Puccini & Toscanini: The Cake
Giacomo Puccini was in the habit, every Christmas, of sending a cake to each of his friends. After quarreling with Toscanini one year, he attempted to cancel the order for his cake. The confection, he was told, had already been shipped.
Puccini, peeved, promptly sent Toscanini a telegram: "Cake sent by mistake." Some time later, he received a reply: "Cake eaten by mistake."
During a rehearsal of Puccini's Tosca one day, Maria Jeritza slipped and fell on her way to the sofa from which she was supposed to...