Re: Crocodile Dundee Whirly Thing
Tim McLeod (hilander@MNSINC.COM)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 20:01:35 -0400
Wayne Hill wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm trying to get information on something used in the Crocodile
> Dundee II
> movie. When Dundee was in the outback he communicated with the
> using a piece of wood? on a piece of cord that he swung around and it
> a errie whirring sound. Different pitches depending on how fast he
> it around. I thought if it was simple to work I could get the patrols
> make them and use them to communicate with each other from a distance,
> use it some night after a scary story.
> Anyway, does anybody know what I'm talking about???
> What's it called and do you have instructions on making this thing?
> Is there any standard communication code for this thing like Morse
> Or was this whole thing just a Hollywood gimmick?
> Maybe our friends "down under" can clear things up for me.
> BTW I saw the Eco-Challenge on the Discovery Channel that took place
> Australia all I can say is "WOW" great country! I wonder how many of
> competitors had a scouting background.
What you are refering to is called a Bull Roarer. They are not a
hollywood gimmick andare quite easy to make. All you need is a piece of
wood @3/16 inch thick, 2 inch wide and 10 inch long. Cut the two ends
to a point so they make about a 60 degree angle. Drill a hole near the
point in one end. Attach a piece of cord about 3 feet long to the hole,
attach the other end of the cord to a stick fastening it so it will
swivel and not just wrap around the stick. ( I cut a groove around the
stick near one end and make a swivel out if a piece of mechanics/balers
wire.) I let my students make these sometimes when we are studying
sound. If you need more info, e-mail me.
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