Sound effects are weird, part 2

OMG Fact: Arch Obler, producer of the old radio horror series, Lights Out, invented all sorts of cool sound effects. In one episode, aliens came and turned people’s bodies inside out. He later said the sound effect of the people turning inside-out was achieved by filling a wet rubber glove with cooked macaroni, and slowly turning it inside out.

Sound effects are weird, part 1

Image: John Loo

Image: John Loo

OMG Fact: The stabbing sound effects for the Psycho shower scene come from stabbing a casaba melon.

When it came to doing the sound effects for the famous stabbing scene in the shower, Hitchcock sent for a watermelon. The prop man, anticipating his boss’s perfectionism, brought in several varieties of melon. The director closed his eyes and listened while melons were auditioned. ”When the demonstration table was littered with shredded fruit, Hitchcock opened his eyes, and intoned simply: ‘Casaba.’ ”

This is the sound of 69 endangered species calling at once


OMG Fact: This is what it sounds like when you mash the calls of 69 endangered species together. 

(note: I stuck this onto Soundcloud so I could embed it here, but I didn’t make this) 

No more ironclads? Just slap some wood on a steamboat!

OMG Fact: When the Union ran out of ironclads, they stuck some wood on some steamships and made “timberclads.” 

Cicada sex is weird

OMG Fact: Cicadas have weird sex that goes on for a really long time. At least in Staten Island. 

Your Googling is actually unique

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OMG Fact: Every day, 16% of the searches that occur are ones that Google (and the NSA) has never seen before.

Bee penises are crazy looking

OMG Fact: This is what a bee penis looks like. After it mates with the queen, that penis snaps off and acts as a plug so that no one else can bonk the queen.

Nobody knows where that weird S thing came from


OMG Fact: Remember that weird S thing everybody used to draw? No one knows where it came from. PROBABLY ALIENS. Or, more likely, graffiti.

10,000 pounds moving 330 miles an hour

Image: ISC Images and Archives

Image: ISC Images and Archives

OMG Fact: A 10,000-lb car, 10 feet longer than a Suburban, reached an unofficial speed of 330 mph — in 1935.

One pencil can draw for 35 miles or 45,000 words

Image: Dvortygirl

Image: Dvortygirl

OMG Fact: One pencil has the potential to draw a line 35 miles long. A pencil (not the same one, you used that one up already) can write an average of 45,000 words.