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Still Shoveling the Sidewalks

February 14, 1950, Minneapolis Tribune:

Cold weather and snow don’t make Charles Sontofske, 78, and Olaf H. Olson, 90, move closer to the fireside. Out come the shovels and they tackle the sidewalks. Sontofske, who lives at 1414 Penn Ave. N, and his neighbor Olson, of 2118 14th Ave. N, shovel towards each other, pausing when they meet to exchange the time of day.

Photo from the Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph Collection at the Hennepin County Library.

it’s 9pm on a friday night and i’m sitting at home in a hoodie and yoga pants, eating cheez-its, and shopping for furniture

Minneapolis skyline from inside the Metrodome

Photo by AboveTheNorm


Curious Fact of the Week: Quietest Place in the World

In the world’s quietest chamber, the loudest noise is your own heartbeat.

Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis hosts what is cited to be the quietest place in the world. Their anechoic chamber cuts out 99.99% of the world’s blaring sound, leaving the person inside alone with only the suddenly cacophonous noise of their own body.

There are many anechoic (non-echoing) chambers, but the one at Orfield Laboratories, created by Steven Orfield, is especially silent. Using rows of acoustic wedges formed from fiberglass, thick steel and concrete walls, and a mesh floor, the decibels of the room measure at -9.4. This is far below even the most faint of whispers, and the experience reportedly gives people who spend time in the room hallucinations. However, the main uses of the room, aside from some rare tours, is to test the noise of products as riotous as machinery for a Harley Davidson to the near imperceptible sounds of a cell phone screen.

More on the Quietest Place in the World, on Atlas Obscura!


Lizzo and Caroline Smith - “Let ‘Em Say” (Official Video)

If you are doing a “Best of the Twin Cities 2014” post and this video isn’t listed…you are a fraud and I hate you.