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space cadet
2005-Jun-06, 03:06 AM
You know those swiss movie scenes where they hiker stands on a precipice and yells egolaaaaaaaaaaaaa or something like that?

What is it that they are actually yelling. My sister says she reallly needs to know.

Wolverine
2005-Jun-06, 03:30 AM
Ricola (www.ricolausa.com/)?

skwirlinator
2005-Jun-06, 03:31 AM
Ricolla Cough drops

http://www.ricolausa.com/home/

http://www.ricolausa.com/about/media/tv/

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Jun-06, 03:35 AM
Agh! You both beat me to it!

Joe The Dude
2005-Jun-06, 03:41 AM
In short, they're just yelling out the "Ricola" Brand Name of Cough Drops.

However, any deep cultural meanings of such an act is beyond me.
#-o

Perhaps because I'm a Texan and have never been to the Alps or wherever.
http://img1.photobucket.com/albums/1003/gearrat/CowBoy-smoking.gif

01101001
2005-Jun-06, 04:12 AM
Are you asking about the Ricola commercial or about generic Swiss or alpine yodeling?

The generic stuff in movies is probably folk songs.

Wikipedia: Yodeling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yodeling)


In Swiss folk music, it was probably developed in the Swiss Alps as a method of communication between mountain peaks, and it later became a part of the traditional music of the region.

In an article about yodeler Kerry Christensen (http://www.cotatifest.com/KerryChristensen.htm):


According to Kerry, yodeling is an ancient art found in many mountainous regions of the world, including China, Africa, and Australia. However its best known form originated in the Alpine regions of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Folk wisdom says that yodeling is an imitation of the music of the alpenhorn, a ten-foot long horn once used for communication by people in that area.

Like the alpenhorn, yodeling was once used for communication, at least over moderate distances, say from one hillside farm to the next, and it is still used in some parts of the world.

Candy
2005-Jun-06, 09:44 AM
Are you asking about the Ricola commercial or about generic Swiss or alpine yodeling?
That is hilarious! The Ricola part, now I know where they got the idea from. :lol:

Lurker
2005-Jun-06, 04:38 PM
01101001 -- you left out the best of the Wikipedia entry


See also - Doo wop

:wink:

01101001
2005-Jun-06, 11:47 PM
Actually, I'm pretty sure those alpine yodelers in the movies, are always calling to the next mountain over, "Little old lady, tooooo!" -- but I have no idea what the context of the discussion is, or even why they use English.

Hmm, looks like I'm not the only one: "Knock-knock." (http://europeforvisitors.com/switzaustria/articles/yodeling.htm)


"Who's there?"
"Little old lady."
"Little old lady who?"
"I didn't know you could yodel!"

Gullible Jones
2005-Jun-07, 12:35 AM
These days, yodelling is used mostly by bored high school students during study halls. Believe me, I know by experience...

(Where's the "fingers stuffed in ears" smiley?)