Would you want to be in a room this quiet?
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Although it may seem pleasant to be able to hear your own thoughts, this isn’t actually the case.
Just ask anyone who has been in the room that blocks 99.9% of sound, the world’s quietest room.
To put that in perspective, the anechoic test chamber at Orfield Laboratories measures an astounding -20 dB at night, compared to the normal room’s 30 decibels.
Visitors can clearly hear every grind, crunch, and squeak their skeletons make since it is the world’s quietest chamber, according to official records.
Minneapolis, Minnesota’s echo-free chamber even has the Guinness World Record for it.
Most individuals find it difficult to endure spending more than a few minutes inside due to the deafening silence.
Because of how silent it is within, those who are there effectively “become the sound,” hearing their own hearts beat and their own blood flow through their bodies.
The chamber is a six-sided, double-walled box made of steel that is also covered in additional layers of steel and 12 inches of concrete.
In order to prevent even the slightest sound from penetrating the eerily silent space, it is supported by vibration-absorbing springs.
For the purpose of reducing echo, substantial pieces of fibreglass are also inserted along the wall.
With that much insulation, the interior must be cosy and warm as well as chillingly silent.
The Steven Orfield-designed space is mostly used for conducting experiments and monitoring product noise.
But in recent years, daredevils who wish to hear inside their own bodies have turned it into an odd tourist attraction.
Orfield explained: “We challenge people to sit in the chamber in the dark. When it’s quiet, ears will adapt.
“The quieter the room, the more things you hear.
“You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly.
“In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.”
If the startling silence doesn’t catch you first, the confusion will undoubtedly bring you down a few notches.
According to Orfield, people frequently fall off their feet in the room because they are unable to support themselves in the absence of sound.
You must be seated in a chair if you intend to spend about 30 minutes there.
Orfield acknowledged that he can only survive for 45 minutes inside his invention, which is an impressive feat given that he has a mechanical heart valve beating constantly.
He claimed that the laboratory is still besieged with requests from “thousands” of people around the world, so it would appear that silence is in high demand.
“There is no sceptical reaction, as this is simply a bodily experience, and there’s nothing to learn or believe,” he said.
A YouTuber who spent an incredible one hour and 26 minutes inside the chamber claimed he started having hallucinations.
Complete quiet would undoubtedly be enough to make anyone crazy.
But you can arrange a trip to the chamber if you’re still interested and want to see it for yourself.
But a trip to the room won’t be cheap — it costs $600 (£527) an hour, per person.
You might try adding it to your Christmas wish list and see if Santa brings you the gift of complete silence.
Americans Explain To Europeans Why Saying ‘You’re Welcome’ Is Passive-Aggressive
Maybe it’s time to rethink saying ‘you’re welcome’
Although you might believe that saying “you’re welcome” is courteous, Americans are contending on social media that it actually sounds passive-aggressive.
People are required to abide by a set of ethical rules that define acceptable behaviour in society.
For instance, when waiting in queue, you must be patient and wait the appropriate amount of time.
Additionally, it is customary for the person who approaches a door first to hold it open for the person behind them.
Many of the things that Europeans consider to be entirely normal are causing confusion for a group of American TikTokers, who are posting videos of their confusion in the process.
Some claim that saying “you’re welcome” comes off as impolite.
TikTok user Arjuna explains: “It can sometimes feel a little passive-aggressive. It has this implication of, ‘I know, you should be thanking me’.”
The content creator’s clip is captioned: “I promise you, Americans are actually very polite!!!”
Many individuals have commented that they agreed with Arjuna and never say “you’re welcome” and have mentioned as much in the comments section.
One viewer says: “I always say ‘no problem!’. ‘You’re welcome’ feels passive-aggressive, also it’s more friendly and casual.”
In agreement, another adds: “I would never say you’re welcome. In any situation. It’s always ‘no problem’, ‘of course’ or ‘thank YOU!’”
While somebody else comments: “My regular response to ‘thank you’ is ‘my pleasure!’. It tends to satisfy the generations who prefer ‘you’re welcome’ well enough.”
“I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this!” writes a fourth person.
Someone else says: “Yes! You’re welcome is almost snarky, I always say ‘no problem’.”
However, some people have taken to the comments and defended the phrase, with one writing: “It sounds strange but the origin means it’s like at your pleasure, or you are welcome (invited) to use my service.”
Another adds: “As a Brit who now lives in the US, I feel so rude if someone thanks me and I don’t say ‘you’re welcome’. Anything else feels passive-aggressive to me.”
Australian content creator Georgia McCudden allegedly posted a now-deleted clip in which she reenacted an interaction she had with a server, as per MailOnline.
The YouTuber revealed in the video that when a server handed her some ketchup, she replied, “You’re welcome.”
The employee apparently responded with: “Mmhmm.”
In the deleted video, McCudden reportedly said: “I was like, ‘I beg your f***ing pardon’. I’m sorry, I didn’t know that was a big ask.”
Furious Brit Blasts Americans For Naming Their Kids After UK Cities
We’ve clearly got first-world problems going on in our country!
To each their own, but one person has a problem with “Lecesta,” who is a friend’s cousin’s girlfriend.
Taking to social media, the British Redditor wrote: “I thought it could be a cultural thing but it isn’t. Apparently, her mother got together with her father at a party in Leicester in England and therefore named their child Lecesta.
