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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
The American Bald Eagle sounds like a seagull. The mighty screech that is often dubbed over the image of a bald eagle is actually the cry of a Red Tailed Hawk. youtube.com/watch?v=PQ2uM…
During a live performance in 1965, The Kinks guitarist Dave Davies asked drummer Mick Avory "Why don’t you get your cock out and play the snare with it? It’ll probably sound better." In response, Avory knocked Davies unconscious with a cymbal and then fled the venue, thinking he'd killed him. walesonline.co.uk/news/wa…
Today I learned of Gunner, a stray Australian dog who, after being wounded in a WW2 air raid, could distinguish so accurately between the sounds of Allied and Japanese planes that he could give 20 mins warning before an air attack. He was taken in by the RAAF and given a role detecting air attacks on Darwin. aviationhumor.net/gunner-…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The phrase β€œpull out all the stops” derives from pipe organs. Organ stops, the knobs around the organ console, are pulled or pushed to control whether or not a section of pipes produce sound, and consequently the volume. When you need to play an organ at full volume, you pull out all the stops. thetabernaclechoir.org/ar…
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…
I learned about the Trans-Atlantic Accent which was cultivated Hollywood in the 1920's-40's to blend prestigious American and British accents for broader appeal, which is why people sound so different in older tv, films and radio back then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The word "ClichΓ©" originates from the clicking sound made when printing plates are used to create the same text over and over. The plates used in this process are also known as "stereotypes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Gen. Chuck Yeager, a WWII fighter ace, the first human ever to break the speed of sound and considered the greatest test pilot of his generation, is still alive. The last time he surpassed Mach 1 was in 2012, when he was just 89 years old. edition.cnn.com/2013/01/3…
The current owner of the "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" flying car is director Peter Jackson. He could would drive cast members of The Hobbit films around in the car while playing the main theme song through a sound system. causeafrockus.com/2018/04…
Today I learned that β€˜The Rule is Not "A" Before Consonants and "An" Before Vowels’, the rule is actually based around the sound of the word. For example: He has a unique point of view on the subject and talked about it for an hour. writersdigest.com/.amp/wr…
A Connecticut man purchased a 17 lb lobster named "Lucky Larry" from a restaurant & released him into an undisclosed location in Long Island Sound likely not to be dragged by fishermen. Based on Larry's size, he's estimated to be about 80 years old. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
The rap group Run the Jewels released a remix of their 2nd album entitled "Meow the Jewels" which was essentially Run the Jewels 2 but with all the instruments replaced by cat sounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
Brian Eno created the Windows 95 startup sound. He ended up finishing the final touches using a Macintosh computer, because he doesn’t like Windows machines. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of hacking phone lines via whistling. Captain Crunch aka Thomas Draper used a toy whistle packaged in boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal to hack telephone lines ("phreaking") to get free calls. The blind pioneer of phreaking, Joybubbles, could even produce this 2600hz sound by whistling with his mouth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/260…
No safety alarms sound and alert during the emergency on the day of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion because they had been silenced to spare workers from being woken up by false alarms. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
English and Norwegian share not only the same syntax, but also have very similar pronunciation / sounds and even shared words (although usually with different meanings). English is classified as western Germanic but it fits all the characteristics of a northern Germanic language. partner.sciencenorway.no/…
Heat Lightning isn’t an actual type of lightning. It’s the reflection of lightning on clouds from a thunderstorm so distant (and obscured by hills, mountains, curvature of the Earth, etc.) that we can no longer hear the accompanying sound. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
There's a mass grave near Chicago containing about 60 circus performers. Some visitors report hearing ghostly elephant sounds at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The sound of a baby crying can cause the mother's breasts to begin leaking. romper.com/p/why-do-your-…
