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mr. president, would you like to meet my wife minnie?

This installment of NPR's Lost and Found Sound must not be missed. Go listen. Don't believe me? The set up:

A pre-arranged phone call to the White House is planned. The idea is to have President Lyndon Johnson offer Commander Carpenter a formal congratulation. This is a purely ceremonial call. It should be cut-and-dried. But there's a bizarre problem. Commander Carpenter is no longer underwater; he's in a decompression chamber. He's breathing air in which nitrogen- the gas which can give people the bends- has been replaced by helium. Helium is harmless, but it distorts the voice. When he speaks, Commander Carpenter sounds like Mickey Mouse.

We are in agreement that LBJ sounds like a grandmother. (Via Boing Boing)


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