The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20761   Message #1043331
Posted By: Wolfgang
28-Oct-03 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sicknote
I don't know whether this has been mentioned in one of the many other threads for this song:

Snopes has an entry on this story and dates it back to at least 1918:
The barrel of bricks. Snopes also cites a couple of other 'sightings' (variants) of the story.

The truly first to tell this story may have been Leonardo da Vinci who when experimenting with lifting weights at the tower of Pisa (why did he all his experiments only on that one side?) experienced a painful double encounter with a barrel of bricks and exclaimed 'Heureka, eppur si muove' for in that very moment he had the idea for the law of gravitation.