Yes, you really can get them to say "butts"
May 5, 2015 9:34 AM   Subscribe

The Mountains of Mouthness recites tweets sent to them. If you post a public tweet on twitter with "@MoMouthness" or "#mouthness" in it, the mountains will recite everything you posted in that tweet, word for word, in a booming voice that can be heard by all four corners of whatever kingdom they happen to be residing in. You can even watch the mountains from the perspective of a lowly villager with your phone or tablet. When you load the mountains up, be sure to unmute them by clicking on the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If they still don't say anything, you might have to reload the page or restart your browser.

According to boingboing, the website was produced by Goo Technologies
posted by surazal (52 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
I forgot to add that there doesn't really appear to be a word filter, so the mountains will say all manner of naughty words from time to time. For this reason, it may be NSFW.
posted by surazal at 9:38 AM on May 5, 2015


This is beautiful. Someone was spamming it with dialogue from Soul Reaver when I looked.

I can't imagine what it would be like to live in the city at the base of the Mountains of Mouthness.
posted by egypturnash at 9:52 AM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


First thing I heard that wasn't different versions of "I am Groot" was "I'm a mountain fuck you bitch ass weeaboo gamergater"

Good enough for me.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:57 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


"inhale my dong hashtag mouthness"

Comedy... comedy bronze.
posted by GuyZero at 10:07 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


Lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant.
posted by grumpybear69 at 10:09 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


"I need to pee but I want to hear mountains talk."

OK, I admit I laughed at that.
posted by marxchivist at 10:14 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


This is what Peter Molyneux's new game should have been like.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:17 AM on May 5, 2015 [10 favorites]


"Dear citizens of the earth, you are all dumb fucks, and you will all die."
posted by escape from the potato planet at 10:19 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is beautiful. Someone was spamming it with dialogue from Soul Reaver when I looked.

I'm very sad to have missed that.
posted by curious nu at 10:19 AM on May 5, 2015


For best results, leave it running while playing downtempo music in Pandora on another tab.
posted by cortex at 10:24 AM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


under
score
lieutenant
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:26 AM on May 5, 2015


Cortex: I’m just gonna start finishing all my sexts with #mouthness

LMAO
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:29 AM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


"I'm not a mountain man, I'm a mountain, man."
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 10:31 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm just doing SMAC quotes now.
posted by curious nu at 10:32 AM on May 5, 2015


This is what Peter Molyneux's new game should have been like.

Ha - the message I sent (though didn't wait around to hear - anyone have any idea how long the lag time is?) it earlier was: "The villagers need food."
posted by Flashman at 10:34 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Fun for about 30 seconds. Or, for about a dozen tweets involving fellatio. The Internet always held such promise, but its users always drag it down. I mean, it's not like dick jokes are in any way a new thing on the 'Tubes.
posted by touchstone033 at 10:36 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


anyone have any idea how long the lag time is?

One of mine came through almost instantly. I suspect that it just grabs the most recent tweet whenever it's ready to start saying something new.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 10:37 AM on May 5, 2015


"dong" is the new black. Or something.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:40 AM on May 5, 2015


The dong tweets are really just one guy spamming it.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:41 AM on May 5, 2015


I'm a duck. QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:45 AM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh hell, I just got rickrolled.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:45 AM on May 5, 2015


How long does it take to load? All I get is "loading, please wait".
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:52 AM on May 5, 2015


Mister Moofoo: “How long does it take to load? All I get is "loading, please wait".”
You have to allow JavaScript from the following:
  • cdnjs.cloudflare.com
  • labs.gooengine.com
  • code.gooengine.com
  • c1.goote.ch
Once it loads, you have to allow
  • vaas.acapela-group.com
to be able to hear the voices.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:02 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


And how do I do that on an iphone?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 12:05 PM on May 5, 2015


well now I either got spoiled for the Avengers movie or I didn't.
posted by gaspode at 12:06 PM on May 5, 2015


I mean, JavaScript is enabled on my phone, but Mouthness is still not doing anything.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 12:24 PM on May 5, 2015


All I got was all manner of swear words.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:30 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Mesmerizing. It solemnly recited the Seuss passage I gave it. That's how I'm going to read Fox in Socks from now on.
posted by ignignokt at 12:39 PM on May 5, 2015


Mister Moofoo: “I mean, JavaScript is enabled on my phone, but Mouthness is still not doing anything.”
The Goo Engine that the mountains are created with theoretically works on iOS 8, but I have no idea if it works in practice as I'm on Android.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:50 PM on May 5, 2015


I kinda suspected that was the issue.

