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kct webber
07-19-2008, 04:57 AM
Did you know that most toilets flush in the key of E flat? Just learned that yesterday. Ya' learn something new every day--I guess. Thought you all should know.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-19-2008, 05:18 AM
I was just askin' Ol' Boy the other day, "Did you hear that?"

"Hear what?" he replied.

"That... the toilet flushing."

"Oh, gawd! Is it stopped up again? I've told you not to use so much--"

"No, no," I interrupted. "The key. Did you hear what key it's in?"

He looked at me like I was more than a tad off in the head. "Key? The toilet has a 'key'?"

"Yeah... it's musical, even. I wonder what key it's in."

And here you come to tell me!

Is it a small world, or what?



:D

Cassiopeia
07-19-2008, 05:59 AM
:roll:OH MY WORD! OFG! You are dabomb! :roll:

freezer burned
07-19-2008, 06:04 AM
Interesting note -- the sound an earthquake makes has a frequency so low that it can't be heard by human ears. However, when sped up, it contains the sound of a bell being rung. Oh, the useless knowledge you gain from audio production professors...

C.bronco
07-19-2008, 06:09 AM
LOVELY!!!!
Best Thread of the Week!
:D

kct webber
07-19-2008, 11:36 AM
You can learn some really odd shit on the History Channel, no? Modern Marvels--it's a great show.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-19-2008, 03:55 PM
Love that one... love 'How It Works' and 'How It's Made', too.

Yeah... I'm weird. :)

Maryn
07-19-2008, 05:08 PM
Our son, a Physics major with a particular interest in Acoustics, will love knowing this.

He's already got a multi-octave scale of singing wine glasses saved digitally, so we can still drink from my good crystal.

Any more swell sound facts I can share with him?

Maryn, who also collects such things in a broader range

JoeEkaitis
07-19-2008, 06:57 PM
The futuristic sound effect at the beginning and end of The Tornadoes' chart-topping 1962 instrumental single "Telstar" is purportedly the sound of a toilet flushing played in reverse.

kct webber
07-20-2008, 12:37 AM
Maryn, I know that porcupines scream when they fall out of trees (I saw one do it) but I don't know what key they scream in.

Joe, as soon as I heard the E flat thing, I knew that sometime, somewhere, there was someone using a toilet as a musical instrument.

Oberon
07-20-2008, 12:47 AM
[quote=kct webber;2569476]Maryn, I know that porcupines scream when they fall out of trees (I saw one do it) but I don't know what key they scream in.

I once listened to two porcupines making love (I hate that "mating" word they always use on nature shows). It was a duet in C sharp minor (prove I'm wrong!), like cats in the back alley. I was not surprised, porcupines being the way they are. But contrary to what some pundit once said in answer to the question about how porcupines make love, it didn't sound very careful to me.

Komnena
07-20-2008, 03:25 AM
Earthquakes can't be heard by human ears? The one we had here a while back had a definitely audible deep low rumble.

freezer burned
07-20-2008, 05:25 AM
Earthquakes can't be heard by human ears? The one we had here a while back had a definitely audible deep low rumble.
Was that the sound of tectonic plates in the earth's crust moving or was that the sound of those plates moving other things which, in turn, made sound?