Ring tones only kids can hear

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago in Tech
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=14031&in_page_id=2&expand=true

Some clever kids make ring tones adults can not hear to they can text in class.
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Male 239
well, it`s time to introduce this to my school...
but how do i get it onto the phones?
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Male 239
YES!
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Female 216
Sorry for the double post but I played again after I posted and it kept going in and out for me from the low sound to the high sound. My husband couldn`t hear it... Way weird.
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Female 216
Ok I`m 27 going on 28 and I tried again to listen to it through my regular speaker at work and heard nothing. Then I tried to hear it through my IPod speakers. With the tv on mute and the air conditioner running right behind me, I WAS able to hear it. Not as loud as a 17 year old, but I did hear it as well as my husband. Then I took th headphones out of the laptop and played again. Once I knew what sound I was looking for, I was able to hear it.

My husband insisted our cats could hear it but they didn`t even flinch when I played it out loud. But I can say if I was able to hear it at the full volume, it would drive me nuts!!

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Female 430
my mom cant hear it, she is 50 im 18, but my little brother and his friend who are 14 can hear it really well
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Female 430
that is annoying
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Female 24
Haha, I have that on my cellphone. Works greeat, but one of my teachers heard it..:-P
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Female 75
Why DON`T they set their phones to vibrate? Like the thingymadoodle at the bottom said...
Even if they`re tech savvy or whatever doesn`t give them common sense, I guess...
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Male 725
Weird, after reading through most of the comments i started hearing the sound out of the back of my comp...
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Male 725
Okay, now I can hear it...i just discovered my speakers weren`t on...

God, that hurt my head...AWESOME!!!

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Male 725
Dude, I hate being the minority of things. I`m 15 and can`t hear anything...
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Female 84
the second one was annoying <3
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Female 143
I just tried walking away from it, and I can hear it in the next room. Hmm.
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Female 143
I can hear it, and I`m 29. Maybe they should change "over 20" to "over 40" or something.
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Male 552
Ok nevermind. My brother, my sister and my dad can hear it but not my mom. She`s 45.
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Male 552
Ok I did it twice and none of them looked over, or said anything. So they idn`t hear it or they didn`t care. But now my ears are ringing.
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Male 552
Ok I could hear the one just posted. I`m gonna turn it up loud and see if my 45 year old dad, 19 year old brother and 20 year old sister can hear it.
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Female 83
well, i`m thirteen and i wish i didn`t click on those links. now my head hurts.

am i the only one who can hear the noises TVs make, not the talking but the buzz they make? i can hear if a TV is on without looking inside a room first, even if it is muted.

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Male 305
Those sounds get really annoying, but it is pretty cool! I can hear them fine. If they ever install one of those alarms in a public place where I live, I just put on a pair of those earmuffs people wear mowing the grass! lol, that would be so funny
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Female 1,172
The sound I found of it was this..so far my studies are 3 can, 3 can`t. One of the `can` was a baby though. lol http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story...
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Female 154
that made my ears and head hurt
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Male 22
The First one is kinda quiet with kids talking in the background, but the second one is just the pure sound and it really hurts my ears >_<. I also get some really quiet clicking sound in the background if i turn it up enough on the second one, and everyone can probably hear that. But man that would definitely drive me crazy if it were played loud enough, and you cant really tell what direction its coming form if you sit still, it just hurts. I`m 18, and i can also hear the high pitched sounds TV`s make through like 5 walls. Usually my ears just tune it out though.
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Female 226
I can hear the ringtome from up to 5 ft and the first one from up to ten feet. Good considering my overuse of headphones.
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Male 458
I can hear both sounds very clearly- annoying as ever, but I can hear them.
Age: 15
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Male 34
I cant hear it at all and I`m only 31. Does that mean that I have listened to more than my share of loud obnoxious music and that my youth has come to an end?
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Female 119
I heard in on NPR last week and I thought it was very clever...and yes, I can actually hear the sound
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Female 587
That sound was not annoying or painfull or anything, just like a mellow pulsing noise, I guess I am getting too old to hear it at its full?
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Male 372
[quote]On 5/30/2006 9:16:33 AM Ragin2340 wrote: ahhhh, dam that sound hurts the ears. Its like that faint buzzing you hear from your TV when its on. I said it be4 ill say it again. COMPLETLY BAN CELLPHONES FROM SCHOOL GROUNDS! dont just say you can have it as long as its turned off. thats just like asking a kid to do it. and on a side note, get rid of cellphones from people driving.[/quote]

Cell phones ARE banned. People carry them anyway.

