What Is the Most Horrible Technology Sound?

Technology is amazing, until it starts generating noises that make you want to lock yourself inside a Faraday cage time machine and zip back to the Stone Age. Dot matrix printers. A phone buzzing on your upstairs neighbor's floor. The default Android alarm. That stupid marimba ringtone. What is the most horrible sound… » 3/11/15 5:41pm 3/11/15 5:41pm

When Buildings Howl: A Primer on Architecture That Whistles

On stormy days and windy nights, Tribeca residents say their neighborhood is filled with a strange, high-pitched whistling sound coming from the redeveloped World Trade Center site. It's an inopportune location for howling (although, really, where is?), but it's hardly the first building to surprise its neighbors by… » 12/04/13 1:40pm 12/04/13 1:40pm

What the Hell Is That Weird Noise at the Oscars?

I flipped over to the Academy Awards because, I dunno, sometimes I just do things, but there is this weird sound happening throughout. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!? It sounds like somebody is playing Atari during all of the presenters and acceptance speeches. » 2/26/12 10:26pm 2/26/12 10:26pm

A Compelling Reason To Try Putting a Water Balloon in a Barbecue Grill

What happens when you mix two backyard staples, the water balloon and the barbeque grill? Apparently a pop loud enough to convince your neighbors you're setting off anti-aircraft missiles. Now I'm not saying to try this or anything—certainly not—but I can't help imagining that I would be impressed by the summertime… » 3/09/11 9:00pm 3/09/11 9:00pm