Some people can voluntarily cause a rumbling sound in their ears by tensing the tensor tympani muscle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Today I learned of Globophobia or the fear of balloons. Suffers of globophobia generally fear the sound of balloons popping and will normally refuse to touch, feel or go near them for fear of popping them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
[] A "Who wants to be a millionaire" contestant, Charles Ingram cheated his way to the 1 Million British Pound question by using a trick. The production team discovered that whenever Ingram read out an answer that was correct, an accomplice from the audience would make a coughing sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Voyager I and II space probes, which are currently racing through interstellar space, each include a golden record with 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth and 90 minutes of music (including Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Good') smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The minimum sound threshold a human ear drum can detect is 1x10^-12 watts/square meter. To put in perspective just how sensitive that is, if our ear drum was the size of England, it could detect the weight of a banana on it. courses.lumenlearning.com…
The "piano" means "soft" in Italian. The instrument's name is actually short for "pianoforte" (soft-loud) which is short for β€œgravicembalo col piano e forte” (harpsichord with soft and loud). Calling it "piano" defeats the purpose of its original name that meant to depict its dynamic sound. kitsappianolessons.com/wh…
Today I learned about the mosquito alarm, a device used to repel teenagers by emitting a high pitched sound that can only be heard by younger people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Ye" would have actually sounded like "The" and not "yee". It was a typographical style as to why a letter Y was used instead of the thorn character which made a "th" sound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Dr. Robert Lopez, a vet, suspected a connection between cat ear mites and a child's rash, experimenting by transferring them into his left ear. "I heard scratching sounds... as the mites began to explore my ear canal." He repeated the experiment twice, and won the Ig Nobel Prize in entomology. theguardian.com/education…
Harley-Davidson filed a trademark application in 1994 for the sound produced by their motorcycles. After many objections and even litigation, they dropped all efforts in 2000. svw.co.za/the-harley-davi…
Young children develop "theory of mind" earlier if they know two languages, and in older people, bilingualism can postpone the onset of dementia. Researchers say the statement that learning languages makes people smarter has a sound scientific basis. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The writers if Airplane! bought the rights to Zero Hour! and that the propeller sound the jet engines make throughout the movie were sampled directly from Zero Hour! laughingsquid.com/zero-ho…
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…
The forward speakers in a movie theater are actually behind the screen. The screen has about 5500 tiny perforations to allow the sound through. Typically there are speakers left, center, and right to better represent the sound source from on screen out to the audience. soundandvision.com/conten…
A small island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay named Tangier Island still speaks a dialect of Old Modern English that sounds the most like British English. youtu.be/AIZgw09CG9E
Today I learned of ablaut reduplication, an unwritten English rule that makes "tick-tock" sound normal, but not "tock-tick". When repeating words, the first vowel is always an I, then A or O. "Chit chat" not "chat chit"; "ping pong" not "pong ping", etc. It's unclear why this rule exists, but it's never broken rd.com/culture/ablaut-red…
Scientists created a sound so loud that it can instantly boil water cnet.com/news/stanford-sc…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Shortly after the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" Darth Vader's name was changed to Lord Fener in Italy. This is because the word "vader' in Italian sounds like "toilet". myneatstuff.ca/store/hof-…
The 1990s AOL modem sound was a sequence that allowed digital devices to piggyback on an analog telephone network to use sound waves to carry data across phone lines theatlantic.com/technolog…
By rubbing its penis across its abdomen, the water boatman can produce 99 dB of sound making it the loudest animal in the world, relative to its size. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Bears do NOT snarl/growl like they do in movies tv, commercials. They are depicted snarling, lips back, wide mouth. The bears doing this are not making sound, but simply opening their mouths as a trained behaviour. The sounds are added later, and are usually other animals such as wolves or lions bear.org/training-bears/
Famed Grateful Dead sound engineer Better Cantor Jackson lost over 1000 original board tapes when her storage locker was liquidated in a sale. Some of the tapes inside crates were purchased by a teacher who tried to sell them for $1 million despite being offered $100,000 by the band. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Michael Winslow, the actor and comedian, billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice, is only one of three actors to be in all seven Police Academy films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
