Marconi believed, late on in life, that no sound ever dies completely. He dreamt of building a device strong enough to pick up the actual words of Jesus at the 'Sermon on the Mount'. americanscientist.org/art…
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
Contrary to myth, bats aren't blind. Research shows that depending on the circumstances, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. In fact, many bats don't echolocate at all. These species have particularly sharp vision, and can even see ultraviolet light britannica.com/story/are-…
A researcher recorded more than 100 animal handlers and found it's pretty much universal -- regardless of the language spoken or the animal being handled -- that humans use short, repeated sounds to get an animal to go or speed up, and long, slow sounds to get an animal to stop or slow down. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
Chuck Yeager enlisted as private, was an aircraft mechanic before becoming a pilot, got shot down over France but escaped, had 11.5 aerial victories, broke the sound barrier and multiple speed records as a test pilot, and retired from the US Air Force after 34 years as a brigadier general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 only after Bell Aircraft balked at the $150,000 bonus requested by their own test pilot. Yeager completed the task as part of his standard USAAF $283/month Captain’s salary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The 58-story Millennium Tower, the "Leaning Tower of San Francisco", has sunk 18 inches with lean of 14 inches (as of 2018). Residents have reported various "creaking" and "popping sounds". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The Law and Order "clang" sound is actually 6-7 separate sounds, including the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping on a wooden floor. ew.com/article/1993/02/26…
Musicians formed the Music Defense League in 1930 to fight against movies with sound. They worried that without people playing music live at the movies, like in the silent era, they would lose jobs so they ran an expensive campaign arguing about how robots were taking over the world. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2015, police in Australia were called to a flat after neighbours were woken by the sounds of screaming, yelling, and destruction of furniture. It turned out to be a man trying to kill a spider. edition.cnn.com/2015/11/2…
Beethoven never went completely deaf. Although his hearing loss affected his professional and personal life, he could still hear speech and music until 1812 and at the end of his life was still able to distinguish low tones and sudden loud sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Operation Wandering Soul was a psychological warfare campaign used by the United States during the Vietnam war where eerie sounds and altered screams were played in battlefields. This exploited the Vietnamese belief that unburied soldiers’ souls would wander in constant pain and suffering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to researchers who diagnosed, Misophonia, which is a condition causing distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds improbable.com/ig-about/w…
During various historical periods, competing instrumentalists tried to produce a more "brilliant" sound, creating "pitch inflation". At the start of the 17th century, pitch levels became so high that singers had severe throat strain, and lutenists and viol players complained of snapped strings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 1994, Harley-Davidson tried to trademark the distinct sound that they are know for, unsuccessfully. imotorbike.my/news/en/202…
Since Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a trained Broadway singer, he had to re-record the famous George answering machine song because he sung it too well; Larry David wanted him to purposely sing terrible to make it sound believable. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Today I learned of the New Orleans "Yat accent", which sounds more similar (and is likely related to) the New York accent instead of the southern Cajun accent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Mayan people constructed the temples in a way that a handclap at the base of the temple produces an echo that sounds like the call of the sacred Quetzal bird. For them the bird was a messenger of the gods. io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how…
New quality Heckel bassoons need to be played in, so musicians would not know what its true voice sounds like for about a year. The majority of American players choose "historical" used models and there is also a demand for bocals or mouthpiece parts made before WWII ryanromine.net/RyanRomine…
Today I Learned That Arabic uses numbers as a substitute for sounds we don’t have in English in their chat language iwillteachyoualanguage.co…
The term "Slapstick Comedy" came from the a comedy style known as β€œCommedia Dell'arte” in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor, with little force needed to make a loud and comical sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
The majority of Egyptian hieroglyphs represent sounds, not objects/ideas. In English, this would be like using pictures of a pear, ant, and hood to write "parenthood." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
When the Australian film The Story of the Kelly Gang (the first-ever full length narrative feature film) was released in 1906, the screenings of the silent film were accompanied by live sound effects, including blank cartridges as gunshots and coconut shells beaten together to simulate hoofbeats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Chuck Yeager, the first pilot in history to have exceeded the speed of sound was assigned as advisor to the Pakistani Air Force by then US Ambassador to Pakistan during the 1971 war against India. His aircraft, a Beechcraft was destroyed in an Indian air raid on an airbase in Islamabad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
In the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh, the character Joey Wheeler speaks without honorifics, making his way of speaking sound informal/rude. This is conveyed in the English dub by giving him a Brooklyn accent. screenrant.com/yu-gi-oh-j…
Co-inventor of the airplane Orville Wright was still alive when the sound barrier was broken in 1947 by Chuck Yeager. historycollection.com/10-…
Today I learned of the Pig Organ, an musical instrument that produces sound from pigs by poking them. Created as a response to a challenge by King Louis XI. Pigs were sorted according to size and tone which when spiked would produce a harmony or melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
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…
During the Vietnam War the US tried to weaponize the religious beliefs of the Vietnamese. They believed anyone improperly buried would wander the earth in agony. So the US played horrifying sounds of a wailing Vietnamese man over the jungle at night as part of a psyop campaign. youtu.be/eMPQXOqjidI
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…
A propeller powered aircraft can break the sound barrier. hartzellprop.com/can-prop…
Jet aircraft actually do sound louder in extreme sub zero temperatures. startribune.com/why-do-ai…
XF-84H, aka Thunderscreech, is perhaps the loudest aircraft ever. A turboprop plane intended to break the sound barrier, its single propeller visibly produced a continuous sonic boom that radiated for 100s of yards. Ground crew were regularly incapacitated by nausea and, in one case, a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
In 1993 Pixar wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, but Crystal declined. The studio did a composite of what Buzz Lightyear would sound like with Crystal’s voice using audio from When Harry Met Sally. youtu.be/CXf8e_YL0kE
Scientists discovered broadcasting the sound of a healthy coral reef on underwater speakers in dead areas along the Great Barrier Reef resulted in life returning and thriving. Twice as many fish visited those areas with speakers compared to spots on the reef without speakers. nexusmedianews.com/scient…
When Gene Kelly was asked to direct the movie The Sound of Music, he declined saying "Go find someone else to direct this piece of sh*t" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Alan Rickman's signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. advocate.com/arts-enterta…
The King Cobra's hiss sounds more like an angry, growling dog than a snake. animalplanet.com/tv-shows…
Plants emit informative airborne sounds under stress. biorxiv.org/content/10.11…
The footwear company ASICS is an acronym for the Roman poet Juvenal's quote: "anima sana in corpore sano" (a sound mind in a sound body). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juv…
The first virtual reality headset was patented in 1960 by inventor Morton Heilig; the head-mounted display had two screens and was known as the β€œTelesphere Maskβ€œ - this device featured stereoscopic (3-D) TV, wide vision and true stereo sound interestingengineering.co…
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…
The current British dynasty is only known as the House of Windsor because they changed their original German name during World War I to sound more British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt edited all three Star Wars prequels, despite having no feature film editing experience beyond a Young Indiana Jones TV movie, which he also directed and co-wrote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The world’s smallest playable guitar was made by Cornell University. Placed end-to-end, you can fit 20 of them across the width of human hair. Each string can be plucked but at just 100 atoms wide, they would make no audible sound. news.cornell.edu/stories/…
NASA has electronically placed 116 photos and a variety of natural sounds such as those of surf, wind and animals, which are carried onboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft throughout the solar system. It's a proof to extraterrestrial life of human existence . petapixel.com/2015/11/11/…
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear. The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification. It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size. dundeesciencecentre.org.u…

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