Not really worth doing an OS upgrade for.

Thanks, though, ob1quixote.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:02 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Dear god someone just said the N-word twenty times. Once in a while I get reminded why it's called TWITter.
posted by JHarris at 1:37 PM on May 5, 2015


It has been taken over by 14 year old n word repeaters.
posted by 3.2.3 at 1:40 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


The text to speech is remarkably good, given the obvious challenge posed by illiterate tweets.
posted by stonepharisee at 2:14 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Text to speech has really jumped forward in the last few years. Yes, it's still a robot, but it's a mostly intelligible robot these days.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 2:18 PM on May 5, 2015


Now, if it could only find an intelligent and worthy source of things to repeat...
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:37 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


one thing i did not except from this day is for a mountain to solemnly intone the n-word at me repeatedly
posted by angrycat at 2:37 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


.....You can get a text to speech that yells now?
I mean I've been making them sing for years but this is REALLY huge news for my long-term plans
posted by jake at 2:38 PM on May 5, 2015


Also I just loaded this up on the TV in the lobby of the recording studio, and the other guy who works here is due in any minute. I'm going to see how long he stares at it, and then deny any knowledge of how it got there
posted by jake at 2:42 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


That could get really awkward, given how the Shitty Internet seems to have found out about this.
posted by JHarris at 2:47 PM on May 5, 2015


stonepharisee: “The text to speech is remarkably good, given the obvious challenge posed by illiterate tweets.”
I was especially amused at how it pronounces "im." Especially considering how often it appears in tweets.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:58 PM on May 5, 2015


So it turns out that

Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience + CGI Talking Mountain = Total Fuckwad

Although this investigation may have been a failure, I still applaud the attempt. What values of "+ X" could finish off the left side of this equation and actually make a difference? If theory is drawing a blank, our only two options are hopelessness or more experiments! If we do ever eventually discover something like

Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience + Claymation Kittens Singing New Lyrics To Enya Tunes = Polite Philosopher Who Humbly Attempts To Understand Opposing Points Of View

then it will all have been worth it.
posted by roystgnr at 3:00 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


That could get really awkward, given how the Shitty Internet seems to have found out about this.

It's all good, this is the kind of studio guy who does Arnold quotes all day and makes mouth SFX while deleting or moving things in Pro Tools, "PSSCCHHHH now YOU go over there. Get to the choppaahhhhhh" I think this one's in the bag
posted by jake at 3:07 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


I would have loved for a few tweeters to start some sort of group improv, causing the mountains to have a talking-geographic-feature-centric conversation - such as what it's like to be a talking mountain, how they feel about seasons, the Heartbreak of Rockslides, what makes them really blow their top, etc.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:20 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


The plight of receding treelines...
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:46 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


I tried to make the mountains shout at me that I'm a douche canoe but it rhymed douche with vouch. DISAPPOINTED
posted by capricorn at 4:04 PM on May 5, 2015


Also does anyone know why they keep saying "inflate"? Is this a meme/joke I am too much of a square to get?
posted by capricorn at 4:06 PM on May 5, 2015


Cortex: I’m just gonna start finishing all my sexts with #mouthness

LMAO


I should know by now that when I see cortex tweeting apparently nonsensical things I should check the front page of Metafilter.
posted by nubs at 4:52 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


I can hear barely comprehensible Tweets (that are still barely comprehensible when read, much less spoken), but can I get my non-dong joke?

Nope.

Weak.
posted by Samizdata at 5:50 AM on May 6, 2015


Oh, and when I click the tab to close it in petulant frustration? I have to hear two or three more barely comprehensible tweets before it closes.

Sigh.
posted by Samizdata at 5:53 AM on May 6, 2015


I don't twitter, but the CHIPS. AND BUTTER. CHIPS. AND BUTTER. meme for the growly mountain makes me want someone to get the toothy mountain to do Box's lines from Logan's Run.
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 3:39 PM on May 6, 2015


I just realized that the problem with people making it say the "N-word" is almost completely preventable. My bot, @godtributes (sorry, self-link), has a similar problem because it responds to people's tweets with words from their tweets. You can get very sophisticated with filtering, but these guys could have prevented most of the problems they have just having a list of terrible words and then comparing incoming tweets to them.

Maybe they were super-tired and just completely blanked on this, but it's not impossible to stop 95% of garbage coming into your app.
posted by ignignokt at 9:21 AM on May 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


It seems that some filtering is being updated.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 10:28 AM on May 7, 2015


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