Most people are familiar with stories about a performer making outrageous demands in their contract, such as having only certain kinds of food and/or drink back stage. The most famous of these stories involve Van Halen and removal of brown M&M's from the candy bowl.
According to the latest issue of Mental Floss magazine, there was a more practical reason for this request:
Far from a diva demand, the candy clause was a brilliant safety feature. Van Halen shows required tons of gear that required specific fixtures to run safely. One look at the M&Ms told the band's manager whether the venue had read the whole contract: Brown candy meant potentially deadly working conditions.
So, what's the lesson? Check your assumptions. Could the person you are working with truly be a diva? Sure. But, there might be some method to his or her madness....or you could be like Nigel Tufnel: