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I had the weirdest dream the other day, except I don't think it was a dream.

I was driving from the library to Target, listening to NPR. I mention that not to be snooty, but because it's a vital piece of information in the story.

I wasn't really paying attention to the radio. Miriam was squawking about something from the backseat, or maybe I was trying to remember why I was going to Target in the first place. All of a sudden, I heard the opening strains of "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music being played on a guitar.

Except it wasn't being sung in English, or even German (which would make less sense, really, because that song was written specifically for the musical). It was being sung in Farsi.

By the time we got to Target, the song was over. And then the announcer (do you call them DJs on NPR?) spoke up and said, simply, "Ladies and Gentlemen,
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

What the?!?! Did that really happen? Did the president of Iran show up at some open-mike place - perhaps near Columbia University - and sing Edelweiss in Farsi? And somehow, NPR got a recording of it and broadcast it on national (public!) radio?

I've Googled every combination of words I can think of to bring up a news article or blurb that will confirm that this event actually occurred. So far, I haven't found anything.

Can anyone help me out with this?

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