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(Daily Mail)   Scientists discover why the sound of nails scraping down a blackboard - even the thought of it - makes you cringe   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 45
    More: Interesting, James Bond Dry, chalkboards, Journal of Neuroscience, auditory cortex, amygdalas, news crews, Newcastle University, noises  
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2012-10-10 11:20:36 AM  
What about a picture? Does that make you cringe too?

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2012-10-10 11:23:44 AM  
I greatly prefer fingernails on a chalkboard to Fran Drescher's voice
 
2012-10-10 11:48:08 AM  
Haven't anthropologists said for years that nails on chalkboard sounds like primate danger alerts? So the news is they found the part of the brain that reacts to the sound? Hopefully that puts us one step closer to a cure.
 
2012-10-10 11:49:06 AM  
Fingernails on denim. UGH. Freaks me out thinking about it.
 
2012-10-10 11:51:08 AM  
Styrofoam rubbing on styrofoam kills me. Fingernails on chalkboards is ok, can't remember it making me cringe or anything. But styrofoam makes me seek out and kill whoever does it.
 
2012-10-10 11:59:51 AM  
Maybe I'm nuts, but the way that FEELS bothers me much more than how it sounds. Ugh, I shiver just thinking about it.
 
2012-10-10 12:04:19 PM  
It's not just the sound; the tactility is what kills me. Everyone's different I guess... for me it's grinding my teeth on a wooden popsicle stick NEEAARRGGHH THE VERY NOTION
 
2012-10-10 12:07:49 PM  

kroonermanblack: Styrofoam rubbing on styrofoam kills me. Fingernails on chalkboards is ok, can't remember it making me cringe or anything. But styrofoam makes me seek out and kill whoever does it.


These. Also hate dull pencils being used to write.
 
2012-10-10 12:10:37 PM  
I must be a freak then. Nails on the chalkboard and babies crying don't bother me. I can ignore that noise with ease. What really bugs me is crowd noise. I can't stand it. Dragging steel across porcelain and concrete produces bad sounds too. It makes my teeth hurt.
 
2012-10-10 12:11:14 PM  
Also beeping. Beeping makes me murderous.
 
2012-10-10 12:12:42 PM  
Nails on a chalkboard never bothered me. When I used to substitute teach, I would do that whenever the class got out of hand. Got their attenting right quick.
 
2012-10-10 12:13:18 PM  

brigid_fitch: Nails on a chalkboard never bothered me. When I used to substitute teach, I would do that whenever the class got out of hand. Got their attenting right quick.


attention

FTFM

/My, this wine is good...
 
2012-10-10 12:15:49 PM  

Parallax: It's not just the sound; the tactility is what kills me. Everyone's different I guess... for me it's grinding my teeth on a wooden popsicle stick NEEAARRGGHH THE VERY NOTION


ArcadianRefugee: kroonermanblack: Styrofoam rubbing on styrofoam kills me. Fingernails on chalkboards is ok, can't remember it making me cringe or anything. But styrofoam makes me seek out and kill whoever does it.

These. Also hate dull pencils being used to write.


Writing/using sharpies and highlighters, and seconding the dull pencil. Both of those made me DESPISE school, and when I could use pens freely in highschool, I did far better.
 
2012-10-10 12:16:01 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Also hate dull pencils being used to write.


Me too. People chewing with their mouths open and stuttering does it for me as well. Nails on a chalkboard don't bother me unless it is very loud.
 
2012-10-10 12:16:52 PM  
...because you're a pussy.
 
2012-10-10 12:17:07 PM  
This would be in the top 10:

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I'd also include dull pencils. My teachers never quite understood my obsession with pens over pencils.
 
2012-10-10 12:26:38 PM  
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2012-10-10 12:28:27 PM  
A ball being bounced off a wall by any kid.

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About 2 months ago we were parked overnight in the Civic Center parking lot. Imagine waking up to that against the side of the camper. Some little kid (maybe 8) was using our home as a bouncy-wall for his ball. Why he was there at 6am in the morning we never found out. Scared the crap out of him and he ran off. We also left, in case he complained to mommy about the scary homeless people who tried to molest him.
 
2012-10-10 12:34:39 PM  

shonday: Maybe I'm nuts, but the way that FEELS bothers me much more than how it sounds. Ugh, I shiver just thinking about it.


Parallax: It's not just the sound; the tactility is what kills me. Everyone's different I guess... for me it's grinding my teeth on a wooden popsicle stick NEEAARRGGHH THE VERY NOTION


Count me in with the feel/tactile sensation/touch is what really causes involuntary shivers. the sound never bothered me at all, but running my fingertips/nails over anything that is hard and smooth/dry like a chalkboard....blech
 
2012-10-10 12:38:16 PM  
I don't mind. The thing that bothers me is someone keeps moving my chair.
 
2012-10-10 12:45:48 PM  
As people age their hearing becomes less acute and they can no longer hear the higher ranges (10kHz+) by the time they are in their mid-twenties. Thus the chalkboard scratch affects youngsters more than older adults.
A Scottish inventor, Howard Stapleton, acted on this knowledge and built a device that broadcasts a loud (100dB+) warbling and intermittent sound at above 17kHz which is inaudible to older adults but drives children and young adults who can hear this frequency away. This device, which Stapleton named "The Mosquito" is now being marketed world wide and is employed to discourage loitering by young people. Apparently it is painfully effective.

But, this being Fark, everybody knew this already.
/csb
 
2012-10-10 12:51:16 PM  
It's because nails on chalkboard is the auditory equivalent to getting one's science from the Daily Fail. It raises one's hackles and increases the neurotansmitter bullshiatomine to levels intolerable to the majority of people.
 
