World’s quietest room. You can hear yourself blink.

3 Apr


Credit: Orfield Laboratories

Several things went through my mind when I read this. First of all, if I can hear myself blink in this room, that alone is enough to drive me a bit bananas. What does the sound of blinking sound like? Like an eagle’s flap of wings? What would my blood sound like as it flowed through my veins? A river? The sound of a hungry belly would be funny at first, but perhaps it would then suddenly turn into a horror show of creepy whale and lion sounds.

They say not many people can stay longer than 45 minutes in this room and slowly I am understanding why (blink, blink). This opens up a maze and endless hallways of questions and input of how we as humans are adaptable to sound. Imagine people who already live in a very quiet environment and thrown into the loud sounds of NYC. They would not be able to deal with it. The overstimulation of sounds of honking horns, noise, banging would drive them crazy. Then take a person who has lived in a very noisy environment such as NYC and put them in the bowels of the South Pole where one can hear your heartbeat as loud as a shout.

Does the sound of our environment have connection of how we behave or tolerate noise? I know it emphasizes our senses to someone who lives in an extremely quiet environment compared to another person who lives in a noisy environment. Our brain adjusts itself to bring out the survival senses to live in that environment. How quickly can our brain adjust to levels of noise or lack thereof? Do we need sound to survive? Can one slowly wean themselves to adapt to complete lack of sound? What if they put a deaf person in that room? What would they experience?

I know I’d whistle to just make noise, but I’m sure I’d be quickly banging on the door pleading for someone to let me out.

Would you take the challenge? How long would you last? How would you distract yourself?

What if they turned off the lights in that room?

68 Responses to “World’s quietest room. You can hear yourself blink.”

  1. JMC813 April 3, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    The silence is deafening.

    • Java Girl April 3, 2014 at 12:55 am #

      In that room, silence makes your body the noise coming from within instead of the regular noise coming from the outside. In that case, your whole body is “the sound”. Crazy stuff!!!! :O

      • JMC813 April 3, 2014 at 12:58 am #

        Almost creepy. Makes you wonder what it takes to create a minus 9 silence. Sounds like it is almost a “sound vacuum” for lack of a better term.

  2. silkpurseproductions April 3, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Never. I would never take that challenge. I have extra ordinary hearing. The slightest noise and I hear it. I am always wishing I couldn’t hear so much…if only I could turn it off when I sleep. I would not want to hear what I would hear in that room.

    • Java Girl April 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Wow, Michelle. You have a super power! :) I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that you can hear yourself blink. That. Is. Insane!!!!!

  3. bensbitterblog April 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m pretty sure the rattling in my brain would make me go crazy in about 10 seconds.

    • Java Girl April 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Haha, I’d pay to see that!!! :P

      • bensbitterblog April 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

        How much? And would the payment go toward me.?

      • Java Girl April 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

        5.99. No tax. The payment would go towards the upkeep of the laboratory. Hehe.

      • bensbitterblog April 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

        It wouldn’t go to my evil bitter laboratory?

      • Java Girl April 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        Heck nooooo! Not this one. :P

      • bensbitterblog April 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

        Dang you glitter Girl and your not donating to my bitter cause. I was going to have Hiddleston to my evil lab to talk about you, but now…you’re on your own sister.

      • Java Girl April 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

        Muahaha!! Evil laugh. Tom doesn’t need a lab to learn things.

      • bensbitterblog April 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

        Then I will put him in a lab and make him bitter!

      • Java Girl April 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

        NEVER!!!! (Shakes fist in the air). Tom seems like a happy and positive person. :) Thou shalt never make him bitter. You can try, but it won’t work. (Shakes finger at you)

      • bensbitterblog April 10, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

        Never threaten a Java girl that loves her happy man.

      • Java Girl April 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

        Any man that is loved by me is protected. ;) Imagine if Tom read these comments. He’d probably think I’m nuts. Haha. I’m not nuts. If he followed my blog, I’d hope he’d follow under a different name and email or else I wouldn’t know what to do with myself! Anyways!! Big day Saturday Ben! Moving a bunch of things from my mom’s house to a local storage and then the walk through by the buyers is next Monday. Looking forward to closing this chapter in my life since her passing. I’m mentally exhausted. :( I need a break. But I have a cruise to go to in a few months! Wooo!

