xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
News of the Weird has remarked several times on the late composer John Cage’s “4’33,” a 273-second “musical” number containing nothing but utter silence. In February 2004, according to a New York Times report, cuts from “White Album” by the band Sonic Youth were being listed for downloading on Apple’s iTunes online store, and included was “Silence,” a 63-second cut consisting of no sound at all, for which fans were nonetheless expected to pay the regular iTunes price of 99 cents. (In a subsequent clarification, a Sonic Youth spokesman said “Silence” would only be sold to purchasers who bought all of the album’s cuts.)
A 41-year-old model airplane hobbyist was killed when his radio-controlled helicopter went haywire and crashed into his neck (Houston, November).
A 27-year-old woman was killed when, during calm weather on a suburban street, a 40-foot magnolia tree fell on top of her while she was jogging (Titusville, Fla., December).
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