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Mystery piano off Florida coast salvaged

A grand piano is seen on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, on Jan. 26.

Photo: AFP 照片:法新社

The black baby grand piano that mysteriously appeared upright on a tiny sandbar in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, capturing world attention, has been salvaged after officials ordered it removed, a report said.

A crew hired by local musician Carl Bentulan picked up the piano after his 10-year-old son suggested that they “rescue” the broken and charred instrument, the Miami Herald said.

“Every morning, he’d get up and read the paper to see if it was still there,” said Bentulan. “I finally said, ‘OK, let’s give it a try.’”

The prank’s originator, Nicholas Harrington, 16, who revealed the truth behind the piano mystery on Jan. 27, had been ordered to retrieve the piano by officials, but Bentulan beat him to it.

Harrington told the Herald he had carried out the prank with his father’s help in what began as a plan to make a video to get into art school in Manhattan.

“We were thinking of a big production, a music video epic,” he said.

The piano was left over from the set of a television series that Harrington’s father had designed, and was kept for years in a garage.

Harrington had the idea of using it as a prop in a student video that he could submit as part of his application to art school. He wanted to film the undamaged piano on the sandbar.

But before he could make it happen, the piano was torched during a raucous New Year’s Eve party.

The next day the Harringtons lowered the scorched piano into a boat, and took it out to the sandbar, where they burned it again.






1. prank n.

惡作劇 (e4 zuo4 ju4)

例: He’s really annoying the way he always tries to play pranks on people.


2. epic adj. n.

史詩般的;史詩 (shi3 shi1 ban1 de5; shi3 shi1)

例: It’s an epic story that tells the history of four generations of the same family.


3. prop n.

道具 (dao4 ju4)

例: That piano was just one of the props we wanted to use in the movie.










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