      • bensbitterblog April 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

        Well, I hope the transition of getting stuff from your mom’s house goes smoothly. It may help you grieve by looking at her stuff and reliving some memories. Who knows? You are mentally tough I know. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be able to date a supervillain. I wish I was going on a cruise soon. Oh well, I guess that I am going to do a bitter Other People Vacation post.

      • Java Girl April 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

        Yeah, I talk about it in my latest journal. I have been looking at her stuff, but I have to do it quickly because everything is on a time limit. I think now I can when I poke around my storage and go through more things. I don’t think she’d want me to be sad all the time, which I’m not. She’d want my son and I to do fun things now that Spring is here as she was always planning adventures with us. I am mentally tough, but at the same time I am super sensitive too. :/ Haha. I’m not “dating” a super villain. You are confusing my fictional love life with Tom. I’m talking about Tom the actor, not Loki the character. So, are you saying I am now “dating” Tom the actor? LOL. I like it! Please continue. I want to see what happens! I want to read about your Bitter vacation spots. Do you have a Bitter Travel Agency where you tell your clients to go to the bitterest places on the planet? :P

      • bensbitterblog April 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        Eventually, I will have a Bitter Empire where I will do all those things you asked about from the Bitter Agency to the Bitter Cruises, to the Bitter Demusement Parks, to restaurants to Bitter Malls. When I get them all set up, I’m sure you won’t be a customer at all considering you like sparkles and glitter.

        I know you love the actor and not his roles, but don’t you think he has a little villain in him anyways? I think he has a dark side you will find out about when you start “dating” him.

      • Java Girl April 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

        A “Bitter Empire”. What are you trying to become? A dictator? A King? A Demusement Park? Oh yes, I will def be a customer, just to ANNOY you with my entourage of glitter posse.

        I don’t understand how those Brits do it. They nail those Southern accents so well. Look at Andrew Lincoln (from The Walking Dead). I could have sworn he was American, but when he opens his mouth, he’s all proper sounding. Hehe. I love Southern and British accents. I just melt.

        A villain side? Perhaps. I’m also hoping an adventurous side too. Nothing bores me more than a guy who is too scared to try anything different. I’d love to see him in an Indian Jones type of role. He’s usually all dressed up, but to see him in kaki cargo pants and Indie hat running around the world or better the Amazon, would be great! They don’t do much of movies in the jungles like they used to. This comment is long. :O

      • bensbitterblog April 17, 2014 at 9:04 am #

        Yeah I noticed this comment was long. Suffice it to say that I’m sure that whatever movie Tom chooses to do next you will be on board for.
        I am just trying to become CEO of bitterness and try to make some money doing what I do best. Instead of work.

      • Java Girl April 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

        I’m his sweetest, kindest and protective fan ever! :P I always support my favorite actors. Haha! I know how much you love your work!

      • bensbitterblog April 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

        Well Tom and Ryan are in good hands with you then. I’ll make sure they know.

      • Java Girl April 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

        Who’s Ryan? I only have eyes for Tom Hiddleston. :P

      • bensbitterblog April 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

        Ryan Gosling? Remember how you used to love just him?

      • Java Girl April 24, 2014 at 1:01 am #

        Yeah, yeah I know exactly who you were talking about. You forgot Jeremy Renner too. I can’t compete with the beautiful girlfriend of Ryan. Ryan is talented, indeed. Love to watch him act.

      • bensbitterblog April 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

        Poor Ryan being neglected. He must be so sad that you broke his heart.

      • Java Girl April 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

        Yes, I know. Poor, poor Ryan. I know he’s weeping somewhere. (Yeah right). :P

      • bensbitterblog April 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

        I saw him the other day and he was taking it pretty hard.

