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September 5, 2013 7:15 AM   Subscribe

Dog goes woof
Cat goes meow
Bird goes tweet
And mouse goes squeek
Cow goes moo
Frog goes croak
And the elephant goes toot
Ducks say quack
And fish go blub
And the seal goes ow ow ow
But there’s one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?
posted by Rory Marinich (84 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm going to take a wild guess and say these people are from ....Europe. Probably Scandinavia.

( boom, got it one).
posted by The Whelk at 7:21 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


My daughter's middle name is Fox and I'm playing this for her as soon as she's home tonight. I can only GUESS at how irritating this will be 5 hours, but it will be worth it.
posted by mfu at 7:22 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


WARNING FURRY!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:22 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


The second chorus is treading incredibly near Arrested Development chicken dance territory.
posted by komara at 7:23 AM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


I can't tell if this is parody or not.
posted by dubold at 7:23 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


The second chorus is treading incredibly near Arrested Development chicken dance territory.

Has anybody in this country ever even HEARD a fox?
posted by dubold at 7:23 AM on September 5, 2013 [20 favorites]


I can't tell if this is parody or not

Forget it Jake, it's Europe.
posted by The Whelk at 7:25 AM on September 5, 2013 [11 favorites]


That certainly was a thing. I wonder if the scientific community will point out any inaccuracies re: foxes and the sounds they make. Maybe I should post to AskMe.
posted by naju at 7:25 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now now, let's stop all this fooling around and goings on.

Fox calls.
posted by The Whelk at 7:26 AM on September 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


I found this via Twitter earlier this morning and absolutely could not tell if it was a parody or not.

And then I had a lie down.
posted by Kitteh at 7:28 AM on September 5, 2013


Whatever Roger Ailes tells them to.
posted by rikschell at 7:28 AM on September 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


At any rate I think we found our next Gangnam Style.
posted by naju at 7:29 AM on September 5, 2013


At any rate I think we found our next Gangnam Style.

That chorus sure does owe a lot to PSY. It even sounds like he's saying "What the fuck, PSY?"
posted by carsonb at 7:30 AM on September 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


Seriously, though, this isn't a parody, because it's not a parody of SOMETHING. The question is whether it's meant to be taken seriously or just as a lark. I think it's on the same level as Gangnam Style, except with the knowingness of the fact that Gangnam Style was a big hit, and so maybe this might be too.
posted by rikschell at 7:31 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've heard a fox. Back in the mid-1990s I was living in the University of Toronto's Scarborough College student housing, and it was surrounded by woodland. We used to hear fox cries at night. It's very human-sounding, and sounds so much like a person yelling that when I first heard it I thought that's what it was, but it's exactly the same sound voiced again and again, so I soon realized it had to be an animal.
posted by orange swan at 7:33 AM on September 5, 2013


That's not a fox, that's the fork in the garbage disposal!
posted by lumensimus at 7:36 AM on September 5, 2013 [13 favorites]


There is a brand of cookie treat things called Yan Yan that sometimes show up in my local Mexican grocery store, which is weird because the cookies aren't Mexican, but I digress.

Each cookie has an animal on it, and some semi-fact about the animal.

For instance:

Zebra - Herbivore
Duck - Go for a Swim
Cat - Say meow
Squid - Black ink
Sheep - Wool sweaters

But what does it say about the Fox? The fox cookie says: Fox - Beware of Lies. I feel like this is a song about those cookies.
posted by phunniemee at 7:38 AM on September 5, 2013 [14 favorites]


I can't twerk to this.
posted by phong3d at 7:39 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


You're just not trying hard enough.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:41 AM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


The cow goes moo
The dog goes woof
The cat goes meow
And the goat goes ahhhhh! AAAAAHHHHH AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!
posted by The Whelk at 7:41 AM on September 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


What the fucks, eh?
posted by HeroZero at 7:42 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Bob?! BOB!

Also the real sounds that foxes make are indeed very human sounding.
posted by royalsong at 7:44 AM on September 5, 2013


A seal does not go "Ow ow ow."

If it does, you're not clubbing hard enough.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:46 AM on September 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'll have you know, foxes have the finest call in nature.

