Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Decomposing

The BEET GOES ON ..?


A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears music.  Could it be Andre Rieu, he thinks to himself? He looks around but no one can be seen, 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 Beethoven's 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 backwards.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backwards.

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 crowd 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 group asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"I would have thought it was obvious,"  the caretaker says: "He's decomposing."

Rick Michaelson

10 comments:

Helly said...

That story has a carbon footprint that smells like burnt toast. Here's a great chemistry joke from Paddle Georgia.

Two shads walked into a bar. The first shad ordered H2O. The other shad said, "I'll have H2O too."

His drink tasted funny and then he died.

Anonymous said...

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
Tim

DonM said...

I don't know how you got my brother's name Rick attached to that because I believe he has never visited you. He's a hard core Democrap and he wouldn't like your postings but he's my Bro.

DougM said...

"I like Switzerland. It's nice, and the flag is a plus." Jon Butterworth in "Smashing Physics" (Ch.7)

Stu Tarlowe said...

A neutron sits at the bar and orders several drinks in succession. When he calls for his bill, the bartender says, "For you, no charge!"

Stu Tarlowe said...

'Sorry that shad ran down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible.

However, on a totally serious note, a 3% H2O2 solution (the kind generally bottled for home use) makes a good emergency emetic for dogs.

It's also one of the ingredients in a quick'n'easy de-skunking remedy: mix 3% H2O2, baking soda and dishwashing liquid; use it quickly to bathe the dog; and don't put the mixture in a closed container or it'll explode.

Anonymous said...

That binary joke is great, but it doesn't work verbally, only in print (because "10" in the binary system is not "ten").

On the other hand, this one works either way:
"4/3 of the people don't understand fractions."

Or simply, "There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can't."

Ann Hedonia and Sam Paku

DougM said...

How can you expect any kind of human progress when about half the people are below average intelligence?

Anonymous said...

To make matters worse, they're all in elected positions in the gov't.
-- Skyhawker Doug

Anonymous said...

Guy walks into a bar with a duck on his head....

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