As Tim and I were driving to Blacksburg for a race this Saturday we had a conversation about BenGay. You know the magic cream you use for aches and pains. That discussion had me wondering, during the run mind you, where that name came from. I did some research and came across the only explanation that made any sense.
You see BenGay is named for the Trojan Hairdresser Benthropius Gaywadacus. He was the last person to see the great Greek warrior Achilles alive. It was said that Benthropius Gaywadacus used a salve that was made of cream, berries, and eucalyptus leaves. He had originally used this cream onthe feet of Trojan soldiers returning from battle to soothe their aching feet. He used this salve to try to treat Achilles' injury. An arrow in the back of the ankle. The only place his mother did not dip into the river Styx. The Band was later named after the river. Benthropius was not successful in saving his life , but it was said that it offered Achilles some much needed relief. And to honor him the famous cream was named Ben Gay. Now you may chose not to believe this story, but first you have to trust the source.
Now do you believe!!!!