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The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was playing Beethoven's Ninth, which involved the bass players to do nothing for twenty minutes until playing the final movement. So, instead of standing there and looking stupid, they went to the tavern across the street and bought around of drinks.


Unfortunately, they got a little too drunk and were already five minutes late by the time they left the tavern. "Now what are we going to do?" asked one.


"Not to worry," another said, "I tied up the score so the conductor will have to untie it. That should leave us a few minutes."


Quietly, the bass players snuck in. The room was pandemonium; the conductor and her assistant were vainly trying to untie the score, the audience is in panic, and some orchestra members are sneaking back into their posisitions! A young lady from the audience asked her companion if he had any words to describe the scene. He replied:


"It's the bottom of the ninth, the score is tied, and the bassists are loaded!"

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