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How Singers Break Glass With Their Voices

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It's a familiar trope: someone sings, or screams, or squeals with delight, and every water glass in the room explodes. In real life, that rarely happens, and when it does it's certainly not by accident. However, it is possible to break glass with only the power of your voice. Watch it happen in the video below.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Mick Jagger, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ed Sheeran, Phil Collins, and George Michael all grew up in/near London 00:11

  2. The generic American accent is fairly phonetically neutral. 01:19

  3. Researchers believe the change in accents from speaking to singing is not deliberate, and singers may not even be aware that it's happening. 03:32