Why California’s Musical Road Sounds Terrible

Why California’s Musical Road Sounds Terrible

In Lancaster, California, there’s a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it’s out of tune. Here’s why.

Thanks to David Simmons-Duffin, who figured this out about nine years ago: http://davidsd.org/2008/12/honda-needs-a-tune-up/ — he seems to be the first to have figured out not just that it’s wrong, but exactly what happened!

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20 Responses

  1. Max24 says:

    Didn’t they do this on Top Gear?

  2. William Tufts says:

    Imagine that. The government tried to fix something, spent a bunch of taxpayers money, and screwed it up again.

  3. dolomighty74 says:

    next step, biphonic roads: different patterns for the left and right side of a lane.
    … but only possible if one does not fail when building the simple one, of course

  4. Rhys says:

    Tom what are you doing in America. You’re a brit. Get back here.

  5. Nighthawk says:

    any second year student of either design, engineering or applied math knows that you always measure TO THE CENTER of the point of separation!
    except when explicitly told otherwise, separations are always to the center.
    I can get that from the laborer measuring wrong, but, from the supervisor!?

  6. AMG Wagon says:

    Anyone else remember the top gear episode of this?

  7. GreenCurryGaming says:

    Sounds like a middle school orchestra

  8. Chris Loew says:

    How is this guy trending? I hate youtube

  9. Green Cyclopz says:

    Made it to top ten of trending

  10. Nathan Berrigan says:

    The other problem is they picked a song with sixteenth notes which the medium doesn’t do well. They should have picked a slower song like The Star Spangled Banner or Stars and Stripes Forever.

  11. Zea Moore says:

    That is actually a little sad.

  12. JohnD says:

    play video at 2x speed and its sounds like it should ur welcome

  13. Lord Toaster Oven says:

    So The Residents made a road…

  14. LeprawnJames says:

    can you shut up for one second???

  15. Dragonite :3 says:

    Was that a iPhone 5? 🀒

  16. Canyon F says:

    Now there’s a video title I never thought i’d read

  17. This guy says:

    If we know what is wrong, why don’t we fix it?

  18. Jonathan Lastname says:

    They did this for a Honda commercial years ago.

  19. GothicThought21 says:

    I was just thinking how hard it must be to give a lecture whilst driving to and fro. Suprised he acknowledged it!

  20. JD says:

    ‘muricans and their imperials system…also construction workers…

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