“And what’s even worse, the mother pronounces the word Leicester as Lie – Sess – Tur.
“It’s actually Less – Tuh. And since Lecesta’s mother pronounces Leicester this way, her daughter’s name is pronounced Lee – Sess – Tur.
“Can we stop naming children after British places? And then spelling them incorrectly.”
Taking to the comments section, one person agreed: “I’m offended on behalf of the whole city of Leicester.
“I saw an American who named their child Leeds and could not understand why the Brits in the comments found it funny. Nothing pains me more than the pronunciations of my city like I know there’s a lot of letters but its Les-tah.”
However, others definitely saw the funny side of things, with one person writing: “I’ll name my baby Milton Keynes and you can’t stop me.”
And a third user quipped: “Please at least give them a nice city/town name… like Slough.”
Although, someone else said: “I (American) work with a woman named Devon Norfolk.
“Her last name is Norfolk and her parents either doubled down, or are ignorant of British geography.
“I’m guessing the latter.”
Kelly Convey, who goes under the TikTok handle @kelly_convey, recently approached the platform to see whether other parents had recently observed anything peculiar in the way their children spoke.
Bea, her daughter who is 21 months old, enjoys watching Ms. Rachel on YouTube, she said in the video.
She did, however, admit that her child had begun to imitate some of her speech patterns.
In the short post, Kelly asked: “Has anybody else got a British, and I have to stress British, toddler who watches Ms Rachel, and, as they’ve started to speak, you realise that they’ve actually got an American accent?”
The mother then turns to Bea to demonstrate her point to her followers.
Kelly cuts to her young child and asks her to repeat a variety of words, including “car,” “ear,” “zebra,” and “more.”
Surprisingly, Bea sounds more like she has lived abroad than in historic Britain.
“You’re so clever,” Kelly tells her daughter, laughing at her Yank accent.
In the caption of the video, which has now been viewed millions of times, the mum wrote: “Born in the USA.”
Mum-To-Be Divides Opinion After Saying She Wants To Name Her Daughter Cinderella
After declaring she intends to name her kid “Cinderella,” a soon-to-be mother has caused controversy on the internet.
After sharing her fairytale-themed name with her fiance, one woman turned to Reddit to get public feedback.
Warning: Her partner wasn’t too impressed.
She wrote: “Hey guys! I posted here before about girl names and y’all gave me beautiful names but now I need y’all’s opinion on a name.
“My boyfriend thinks it’s stupid and that she’ll get made fun of for it but I think it’s cute?
“’Cinderella’ and I was thought Cindy or Ella would be a cute nickname. I don’t want her made fun of at all, but to me it’s cute.. please all input is appreciated.”
Oh, that child will undoubtedly face hazing at school.
Just picture all the shoes this girl will have in her locker.
Oh my God, I must have inspired them.
Many people were dubious about the name, as one person noted: “Belle or Ariel are cute princess names. The name Cinderella is not something to inflict on a human being. It’s ok for a cat or a hamster, but a baby girl… With all due respect, no, honey, no.”
Another user warned: “I’m a kindergarten teacher, and there was a little girl at the school named Cinderella. No one made fun of her (that I know of). But definitely could see teasing happening, especially as she reaches middle school.”
A third simply wrote: “Just name her Ellie. Cinderella is not a good idea.”
While another said: “It isn’t my first go-to compared to the other princesses, but I don’t entirely hate it either. I do think it’d be more noticeable by others, and 100 per cent of people would assume she’s named after the Disney princess, whereas the other names (Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Merida, Elsa, Anna, Tiana, Jasmine, who tf else am I missing lol) could be played off as not being Disney-derived even if that was your reason for choosing it.”
Although this name isn’t at the top of our list, it’s certainly not the worst one we’ve recently heard for a child.
A mother recently gained notoriety for giving her child the name Alpha Mael (spelled Mael, which means prince or chief) because it sounded like the most “manly” name imaginable.
I suppose that nowadays anyone can become a parent?
Disposable Vapes Set To Be Banned To Stop Children Becoming Addicted
‘I am concerned that we are sleepwalking into a public health catastrophe’
The government are reportedly set to ban single-use vapes after a series of calls from numerous different groups to make the disposable devices illegal on both health and environmental grounds.
The move could come as soon as next week after the government came to the conclusion that the products are aimed at children who then become addicted.
According to the Telegraph, it is due to be revealed in a consultation issued by the Department of Health and Social Care next week, however timings could change.
Just last week news emerged that five million disposable vapes are thrown away in the UK every week which is a fourfold increase on 2022.
Child respiratory doctors have also criticised the government in the past year for failing to listen to warnings about the dangers of allowing e-cigarettes to be marketed towards children, reports the Guardian.
Doctors emphasised the 2% nicotine disposable vapes’ friendly packaging, which features names of candies like jelly babies and banana milkshake.
The Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals’ specialist paediatric chest doctor, Professor Andrew Bush, stated: “I am concerned that we are sleepwalking into a public health catastrophe with a generation of children hooked on nicotine.”
It is believed that the administration decided against outright banning all vaping items because it sees vaping as a healthy alternative for people who smoke.
Professor Sir Chris Witty, England’s chief medical officer, said in the past: “If you smoke, vaping is much safer; if you don’t smoke, don’t vape, and marketing to children is truly unacceptable.”