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05/23/2014 03:10 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2014

Morgan Freeman's Voice On Helium Is Everything (VIDEO)

As host of Science Channel's popular "Through the Wormhole" series, Morgan Freeman has introduced us to some pretty strange things--from the extinction of sex to mind hacking.

But few things are odder than Morgan's own iconic voice transformed by helium into what sounds like Donald Duck. It's pure magic. Just check out the video above.

Why does helium make voices sound so silly? Helium doesn't actually change the pitch of your voice. That's determined by the frequency at which your vocal chords vibrate. Rather, it changes the timbre, the tonal "color" of your voice, which is determined by how the sound produced by your vocal chords travels through your vocal tract.

Helium is lighter than air, so it transmits sound waves travel faster than air. This amplifies the high-pitch parts of your voice, and attenuates the lower-pitch parts.

That's not magic--it's just science!

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