Infrasound, a sound wave with frequencies below 20 Hz making it unable to be heard by people, can cause recipients to feel fear, anxiety, sorrow, depression, and nausea; it has also caused recipients to see hallucinations which causes them to think of it as a paranormal/supernatural event. eastcoastrip.org/weather-…
Thomas Dolby (of "She blinded me with Science!" Founded a Sound technology company called Beatnik, which created the Nokia tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about the β€œSeneca Drums,” a mysterious booming sound that comes from Seneca Lake in upstate NY. fingerlakes.com/about/his…
Actor/singer Sheb Wooley, who sang β€œThe Purple People Eater” is also the voice of the famous Wilhelm scream sound effect used in movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and more. youtu.be/Zf8aBFTVNEU
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
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…
Airplanes at high cruising altitudes (20-30K+ft/6-9k+m), despite going slower than the speed of sound (~767mph/1238km/h) are technically flying supersonic. That's because the speed of sound decreases with pressure and pressure drops with altitude. youtu.be/p1PgNbgWSyY?t=91…
The legendary 1981 film "Das Boot" was shot as if it were a silent film, with all of the dialogue and sound added later, because the cameras and their newly developed gyroscopic stabilizers, used for the submarine interiors, drowned out the dialogue and diegetic sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Bruceploitation was a practice where filmmakers hired Bruce Lee lookalikes to cash in on his popularity after his death. Some actors even changed their names to sound similar to Bruce Lee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Scientists placed speakers on dead patches of coral in the Great Barrier Reef and replicated the sounds of healthy coral reef. They discovered that twice as many fish arrived and stayed compared to equivalent patches where no sound was played. cnn.com/2019/12/02/world/…
Today I learned of Semantic Satiation: the psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
The β€˜sound’ produced by an ultrasound machine is made from applying an electrical current to piezoelectric crystals science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned that the sound of snapping fingers isn't generated from the friction between the middle finger and the thumb, it acctually comes from your middle finger hitting the palm of your hand at a high speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
The lines "Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again," from "The Sounds of Silence" are about Paul Simon's singing in the bathroom with the lights off. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman" speech never contained that phrase. Truth was raised speaking Dutch in New York. Instead, a white woman retranscribed it 15 years later, embellishing her language to sound more like Southern slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…
To call a waiter’s attention at a restaurant in Myanmar you should make a kissing sound two or three times. cnn.com/travel/article/my…
A study found tobacco and tomato plants emit ultrasonic "squeals" when stressed. Microphones 4" away picked up the sounds when plants had stems cut/were under-watered: an average of 15 - 25 sounds within 1 hr from cutting, and 11 - 35 sounds per hr from drought. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Because of the availability of soda fountains in the Eastern US when soft drinks became popular, Easterners referred to the drink as soda. As the midwest did not yet have them, the drink was called pop because of the sound a cork or cap makes when being removed from a bottle. owlcation.com/humanities/…
, 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…
Semantic Satiation - When you hear/say a word too many times that it temporarily loses its meaning and sounds like gibberish. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
If sound could travel through empty space, we'd be able to hear the sun at 125 decibels from Earth's surface. In comparison, 120 decibels is a train horn about one meter away from you. spaceanswers.com/deep-spa…
The sound version of a black hole is called a 'dumb hole' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The 'Baba Booey' sound effect comes from Gary Dell'Abate, the presenter of the Howard Stern radio show. He said it when he was asking how much the Quick Draw McGraw animation cel sold for, mispronouncing McGraw's sidekick Baba Looey's name as 'Baba Booey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Daniel Kish is a blind man who taught himself to navigate by echolocation (like bats) by making swift clicking sounds that reflected from objects around him. Using these reflected sounds, he makes a mental image of his surroundings. He now trains others to 'see' the world like he does. scienceabc.com/humans/why…
