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Date: 05/04/12 08:10 AM

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:08 am
    Link: Earth`s Quietest Room Will Drive You Crazy - It`s true. The room is in Orfield Labs in Minneapolis and scientists say you will last 45 minutes before you go crazy.
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    vvl Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 am
    There`s a similar at Helsinki University of Technology in Finland... it`s not the fact that it is quiet that is so disturbing to people, it is that there is practically zero echo. Humans are used to at least some echo all the time.

    There`s an urban legend that some of the lab workers got drunk, and they left one guy that passed out in that room, with the lights turned off... hell of a way to wake up with a hangover ;)
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 am
    I wouldn`t mind rying his. I wonder how much quieter it is than an isolation chamber.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:25 am
    I`ve been in quiet rooms, in recording studios. It is a very strange experience and makes you feel very claustrophobic (you can`t get a feel for how big the room is, so it feels like the walls are closing in around you). I can see how a completely quiet room would be unnerving.
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    FartCommandr Male 30-39
    85 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 8:26 am
    What ? i didn`t hear you
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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am
    I ain`t going in there.
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:37 am
    must not let women in...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Would you people shut up! It`s a "QUIET" room.
    Didn`t you read the sign?
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    skytz1337 Male 18-29
    687 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 9:02 am
    bullcrap...if you can`t stand in a room with temporary silence...how the hell do you think deaf people feel. i could stand there for days..i have my brain to keep me busy :)
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    jpwhitfo Male 40-49
    166 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am
    "The longest that anyone has survived in the ‘anechoic chamber`..." Pretty dumb statement. Have they actually let people die trying?

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 4, 2012 at 9:04 am
    What if you put someone deaf in there???
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2012 at 9:05 am
    what if your deaf?
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2012 at 9:20 am
    i could do it, no problem.
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    May 4, 2012 at 9:24 am
    So... how do deaf people manage on a dark night outside?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

    McGovern, "What if you put someone deaf in there???"
    Why did that make me laugh so hard? :-D
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    North_Dak Male 18-29
    126 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 9:59 am
    I`ve been in a similar room used to test sound deadening cubicle panels. Some people walked in the room and instantly couldn`t take it. No echo-just pure silence. I finally liked not being able to hear those annoying people talking ALL THE TIME! I could spend eternity in there.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
    1707 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Give me a good book and it would be the best room in the entire world.
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
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    May 4, 2012 at 10:15 am
    45 minutes before I go crazy? obviously scientists aren`t getting laid and/or procreating. Because i would be in drating heaven if I didn`t have to hear kids screaming and fighting over whether or not to watch Disney or Nickelodeon. Oh and then there`s that whole, `I`d never ever ever have to hear another episode of American drating Idol`. Peace and quite to finally get some reading done. Sign me the drat up. I`m ready.
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    TheShmoo Male 18-29
    213 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 10:45 am
    I reckon I could do better than 45 minuets.
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    May 4, 2012 at 11:53 am
    Is "crazy" the technical term?
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
    571 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    I`ll go ahead and say it, since we`re all thinking it:

    Imagine if you farted in there.
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
    2700 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    Noise canceling headphones + 8 hour plane ride + Sleep = Im not crazy. Now what?
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    blobby5 Male 30-39
    144 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    Haha, do not underestimate this. When your brain is deprived if input, it creates its own. You do not understand what it is actually like, it`s not anything remotely like sitting in your living room with the television OFF for once.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Challenge accepted.
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    bordo Male 50-59
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    May 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    I`m skeptical. It wouldn`t bother deaf people, who no doubt spend a lot of time in darkness. How about Helen Keller? Was she hallucinating the 70+ years she was blind and deaf?
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    cyborg Male 13-17
    2790 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    yeah i`m pretty sure i could last longer than some reporter
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    cman7721 Male 18-29
    618 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    Minneapolis! WOO!
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    ExtraCredit Male 50-59
    451 posts
    May 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    Can I bring my ipod?
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    abby0315 Female 30-39
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    May 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm
    My dad used to work at a top-secret research facility, when I was younger, where there was a similar room built like this . Just before the facility was to open it up for the top-secret research testing, my father got my mom, sister, and I into the room. It was big and white, with the metal grate on the floor. It was way eerie, as much as I jumped up and down to make any kind of noise, there just wasn`t any and there wasn`t an echo at all. We also were shouting and yelling and there was nothing. I seriously wouldn`t want to be locked up in a room like this or that one with just my thoughts.
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    bassman56 Male 50-59
    183 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 1:04 am
    It`s an anechoic chamber. Loudspeaker manufacturers use them to aid in speaker design.
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
    571 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 2:18 am
    It wouldn`t bother deaf people, who no doubt spend a lot of time in darkness.

    Um...yeah... *squinty eyes Fry face*
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    tinaha Female 18-29
    72 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 7:36 am
    we have a room like this in the university of saskatchewan. a couple of us on a tour got to go sit in the room with the light off for as long as we could handle. i lasted a good half hour but some other chick started crying after 5 lol.
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    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    I could handle 45 minutes. I like my quiet time quite a bit.
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    GeFeldz Male 18-29
    135 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Thank god for tinitus! I could probably last for a long time in there, i have a constant high frequency sound in my head at all times and i`ve had it for at least 14 years on both ears. Bring it on!
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    bloomi Male 18-29
    148 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 11:25 am
    GeFeldz
    Male, 18-29, Europe
    102 Posts Saturday, May 5, 2012 8:51:21 PM
    Thank god for tinitus! I could probably last for a long time in there, i have a constant high frequency sound in my head at all times and i`ve had it for at least 14 years on both ears. Bring it on!

    +1
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
    1582 posts
    May 7, 2012 at 6:56 am
    But I like sound isolation and sensory deprivation. I like the feeling of hearing my own heart beat and my lungs moving. It doesn`t drive me crazy at all, but on the contrary, makes me feel sane.

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