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Male 372
HAHAHAHA! OMG, thgis is brilliant. I NEVER would have thought of this, it`s simply brilliant! An anti-delinquency device being used for delinquency. I love it.
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Male 1,152
i heard the first one...wasent so bad, could see how it would get anoyying after long exposer, the second i had to hold the speaker up to my ear and i could get the overall jist of it. Man this is freaking wierd...very interesting to
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Female 64
I`m 13 and I can`t hear it........
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Male 31
I cant hear it, and I`m 14............
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Male 7
Ok, I`m 40 and can`t hear a thing on the first one other than kids voices. But that second one made my ears bleed, and I could hear it from the other end of my house, thru 4 walls.
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Female 706
I`m only 19 and I couldn`t hear it.. *sad apple face*
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Male 211
Doesn`t work with headphones
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Male 143
Not only does it keep away teenagers (a major buying demographic), costing you a lot of money, but it will also make babies start to cry, a noise that everyone can hear and no one likes. GOOD IDEA morons.
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Male 143
Doesn`t anyone else find the alarm incredibly discriminatory? They might as well make a spray that keeps black people away because some black people might steal something...
Better still, just don`t let anyone into the store in case they fart or something... That`s the best way to keep your store safe!
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Female 476
where can i geeettt oneeee
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Female 84
I could hear it.... (Im 16)

My mom couldnt (Shes 43)

Hahahaha....
Although, why a person would use that is beyond me. It hurts!

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Male 22
im only 13 and i couldnt hear crap. But while i was listeneng to the 2nd on on earphones as hight as it could go i accisently pressed the rewind button an got a blast
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Female 236
I can hear it and I`m 27. I`ve always seemed to be able to hear the annoying high pitched sounds that no one else seemed to.
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Female 66
Thought that was what the "vibrate" option was for...

We thought we were cool if we got away with using vibrate and didn`t get caught.. If only we knew this was possible...

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Female 16
What the hell!? I`m only 21 and I couldn`t hear it; I feel old. :-(
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Female 181
During school I just use vibrate and no one else hears it. So I think I`ll stick to that.
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Female 169
Yea the second one did make me feel...well, odd, strange, and just plain weird. I wonder why?
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Female 169
I heard it and I asked my mom if she could hear anything and she didnt notice it at all (shes 50)
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Female 138
I can hear it. My head is killing me now. I had a bit of fun with my two siblings being able to hear it and my parents not. They thought I was lying at first.
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Male 316
You probably can hear it, just don`t KNOW you are hearing it. It isn`t a sound, but rather, a ringing sensation in your ears. Weird...
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Male 561
Im 20 i heard it and it was to loud this is also coming from a huge Death Metal Fan

(If you set the volume right you cant hear it all you can feel is the ringing in your ears!)

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Female 1,984
I heard it. Man, it`s high-pitched. Left a ringing sound in my ears...

BTW: I`m almost 19.

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Female 161
i dont like that sound...now it`s stuck in my head...
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Male 1,866
awww that thing hurts my ears!
ackkkk! i guess i can hear it i feel so special, but its so high ptiched its annoying.
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Male 1,866
class is for learning. if you don`t want to learn then don`t show up.
hey, i like having fun too, but do it between periods, in breaks, at lunch, i mean, hey, i get in poo too somtimes in class, but i mean, talking to ur friends in class with cells? dude... once they find out that means no more cells at schools, don`t ruin it for everyone u dratfaces.
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Female 509
my mom is 35 and cant hear the 2nd one but can hear the 1st one
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Male 10
you can download 5 mp3s from here:

http://mightyillusions.blogspot.com/2006...