Not to be confused with the scream of the redd foxx.
posted by delfin at 7:46 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I kid you not a Fox woke me up at 3 AM on this past Sunday. I was staying at my cabin in very remote, rural West Virginia. I got out of bed freaked out and needing to pee and grabbed a headlamp and a pistol (because I was freaked out by the creepy canine but not dog, wolf, or coyote barking) to step outside. After peeing I had a further creepy feeling (the barking continued) that someone was watching me. I peeked around the corner towards where we had placed a salt-lick for deer and was greeted by a wall of freaky almond shaped, off-set eyes glowing in the dark through the trees. Glad that I had already peed, it took me a moment to realize that I was not about to be probed, but was in fact observing the intended use of the salt-lick in action.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:50 AM on September 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


How to confuse a five year old:
Q: What does the dog say?
A: WOOF!
Q: What does the cat say?
A: MEOW!
Q: What does the cow say?
A: MOO!
Q: What does the giraffe say?
A: *puzzled, stumped silence*

Zip ahead to about 1:50 to hear what sound a giraffe makes.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:51 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's only the second fox scat video I've ever seen. (OK, here's the first.)

And something (maybe the dancing?) about this whole thing reminds me of Prisencolinensinainciusol.
posted by pracowity at 7:53 AM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Foxes make sharp barks, usually. Sort of a "yip".
posted by clvrmnky at 7:55 AM on September 5, 2013




Judging from the video, I think the fox says ding ding dong.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:59 AM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Foxes make sharp barks, usually. Sort of a "yip".

No.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:02 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had a small grey fox that lived on my semi-rural, semi-urban spread in the southeast with me a few years back. I would heard its calls occasionally and they never failed to send chills down my spine. Once I turned a corner on a trail while walking my dog (a foxy corgi-chow mix, herself) only to come face to face (and in my dog's case literally nose to nose) with the critter. It opened its mouth and let out that blood curdling scream and them casually sauntered off into the underbrush while me and the dog both tried our best to smooth the hackles on the back of our necks. That stupid fox ruined more than one dinner party by screaming from the closer, dark reaches of my back yard, which would invariably cause all conversation to stop and my guests to stare at me wide-eyed and all silently mouth "What was that!?" like children who have just seen their first horror movie. "It's just that grey fox I see around," I'd patiently explain, but they'd stay quiet for the rest of the night and the party would break up early. Those nights I'd swear the later barks sounded almost like laughter.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 8:03 AM on September 5, 2013 [13 favorites]


Seriously, though, this isn't a parody, because it's not a parody of SOMETHING.

Hm. I think there's a certain genre of dance music that this song fits pretty well. I just wasn't sure if Ylvis is a "serious" group or not. A quick search turns up a lot of hits for "comedy group".

Regardless, I enjoyed it.
posted by dubold at 8:05 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Boy, do I know the sounds foxes make, Foxes make noises like someone screaming for help.

We had foxes living in our backyard in central London (WC1A even!) They were out a lot in Camden foraging garbage cans.

The noises are especially bad when they're mating. It sounds like murder. Thanks to them we've had many sleepless nights.
posted by vacapinta at 8:12 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I could not love this more.

I don't know whether it's a joke or not, and what's more, I can't decide whether I want it to be a joke or not.
posted by Myca at 8:12 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


True story: When teaching the minivillain anything I always interject a ridiculous question/request/phrase into the mix so she knows what to do when dealing with future ignoramii. So when teaching her animal sounds I asked her what sounds deer make.

She looked at me seriously, realized the joke, shrugged and sighed: "Oh dear" and we went about playing with lego the rest of the afternoon.
posted by Blue_Villain at 8:20 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I have a collection of songs that I keep on my iPod to play specifically because they're totally catchy and ridiculously stupid. "Gangam Style" was one of them, but everybody liked it. The last one that really caught my attention was "PonPonPon." I think this one may be a contender.
posted by xingcat at 8:24 AM on September 5, 2013


I was charmed by this video for a whole 3 minutes and 8 seconds, when Bro Fox showed up. Now all my lovely memories of the first 3:07 are tainted with the stink of Axe.
posted by maudlin at 8:24 AM on September 5, 2013


I think the real answer to what the fox says can be found inside each and every one of us.
posted by schwa at 8:26 AM on September 5, 2013


~Loving the rhyme of 'mo-o-orse' and 'ho-oo-orse' here. If it's a parody, then I love how serious and note-perfect the Savage Garden-esque verses are.

