Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), celebrated conductor and composer, achieved his greatest success when he collaborated with W.S. Gilbert on several comic operas. Returning home late one night after a more than usually robust party, Sullivan found that he could not tell his own house from a terraced row of identical residences on the same street.
His devotion to music did not desert him, however. Walking along the row he paused to kick the metal shoe scrapers that stood by the sides of the front entrances. One sounded familiar.
"That's it ... E-flat," Sullivan muttered, whereupon he walked confidently to his own door.
----------------A Final Thought ...
"I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule."
- W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911), English librettist. Pooh-Bah, in The Mikado, act 1 (1885). It's of interest to note that in his librettos Gilbert went out of his way to poke fun at popular theories of Darwinian evolution whenever he could.