According to this story, the noise a person makes while vomiting has been scientifically proven to be the worst sound in the world.
Professor Trevor Cox and a team of researchers at Salford University’s Acoustic Research Centre in the UK conducted a year-long online study during which over 1.1 million people from around the world listened to and voted for their least favourite of 34 unpleasant sounds, with the sound of what appears to be a person losing a pretty substantial lunch coming out [see what I did there?] ahead.
If you click on the link above, you can download 4 of the highest rated noises. I did, and here are a few quick observations.
- Somebody ralphing is hardly the worst sound in the world. In fact, whatever was going on with the guy in this clip made me giggle like a madman.
- I think they might have rigged the study. I have no other explanation for why the puking sound is a full minute long while the others clock in at only a few seconds each.
- Unless the 30 sounds we didn’t get to hear were fantastically annoying, I can’t figure out how those fucking babies didn’t win in a goddamn landslide. They don’t even sound like babies at all. they sound more like sheep kittens from hell. I challenge any of you to try to come up with a better description than that. I also challenge any of you to try to listen to that sound 3 times like I did and not have even fleeting thoughts about taking your own life.
Obviously I don’t agree with the list, and since I’m right about everything, I assume quite a few of you won’t either. So if you’re in the mood, feel free to share what you think should have won out. You don’t have to stick to the things mentioned in the news story or the press release either, especially since we don’t know what most of them are.
Have fun, and I’ll hopefully be back soon with something else.