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Quietest Room On Earth Causes Hallucinations

This room looks rather disturbing
(Credit: Orfield Laboratories)

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, I recommend heading to the Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they have an anechoic chamber, a room that cancels out 99.99% of all outside sound. So what’s so special about this room? Well, for one thing, NASA uses it to accustom astronauts to the silence of space. But what they found out was that when there is an absence of sound, the human ear needs to find something to listen to.

You see, we are so used to hearing things, from the birds singing to traffic to music to the weather, that if we don’t hear anything, our ears will strain to hear whatever it can. This includes our breathing, the skin on our fingers rubbing together when we move our hands, and our heartbeat. As time progresses, people then begin to actually hallucinate.

According to scientists at the facility, nobody has ever made it past 45 minutes in the room without needing to exit and hear sound again.

Personally, I would LOVE to go to one of these rooms and see how long I could last. What about you? Think you could make it longer than 45 minutes?

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