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  • The brown note, according to an urban legend, is an infrasound frequency that causes humans to lose control of their bowels due to resonance. There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that a "brown note" (transmitted through sound waves in air) exists. (Wikipedia)

    June 10, 2008

  • But MythBusters tested it anyway. (They found it "totally busted.")

    June 10, 2008

  • It's such a silly concept. There are a number of sonic weaponry in development, I suppose for "crowd control". The 7hz tone that's usually attached to the brown note is a particularly interesting frequency for other reasons.

    No doubt "the brown note" is a myth, but I have a contension with MythBusters, which I haven't seen too much of (don't have a TV), is that not everything can be demonstrated in the context they set up. In some of these 'myths', there's a grey area which their psuedo-'controlled experiment' methods don't account for. Thus their myth-framing is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    June 10, 2008

  • Surely you're not accusing Mythbusters of being less than scrupulous in their application of scientific method, whichbe?!

    June 10, 2008

  • They should do an episode where they mythbust themselves.

    June 10, 2008

  • Ha ha!

    June 10, 2008

  • Pseudoscience, hit or myth.

    June 11, 2008

  • Don't pick on my boys.

    Actually, I sit there and shout at the screen all the time. "You're doing it wrong! You have to account for ___!!" So I agree that their tests aren't always double-blind, etc. etc.

    But come on. The Brown Note? Please. That is so busted.

    June 11, 2008

  • Hmmm. Could be a medical certificate for absence from work due to diarrhoea.

    June 12, 2008