Today’s NY Times has an amusing story on a ring tone that many adults cannot hear. Here’s the opening ‘graph:
“In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear.
In settings where cellphone use is forbidden â€” in class, for example â€” it is perfect for signaling the arrival of a text message without being detected by an elder of the species.
“When I heard about it I didn’t believe it at first,” said Donna Lewis, a technology teacher at the Trinity School in Manhattan. “But one of the kids gave me a copy, and I sent it to a colleague. She played it for her first graders. All of them could hear it, and neither she nor I could.”
The technology, which relies on the fact that most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, was developed in Britain but has only recently spread to America â€” by Internet, of course.”
[Update! After I told my co-workers about this article, it ended up on the morning newscast and became a morning show “bit” for a good hour or so.]