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Head Exploding Contest

I've got a great idea: a head exploding contest
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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 persistence.

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 voices.

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.

JesusHChrist, Oct 03 2015

Cronenberg's Scanners https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3NoBeNwfk
Gore warning (not real of course) [xenzag, Oct 04 2015]

For [8th]. http://www.scienced...i/S0090429502016576
Wonders never cease. [MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2015]

Vibration induced erythrocyte extravasation http://www.ncbi.nlm...gov/pubmed/18300711
I am not sure where the blood comes out of. [bungston, Oct 07 2015]

The noise makers http://www.ncbi.nlm...gov/pubmed/12849080
No damage done but seemed apropos. [bungston, Oct 07 2015]


       Can sinus pressure sufferers play?
RayfordSteele, Oct 03 2015

       It's the cure to sinus pressure. Forever.
JesusHChrist, Oct 03 2015

       // 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. //   

       // a great idea //   


       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 at 4chan.
sninctown, Oct 04 2015

       // have them scream until one of their heads explodes //   

       We will pay a whole dollar to watch that.
8th of 7, Oct 04 2015

       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.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 04 2015

       // builder's foam //   

       Do you mean 1-part polyurethane, or is that a euphemism for something deeply unpleasant ?
8th of 7, Oct 05 2015

       I do indeed.   

       Incidentally, [8th], you may be amused by the article in <link>
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2015

8th of 7, Oct 05 2015

       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.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2015

       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.
8th of 7, Oct 05 2015

       That was Sturton's defence. It worked better the first time he used it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2015

       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.
bungston, Oct 07 2015

       //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.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 07 2015

       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 ....
8th of 7, Oct 07 2015


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