      • Java Girl April 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

        I BET. With beautiful Eva by his side. Thanks for stroking my little ego about some gorgeous actor weeping over me. :P

      • bensbitterblog April 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

        I call it how I see it.

      • Java Girl April 28, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

        Keep calling then. LOLz

      • bensbitterblog April 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

        Nice, you LOLzer.

      • Java Girl April 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

        I just call it like I see it—you LOLzer!!! :P

      • bensbitterblog April 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

        So wait are you calling me a LOLzer? That’s not so nice!

      • Java Girl April 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

        That would be a LOOOOOOOOZER Ben! I’m just calling you a “laugh out loud–zer” :P Get it? LOLzer. (bada bing)

      • bensbitterblog May 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

        I get it. Thanks for calling me a LOLzer. Couldn’t you just call me a bittererer?

      • Java Girl May 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

        In my blogosphere, you are a LOLzer. :P

      • bensbitterblog May 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

        Well that isn’t very nice. You know I’m the king of bitter right ?

      • Java Girl May 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

        King, Prince…whatever. King LOLzer? or Bitter King LOLzer?

      • bensbitterblog May 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

        Just Bitter King.

      • Java Girl April 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

        Unless Tom sells his soul, I’ll always support whatever he does. However, once he starts flashing those triangle hand signs and having pictures with one eye and talking about an alter ego, then it’s time to let him go because I don’t play like that. People selling their souls in show business is extremely obvious-they end up in rehab (cough, cough Lindsay Lohan) and get into trouble (cough, cough Justin Bieber).

      • bensbitterblog April 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

        I’m glad you feel the same about the supreme jackhole Beiber.

      • Java Girl April 24, 2014 at 1:02 am #

        Did you say supreme? I suddenly thought of pizza.

      • bensbitterblog April 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

        I prefer pepperoni thanks.

      • Java Girl April 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

        Tsk. You are missing out dude.

      • bensbitterblog April 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

        I’m missing out on a lot.

      • Java Girl April 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

        Except being Freshly Pressed! I shall call you now Fresh Bitter Prince Ben. Ha.

      • bensbitterblog April 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

        Good thing that isn’t hard at all to say.

      • Java Girl April 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

        Ok. “Freshy Benny Ben”… :P

      • bensbitterblog April 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

        Much bitter.

      • Java Girl April 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

        Hahahaha! You made my day! :P

      • bensbitterblog April 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

        Well, that wasn’t the point. I’m trying to make you bitter.

      • Java Girl April 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

        You’re the most boring, insensitive, unhappiest and most unfriendly person I have EVER met! I can’t stand you Ben!! Get the eff away from me! There. Is that bitter enough for you? Hehe. You know I can never be mean. I’ve got way too much glitter around me for such emotions. :P

      • bensbitterblog May 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

        You were doing so good until then end with all your glitter and not being mean and happy faces.

      • Java Girl May 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

        Well, you know. I have to include happy faces when I’m yelling at you.

      • bensbitterblog May 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

        No feel free to yell at me with your frowny faces.

      • Java Girl May 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

        >:D Grrrrrr!!!!!

      • bensbitterblog May 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

        That better, but without a smile this time.

      • Java Girl May 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

        Urghhhhhh!!! >:( (better?)

      • bensbitterblog May 5, 2014 at 9:48 am #

        So much better. If you practice really hard you could be bitter like me you know.

      • Java Girl May 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

        I am bitter, I just don’t show it on WordPress! :P

      • bensbitterblog May 6, 2014 at 12:55 am #

        I am bitter AND I show it on WordPress. Good for you for being someone else online. HAHA.

  4. thelostkerryman April 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    this sounds like a “creeper room.” you would never catch me inside that.

    • Java Girl April 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Imagine the sounds coming from your own body! Wonder how animals would take to that room since they tend to have better hearing and are able to hear higher frequencies than humans.

  5. swallowedinthesea11 April 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I think the military could take advantage of this, like an effective interrogation room.

    • Java Girl April 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      That’s exactly what I was thinking too! Btw. I’ve missed your comments. So glad you came back from wherever you were! :)

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