How does a ventriloquist sing?

We asked the audience to imagine a ventriloquist playing a fake song in an audience, and see if listeners were able to identify the tune. The results show that for most songs, people didn’t find the melody or rhythm, and many weren’t even able to identify the lyrics. What makes the “frozen” ventriloquist dummy, though, a great fit for this experiment is the fact that he was able to deliver the tune.

As it turns out, both students and adults recognized the lyrics to songs when they were told they had to remember them, without any prompting from the dummy. And once they recognized the lyrics, students remembered the melody better than when they hadn’t been told at all about the song.

So that’s the lesson—even when you can’t tell a song’s story entirely from its lyrics, you can still play it for a real audience. We hope that more and more musicians who sing will find these ideas interesting. Here’s a video of the performance.

You can watch the video in full at the Smithsonian Channel.

“We’re happy and relieved to be able to announce that Lufthansa has given our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 777-300ER, to Singapore Airlines,” said Thomas Ruttig, president and CEO of Singapore Airlines. “We look forward to the partnership and strong and positive business relationship between Singapore and Boeing.”

Last week, the two airlines announced a deal to share operating revenues from the 777-300ER. The deal calls for a 30 percent share of the revenue for 30 years.

A major driver for the deal was that the 777-300ER is the only aircraft in Lufthansa’s fleet that is capable of reaching international gateways in 15 hours or less.

“This new aircraft will help extend our world-class flight reliability to more destinations across Asia, Europe and New Zealand,” said Ruttig.

In addition, Singapore received an order for 36 F/A-18 Hornet fighters valued at approximately $500 billion.

Today’s announcement marks the first time that the United States has contracted for more than one of Boeing’s aircraft. Singapore entered the deal with Bombardier to build the 787 and is the second country in Asia after South Korea.

“Singapore was a logical partner for a new high-cost aviation business, and we will offer our strong, reliable and flexible economy to help our customers in the region continue to fly Boeing