Apropos of Nothing

December 13, 2008

Freddie Mercury – Update and Bump

Filed under: Motivational Posters — aproposofnothing @ 9:55 pm




His Statue in Montreux, Switzerland





One of the best bands ever, see more here.

10 Facts About Freddie Mercury
h/t Mental Floss

1. He designed the Queen emblem (AKA the Queen Crest) himself, thanks to a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College. The crest is made of the zodiac signs of the whole band – two Leo lions for John Deacon and Roger Taylor, a Cancer crab for Brian May and two fairies to represent Freddie’s Virgo sign. The “Q” and the crown represent the band name, of course, and a phoenix protects the whole thing.

2. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara; he started going by Freddie when he was at St. Peter’s, a boarding school for boys near Mumbai. He legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury around 1970, when Queen was formed.

3. He and family (parents and one sister, Kashmira) were Parsis and practiced Zoroastrian religion. Even though he hadn’t practiced in years, his funeral was performed by a Zoroastrian priest.

4. Freddie was born in Zanzibar – his family moved there so his dad could continue his career at the British Colonial Office.

5. Freddie had a recorded range of three (almost four) octaves. Mariah Carey claims five, for some perspective. When he spoke he was more of a baritone, but majority of his singing fell in the tenor range.

6. He had a long-term girlfriend in the early 70s named Mary Austin. Even after they broke up, they remained incredibly close. He gave an interview in 1985 and said that she was his only friend and he didn’t want any other friends. He wrote “Love of My Life” about her and was the godfather of her first son. When he died, he left her most of his money, his house, and his recording royalties.

7. Although he was obviously very flamboyant on stage, most people who knew him intimately said he was very shy in his personal life – one of the reasons he very rarely granted interviews.

8. Freddie and his manager issued a statement confirming that he had AIDS the very day before he died. It had been widely speculated for a couple of years due to his gaunt appearance and Queen’s sudden lack of touring. Some people were very upset by this delayed statement, saying that an earlier announcement could have raised a vast amount of money for the cause.

9. He loved cats and had as many as 10 at one point. He even had an album and a song dedicated to his cats (Mr. Bad Guy). He wrote a song about his favorite cat, Delilah. Here’s a bit of it:

Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re irresistible
You make me smile when I’m just about to cry
You bring me hope, you make me laugh – you like it
You get away with murder, so innocent
But when you throw a moody you’re all claws and you bite –
That’s alright !
Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re unpredictable
You make me so very happy
When you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me
And then you make me slightly mad
When you pee all over my Chippendale Suite


10. The “bottomless mic” was among Freddie’s many trademarks. Here’s how that happened: early in Queen’s career, he was apparently mid-show when his mic stand snapped in half. Instead of having it replaced, Freddie just used it as-is. He must have liked it, because he used the mic “stick” from then on.


  1. its Freddie Mercury not Freddy Mercury, dumbas..

    Comment by lol — April 3, 2008 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  2. Tasteful.. not.

    Comment by Anon — April 15, 2008 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  3. It’s “dumbass”, not “dumbas”, ass-hat.

    Comment by Anon — May 22, 2008 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  4. You can’t die of AIDs, dumbasses.

    Comment by anonymous — June 10, 2008 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

    • you can die from aids. DUMBASS!

      Comment by poof — April 19, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  5. I like it. I’m a huge queen fan, and I still find it funny. Also, if you want to get really specific, Freddie died of pnumonia brought on by the AIDS.
    and he’s right, it is spelled “Freddie”.

    Comment by Laydi Nite — June 10, 2008 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  6. I got rid of the misspelled image and added a few more pics for you guys.

    Comment by aproposofnothing — June 10, 2008 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  7. Well, he never claimed he died of aids, he negated that claim. Epic Level Bard, Nice ! I think these are more praise than anything else, really, and why not ? Freddie Mercury is easily one of the best if not the best Singer since we’ve been recording them, I can’t say for any longer than that, for what proof ? But Still, Even if he hadn’t had well-written music, a good band, and all that damn sex-appeal, his sheer tallent would be enough to have him remembered for.