PhD students built a supersonic cannon that can fire pingpong balls that break the sound barrier, and shoot clean through steel cans. youtu.be/zJqMWXt5Ihs
The original Xbox had actual recordings of the Apollo missions in the menu sounds geek.com/games/those-craz…
For the "Laurel" vs "Yanny" debate, by filtering the recording for only higher frequency sounds, you'd hear "Yanny" more clearly, and vice versa youtu.be/yDiXQl7grPQ
The sound quality of the album Back in Black by ACDC is so good, that after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while MotΓΆrhead would use it to tune their sound system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
The sound doves make when taking off/landing isn’t from their beak, but rather from their wing tips animals.mom.me/doves-wing…
The 'Butterfly Effect' can be traced back to a short story called 'A Sound of Thunder', written by Ray Bradbury in 1952. timetravelnexus.com/a-sou…
The Beatles recorded a sound on their 1967 song "A Day In The Life", which can only be heard by dogs. vintagevinylnews.com/2013…
Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music equipment and pro audio gear in North America, was originally started as a recording studio that was built by one man in a Volkswagen Bus in 1979. That man, Chuck Surack, still owns the company 100% and works on-site daily. cnn.com/2019/05/20/succes…
The Hawaiian steel guitar strongly influenced the sound of both country music & the blues thanks to Hawaii musicians who toured the US mainland in the early 20th century and played with founders of both styles smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
When Elton John proposed marriage to sound technician Renate Blauel who was a member of his entourage on a 1983 Australian concert tour, she accepted and the engagement was announced the following day. The wedding took place three days later smoothradio.com/artists/e…
A 238-lb (108-kg) pot-bellied pig named Ludwig apparently saved his owners from being burgled. The pig can growl in a low rumble that sounds like a large Rottweiler, and his owners believe this scared the burglars away. catersnews.com/stories/an…
Water makes different pouring sounds depending on its temperature. npr.org/2014/07/05/328842…
Very few frog species actually make the familiar 'ribbit ribbit' sound made famous by the Baja California Chorus Frog which is native to Hollywood and Southern California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baj…
"This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours" - Is the message NASA launched as a record into space in 1977 attached to Voyager 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
FIVE movies sold more than an estimated 135 million tickets in North American; Titanic 135.5 million ; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 141.8 million ; The Sound of Music 142.5 million ; Star Wars (Episode IV) 178.1 million and Gone with the Wind 202.3 million (the full list is in the link) boxofficemojo.com/chart/t…
Today I learned of the ancient Greek letter "digamma" (or "wau") that made a "w" sound. It used to begin, for example, the word "oinos" ("woinos"), which is Greek for "wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Jazz was invented by James Reese Europe in Harlem in the years before World War I. Europe used machine gun sound effects into his tunes and he was dead by the age of 40, murdered by his drummer janos.nyc/2015/01/20/inte…
In 1965, 21 yr old Al Kooper bluffed his way into the studio where Bob Dylan was recording Highway 61 Revisited. Although he didn't know how to play the Hammond organ or even turn it on, his improvised intro & off the beat riffs became the signature groove & sound of "Like A Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com/music/mu…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
The Volcanic Eruption of Krakatoa Indonesia On 27th August 1883 with an explosion the equivalent power of 150 million tonnes of TNT. The eruption was so loud that the sound was heard over a twelfth of the Earth’s surface, the shockwaves reverberated around the entire planet, seven times. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
The sound from the massive 1883 eruption of Krakatoa circled the earth four times and was heard in over 50 different locations around the globe getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The Wilhelm Scream, a sound clip from a 1950s movie, has been used in at least 433 movies since then including "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," all of the Indiana Jones movies, and "Toy Story." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
You hear your own voice in two different ways, making a recorded version of your voice sound different from the one you hear when you speak. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The sound commonly attributed to the Bald Eagle is actually the call of a Red-Tailed Hawk, whereas the Bald Eagle sounds more similar to a... Seagull youtube.com/watch?v=NVBxL…

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