Numbers Don't Lie

Monday, February 05, 2007

Top 10 world's worst sound

A Salford University (in UK) acoustic engineer set up an internet survey where participants rated the unpleasantness of 34 sounds. With over one million votes from around the world, the sound of vomiting (not safe for stomach) made most voters want to hurl. Microphone feedback came in second, and crying babies and scrapes and squeaks of a train were tied for third. My vote - the popularly derided "fingernails on a chalkboard" sound, only came in at low 16th. Below is the top 10 list of world's worst sound:
1. Vomiting
2. Microphone feedback
3. Wailing babies
4. Train scraping on tracks
5. Squeaky seesaw
6. Poorly played violin
7. Whoopee cushion
8. Argument in a soap opera
9. Mains hum
10. Tasmanian devil

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

I went to the site and listened to the recorded sounds. Somehow the recorded sounds are just not the same as the real thing.

11:38 PM

 
Blogger lee said...

ah, fingernails on a blackboard should definitely have come n higher than that!!! :).

3:51 AM

 
Blogger Celal Birader said...

ah, fingernails on a blackboard should definitely have come n higher than that!!! :).

Agreed. The reason, however, why i think it didn't is because there aren't many chalkboards around any more. And maybe people taking the survey are too young to remember them.

5:26 AM

 

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