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(io9)   I'm kind of wondering what would happen to your voice if you just, you know, like stop talking? I mean, I don't talk sometimes, like at home although then I talk to my cat Mr. Fluffy. Or at night, but actually friends say I kind of talk in my sleep   (io9.com) divider line 46
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2014-01-24 07:52:46 PM  
There are a number of orders of monks who do this. If we really need an answer, someone close to those orders might be the ones to call. Or write to, I guess, in this case.
 
2014-01-24 08:01:25 PM  
 
2014-01-24 08:36:19 PM  
I tried this for a week as an experiment once in the 80s but I was pretty hopped-up on goofballs.  The whole decade was a series of antisocial experiments.
 
2014-01-24 08:42:41 PM  
Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.
 
2014-01-24 08:49:20 PM  
refraining from speaking

I mean
 
2014-01-24 10:43:51 PM  

jaylectricity: Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.


Like that Malcolm in the Middle episode where he got an ulcer?
 
2014-01-24 11:27:46 PM  
STFU
 
2014-01-24 11:54:51 PM  

brap: I tried this for a week as an experiment once in the 80s but I was pretty hopped-up on goofballs.  The whole decade was a series of antisocial experiments.


A series of antisocial experiments is the kindest way to refer to my life...
 
2014-01-24 11:55:43 PM  

unlikely: There are a number of orders of monks who do this. If we really need an answer, someone close to those orders might be the ones to call. Or write to, I guess, in this case.


Ayup. Just ask some Trappists.
 
2014-01-24 11:56:28 PM  
It's a great article, but I wish they'd have touched upon another possibility, because I was thinking about this - what if I'm a mermaid, in these jeans of his with her name still on it? Hey but I don't care cause sometimes, I said, sometimes I hear my voice and it's been here, silent all these years.
 
2014-01-24 11:56:51 PM  
Huh. This is the one case where it's not as unpleasant as you'd think to read about Barbara Streisand's diaphragm.
 
2014-01-24 11:57:29 PM  
 
2014-01-25 12:00:25 AM  

Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 640x480]
R.I.P. TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP


You can hear the secrets that I keep? AAAAAHHHHHH!!!
 
2014-01-25 12:00:52 AM  

brap: I tried this for a week as an experiment once in the 80s but I was pretty hopped-up on goofballs.  The whole decade was a series of antisocial experiments.


Goofballs make ya goofy!

/In Living Color was awesome
//80s were an awesome decade to grow up in... wouldn't wanna go back though
 
2014-01-25 12:00:54 AM  
True Story:

My great uncle was a bit of a nut (he married into the family) and way back when he was first married to my great aunt, he decided to give up talking for lent.  According to my grandma, he actually stuck to his commitment but after 40 days, his vocal chords were weak and he had to reteach himself to talk again.
 
2014-01-25 12:03:04 AM  

jaylectricity: Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.


That sounded remarkably like a thinly veiled complaint about people who complain.
 
2014-01-25 12:03:39 AM  
Just ask James Earl Jones.  He spent 8 years of his childhood not talking because of a stutter.
 
2014-01-25 12:06:36 AM  

Nidiot: jaylectricity: Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.

That sounded remarkably like a thinly veiled complaint about people who complain.


Nah, I'm just a silver-linings type of guy.
 
2014-01-25 12:14:39 AM  

lack of warmth: Just ask James Earl Jones.  He spent 8 years of his childhood not talking because of a stutter.


He was actually in Toronto trying to say "This is the CN Tower", but...
 
2014-01-25 12:25:13 AM  
I get paid to talk.
 
2014-01-25 12:27:12 AM  
Not able to answer questions:
lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-01-25 12:28:58 AM  


www.the80sman.com

R.I.P. TALK TALK

 
2014-01-25 12:31:24 AM  
thelistofshame.files.wordpress.com

/"Bakersfield!"
 
2014-01-25 12:31:32 AM  
Anyway, as far as the question goes, I know for a fact that you don't actually win the $500,000.
 
2014-01-25 12:35:08 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: [www.the80sman.com image 434x448]

R.I.P. TALK TALK


Hey, it's their life; I haven't forgotten. Let 'em get caught in the crowd, I say.
 
2014-01-25 12:38:56 AM  
Thank you, Pinkie Pie.
 
2014-01-25 02:06:37 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Anyway, as far as the question goes, I know for a fact that you don't actually win the $500,000.


Unavailable for comment:
31.media.tumblr.com
/great episode.
 
2014-01-25 02:51:55 AM  

jaylectricity: Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.


biatching about things that make you unhappy doesn't make you happy.

It just makes you...biatchy. And, unhappier.

/it's a word. I'm kinda sure.
 
2014-01-25 03:13:41 AM  
Dude! How about a NSFW warning about the animated GIF of Barbra Streisand?


