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The Quietest Place On Earth
By Anthea Quay, 10 Jul 2012
In Orfield Laboratories, Minneapolis, Minnesota, lies a room that holds the Guinness World Record for being the quietest place on earth.
The room, called an ‘anechoic chamber’, absorbs over 99% of sound—with 3-feet thick fiberglass wedges and insulated walls—except that of people and objects brought into the chamber.
According to the Daily Mail, the longest time anyone has been able to stay inside, and in the dark, is 45 minutes.
Because it’s so silent, it becomes unbearable—your senses will become heightened, and you’ll be able to hear your heart pumping and ears pulsating.
“You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly,” founder of Orfield Laboratories, Steven Orfield, told the Daily Mail. “In the anechoic chamber, you become sound.”
He also notes that because there is no external sound, it becomes difficult to move around: “If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair.”
[via Daily Mail]
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