Today I learned about exploding head syndrome, an event in which a person hallucinates a short and extremely loud noise as they are falling asleep. Despite the name, the syndrome isn’t associated to any dangerous condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
In 1964, Bell Labs built a large space antenna. Upon testing, two of their scientists encountered β€˜interference’, which could not be isolated. After multiple attempts to fix the bug, they determined the β€œnoise” was in fact, a remnant β€˜hum’ from the Big Bang. They went on to win The Nobel Prize. nbcnews.com/science/space…
In Babylonian mythology, Enli ,god of Storms and winds, flooded the world because humans were making too much noise and disturbing his sleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enl…
The supermarket Lidl released a 21-track compilation album in 2019 featuring common noises found in their stores. dummymag.com/news/swedish…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
Open-plan offices can lead to increases in health problems in officeworkers. The design increases noise polution and removes privacy which increases stress. Ultimately the design is related to lower job satisfaction and higher staff turnover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
An β€œugly stick” is a traditional Newfoundland musical instrument fashioned out of household and tool shed items, typically a mop handle with bottle caps, tin cans, small bells and other noise makers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugl…
Japan uses high frequency noises that only young people can hear to disperse loitering teenagers bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In 2014, due to a glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes, a Taylor Swift song titled β€œTrack 3” was released and immediately shot to the top of the charts. Fans who downloaded the song had purchased eight seconds of static noise for $1.29. time.com/3531142/taylor-s…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
When a peacock shakes his tail, it produces a low pitched sound humans can't hear despite the noise being about as loud as a car going past a few metres away. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Today I learned about the "Forest Grove sound," an unexplained noise that annoyed and frustrated the town of Forest Grove, Oregon, for several days and nights in February 2016. The source of the loud, piercing sound, which was likened to car brakes or a "mechanical scream," was never identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
To create the iconic siren in 'The Purge' director James DeMonaco told his sound designers to listen to the noise the aliens made in Spielberg's 'War of the World' because it's the one sound in a movie that really freaked him out. collider.com/james-demona…
Today I learned that auto makers have been adding fake engine noises to their car speaker systems, or even adding entirely separate speaker systems to increase the rumble and depth of the sound of engines to compensate for modern efficiency resulting in less oomph. It’s called a Soundaktor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The shape of Pringles purposely causes a loud sound when consumed. This loud noise causes people to perceive the chips as fresher and crispier. flavourjournal.biomedcent…
Today I learned about Sound of Colleagues, a white noise machine that emulates the sound of an office. A creative collaboration that was created as a reaction to this spring's strict work from home policies in Sweden. soundofcolleagues.com/
Anechoic chambers are the quietest places on Earth and have background noises measured in negative decibels. After a few minutes in chambers, you can hear your heartbeat and blood circulating in your ears and may experience troubles with orienting yourself or even standing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ane…
Tomato juice tastes better during air travel; increased noise has been shown to suppress sweetness, and heighten umami flavor from naturally occurring MSG in tomatoes. technology.org/2018/12/31…
The South Korea airspace closes temporarily at the annual South Korean CSAT day (the '21 test is today) from 13:05 to 14:20 when the English Section begins. It is for preventing loud noises from impairing the students' ability in the Listening Section. koreabizwire.com/govt-res…
Computers are incapable of producing randomness so when perfoming tasks like procedural generation they use outside sources like the mouse position or the fan noise as a starting point or even use "pseudorandom" generation algorithms using pre-made numbers. howtogeek.com/183051/htg-…
When you open your eyes in a perfectly dark room you don't see black, but "Eigengrau", a shade of gray that arises from visual noise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
The second verse of "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy is written in dactylic hexameter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dac…
Tiger Moths can beat their wings in a way that noise cancels a hunting bat's echolocation attempts to find it. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes - to the point where multiple takes needed to be re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. mashable.com/2018/03/13/l…
