Horses and bars

God Bless America

Grand pianos

Piano solos can be inspiring. Piano duets can be whimsical. But, you might think that more than 600 pianists banging out a tune by Schubert [his Marche Militaire in D Major] could be a bit overwhelming. But, the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] reports that Franz, himself, would have approved when a melodious mob – 639 pianists to be precise – took to the stage and surrounding streets in a town in China with their grand pianos. They did it for the love of the classics and to get themselves into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Some nightcap

True aficionados of whisky are willing to pay dearly for a sip of an extraordinary scotch. Some would pay hundreds, thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars for a bottle of a rare distilled spirit. For example, a flask of Isabella’s Islay scotch once sold for more than $6 million. But, notes the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], the bottle was made with white gold and adorned with 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies, which probably had something to do with the price tag. But, AMAC says more recently a bottle of Macallan scotch that was distilled in 1927 sold for $27,000 in 1994 and just recently changed hands for a whopping $1.1 million.

Equine mischief

A horse at the famed French racetrack, Domaine de Chantilly, bucked and threw his jockey recently and then headed straight for a nearby bar. Customers scattered and ducked for cover as the skittish steed galloped from one end of the establishment to the other, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. You can bet that Paris was abuzz with jokes about horses and bars.  Perhaps you will recall the one about the horse that walked into a bar and was asked by the bartender: “why the long face.”