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I suspect this may have been a regular occurrence somewhere in my
ancestral lineage, because of what vocal experimentation tells me
about the shape of the resonant cavities inside my head.
I have been singing for 50 years, with my Kermit the frog - Peter
Pears - Martian from Bugs Bunny - sounding
voice. And I continue to
try to find something pleasing about it, with exploratory, autistic
And just tonight I started to find some resonances that truly made
me feel like my head was finally going to actually explode. It really
hurt, really, and I felt like if I pushed it I would be able to damage
myself. And I was wondering how that could be possible,
evolutionarily, and if it was, how nature would have protected
against terminal experiences.
Maybe these kinds of voices exist because of the harmonics that
happen at peak annoyingness. It really is annoying, imagine Kermit
the frog Tuvan throat singing. It is a room-clearer. It just makes you
feel so bad. It is the opposite of a warm resonant voice. I mean I
love it, it is my voice, but it is not easy on the ears.
I think a significant amount of unconscious emotional communication
happens in the way that human tones of voice interact and resonate
with each other and environmental sounds, and that different kinds
of voices play different roles in this harmony and that some of the
hard to listen to ones exist more because of the harmonics they put
out and not as much because of the fundamental tone as most
So the really awful part of my voice is vibrato-less and resonates
high in my head which makes me think it is resonating inside a
relatively boney structure (that might be breakable if I really pushed
it)-- it does not vary with muscle manipulation, whereas the lower
register is easier to vibrato and occurs in my chest.
So get a bunch of Kermit the frog sounding guys together and have
them scream until one of their heads explodes and then give that
guy a prize.
Gore warning (not real of course) [xenzag, Oct 04 2015]
Wonders never cease. [MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2015]
Vibration induced erythrocyte extravasation
I am not sure where the blood comes out of. [bungston, Oct 07 2015]
The noise makers
No damage done but seemed apropos. [bungston, Oct 07 2015]
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||Can sinus pressure sufferers play?
||It's the cure to sinus pressure. Forever.
||// So get a bunch of Kermit the frog sounding guys
and have them scream until one of their heads explodes
then give that guy a prize. //
||congratulations on finding that resonance. it's louder that
way. wish i could talk that way all the time too.
||as for the frog exploding idea you'd have good luck over
||// have them scream until one of their heads explodes //
||We will pay a whole dollar to watch that.
||There was a case of a gentleman (and I use the
phrase loosely) squirting builder's foam up his nose
for a bet. I believe it did not end well.
||Do you mean 1-part polyurethane, or is that a euphemism for something deeply unpleasant ?
||Incidentally, [8th], you may be amused by the article
||On a related topic, Sturton did once experiment with
using builder's foam to taxiderm a panda. It did not
have a happy outcome, partly because the panda skin
was still full of panda at the time. The end result
was not totally unlike a black and white beach-ball
wearing a surprised expression.
||He has since had great difficulties in getting a visa to
enter China, though these were as nothing compared
to his difficulties in leaving in the first place.
||Yes, but it was a mistake anyone unfamiliar with Chinese ideograms could make. The signage for "World Heritage Site. No entry without official permission. Do Not Touch" and "Free Tourist Souvenirs. Please Help Yourself" are easy to confuse, particularly when you're driving a fork-lift truck at 0330 while wearing night vision goggles.
||That was Sturton's defence. It worked better the
first time he used it.
||If only there were more like that Sturton, you folks would still have your Empire. Or something.
||But the question of possible head breakage due to "singing": I would think that if such a thing could happen it would be described in the medical literature. Let me check.
||//If only there were more like that Sturton, you folks
would still have your Empire//
||As far as Sturton's concerned, we still do. The funny thing
is, he gets away with it. I've been with him in Delhi and in
Kigali, and he just takes charge as if he were in the 1950s.
The locals are so shellshocked by his attitude that they
just fall into line. It's really a sight to behold.
||That said, he did get once into serious trouble when he
rounded up half a dozen local Bengalis and browbeat them
into acting as bearers on his hunting safari. When the
authorities caught up with him they confiscated both his
rifles and refused to let him keep the tiger as a trophy.
Mind you, he was in London Zoo at the time so he had only
himself to blame.
||No, please, don't do that ... [MB]'s previous link was bad enough.
||There is Prior Art in this area; a former soldier who suffered from depression decapitated himself by means of two handheld explosive charges that he attached to the sides of his head.
||It was singularly ironic that he was formerly in the Grenade Ear Guards ....