I am busy watching Plains, Trains and Automobiles and Steve Martin gets kicked in the balls. He then talks for a few minutes in a high pitch voice. I don’t get it… is there some magical pipe from your lung to your ballsack?
What is it with this lameass cutesy joke? Please someone tell me who/how/where it started it, so I can go over and beat the crap out of him.
Kind of an ancient joke I think. Not much of a classical voice fan myself, but I’m told there is (or was) a practice of removing the testicles from prepubescent males in an effort to keep puberty from changing their voices.
Worked its way into mainstream humor by rendering the effects of puberty retroactive. I don’t think it really works that way, but it brings a small degree of low humor into any testicular trauma slapstick (heh).
Sometimes, when experiencing severe pain but not wanting to admit to it, a person will attempt normal conversation. His speaking tone, however, is usually strained because he’s busy clamping down all his abdominal muscles to stop the pain while simultaneously trying to look cool. Strained tone = high pitch. The joke rests both on the visual/aural (look at the funny thing that guy is doing!) and on the patheticness of the character (he’s so wrapped up in looking cool that he’s willing to do this).
A similar joke was used in the film The Great Escape, right after the characters try some home-made vodka.
It’s a really common device, I’m surprised you haven’t seen it before.
Severe enteric pain (such as engendered by a shot to the groin) will often cause semi to complete paralysis of the diaphragm, making breaking difficult. Speaking in a soft whisper may result. This may be heard as a higher voice, in addition to beind softer.
If you’ve ever had a “testicular trauma” you know it’s almost impossible to speak at all for a few minutes. The pain isn’t just in your balls, it’s general and extremely intense. If you had to ask the question . . . good for you.
The only times I’ve ever really be hit hard in the balls was during fist fights. But for whatever reason the pain never really felt that bad, but there was a strong aching once the fight was over. I’m assuming maybe something to do with adrenaline.
Did you get kicked in the groin or literally hit in the balls? Both have happened to me and they’re quite different… the former hurts but nowhere near as bad as the latter, which can paralyze you for a good ten minutes and leave you retching and crying.