Friday, February 20, 2009

Professor's whoopee cushion experiment to find funniest flatulence noise

Trevor Cox, 42, wants to discover which sounds make us laugh the most and has set up a website to help.

Visitors hear six noises and are asked to grade them depending on how much they make them laugh.

The acoustics professor, who works at Salford University in Manchester, has a long-running interest in the whoopee cushion and up until recently held the record for having the largest one in the world.

Prof Cox, who designs concert halls, said: "The whoopee cushion has much in common with the human voice and how wind instruments work, so it is a memorable way of portraying some important science.

"This is a great way to contribute to science just by having a laugh."

You can take part in Prof Cox's experiment here.

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