atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#4107: You'd know it if you heard it.

The Wilhelm scream.

There's a scene in Despicable Me where Grou's mother (voiced by Julie Andrews, no less) does some kind of martial arts move that knocks her trainer out of the scene. They used the Wilhelm scream as a sound effect.

It's unmistakable and pretty common in movies made after about 1980. The Wikipedia link gives the whole history of the thing, and down in the "external links" part there's a link to a page where you can download it in various formats.

I was prompted to search for it today because I recalled that it had a specific name, and had seen at least one article about it before. For me, it's gotten to the point that when I hear it it kind of jogs me out of the movie for a moment as I say to myself, "It's that scream! What was it called?" Maybe knowing the name will help prevent that.

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My wife's greatest fear, come to life. A ship full of feral, cannibal rats. Yeah, that's about right.

Nothing to worry about; the Fungal Vale is land-locked. And we have cats, anyway. And BB guns.

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It snowed last night. Forecast for the next week is the same as it's been all month: snow, blowing snow, bitter cold, wind chill warning, etc. ("All month" except for the rainy warmup we had around the middle, which served to throw the rest of the winter into sharp relief.)

I don't think there's anywhere I have to go, and even if there were I'd probably just put it off until tomorrow.

On my way to work yesterday I was driving down one road I usually take, and I noticed that the snowdrifts on the south side of the road--beyond which were farm fields--were as tall as my truck. Yes, it's been a snowy winter. Still, sitting here at my desk, I can look out the window and see buds on the maple tree, so I know that it's not going to be like this forever.
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