My SO is heading to Oslo this week - I'll ask him to find out whether all Norwegian pop is like this.
posted by mippy at 8:29 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


THIS IS NOT ON ITUNES SEARCH I AM ANGRY NOW.
posted by xingcat at 8:30 AM on September 5, 2013


Forget it Jake, it's Europe.

Europeans also have no idea what's going on here. I feel like "Europe" as a cultural descriptor on Metafilter is often used to mean "similar to things I've seen on the Eurovision song contest". Sure, it's recognisably "Europe", but that's roughly as precise as pinpointing it as "origin: Earth".
posted by distorte at 8:32 AM on September 5, 2013


What foxes really sound like. (It's mostly a series of bleeps.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:34 AM on September 5, 2013




Any question I had about whether this was a joke or not was pretty much answered by Ylvis's video for Jan Egeland. Yep, it's comedy.

(Now I wish I had thought to tape The Vacant Lot during the millisecond that Comedy Central aired the series in 1994. Their videos were a lot of fun, too.)
posted by bakerina at 8:46 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dammit, where's that "unsee" button?
posted by skippyhacker at 8:47 AM on September 5, 2013


Sure, it's recognisably "Europe", but that's roughly as precise as pinpointing it as "origin: Earth".

Eurodance is a real thing, though. And I feel like this fits into that tradition, where the act is often intentionally playing an "are they joking or not? Is this for real?" angle. (I'd love to see a thorough FPP on wtf eurocheese music!)
posted by naju at 8:51 AM on September 5, 2013


Amazon horse mask at about 1:45 = good
"You're my guardian angel" = greatest
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:55 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Eurodance is a real thing, though. And I feel like this fits into that tradition, where the act is often intentionally playing an "are they joking or not? Is this for real?" angle.

Yes. Scandinavia also brought us this.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:59 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Eurodance is a real thing, though. And I feel like this fits into that tradition, where the act is often intentionally playing an "are they joking or not? Is this for real?" angle.

Oh yeah, this really is Eurodance. But most Europeans would be unaware of the existence of Eurodance. Highlighting the gap between Europeans and the things people apply the "Euro" prefix to. But I'll happily concede if, next time Skrillex comes up in conversation, I'm allowed to nod my head and say: "So America."
posted by distorte at 9:07 AM on September 5, 2013


I think we have a future Eurovision entrant here.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:17 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


CHAOS... REIGNS.

Omg I'm sorry for bringing that up forget I mentioned this.
posted by JHarris at 9:24 AM on September 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Just came across this on AV Club and rushed over here to post it. CURSE YOU RORY MARINICH!

previously.
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:03 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Once knew a pet red fox who seemed to purr.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 10:17 AM on September 5, 2013


hey norwegian dudes! move to london town and you'll know all about what the fox say, most nights, usually about 2am.
yowling, screeching bloody vermin
posted by trulyscrumptious at 10:33 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had just seen this graphic on a friend's facebook feed and was feeling a bit low in comparison to Scandinavia. That feeling has now been replaced by the feeling that this gives me.

As for fox yelps, once you recognize them, it's funny how often they appear in the background noises of ominously suspenseful outdoor film scenes. And they lost all their eldritch flavor when I realized that they sound exactly like the hoarse baying of an elderly, deaf, overweight, indifferently-continent beagle-dachshund.
posted by Lou Stuells at 11:57 AM on September 5, 2013


Another person who rushed here to post only to find I am way, way behind the curve.
posted by kariebookish at 12:07 PM on September 5, 2013


I posted this to Facebook at around 10am this morning: Urban fox, bold as brass, just loping along in the sunshine by the SA Consulate in Trafalgar Square about 5 minutes ago, tourists agog.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:53 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sometimes when chancing on a group of wacky furries cavorting in the forest, the fox emits a good giggle.
posted by madamjujujive at 1:41 PM on September 5, 2013


If it weren't for the costumes I'd be certain that this was one of those make-up-funny-English-lyrics-to-foreign-songs videos. What the fox?
posted by rhiannonstone at 2:00 PM on September 5, 2013


(And aww I am actually slightly disappointed to discover that Ylvis is intentionally funny/weird and this isn't someone's super-sincere artistic message to the world.)
posted by rhiannonstone at 2:08 PM on September 5, 2013


That was glorious thanks so much Rory. We have had challenges like this with one of our daughter's books. I was very proud of myself for my zebra noises, but then we get to the skunk. We're Australian, I have no flipping idea what a skunk sounds like, and I worry that one day when my daughter snorts like pig when imitating a skunk, it will result in ridicule and social stigma she will never overcome.
posted by smoke at 5:29 PM on September 5, 2013


WARNING FURRY!

