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Saturday, November 9, 2002

Aquatic Operatics

Do you sing in the shower?

I do too.

But why?

Jearl Walker, author of The Flying Circus of Physics, says:

"If you sing in a large open area, you basically only hear your voice as it is produced. In the small area of the shower, you are also receiving reflected sound waves a very short time after you produced them. This in effect prolongs the sounds causing a richer and fuller song."

Sue Parker, also an author, offers a more hippi-fied explanation:

"It is not surprising that we sing in the shower: we are alone, safe, and naked. With today's hectic pace this may be the only time of the day that we are calm and relaxed. Intellectually, we are removed from responsibility. We are actively nurturing our physical selves. The quiet solitude creates a space in which our spirit can freely express itself."

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