Imagine the quietest place you’ve ever been. No imagine a place SO quiet that the only sound you’d hear would be the sound of your body: heart pumping; blood flowing, even your eyes blinking. That’s what it’s like in the quiet room at Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s a room with no perceivable echoes. More than three feet of Styrofoam wedges, concrete and steel insulation make it 99.99 percent sound absorbent, earning it the Guinness World Record for the world’s quietest place.
Most people can’t stand to be in the room for more than short stretches at a time; they find it disconcerting to hear only the inward sounds of their bodies. As much as some people ask for peace and quiet, as humans they need to hear the world around us.