i watched this from the 11 second mark like 3 times in a row.
cackled every time.—
What does English sound like to foreign ears?
We’ve all heard examples of fake Chinese or German from speakers who lack familiarity with either language. While typically cringe-worthy, these examples do raise interesting questions regarding our own language. What does English sound like to non-English speakers? After more than 40 years, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol” remains one of the most illuminating examples.
The entire song is nonsense verse, neither English nor Italian, but the sounds are meant to resemble English. Linguist Mark Liberman wrote an interesting post about this sort of thing over at Language Log discussing yaourter, the French word for an attempt to speak or sing in a foreign language that one doesn’t know all that well. This often involves trying to sing a foreign song with nonsense or random words filling in the blanks. Liberman shares this wonderful quote from a random Internet user:
Just for the story, in France, when we don’t speak English and we want to imitate the sound, we call it “yaourter”(to yoghourt), the imitation sounds like a very nasal language, kind of like a baby crying. It mostly imitates the “cowboy” accent.
jesus christ this is actually reALLY FRUSTRATING IT SOUNDS LIKE ENGLISH BUT IT DOESNT MAKE WORDS
This is absurdly catchy :0
Slow Motion Footage of Mosquitoes Shot Down With Laser
The video below runs slower than the GIFs above suggest:
Intellectual Ventures’ Mosquito Laser Shootdown Sequence, demonstrated at TED 2010.
The internet (and his software) could allow publicly available databases to be incredibly informative and accessible—
Snail Trail by Philipp Artus
Great installation / stop-motion animation of “A snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to finally get back to its origin.” created with a computer controlled laser on a phosphorescent surface, briefly absorbing the light.
Below are videos of both the animation and laser sculpture:
It has a low vector look about it, makes me think of Vib Ribbon and Sonic The Hedgehog.
You can find out more at Philipp’s website here