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Female 294
that didnt affect me at all. smart kids for usin that.pretty cool =]
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Male 93
It sounds pretty. And I can still hear it after it is turned off.
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Female 818
That`s hilarious, yet annoying. But hilarious.
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Female 127
wow thats pretty cool, but it kills my ears.
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Male 80
Thats cool.
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Male 139
bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Female 272
If they began selling those i would buy it.
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Male 578
I`m wearing headphones with the volume up pretty loud and can`t hear it.
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Female 174
I don`t know how much age is a factor because it seems like there are a lot of exceptions to that... i.e. older people that can hear it and young people that can`t.

I can hear it and I am 21, but my roomate who is the same age can`t hear it at all. It is the same noise that comes from the TV and other electronic equipment, only the one posted here was wayyy worse. I had to leave the room while my roomate tried to hear it. It`s the most god-awful sound I have ever heard. It gives me a headache and I feel as though my ears might bleed.

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Female 93
it`s not that annoying.
ragin said it sounds like the TV. i find the tv more annoying.

if there`s a TV on i HAVE to turn it off it drives me crazy!! i can barely stand the sound of the computer being on.

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Female 47
ow it gave me a headache!
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Male 2,781
JEEZ MY HEAD IS THROBBING PRETTY BAD, EVEN THOUGH I COULD BARELY MAKE OUT THIS HI-PITCHED CRICKET CHIRPING, I HAVE THIS PRESSURE IN MY HEAD AND MY STOMACH FEELS WEIRD.

THIS GAVE ME AN AWESOME IDEA!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
SOME PUNX GONNA PAY!!!

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Female 13
i cant god damn hear it >-(
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Male 731
* waves with walking stick* Damn kids!
What an awful sound that is. Made my head hurt.
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Female 131
the one that is linked to in the first article i could hear and it wasn`t that bad.
but the second one was actually painful for me to hear.
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Female 90
i`m 14 and i can`t hear it. i must have really bad hearing.
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Female 173
I can still hear it... It`s like someone dragging their nails against a chalkboard, only at a much higher pitch.
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Male 75
I`m 19, and I heard the sound clearly on both links. In the one with the kids laughing in the background, I heard a pulsing sound. I don`t find it nearly as irritating as others here do, though. Whenever any electronic device is on, no matter what it is, I hear a sort of ringing sound. I guess I`m just used to it.
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Female 538
Have kids.... never heard of Silent? Or.. even vibrate? lolz
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Female 963
Pretty interesting. The first one was okay but the second one was really annoying! GAH!
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Female 782
ermm i can ehar the sound fine, but it wouldnt bother me at all.
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Female 782
i think its great that teens have worked it to their advantage. i saw no the news a bitter old man who has one to ward away kdis from the park near his home. wich is just spiteful...

FIGHT THE POWER!! ..ish

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Female 1,181
i`m 29 and i had no problem hearing it at all. i don`t think being an adult has anything to do with how well you hear - what matters is how well you take care of your ear drums.
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Female 47
have they never heared of setting phones to vibrate or silent?
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Female 249
If you have other electronic stuff on the sound will just blend in.

Or if your speakers already make that sound then it will be hard to pick up.

I didnt want to listen for too long because I didnt want my brain to explode.

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Male 123
b3nzyme, I think the guy was annoyed because people get killed in accidents when people are on their mobiles and driving. Not that I actually care but maybe take it into account.
Anyway, not to go all Matt Striker on your arses, but shouldn`t those kids be actually focusing on a future. I know they don`t have one being Welsh but still. Stupid Welsh should be out `nurturing` their sheep. Anybody from Wales who wants to say anything back I`m from Scotland so bring it. COUNTRY WAR OVER NOTHING.
I come on here and finding an argument is so easy. It`s rediculous.
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Male 610
mostclever: "35. Heard it, ouch. But then, I can hear computer monitors with a similar sound when they are on the fritz. It sucks because no one else can hear it and they think I`m crazy."

I KNOW THIS SOUND TO....YAY IM NOT CRAZY!!!

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Male 279
someone said "Weird, I could hear it though and i`m 22. Also, I agree with Ragin, the amount of people who drive while on their `phones really annoys me!!"

how does that annoy you? are they bothering you? no! you`re just jealous cus u dont have one!