/at least it has no teeth.
 
2014-01-25 04:12:48 AM  
If I go for a few hours without talking, it takes 2 or 3 minutes of me hacking, clearing my throat, taking drinks, and so on before I can even form what might sound like a word when it grows up. I think this is (subconsciously) why I sit at my desk and sometimes talk to myself off and on. It's not like laryngitis, I get that occasionally. There I can talk, I just sound like Barry White. With this other one, it's more like clicks and growls if anything. If I don't clear my throat for that time period as well, I'm always half tempted to just give up at that point and accept my

I couldn't imagine going any length of time and then trying to talk.
 
2014-01-25 04:19:21 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: [www.the80sman.com image 434x448]


R.I.P. TALK TALK


www.magnetmagazine.com


RIP TALKING HEADS

 
2014-01-25 07:01:48 AM  
My mom was a nun for a very short time in the 40's. I asked her when I was a teen about it and why she picked what she did. There were three orders: teaching, nursing and cloistered. She picked teaching ( she was a horrible teacher to us. No patient and expected blind obedience, so she would have made an excellent nun.) . Several of her cousins went into the teaching order. I asked her about the last one. She replied, " They take a vow of silence and remove themselves from society. The communicate tho the outside world through writing and then pass it under a window slot much like a bank teller." One of her classmates went into the cloistereds. " she wasn't right in the head."

/ atheist
 
2014-01-25 07:02:51 AM  

Abacus9: lack of warmth: Just ask James Earl Jones.  He spent 8 years of his childhood not talking because of a stutter.

He was actually in Toronto trying to say "This is the CN Tower", but...


Oh, you missed your chance.  The 8 years of silence during his childhood was growing up in MI.  You could've went with, 'He was posing a silent protest', or any other MI joke.
 
2014-01-25 07:17:25 AM  
When I worked at the prison in Moore Haven Fl. the guys in segregation would often stop talking  in protest.. We rather enjoyed that protest but low and behold... the inmates would soon enough find something new to complain about within a month or so.
 
2014-01-25 07:19:57 AM  

TrotlineDesigns: When I worked at the prison in Moore Haven Fl. the guys in segregation would often stop talking  in protest.. We rather enjoyed that protest but low and behold... the inmates would soon enough find something new to complain about within a month or so.


Funny how when wives think the silent protest is punishing us somehow.  It is she who is going crazy trying to not talk and yammer.
 
2014-01-25 07:28:36 AM  
http://youtu.be/krb2OdQksMc?t=38s

they should ask this guy
 
2014-01-25 07:34:15 AM  

brap: I tried this for a week as an experiment once in the 80s but I was pretty hopped-up on goofballs.  The whole decade was a series of antisocial experiments.


I tried it for a year or so.  I rarely spoke to anyone but I did spend time IM'ing people a bunch.

Result:  Even after over a decade I still... can't quite speak well enough to... string together sentences without having to pause and think about it.
 
2014-01-25 08:16:50 AM  
labyrinthlibrary.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-25 08:47:13 AM  
I have laryngitis. It sucks.
 
2014-01-25 08:50:36 AM  

Dayglo Brown: [labyrinthlibrary.files.wordpress.com image 500x335]



Juicy Fruit
 
2014-01-25 09:29:39 AM  
www.seastwood.com


Keep talking.
 
2014-01-25 09:54:46 AM  
So TFA writer was obviously high when they cam up with this?

/why do they call them fingers?
 
2014-01-25 02:15:30 PM  

jaylectricity: Interesting article focuses on the physical and neurological mechanics of speech. I'm more interested in what the effects of refraining to speak your mind would be.

Think of all the complaining you do. Without that release you could become a seriously deprived individual.


Probably less now than in the past, since so much of our communication takes place via text.

/// Currently on a FB message thread with three other people.
 
2014-01-25 06:02:04 PM  
img.fark.net

"Shaddup shuttin' up!"
 
2014-01-25 08:28:36 PM  

ThePastafarian: ArcadianRefugee: [www.the80sman.com image 434x448]
R.I.P. TALK TALK


[www.magnetmagazine.com image 550x310]
RIP TALKING HEADS


Like the article says, if David Byrne stopped talking, his voice would be the same as it ever was... same as it ever was... same as it ever was...
 
2014-01-26 01:05:09 AM  

lack of warmth: Abacus9: lack of warmth: Just ask James Earl Jones.  He spent 8 years of his childhood not talking because of a stutter.

He was actually in Toronto trying to say "This is the CN Tower", but...

Oh, you missed your chance.  The 8 years of silence during his childhood was growing up in MI.  You could've went with, 'He was posing a silent protest', or any other MI joke.


D'oh! I didn't know about that, and I'm from Michigan. I went for a lame joke, and ended up learning something instead. Thanks for that.
 
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