So, What Does The Fox Say?

Many have wondered…



The fox, as all teens know, seems to say such gibberish as “Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”. Just kidding, of course. But, according to the hit song, “The Fox” by Ylvis, this is what the fox says. The hit video, which is #29 on the Hot 100 as of November 11, also shows a party, with the guests all wearing various animal masks. The singer sings about the various sounds each makes, like “Cow goes moo, the Elephant goes toot, Duck says quack…” and so forth. He stops these shenanigans, however, when he reaches the fox. For these, he ponders on the question, giving (ridiculous) examples of possible sounds, such as “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!” and ” A-hee-ahee ha-hee!”. The singers (a second is added midway through) wonder about this, and how the fox might talk to a “Ho-o-o-o-orse” using “mo-o-o-o-orse”. The song ends with the singers singing to the fox, telling it that it is their guardian angel, and it responds by singing gibberish in the background. If you haven’t seen this video, I just about spoiled everything, except for the part where you realize you just wasted 3 minutes and 45 seconds of your precious life. Although leaving you with a sense of wasted time, you will still bust a gut laughing at the absurdity going on.

The one question you are asking yourself, undoubtedly, right now is “So, what does the fox actually say?”. Popular Science released an article about this, stating that the reason it is not common knowledge is because it is utterly disturbing. The main call of the red fox (the one showed in the video) is a high-pitched “ow-wow-wow-wow-wow” sound, but also uses an “ack-ack-ack-ack” sound and, the most colorful, something close to “YAAGAAGHHHAH!”. I don’t know about you, but that’s just plain awful. The final one, which I listened to, is absolutely horrifying. To give it more color, it sounds like someone being attacked by Jason Voorhees. Trust me, this isn’t your guardian angel, it is the angel of death, or at least sounds like it. So, this song gave it a humorous, kind of cutesy range of sounds, but the answer wasn’t as pretty. It is, in reality, a range of sounds that make your blood freeze.



Source used:

Nosowitz, Dan. “What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?” Popular Science. Popular Science, 5 Sept. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.