    Comment by HoundDog — August 23, 2008 @ 9:18 am | Reply

  8. Whomever posted the comment that you cannot die of AIDS is the most arrogant person i have ever heard

    Comment by Sian — October 1, 2008 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

    • no. you are. wow.

      Comment by matt — May 30, 2010 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  9. queen was and always will be one of the best bands ever. oh, and by the way, you can so die from aids you friggin’ retard

    Comment by j.j. — October 19, 2008 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  10. For you uneducated dipshits, AIDS has never been the direct cause of anyone’s death. If you don’t understand how immune deficiency works, then perhaps you should not comment on it.

    Comment by hecktor dangus — November 26, 2008 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  11. hecktor dangus is right. You guys are dumb. AIDS doesnt kill you. Getting sick from something else while having AIDS kills you.

    Comment by Magical Unicorn — November 29, 2008 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  12. But yes these is hysterical. :) love freddie!!

    Comment by Magical Unicorn — November 29, 2008 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  13. Freddie will always live on through his music.
    We miss you Freddie!

    Comment by Delilah — December 15, 2008 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  14. Freddie will always live on, through his music.
    We miss you Freddie!

    Comment by Delilah — December 15, 2008 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  15. I really like the epic bard, if Mercury was a d&d character, he’d be like, level forty at least

    Comment by Luigi — December 19, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  16. ok u can die from aids because it affects your cells and there are 4million deaths a year due to aids/HIV. See while HIV can’t kill people aids can. I think u might have those two mixed up

    Comment by jay — December 31, 2008 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  17. It’s just the opposite. AIDS is an Auto Immune Deficency, like arthritis and muscular disterphy and MS. HIV is the Human Immune Virus that leaves you’re immunity system so suceptable to secondary infections, that those are the diseases that kill you. Why do you ignoramouses post such idiotic and petty comments? I’m amazed at the ignorance out there and thought I’d post this to maybe inform someone.

    Comment by james dillenburg — January 12, 2009 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  18. I shouldn’t have used the word ignoramuses, I should have typed dumbasses.

    Comment by james dillenburg — January 12, 2009 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  19. I’m going to set this straight for you guys

    AIDS means ‘ aquired immuno-deficiency’
    This causes your immune system to collapse, White blood cells stop being produced so your body is less protected for diseases, illnesses and the like
    This by itself cannot kill you, only weaken your defenses

    HIV means ‘human immunodeficiency virus’ this begins to disrupt cell behaviour and weakens your body further,

    Death is caused when a disease or illness, e.g. Pneumonia, enters the body when aids/hiv has weakened the immune systems which would normally prevent this.
    The eventual death us caused by an illness which enters the body this way, NOT by the AIDs or HUV virus itself

    I hope this clears things up because I hate to see arguments on pages like this, only wishing to pay tribute to a very special person,
    Rest now freddy, your work is done, when our time comes, we’ll see you again, in heaven

    Comment by Skoz — February 21, 2009 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  20. Freddie Mercury is amazing. he’s just simply amazing.

    do you know whatever happened with the biopic they were working on?
    i believe it was dinero..? maybe i could be wrong

    Comment by lolabmac — March 26, 2009 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  21. Actually, AIDS is an acronym for ‘Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome,’ and Human Immuno-Virus (HIV) is the disease that causes the syndrome. here’s a breakdown on how HIV/AIDS plays it’s part in killing people:

    HIV->AIDS->Secondary Infection->Death

    For further questions I would advise you contact your local medical facility.

    R.I.P. Freddie

    Comment by UknowImright — May 20, 2009 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  22. actually, AIDS stands for “Alien Investigation & Defense Service” from the Peter Jackson film Bad Taste.

    ignor-anuses. gosh.

    Comment by anon — June 29, 2009 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  23. AIDS = Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
    HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus

    Don’t you people know about a website called wikipedia? Or are you all ignorant about it’s existence? =D
    Anyway, Freddie won’t die as long as people listens to Queen… And I doubt that will ever happen =)

    Comment by Juan — April 7, 2010 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

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