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Johann Strauss II and his Black PoodleOk, I admit it. I was a Bon Jovi fan back in the day.

I did my share of lip syncing those tunes in the mirror using a brush as a microphone.

Don’t judge. You know you did it too.

“You Give Love a Bad Name” was my song of choice.

That song is probably stuck in your head now. You’re welcome.

You might think that the popularity of big hair bands was just a phenomenon of the 80’s.

Not true.

Women have been swooning over musicians (and their hair) for centuries.

Take Johann Strauss II. He was nicknamed “The Waltz King” and was one of the most famous composers from the 19th century. (He also had a nice thick head of hair.)

Johann traveled the world performing songs like “The Blue Danube”.

As women listened, they dreamt of running their fingers through his thick black mane.

Women often wrote him letters begging for a lock of his hair.

There were too many letters to count. He couldn’t keep up with the demand. He also liked his hair.

But he wanted to please his admirers.

Instead of sending pieces of his own hair, Johann would snip curls from his wife’s poodle and send those locks to his fans.

Johann’s fans were happy to have what they thought was a special keepsake from their favorite composer and Johann could keep the hair on his head intact.

It was a win-win.

Now, I heard this story from a tour guide when I was in Vienna.

Is it true?

I don’t know.

But I do know that I would love to find one of those locks of hair.

If you’re looking through family heirlooms from your crazy Viennese great aunt and stumble upon a lock of Johann Strauss’ hair, PLEASE contact me.

We should get it genetically tested, don’t you think? Let’s find out if its human or poodle.

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