April 21, 2017
Every week we bring you a fascinating fact from the world of entertainment and today is no different, with today’s slice of interesting focusing on music and coming all the way from Seoul in South Korea.
If you’re unfamiliar with ‘The Power’ by Snap! then you probably weren’t listening to pop songs in the early 1990s and have somehow gone through life without hearing one small segment that features a sample of Jocelyn Brown singing, “I’ve got the power!” Unsure if you’ve heard it? Have a listen to the video below before we continue.
Now you might be thinking that although a fairly standard dance track with the typical ‘heavy beats’ and questionable fashion sense of the early nineties, there’s nothing more to the song than that. You could not be more wrong for today we are going to tell you the power of The Power! Snap!’s hit song reached number 1 in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and the UK but its power goes further than that. It notched about a number two placing in the US, number 3 in pretty much every other European country not yet mentioned.
Okay, so it was a hit song. Who cares? Well, we do. Just how much power does The Power possess? In 2011, South Korea found out. The TechnoMart in Seoul is a 39 storey skyscraper that is home to a number of electronic stores. A sprawling shopping centre, the building also features a cinema and a gym and a number of offices. It was evacuated and closed for two days in the early part of the decade when occupants felt the structure shake for over 10 minutes. An earthquake? What else could cause such tremors?
Since you’re reading this blog, you’re probably right with the answer that you’re pondering. That’s right, it’s Snap!’s The Power! Before scientists realised that this club classic could cause such seismic activity, they studied the TechnoMart for two weeks, presumably scratching their heads and frowning at one another in frustration. In fairness, if someone had come up to them at the start and explained that the reason was probably 17 middle aged people doing Tae Bo in the 12th floor, would they have believed it? Who’s to say.
In order to test out their theory, the scientists had to recreate the event (in our head they’re wearing lab coats as they do so) and found the same result. The top floors of the skyscraper shook back and forth because the vibration cycle caused by Tae Bo collided with the vertical vibration cycle unique to the building. Need a slightly less scientific explanation? It’s a phenomenon called resonance and always causes a large vibration in a tall structure; the highest floors were subjected to ten times the normal level of shaking as the fitness fanatics went about their routine.
So what is the power of The Power? Seemingly it’s got enough to it to cause a fake earthquake in South Korea. Ah, the power of entertainment!
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By Henry Fosdike