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Female 304
yeah, i`m 15 and i can`t hear it either, how annoying, i must be abnormal.
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Female 511
My EARS! FUC|<. Ow. Both of those hurt like hell. And I`d say my speakers are a good foot and a half/two feet away. Don`t want to try it from farther away because now my ears are ringing. Time for normal music. Anyway, I`d say the kids should have their cell phones confiscated unless an emergency arises. That way they`d have to pay attention in class. But I guess learning just isn`t popular anymore.
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Male 279
....so that`s why.I`m 18 and all the time when i wasin school all my years, i would enter a classroom and when ateacher would accidentally leave their television sets on, i would hear it right before entering her room and it was annoying. sounded like the ringing in your ears. i would tell the people next to me if they heard it and after concentrating they heard it. i would tell my teacher "you have your TV on. i can hear it and its getting annoying." i would tell her what it sounded like and asked them to listen and they all kept looking at me weird and would tell me "no i dont hear it." So this finally explains to me why they never heard that sound. all tv`s make that sound.if your in a quiet room with no air conditioner running and no sound, put your tv on mute and you should hear it.
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Female 486
At 17, I can hear it, and wow it hurts. Got my mother to listen to it, and she could hear it too, at age 40. However, she seemed to hear it differently. While to me, it was high-pitched and annoying, she described it as a sound similiar to a buzzing bee. Weird.
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Female 101
I`m 18 and I heard the first one faintly, but not the second one. But that`s not surprising seeing that I`m from another planet.
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Male 87
i can`t hear it and i`m 14
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Male 552
Oh and I`m 14.
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Male 552
Ya I can`t hear it either, this is BS.
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Male 62
im 15 and i cant hear it!!!!
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Male 67
The kids do use the vibrate feature, they just play this in class for the fun of it when there bored. A lot of teachers can hear it but they don`t know where its coming from.
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Male 142
I`m 15 and I heard it and btw tvs make this kind os sound too out of there back air opening things... I barly can go to the Tv section of best by becuse it gives me a head ache.
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Male 121
Might be difficult to make that work as a ringtone on anything but the best phones. Phone speakers, including the ones claiming `realtones` or saying that they work as mp3 players often have very bad speakers. There is often no need for a company to make speakers that make sounds we can not hear.
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Female 249
I am 26 I heard it but I would never think it was a phone.
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Female 533
the second link won`t work for me :-(
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Female 231
Alright, so you have a ring that your teacher can`t hear. You still have to answer the phone and bring it to you ear and talk, or you have to whip it out and start tapping away on the keys to text...I don`t think teachers are that dense.
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Female 231
the thing hurts my ears i swer its like vibrating in my ears and it gets anoying!
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Female 349
Those kids must be really determined to text each other if they`re willing to put up with that sound.
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Male 1,083
OWW!!! THAT FREAKING HURTS!! My eyes are watering as I type, you`re teachers may not hear it but god I think I would smack the person who has it playing constantly in class.
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Female 811
Weird, I could hear it though and i`m 22. Also, I agree with Ragin, the amount of people who drive while on their `phones really annoys me!!
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Female 252
It`s not like they can answer the phone so, what`s the point.
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Male 22
I bet the dogs outside go nuts and attack all the kids.

.....Excellleeennnntt.

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Male 1,115
ahhhh, dam that sound hurts the ears. Its like that faint buzzing you hear from your TV when its on. I said it be4 ill say it again. COMPLETLY BAN CELLPHONES FROM SCHOOL GROUNDS! dont just say you can have it as long as its turned off. thats just like asking a kid to do it. and on a side note, get rid of cellphones from people driving.
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Male 1,039
I can hear both just fine, although the one with the kids in the background is screechingly annoying to me..lol...and i`m 23 :-D
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Female 553
I`ve had two operations on my ears and I can`t hear it! Yay! More mischief for me!
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Female 316
35. Heard it, ouch. But then, I can hear computer monitors with a similar sound when they are on the fritz. It sucks because no one else can hear it and they think I`m crazy.
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Female 413
My parents couldn`t hear it, me and my two brothers could. Weird.
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Male 230
That made me feel sick. I hope it doesn`t catch on, that can be treated as abuse.
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Female 46
zck. that noise makes me feel like i`m gonna be sick >.<
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Male 188
I can only hear the second one with the sound turned up, but it`s much worse than the first one.
How is that meant to drive people away? It`s not that anoying.
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Female 6
I can`t hear it either, I`m 16. What does that mean? I`m losing my hearing? huh?
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Male 183
What was that, i couldn`t hear a thing?
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Male 132
haha this is jokes, we used it on my media teacher and he couldnt hear a thing... the senile old fool!! :-D
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Male 15
I can`t hear it and i`m 19, damn i feel so old :p
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Male 1,478
Damn adults tryin to ruin our fun.

