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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:16 PM

People who listened to a series of 74 recordings while having their brain activity measured by an MRI scanner rated the sound of a fork on a glass as the second worst noise, followed by chalk on a blackboard.

http://www.telegraph...-the-world.html

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:35 PM

Chalk on a blackboard, gah - really only "topped" by fingernails scraping a blackboard, ouch.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

Fingernails and chalk on a chalkboard never bother me.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:50 PM

this made me think of this.




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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:56 PM

I'm surprised this study didn't go further.  Maybe it did, and they didn't get into it in the article.

There was a similar study many years ago that compared similar sounds, such as nails on a blackboard, to the distress and danger calls from rhesus and other monkeys.  It was found the monkeys calls triggered similar responses in our brains.
It was theorized that perhaps the sounds of these distress calls which are designed to trigger survival instincts in monkeys, may be similar to our own ancient calls in the same circumstances.
Human responses included strong feelings of anxiety, adrenalin surges, and increase heartrate, blood pressure, perspiration and respiration.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

The most unpleasant sound in the world to me is my wife farting in her sleep. There is also other unpleasantness that soon follows. <_<

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 10 October 2012 - 01:02 PM, said:

The most unpleasant sound in the world to me is my wife farting in her sleep. There is also other unpleasantness that soon follows. <_<


Dutch oven?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 10 October 2012 - 12:16 PM, said:

People who listened to a series of 74 recordings while having their brain activity measured by an MRI scanner rated the sound of a fork on a glass as the second worst noise, followed by chalk on a blackboard.

http://www.telegraph...-the-world.html

I would say it is is the common alarm clock early in the AM. I've wanted to shoot several over the years!

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:49 PM

A piper that does not how to play the bagpipes


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

A "loud" person in the next stall when using a public lavatory. *boak*


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:55 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 10 October 2012 - 01:02 PM, said:

The most unpleasant sound in the world to me is my wife farting in her sleep. There is also other unpleasantness that soon follows. <_<

In over 7 years I have never heard my wife fart or "caught" her going #2.  She swears she does neither and to her credit she is damn good at hiding it and being lady like.

It's a long running joke


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:54 PM

Fork scraping tooth.  *shudders*


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:11 AM

View PostJohn Rayne, on 10 October 2012 - 05:55 PM, said:

In over 7 years I have never heard my wife fart or "caught" her going #2.  She swears she does neither and to her credit she is damn good at hiding it and being lady like.

It's a long running joke
That's probably the key to a long marriage. LOL

I do have to say another VERY unpleasant sound for me is Nickelback.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:15 AM

View Postwolfknight, on 10 October 2012 - 03:49 PM, said:

A piper that does not how to play the bagpipes

Agreed. But I would extend that to include a piper who does know how to play the bagpipes. How can you tell when they're being played badly?


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:13 PM

People smacking their food...Slurping too ..It ticks me off

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