Sound and Fury

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Now, Take Your Drugs Aurally

Sound can have very powerful effects on people, but can it really get you high? Thats what makers of the application I-Doser would have you believe—or specifically, that different ‘biaural beats’ can mimic the effects of alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other drugs (although, legally and harmlessly.) Obviously, I had to test this. The makers of…

Q-Tips Ravage Another Young Life

People, I need to say this. Its never a good idea to stick things–including Q-tips–in your ears. Despite the illusion of ‘cleaning’ your ear canal, often Q-tips just shove the ear wax further into the canal, or worse, can cause permanent damage by rupturing an eardrum. However, I had no idea that occasionally the cotton…

Are you too poor to afford an exotic beach vacation in the dead of this frigid winter? Now, with the “Noisy Instrument” (pictured below) you can bring the sounds of the ocean to your sad, depressed little ear canals while simultaneously looking like your hearing aid ran amok. Well, actually you can’t, because it doesn’t…

Vintage Ear Trumpets!

People have always lost their hearing with age, but before there were hearing aids and cochlear implants, there were ear trumpets. And ear trumpet is pretty much exactly what it sounds like (a cone whose small end fits in the ear canal) and serves to better collect and amplify sound into the ear. A person…

The German composer Beethoven, considered one of the most gifted composers of all time, died inexplicably at the age of 57 in 1827. He had been quite sick in the months leading up to his death, and in the past few years, research has determined that Beethoven likely died of lead poisoning. Studies detected toxic…

Perhaps you’ve heard about the wayward humpback whales, a mother and calf, who had become disoriented and began swimming inland towards Sacramento, California. They were traveling down the Sacramento River, causing a lot of grief to the Coast Guard and to marine biologists trying to think of a way to get the pair turned rightways.…