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You can hear the sounds of the ocean by listening to a seashell.

Correct, the above statement is false. It may sound like the ocean, but what you're really hearing when you hold a seashell to your ear is sound around you vibrating in resonance in the air within the shell.

Photo: Randy Faris/Corbis



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