Depending on what kind of person you are, the idea of spending time in the quietest room on Earth probably sounds like either a great idea…or a total nightmare.
And here’s a fact about the room that would give anyone pause: no one has been able to stay in the room for an entire hour.
The room took two years to design and was built by Microsoft in 2015 at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. And, while it may sound like a nice retreat from the noise and chaos of everyday life, the tension ratchets up the longer you stay inside the room.
You’ll eventually begin to hear your heart beating, your blood flowing, and your bones crunching…and the absolute silence in the room will eventually become an unbearable ringing in your ears.
You’ll also probably lose your balance because there is no reverberation in the room and your spatial awareness goes down the tubes.
Hundraj Gopal, the head designer of the room, said, “Most people find the absence of sound deafening, feel a sense of fullness in the ears, or some ringing. Very faint sounds become clearly audible because the ambient noise is exceptionally low. When you turn your head, you can hear that motion. You can hear yourself breathing and it sounds somewhat loud.”
The room actually holds the Guinness World Record for the quietest place on Earth.
Take a look at this interesting video for more information about this unique design.
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