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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

When You Get My Text Message Telling You That You're An Idiot, You'll Hear It

By now, you may have heard the story bouncing around blogs and the news about the ring tone that is so high-pitched, adults can't hear it. Believe it or not, the damn thing works - I was able to hear it, but in my mid-twenties, I might only have a few years left to pick up that pitch; I played it for a teacher in his 30s and he had no idea that anything was playing. You can try to listen to it here. (Warning: If you do hear the tone, it isn't exactly Mozart.)

Apparently, kids are using this ringtone in class so that their teachers don't know that their phones are ringing. Does anyone else think this is really stupid?

First of all, almost all phones already have a setting where your phone rings without anyone hearing it. It's called vibrate.

Secondly, just because your teacher can't hear you getting your text messages doesn't mean that every other kid in your class can't. If I were in class and I had to hear someone's phone going off with that sound every other minute, I would have to resist the urge to get up from my desk, snatch the phone from the offender's hand, and clock him across the mouth with it (the phone, not the desk).

Also, if your phone is ringing, you can't exactly answer it in the middle of class without anyone noticing.

And finally, and most importantly, what could possibly be so important that you have to have your phone on during class anyway? Wait 45 minutes and check your messages then. God forbid you don't find out right this instant that "omg ashley told kayla that u r going 2 prom w/ tyler but i thought u r going w/ dylan wtf?"

Seriously. And people wonder why our great nation ranks below other countries in education.

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