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The Moo box is a toy or a souvenir. When turned upside down, it produces a noise that resembles the mooing of a cow. The toy can be configured to create other animal sounds such as the mewing of a cat, the sound of a bird, or the bleat of a sheep.
The toy can be used to perform the Moatti test, conceived by doctor Lucien Moatti. It uses four boxes calibrated to reach sixty decibels at two metres. The test can be used to screen the hearing of children aged from six to 24 months.
The tester knocks down the boxes out of sight of the child. If the child hears the sound, they will turn their head in the direction of the sound. Each box tests different frequencies.
Notable appearances in pop culture
- The toy can be seen in the third teaser trailer for Despicable Me.
- A moo box was used in the Beastie Boys' track "B-boys Makin' With The Freak Freak", from their 1994 album Ill Communication.
- Michael Scott confuses a radon detector for a moo box in the cold open of The Office episode, "The Chump".
- The Kube brothers make moo boxes in the post-apocalyptic French film Delicatessen (1991), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.
- In one of the THX Trailers, Tex (the name of the robot mascot of THX) uses a moo can to perform a Deep Note mooed by cows.
- "Jean-Pierre Jeunet (site officiel), Delicatessen". Jean-Pierre Jeunet (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-13.
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