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Wedding foiled by scream

About a year ago I posted about a wedding at which the bridegroom dropped dead of a heart attack right after saying "I do." I thought that had to qualify as one of the worst weddings ever, but this one is pretty bad also. As reported in the Chicago Tribune - Sep 21, 1907.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Marriage, 1900's, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations, Weddings

The Whispering Community

Is the internet too noisy for you? Then perhaps you might want to join the web's whispering community. They post videos (or audiotracks) of themselves whispering. Here's an example:

I first encountered the whisper community a while back when I did a search on youtube for "Elephants on Acid" (title of one of my books) and came across videos of people whispering stories from the book. Here 'WhisperHub' whispers 'The Tickle Experiment'.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 18, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Subcultures, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

Spit On Me, Dickie!

Dickie Rock (born 1936) was an Irish singer whose career peaked in 1966 when he sang for Ireland in the Eurovision song contest. Wikipedia only has a brief article about him. However, the article includes this intriguing nugget of weirdness:

In 1966, he sang for Ireland in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "Come Back to Stay". He entered as a solo artist and finished fourth in the Contest. This song also became a number one hit in Ireland. Rock was the subject of a well-known Irish catchphrase—"spit on me Dickie", the origin of this being that rebellious young women in the 1960s wanted to be covered in his saliva in a manner similar to American women idolising the hips of Elvis. The phrase took off in Belfast in the 1960s and spread all over Ireland.

This raises the issue of spit fetishes. Dr. Mark Griffiths offers these observations about spit fetishes on his blog:
The online Urantia Book claims that (historically) saliva was a potent fetish. Apparently, "devils could be driven out by spitting on a person" and "for an elder or superior to spit on one was the highest compliment"...

much of the online literature on spitting fetishes (as opposed to saliva fetishes) appears to be rooted in BDSM and is usually referred to as 'spitting domination'. The dominant partner may spit into their submissive partner's face and/or mouth. The submissive partner may also be forced to swallow the liquid spit if their mouth is spat into. Many of the online articles about spitting fetishes see parallels between the act of spitting and the act of ejaculation – particularly in relation to 'facials' (i.e., the act of men ejaculating onto someone's face) and the practice of bukkake (i.e., the act of many men simultaneously ejaculating onto someone's face and/or body)...

Compared to all other paraphilic and fetishistic behaviours concerning sexual arousal to human bodily fluids, there is significantly less written about saliva and spitting fetishes. Whether academic and/or clinical research is needed is – at present – debatable.

So based on what Dr. Griffiths says, perhaps the desire of young women for Dickie to spit on them was related to their desire for him to ejaculate on them. It would make sense. Especially with a name like Dickie!

Here's Dickie singing "Come Back To Stay":
Update: The original video I posted got pulled from youtube, so here's another one -- a documentary about Dickie Rock:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 07, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Music, 1960's, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

The Tooth

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 21, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Aliens, Body, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations, Health, Cartoons

Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra

This Friday sees the world premier of a new classical composition by popular modern composer Anna Meredith. However this is a score with a difference as Anna, in collaboration with top British beatboxer Schlomo (it's his real name), has incorporated 5 of the performance artists into her latest piece, Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra, playing at London Southbank Centre. The first problem facing the odd-couple duo was how exactly to score a beatbox performance as the vocal styling had grown from its hip-hop roots entirely by 'word of mouth' and has no formal notation. Undeterred Meredith and Schlomo have spent a year constructing their own, which they hope will gain wider adoption when the entire score of the new work is made available online for free following the first performance (FT).

The Southbank Centre has put up a 'teaser trailer' for the new work

And Schlomo's beatbox talents can be checked out courtesy of the BBC's Jules Holland Show.
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu Feb 18, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Entertainment, Music, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

Tennis Grunts

Here's an article about the controversy of grunting in pro tennis. Read it, then check out the samples in the clips below, and decide what you think!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Sports, Superstition, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations
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