@jbrownridge sent me this animated gif yesterday.  It’s called ‘Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise’.  Some people hear the sounds of the hands and others don’t. Do you?



  1. Absolutely I hear the sounds… and the words…
    “Buddy you’re a boy, make a big noise playin’ in the street, gonna be a big man someday! Ya got mud on your face, ya big disgrace, kickin’ your can all over the place singin’ we will, we will rock you!…”

  2. “We Will Rock You” by Queen obviously. I can “hear” it in the sense that I can bring forth the rhythm of that tune into my head ~ it’s almost in that I can experience SOME of the physical reactions I would have if if were my ears hearing it. I suspect that if the hands were thumping & clapping a rhythm I’d never experienced before it would have no effect.

  3. This is most odd. I have checked my speakers before and after playing Richards GIF. All other files play bur Richards is silent.

    It is as if he has imbedded a trojan virus to selectively turn off the sound. Very clever but shurely dangerous to spread?

    1. Barry,
      There AREN’T supposed to be any sounds. That’s why the title says NONEXISTENT SOUNDS. It’s sort of like a test; can you imagine the sounds and actually hear them as the pictures appear? 😉

      Hope I helped

  4. First i asked myself why the name of the grafic is “queen”. Then i started the gif, but doesnt hear the sound. After reading the comments, i can IMAGINE and remember me of this typical intro of a queen song. But i doesnt HEAR anything. I think the animation is to slow.

  5. I didn’t hear any sound, but I was made more aware of my heart beat as I tried to listen for one. I wonder if, beyond any root synesthesia, the people who hear something might also happen to have their pulse in sync with the animation to some extent.

  6. Tooke me a while to place the lyrics, but even then I didn’t hear anything. I guess you need to have the song already playing in your head for this to work.

  7. Reblogged this on The Daily Pause and commented:
    I “see” the animated .gif with my eyes but my mind “hears” Queen’s “We Will Rock You” to the precise beat and background “noise”. Now I won’t be able to sleep for a while until the “mantra” dies down. Thanks a lot!

  8. It might be interesting to these circles that the exercise managed to pass through the ‘iron curtain’ and was very popular in the GDR (East Germany) of the 1980s. The only difference was that we would slap the ground with our flat hands, not our fists — which is, of course, much more effective. That, in turn, proves that our history textbook was probably right when it said we had a competitive edge over the ‘rotten, declining capitalism’ of the day (those were the very words).

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