posted on May, 24 2010 @ 01:21 PM
A Masonic symphony orchestra was performing Beethoven's Ninth. In the piece, there's a 20 minute passage where the bass players don't play. Rather
than sit around that whole time, the bass section decided to sneak off to the tavern next door for some refreshment. After awhile and several drinks,
one of them looked at his watch. "Hey! We need to get back!" he said.
"Relax," said another. "I thought we might need some extra time, so I tied the last few pages of the conductor's score together with a string I
snagged from the violin section. It'll take awhile to get it untangled."
Later, they staggered back to the concert hall and took their proper places. About this time, a member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed
nervous, and said as much to her companion.
"Naturally," said her date. "Don't you see? It's the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the basses are loaded."