Yeah, this has been making the rounds in the furryverse pretty strongly. If they were aiming at that audience, they succeeded. If they weren't, well, they have new fans now.
posted by hippybear at 5:31 PM on September 5, 2013


I could not love this more.

Oh, yes! Myca, I played it three times and bounced in my chair. Must email link to everyone on my contact list!



What sound does the fox make?

Gekkering!
posted by BlueHorse at 6:02 PM on September 5, 2013


I'm going to stop using "WTF?" in my internet conversations in favor of "WDTFS?"

And the fox DOES say Prisencolinensinainciusol. Alright?
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:55 PM on September 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


What does the fox say? Believe it!
posted by Proofs and Refutations at 7:18 PM on September 5, 2013


Gosh ... who would have that that UNFETTERED BUBBLE GUM would see a revival in the era of the first black prez?
posted by Twang at 8:26 PM on September 5, 2013


You know how the realization that something's a parody always hits you at an exact instant, when one tiny bit goes just a little bit too far? It can be only one word, one quick detail, one hammy glance...

That instant here, for me: "hor-or-or-or-or-or-or-se"
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 8:30 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I needed this so much right now thank you. Also my favorite part (AMONG SO MANY) was the CGI fox with the weird Scatman-esque vocals right at the end.
posted by threeants at 9:38 PM on September 5, 2013


I made the mistake of posting this to my tumblr (with no tags, even!) and now I can't see my dash for all the notes. On the upside, I just made my roommate watch it, so now we have another excuse to yell nonsensical noises at each other.
posted by Mizu at 10:23 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I teach instrumental music to whole classes of kids. I am currently trying to work out which of our three concerts this is going in. Because those 10-year-old are DEFINITELY doing this.
posted by joboe at 2:41 AM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


OLL RAIGTH!
posted by aubilenon at 3:29 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


not to be confused with The Mod Wolves.
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 6:15 AM on September 6, 2013


Does fish really go "blub"?
posted by eugenen at 10:48 AM on September 6, 2013


Wow, you must never have been near a pond, lake, or ocean. Fish do nothing but go "blub". It's all blub, all the time - really distracting. If you get to the beach you'll have to cover your ears as you're engulfed in a "Sea of Blub." I'm sure you've heard the Phil Phillips song about it.
posted by komara at 11:06 AM on September 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


What does the Foxx say?

"It's the big one! I'm coming Elizabeth!"
posted by JHarris at 11:51 AM on September 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


Like rhiannastone, I too thought it was an english-language sync over a strange video. Was kind of giggling in disbelief then completely lost it at the rhyming of morse and horse.

My 5-year-old son belly laughed in real enjoyment and now wants it played over and over. (This is what I get for reading Metafilter while hanging out with him in his cubby house.) Still, it's a nice change from him wanting to always listen to Gangnam Style.
posted by {quick brown fox} at 12:38 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love this. The music sort of reminds me of "DJ Has Us Falling In Love Again".
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:44 PM on September 8, 2013


What does Teemo Say?, a League of Legends-themed derivative by Instalok.
posted by Nelson at 10:00 AM on September 10, 2013


Apparently, in addition to being hilarious, it is also somewhat accurate.
posted by C'est la D.C. at 6:14 AM on September 11, 2013


The fox says "wanna cuddle?"
posted by homunculus at 7:15 PM on September 14, 2013


Okay, it's now a thing... it made it to a college football halftime show (and in record time)
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:08 AM on September 16, 2013


Why do things like this become breakout hits? I feel roughly the way I did over a decade ago when that damn dancing baby hit it big.
posted by JHarris at 3:54 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's Wolverine Say?
posted by homunculus at 6:00 PM on September 20, 2013


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