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A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of

a sudden he hears some music. No one is around, so he starts

searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a

grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven,

1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth

Symphony and it is being played backward! Puzzled, he leaves

the graveyard and persuades a friend to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has

changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the

previous piece, it is being played backward.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they

return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again

backward. The expert notices that the symphonies are being

played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the

9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day the word has spread and a throng has

gathered around the grave. They are all listening to the

Second Symphony being played backward.

Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group.

Someone in the crowd asks him if he has an explanation for

the music.

"Oh, it's nothing to worry about" says the caretaker. "He's

just decomposing!"

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