Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all decide to
go out trick-or-treating as musical composers for Halloween. They go into a costume
store and look for masks.
Jean Claude sees a costume that he likes and says, "I think I'll go as Beethoven."
Steven Seagal sees a costume that grabs his attention and says, "I'll be Mozart."
Arnold had a tough time finding a costume that he liked, but he eventually found one
that appeased his interest. He picks up a costume and said, "I'll be Bach."
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A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard when, suddenly, 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 in reverse.
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!"