Monday, January 26, 2009

Terrible Sounds

For those of you not privileged enough to have a copy of Schott's Miscellany Page-A-Day Calendar, I've decided to post January 5th's entry for your amusement and feedback.


Professor Trevor Cox, an acoustics expert at Salford University, spent a year researching the world's worst sounds. Cox posted clips of 34 objectionable noises online, which were rated by 1.1 million visitors. In 2007, the sounds voted most unpleasant were:

1. Vomiting
2. Microphone feedback
3. Wailing babies
4. Train wheels scraping on tracks
5. A squeaky seesaw
6. Badly played violin
7. Whoopee cushion
8. An argument in a soap opera
9. The hum of electricity
10. A Tasmanian devil's scream

Surely Professor Cox must have missed a few. Can you think of any that top these?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

julie says: fighting dogs {{shudder}}