09/18/08 127 W, 1 I - + 13 - 9 It Ain't Over...

...till the fat lady sings. Common expression, meaning something ain't over until it's over. Wikipedia cites the origin as "the impression by many of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (aka the Ring cycle) as a lengthy opera finally concluding in an aria sung by a heavy-set woman dressed like a valkyrie." (Said cycle is a quartet of operas lasting about 15 hours!) Why are opera singers fat, you ask? This online article offers a couple theories, (a.) that a large amount of fatty tissue surrounding the voice box makes a better voice, (b.) that singers need a bigger, badder diaphragm to project their voices in grand opera halls, and (c.) that opera singing induces appetite and metabolic changes. Fascinating. Happy Friday.

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