"From the Rotunda, visitors walk into Statuary Hall. This room was once the meeting place for the House of Representatives. However, it became Statuary Hall in Eighteen-Sixty-Four after the number of lawmakers grew too large to continue meeting there. Another name for Statuary Hall is the “Whisper Chamber.�? This is because when a visitor stands at one end of the room, he or she can hear what people at the other end are saying. The shape of the room with its high ceiling creates this unusual movement of sound waves."
That's bizarre, c_b. Do they know how that occurred? It sounds like it could be something like what happens in "whispering rooms," where you can hear someone clear across the room but someone standing right next to them cannot. (Isn't there a place in the Capitol Building like that?)
AZ, I often hear my name when I'm listening to loud music. Always have. And I hear the gmail chime too, or else the Outlook one if I'm at work.
Auditory hallucinations... Did you know there was a phenomenon noted during the U.S. Civil War, of a town or village near a large battle not being able to hear the artillery, while other towns much further away could hear it? They called it an acoustic shadow. What a creepy term.
Nothing to do with this word though... sorry to hijack the thread...
AZ, I've never had the name-calling experience (hmm...should I rephrase?), but I *do* sometimes hear my birds singing when they're not even in the same county, much less the same room. Let's hear it for auditoryhallucinations. ;-)
This speaks volumes about our culture's obsession with cell phones. I've asked before if anyone is aware of a word that means "anti-cell phone." I'm still looking for one, if anyone happens to know it.
Does anyone ever hear their name called when listening to music too loud? Used to happen to me all the time when I was younger but, then, my mother was prone to flying off the deep end if I didn't respond immendiately!