Today I learned about misophonia; a recently proven brain abnormality which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking (as well as other trigger noises). time.com/4659308/misophon…
Today I learned of the Airborne Cigar, a British WWII system to jam German air force communications by locating their frequencies and broadcasting noise over them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
, fresh snow absorbs sound, lowering ambient noise over a landscape because the trapped air between snowflakes attenuate vibration. That’s why it gets so quiet when it snows accuweather.com/en/weathe…
Today I learned about 'The Hum' - an unexplained low frequency humming noise heard across the world by certain people since the 1980's. The Hum has led people to suicide due to its invasiveness. science.howstuffworks.com…
When shooting Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth timed his shot so that the noise would be masked by the audience’s laughter. Being an actor, he knew the play Lincoln was watching by heart. Lincoln was laughing when shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
There is a company attempting to heal aging and noise-related permanent hearing loss by utilizing the same regenerative properties naturally found in our intestines biospace.com/article/rele…
Herring fish communicate with each other underwater through flatulence or fart, the noise is always accompanied by a stream of bubbles inshorts.com/en/news/herr…
Hedgehogs have noisy sex known as β€œIgelkarussell” in Germany, which led to many noise complaints from German residents keeping them up at night. nypost.com/2019/08/05/noi…
Cats directly register, which means that when they walk, their hind paws land in the same place as their front paws to reduce tracks and noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about Exploding Head Syndrome, a sleep/headache disorder in which a person may hear a loud, hallucinatory noise right before falling asleep/waking up. Despite the vivid name, it is completely harmless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Pilots departing from California's John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below. avgeekery.com/whats-rolle…
Giraffes were thought to be nearly completely silent because their long necks make vocal vibration difficult. However, researchers spent 8 years recording almost 1000 hours of audio at three zoos and discovered that giraffes produce a deep, spooky humming noise, almost like tantric chanting. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
Today I learned of the Winsor Hum, a mysterious, low-pitched noise that has plagued residents of Windsor, ON since 2011. No one fully knows its origin. nytimes.com/2018/02/19/wo…
Cats have a precise method of walking called "direct registering." Their hind paws fall inside the place of their forepaws, minimizing noise and visible tracks, while ensuring more stable footing thinkinganimation.com/dir…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
The whistling noise when bombs are dropped are an actual intentional design for psychological warfare in WW2. mechstuff.com/why-did-air…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Today I learned of Exploding Head Syndrome - a little understood condition in which people experience a sudden loud noise either when waking or when falling asleep. Some also experience a flashing light, myoclonic jerks or tachycardia. The cause is unknown but some conspiracy theories have emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Cats can recognize their owners voice and tone when they are calling for them from other voices and background noises. Their brain registers the sound, but the cat just can’t be bothered to respons. io9.gizmodo.com/study-bac…
The Tyrannosaurus Rex didn’t roar but rather they would make a low, almost grumble noise and use the vibrations from that noise to communicate, this is because they were actually stealthy hunters and would wait in the wooded areas and stalk their prey. Use headphones to listen to the video youtu.be/cpipaUfcnmM
In 1831, a train suffered a boiler explosion when a fireman grew tired of listening to it whistle, and tried to stop the noise by placing a piece of lumber on the safety valve and sitting on it. The blocked valve caused the pressure within the boiler to exceed its capacity, and it exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
In Sweden you agree with someone by sucking in air. In Sweden (and Norway), to show you’re on the same page as someone, you make a sharp sucking noise instead of saying "I agree" or nodding. It’s their way of letting you know they’re listening without interrupting the flow of conversation. contiki.com/six-two/noddi…
Lots of people order Bloody Marys on aeroplanes but never drink them on the ground. This is because rich umami flavours - like those found in tomato juice - are one of the few tastes that aren't dulled by loud engine noise. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
The dinosaur noises in the "Jurassic Park" movie were made from recordings of tortoise sex. digitalspy.com/fun/a47278…
Today I learned of the Tulsa Center of the Universe. An acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing. atlasobscura.com/places/t…

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