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Joke of the Day – October 8: Mozart in the Cemetery

Some people think classical music is scary, but this is ridiculous.

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When Mozart passed away he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery, and he happened to hear a strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried. Terrified, he ran and got the town priest.

The priest leaned over the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music. Frightened himself, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.

The magistrate bent his ear to  the grave and heard the music and said, “yes, that’s Mozart’s 9th symphony being played backward.” He listened a while longer and said, “there’s the 8th symphony, and it’s backward, too. Most puzzling.” He kept listening, “there’s the 7th symphony, too, and the 6th and 5th symphonies, all backward!”

Suddenly, the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate. He stood up and announced to the gathering crowd at the cemetery, “my fellow citizens, there’s nothing to worry about! It’s just Mozart…decomposing.”

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