By Eggs6131 - 15/10/2013 13:09 - United Kingdom - Nottingham

Today, I found out that my brother is adamant that if he records silence, then listens to said silence at full volume, it'll improve the headphones' noise-blocking abilities. I live with a complete idiot. FML
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Eggs6131 tells us more.

For all the people who don't get it, my brother recorded about a minute's worth of silence on his little MP3 player, so he could listen to said recording at full volume. He thought if he listened to this recording of nothingness on a loop at full volume, it would make his earphones act like earplugs, cancelling out any noise made. #8, still laughing at that "I'm sorry? I can't hear you for all this silence blasting in my ears". #22, he's fifteen :

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Tell him if he talks with them on, his mom can't hear him. That should be fun to watch.


I guess he's talking about burning in headphones but mistook playing white noise for playing silence

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He must also think that falling trees in the middle of a forest don't make noise.

That's still stupid because burning in headphones makes then sound better, not improve their noise blocking.

But with his "improved" headphones he can't hear you.

Hey don't knock it until you try it. What if he is right, then what?

crackz12 10

#49 if nothing with eardrums is around who's to say it does? Also, theoretically, listening to white noise at a high volume will cancel out more noise then off headphones. It just won't be silent.

the laws of sound and motion, for every action their is a reaction. hence the tree fell and it made noise hitting the ground.

oh congrats on finally finishing your 5th grade science worksheet #72

Wait, what did anyone say about falling trees being silent?

But you'll go on to college and he'll still be stuck at home with his experiments

CallMeMcFeelii 13

And one day he'll come up with something so ******* crazy, some billionaire will throw money at him to continue his research. While OP's stuck with student loan debts. If you don't know anything, experiment, it'll get you somewhere you never expected to be.

Tell him if he talks with them on, his mom can't hear him. That should be fun to watch.

Or farting in public/ taking a loud shut on a public toilet.

Haven't you ever heard that the silence is deafening? Sounds to me like your brother is an idiot.

I could have sworn that was going to end with "genius".

olpally 32

He just went full retard, never go full retard. Wow. Lmao.

CallMeMcFeelii 13

I know it's from a movie and everything but I try to refrain from saying "retard". I used to say that all the time, but I dated this girl who's brother was a little special. She pretty much trained me to stop using that term. It's pretty damn rude for someone to say such a thing, I was young and dumb, but I grew out of it. It's just something people should realize it's not a word you just toss around. Trust me, my vocabulary is anything but clean, that's just something I'll never say anymore. Not trying to patronize you or anything, just giving you my input.

kayteakay 26

My younger brother has Down Syndrome and wears a shirt that says "I may be handicapped but you're retarded". He finds it hilarious. Some people don't take the word so seriously.

olpally 32

It's from a movie. Relax. I understand not to bring it up in normal conversations. Thanks for your input mcfeeli. I'd never say it in public or anything like that.

Perhaps you lost the moral high ground when you referred to the little brother as being 'a little special'? Where I come from that is just as patronizing as saying 'retard'...

CallMeMcFeelii 13

I never said I was an upstanding citizen with morals that reach the sky. And I wasn't criticizing anyone. Like I did say, I know it's from a movie and I wasn't trying to come off as a self righteous twat. I don't know what galaxy you're from but I never thought "special" and "retard" were on par with one another. I ain't here to tell you what's wrong or what's right because I'm no prime example myself, I just thought I'd put my 2 cents in there.

juturnaamo 29

Your brother sounds ******* awesome.

Or you live with someone whose logic and reasoning skills are so advanced that we ordinary people can't understand.

"I'm sorry! I can't hear you over the silence blasting in my ears." yah that makes totally sense.....

oh bah, I had just woke up and I combined "that makes total sense" and "that totally makes sense". My mistake for commenting before I was awake

And now that I think about it, that's like saying "Turn the tv up! I can't see it...."

Well see in my house that means my moms trying to pay attention to the news but she's cooking in the kitchen and can't see the tv...

Where's the problem? It would work with monitors and colors you don't like to see: Using them with full power makes this colors burn out (on CRTs). Maybe this thing works with headphones, too? (Of course there are better ways to archive these effects.)

Nova - Raising the volume of nothing gets you more nothing, is that what you're saying?

LordAres_fml 9

Let's simplify it. Turning up the volume multiplies what is recorded. If silence (nothing) is recorded you are multiplying the volume by 0.

There are nearly always background noises.