2012-10-10 12:54:00 PM  

BolloxReader: It's because nails on chalkboard is the auditory equivalent to getting one's science from the Daily Fail. It raises one's hackles and increases the neurotansmitter bullshiatomine to levels intolerable to the majority of people.


And talk about daily fail, that is of course the neurotransmitter bullshiatomine.
 
2012-10-10 01:08:29 PM  

cheezitmojo: I don't mind. The thing that bothers me is someone keeps moving my chair.


The ugliness man. That bastard
 
2012-10-10 01:19:13 PM  
Dammit subby get out of my head GETOUTTAMYHEAD
 
2012-10-10 01:21:48 PM  
The sound of people eating ice cubes.

I will choke a b*tch.
 
2012-10-10 01:34:47 PM  
Yeah... i don't buy that theory.... To me, the dread is about the physical feeling of nails on slate... I couldn't care less about the resulting sound of the scraping....

I would not want to scratch a chalkboard even with earplugs on.... its the feeling....
 
2012-10-10 01:38:35 PM  

cheezitmojo: I don't mind. The thing that bothers me is someone keeps moving my chair.


DON'T
LOOK
BEHIND
YOU
 
2012-10-10 01:43:06 PM  

red5ish: But, this being Fark, everybody knew this already.


That explains something that happened to me in HS and bothered me for years afterward. The school was having some construction done in one of that hallways, and the acoustical ceiling tiles had been removed. The exposed hard surfaces combined with the sonic motion detectors created some kind of hellish resonance effect at one of the hallway junctions. It was incredibly uncomfortable every time I passed that spot.

None of the teachers could hear it, and I only found a few other students that could. Thought I was going nuts. Thanks for clearing it up.
 
2012-10-10 02:03:27 PM  
Fingernails on a chalkboard isn't only bothers me a little. The sound I hate the most is the squeaking sound your teeth make if you happen to chew on a polyester sweater.
 
2012-10-10 02:12:18 PM  
The sound of someone rubbing a balloon. Makes my ears bleed.
 
2012-10-10 02:17:02 PM  
The sound of liquid being poured into a glass actually pisses me off. I can't explain it.
 
2012-10-10 02:19:15 PM  

shonday: Maybe I'm nuts, but the way that FEELS bothers me much more than how it sounds. Ugh, I shiver just thinking about it.


I'm with you on this one. *shudder*
 
2012-10-10 02:24:35 PM  
The feel of dry Kleenex against my tongue.
 
2012-10-10 02:35:38 PM  
I recall reading an article years ago that some sounds are intrinsically uncomfortable for adults because they fall into the same frequency range as the scream of a young child in distress.
 
2012-10-10 02:37:51 PM  

buckler: I recall reading an article years ago that some sounds are intrinsically uncomfortable for adults because they fall into the same frequency range as the scream of a young child in distress.


This is why is boggles my mind that any ad for anything would use a crying baby for any reason. And yet, they do.
 
2012-10-10 03:35:09 PM  
I knew a girl who couldn't stand the sound of styrofoam being squeaked. She could never even be in the same room as someone with takeout.
 
2012-10-10 03:36:30 PM  

Droog8912: ArcadianRefugee: Also hate dull pencils being used to write.

Me too. People chewing with their mouths open and stuttering does it for me as well. Nails on a chalkboard don't bother me unless it is very loud.


I don't mind stuttering (it's annoying, but not on a primal level), but "food noises" makes me stabby. Sucking your teeth, chewing with your mouth open, etc....
 
2012-10-10 04:49:34 PM  

Z-clipped: None of the teachers could hear it, and I only found a few other students that could.


When I was ~12-years old I had a summer school class at the city museum. The motion detectors at every exterior doorway, emergency doors, etc. were insanely annoying, but nobody else could hear them.
I am old now and have played in punk and industrial bands so although I dislike LOUD sounds I can no longer hear the songs of bats or motion detectors.
 
Boe
2012-10-10 05:58:01 PM  
Huh. Nora Jones' voice has a similar effect on me.
 
2012-10-10 06:27:38 PM  
For some reason, the nails on a chalkboard thing doesn't get to me as much as, say, the sound of someone scraping or chomping their teeth on metal flatware when eating. I wonder if people who do that just don't have any fillings or have never had a toothache. It may seem trivial, but to give you an idea of what it's like to me: imagine vigorously taking a steel file to your teeth and then chewing on a wad of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
 
2012-10-10 07:37:40 PM  

shonday: Maybe I'm nuts, but the way that FEELS bothers me much more than how it sounds. Ugh, I shiver just thinking about it.


Came to say this. Vibration under the fingernails is why I cringe too. Flawed study is flawed.
 
2012-10-10 09:44:03 PM  
Rabbit screams are quite grating. Here is one where it may be more annoyed than the full screechy terror of being killed by a predator.
 
2012-10-10 09:57:13 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Droog8912: ArcadianRefugee: Also hate dull pencils being used to write.

Me too. People chewing with their mouths open and stuttering does it for me as well. Nails on a chalkboard don't bother me unless it is very loud.

I don't mind stuttering (it's annoying, but not on a primal level), but "food noises" makes me stabby. Sucking your teeth, chewing with your mouth open, etc....


THIS. In person or over the radio. Can't stand it.

/also, anyone who finishes a lollipop & then CHEWS ON THE GODDAMN STICK
 
2012-10-11 08:22:14 AM  

red5ish: I am old now


Death. It comes to us all.
 
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