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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

For two days, a single story has grabbed my attention like no other.

Given my global interests, you might think that I’m referring to the emerging details of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s final minutes. Or President Bush’s surprise visit to Iraq to meet with the Iraqi Cabinet and US troops. Maybe the World Cup matches.

You might think these things. But you’d be wrong.

Instead, I find myself fascinated by the story of the cell phone ring that old folks just can’t hear.

They say that aging makes it more difficult—and eventually impossible—for grown-ups to perceive high pitches that schoolchildren have no problem hearing. Teenagers now enjoy setting their phones to an adult-inaudible “ring” for their calls and text messages, a perfect recipe for classroom shenanigans.

This nice trick is an off-shoot from a special tone developed in the UK to scatter teenagers congregating in public places.

Give it up for the kids who found a way to turn it around on The Man.

Perhaps the powers that be are considering additional ring tones to cancel out the following nuisances:

-- Long nails—running down a chalkboard;

-- Cats in heat—doing what cats in heat do;

-- Tropical storm/hurricane hype—panicking everyone in Florida needlessly;

-- The Nanny’s Fran Drescher—opening her mouth for any reason;

-- Children on airplanes—screaming for hours and hours … and hours;

-- Election-year pandering and bluster—repulsing millions of voters;

-- Britney—protesting (too much?) that her marriage is just fine.

There’s only one problem.

I can’t help but feel sorry for all those poor kids, condemned to hear all these irritants for years to come.

23 Comments:

At June 13, 2006 11:13 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

Is there any difference between the sound of Fran Dresher and cats in heat? It sounds the same to me.

 
At June 14, 2006 1:06 AM, Blogger Sar replied to my musings ...

Congratulations, David, with this post you're my new Reigning Inspirational Blogger this week!

Great stuff, my friend.

Btw, what's the story on your avatar? I have you featured in my sidebar but no apparent avatar to use. I was all set to have your (I guess now former) image haunt my visitors all week. ;)

 
At June 14, 2006 2:45 AM, Blogger fatty ~ replied to my musings ...

yeh ok i'll keep that in mind to keep all you oldies outta my business! muahahaha

 
At June 14, 2006 7:53 AM, Blogger Curare_Z replied to my musings ...

I guess this is just a response to the popular "I've got my ring tone turned up so loud people can hear it three buildings away" ring tone.

 
At June 14, 2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

Hey, let's not freak out this Floridian anymore than she's already freaked out, okay?

;)

 
At June 14, 2006 9:00 AM, Anonymous Fredcq replied to my musings ...

You're the second blogger that I've seen post about this. I said it once and I will say it again. I didn't think it was possible for cell phone to be more annoying. Amazing!

 
At June 14, 2006 9:25 AM, Blogger BrianAlt replied to my musings ...

I remember as a kid I could hear this piercing ring as I approached the Macy's mall entrance. My father could never hear it. As I got older it diminished until I couldn't hear it anymore.

 
At June 14, 2006 9:54 AM, Blogger Bruce replied to my musings ...

fuzz has a good point... my cat has been in heat twice in the last month, and I swear I kept hearing Fran Drescher's voice. Or was it Roseanne?

 
At June 14, 2006 11:17 AM, Blogger Kyahgirl replied to my musings ...

Hi! Visiting from Sar's place.

Had to laugh at :P Fuzzbox, that's exactly what I was thinking!

 
At June 14, 2006 11:41 AM, Blogger OnMyWatch replied to my musings ...

funny stuff. maybe all that time spent on the phone will make them go deaf and then we'll all be even.

 
At June 14, 2006 12:50 PM, Blogger KC replied to my musings ...

OK, so the teacher can't hear the kids phones ringing, but I'm assuming he/she can hear the resulting conversations. And when he/she does hear them, he/she should be able to grab the kids phone and throw it in the (hopefully) metal trash can so everyone can hear it bang as it hits the bottom.

 
At June 14, 2006 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

It doesn't work. I'm 35 and I can hear the ring tone fine.

Unfortunately.


Who really wants a ringtone that sounds like a cable tv station gone off the air?

Kids these days
:rolls eyes:

:)

 
At June 14, 2006 4:49 PM, Anonymous mojotek replied to my musings ...

I was skeptical when I first heard about this on a blog, but I guess since you wrote about it too, then it just has to be true!

Well, it actually makes a bit of sense, as any possible angle teenagers can exploit to goof off they will take. The irony of its origins is especially humorous.

 
At June 14, 2006 5:19 PM, Blogger An80sNut replied to my musings ...

I think that if the phone is being used in class this way to avoid detection by the teacher, they need to employ the same idea they wish to use in movie theaters... no cell zone.

 
At June 14, 2006 8:56 PM, Blogger Jim replied to my musings ...

"classroom shenanigans" <== tomfoolery, monkeyshines, skulduggery, those damn yuts
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bobeaza <== first wrod verification I've had that could be someone's name -- Bob Eaza -- although it would probably have been shortened from Bob van Eaza

 
At June 14, 2006 10:36 PM, Anonymous Bar replied to my musings ...

I CAN'T STAND IT...I HAD TO STOP READING AFTER THE FINGERNAIL ON THE CHALKBOARD ....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

 
At June 14, 2006 10:36 PM, Blogger ChickyBabe replied to my musings ...

How about a combo ring tone of cats in heat, the Nanny and Britney for when they get so desensitised. Better still, take the phones off them!

 
At June 15, 2006 1:18 PM, Blogger Mimi replied to my musings ...

If I was a teen again I would rather block other sounds from my parents ears than the the phone ringing. Such as my bedroom window and basically any noise from my room.

 
At June 15, 2006 1:44 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn replied to my musings ...

Just think if we could tune out all whining and complaining. Our homes would be quiet and the radio and TV news channels would have a lot of dead air.

Also, it would be so cool if we could tune out everything that comes out of a politician's mouth that is a lie or a partial truth.

 
At June 15, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Laurie replied to my musings ...

Good post - and oh, so true!

I agree with Fuzz's comment, too.. eeegads.

And you forgot Britney saying over and over, "But I'm a GOOD MOM!"

 
At June 15, 2006 2:35 PM, Blogger Pixie replied to my musings ...

I don't think I have heard cats in heat? I have heard cats fighting and that is a horrible sound.

I thought about it and I dont think many sounds grate on me I cant think of one!

 
At June 15, 2006 3:56 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

I recently met someone that was a writer on Fran Drescher's show. He confirmed that she really is annoying even in real life.

By the way, I'm not a cat person, so I have NO CLUE what a cat in heat sounds like.

 
At June 15, 2006 11:20 PM, Blogger angel, jr. replied to my musings ...

I left my phone on default ring mode. I don't like personalized ring tones, most of them are just annoying.

 

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