While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious-looking platter being served at the next table.
It looked good.
It smelled good.
He asked the waiter, “What is that you just served?”
The waiter replied, “Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are bull’s testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!”
The visitor, though momentarily daunted, said, “What the heck, I’m on holiday down here! Bring me an order!”
The waiter replied, “I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early tomorrow and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy!”
The next morning, the man returned, placed his order, and then that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day.
After a few bites, and inspecting the contents of his platter, he called to the waiter and said, “These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday!”
The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Si, Senor. Sometimes the bull he wins.”
You’ve likely seen it over the years — someone at shows raising their hand to the sky, two middle fingers down, pinky, pointer finger and thumb extended, mirroring what many refer to as the “devil horns.” But it’s quite possible that KISS‘ Gene Simmons could end up with a trademark on the gesture. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simmons has filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, awaiting to see the ruling.
Simmons says that the hand gesture was first used in commerce with the band on Nov. 14, 1974 in coordination with the KISS “Hotter Than Hell” tour. The rocker is making the claim on the hand gesture for “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist.” A diagram of the hand gesture was included with the application and can be seen here. It’s important to note that Simmons’ illustration depicts the thumb extended out, which is different from the horns with the thumb over the ring and middle fingers as popularized by Ronnie James Dio.
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