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Things that go ‘whine’ in the day

As the lives of Israelis slowly return to their normal course after 29 days (and for some, weeks and years) of taking cover when the sound of a Code Red siren rings over towns and cities, a comedy troupe airs a skit parodying Israelis’ fear of rockets.

The Hebrew-language video, which is made by a trio called “Ritalin Kids” — Amit Raviv, Ofir Boaz and Asa Keren — shows Israelis running for cover after mistaking various sounds, from a kettle boiling to a donkey braying to Whitney Houston hitting those high notes, for the blaring of an incoming rocket alert.

Titled “Did you hear that?” the video opens with a shot of a couple in the bedroom. The woman, hearing an ambulance siren, jumps up in panic. “Did you hear that?” she asks, and shoves her partner aside to run for cover.

The next scene shows a man and a woman sitting in a cafe. When a motorcycle zooms by, the man spits out his juice and hides under the table, shouting “Siren!” The woman continues to sip her drink, rather nonplussed.

Next, a lawnmower draws a shower-cap clad man out of the shower mid-ablution, a plane mistaken for a siren makes a beachgoer run off, a whistling kettle causes a man to rush out of the bathroom while brushing his teeth, and a drill wakes a man up suddenly.

Then, the more whimsical examples start: a braying donkey draws a swimmer to poke his head out of the water and shout “What was that?!” a man in a dark green robe playing a large horn on a lakefront lined with trees startles two towel-clad men in a sauna, a mewling kitten disrupts the concentration of two students studying in the library (which is clearly nowhere near said kitten), and Whitney Houston hitting the high notes on “I Will Always Love You” causing a driver to abandon his pink car (adorned with an Israeli flag, naturally) on the side of the road and dive into the dirt as a cyclist rides by and turns around to stare at him.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday, has generated just over 2,000 “likes” so far, but is slowly going viral in Israel.

'Did you hear that?'
‘Did you hear that?’
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