric costs, including making sure your system is relatively modern and efficient. You can also adjust your thermostat accordingly and either close or open windows and blinds to adjust to seasonal changes.

Water Heater

Your water heater may be using up to 15% of your total electricity. If you have a full size water heater but a small family, consider downsizing your tank or using an on-demand system. There are also solar water heater systems that will heat your water without electricity.

Washer and Dryer

Only operate washers and dryers with full loads to maximize power use. Try drying lighter weight items on a clothes line or rack. Don’t dry clothes on a higher setting than necessary. It is estimated washers and dryers account for about 13% of the average electric bill.

Lighting

Many of us lose focus on how much lighting contributes to our electric use. In fact, at 12%, lighting is just behind washers and dryers in contributing to our electric bill. Replace bulbs with more energy efficient or LED bulbs and turn off the lights in rooms that are not in use.

Refrigerators and Ovens

Using about 4% each, refrigerators and electric stoves can contribute up to 8% of energy use between them. While there’s not much you can do to reduce use of these items, you may want to pay attention if you have an extra refrigerator in the garage or basement. An old refrigerator may end up costing you more than it is worth. If you need extra refrigerator space, consider an energy-efficient apartment size unit as opposed to repurposing an old refrigerators.

Of course, the rest of your electric bill will be a combination of power used for computers, cable boxes, TVs, radios and small appliances. The best you can do is keep charging cords unplugged when not in use and computers off when idle.

What could you do with an extra $20-$50 per month? Consider going on an electric diet and see how low you can go.