however, this whole incident only furthers the stereotype of the "youth"

Say something profound every day, don`t respect your elders unless they respect you, rise up above anything in your way.

It took loads of pepsi max to come up with that.

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Male 289
No sound on the second one. I`m only 19, weird.
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Male 43
Well I`m 16...and I can`t hear it. (With speakers turned up full)
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Male 1,383
i`ve that on my mobile for ages, and it`s easier to hear on there.
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Male 459
i felt sick listing to the 2nd one i bet there alot of nurse trips in that class.
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Female 18
This is really awesome, but as stated before the second one made me feel weird.
I wonder why.
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Male 2,057
Yes but these "techno savvy" as it said pupils seem like geeks who wouldnt text each other anyway cos they want to behave or have no friends
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Female 299
This makes sense actually....my shopping centre uses that noise and I`m the only one who can hear it, until I point it out to my friends! although I only go there during my lunch breaks at work it does put me off going into the centre. Surely driving people away is going to damage the sales, no matter who it was that was buying.
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Male 103
Whatever happened to vibrate? Personally works just fine for me...
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Male 1,521
Bloody kids!
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Female 1,972
I couldn`t hear it, but then again I`m 33 and was witness to hair/heavy/hardcore metal & grunge...damn 90`s
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Male 8
My freeview box (now trashed) used to make that noise. GAH!

That explains why my mum couldn`t hear it and me and my bro could.

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Male 17
urm in the first link i could only hear kids voices but in the second one theres higher pitched ones in my school which the teachers dont know about
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Male 114
Ugh, the second link kinda made me feel wierd. First one was alright, though.
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Female 3,562
Oh, and BTW my 50 year old father can`t hear it so it works.
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Female 3,562
I heard the first link but it wasn`t that bad.
I heard the secound link and my EARS ARE BLEEDING. God dam that`s annoying!
I had my speakers turned up real loud too :(
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Male 88
I could hear just fine, and Im 30. AND, I have bad hearing from too much clubbing. I play my car speakers at 1000 watts. So whats the point?
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Female 100
The kids aren`t using the vibrate feature because the vibrate feature makes a little buzz sound everybody can hear even if you`re beyond puberty. It`s just less annoying than a ring tone. This, however, really can`t be heard by adults.
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Male 210
The guy in the article who developed the sound said an adult would still be able to hear it close up. Im guessing you sitting right next your speaker counts as being close up, try walking to the other side of the room.
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Male 6
I can hear it. Pretty cool actually
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Male 424
Ow, yes i heard that, i tested it on my dad but he didnt hear it. He`s 50
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Male 25
I can hear it, but why on earth would the kids not just put their fones on the vibrate setting? I mean come on. They always have the latest models, dont tell me they`ve done away with that convenience.
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Male 4
And this is the ringtone here

[url=http://blog.orgday.org/2006/05/25/teen-buzz/]That is an awful sound, it did my ears in[/url]

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Female 665
interesting. kinda cool.
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Male 4
Has anyone else noticed this problem with pest scaring devices that work the same way that are on sale? A neighbour has one on their wall and the high pitched sound gets very annoying.
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Male 4
You can hear the original high frequency sound [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2006/04/04/mosquito_sound_wave_feature.shtml]here[/url]

So who can hear it and who can`t?

I can hear it, this should be interesting....

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Female 1,033
d-amn teenagers and their rap music
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Male 5
Weeeird.
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Male 10,115
Link: Ring tones only kids can hear [Rate Link] - Some clever kids make ring tones adults can not hear to they can text in class.
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