Faithful Cracked readers know that we owe things like penicillin, pacemakers, and even America to dumb-ass accidents. But what about the stuff that's truly important? Like, you know, a bunch of cool movie scenes? Well, it turns out that, much like how a healthy number of us wouldn't exist if it wasn't for boxed wine, Prince's Parade, and off-brand prophylactics, a number of classic movie moments were spawned thanks to ineptitude and/or randomness.
Yes, believe it or not, sometimes Hollywood doesn't know what the fuck it's doing. And sometimes that works out for the best, like when ...
The Star Wars Lightsaber Sound Was Discovered Thanks To A Broken Mic Cable
There's almost no element of the original Star Wars that hasn't become an integral part of the fabric of our culture ... with the possible exception of that werewolf guy at the cantina. Seriously, what's with that guy? Did George Lucas just swing by a Halloween Superstore on the way to the set?
Lucasfilm He's what happened nine months after Chewbacca listened to Prince's Parade with some Ewoks.
But one thing we can all agree on is that lightsabers are fucking awesome. Whether it's being used to battle the forces of evil in an epic duel or merely amputate bothersome bar patrons, the lightsaber is one of the all-time great movie weapons. A big reason for that is the instantly-recognizable "KKSHHHWOOOON" sound effect it makes. But originally, the lightsaber had no sound, unless you count the one made by two middle-aged British men whacking each other with wooden dowels.
Lucasfilm It's like the Star Wars Kid video, but sadder.
Since that's not very exciting, someone had to invent a sound for the lightsaber at some point -- a task which fell to sound designer Ben Burtt. If you don't know that name, you should. He's the pop culture hero who came up with the Star Wars blaster noise by hitting cables with a hammer, and Chewbacca's growl by taking a mic to a goddamn live bear.
Lucasfilm "No no, I said make a laser sword sound! Stupid bear. Fine, I guess we'll use this for something else."