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Helicopter Group Claims Flight Restrictions In The Hamptons Are Unconstitutional

Though many well-to-do denizens of the Hamptons likely enjoy the comforts and convenience of a helicopter hither and thither to the popular Long Island weekend getaway destination, there have been so many complaints about noise from the aircraft that the local government has issued new restrictions on flights in the area. That isn’t going over well with the helicopter industry there. [More]

Utility Offering Oregon Residents $5,000 To Not Complain
About Wind Turbine Noise

Utility Offering Oregon Residents $5,000 To Not Complain About Wind Turbine Noise

Think fast: if a utility offered you $5,000 not to complain about the noise from their wind turbines, would you accept? What if the noise was so loud that it caused headaches and nausea? It’s a choice Caithness Energy is asking some Oregon residents to make as the utility tries to build one of the largest wind farms in the country. [More]

Loud Restaurants Make You Eat And Drink More

Loud Restaurants Make You Eat And Drink More

It turns out that, at least for smart restaurateurs, making the dining experience ridiculously noisy is good for business: people buy more drinks per hour, and they finish eating and leave sooner. [More]

Earplugs: You're Probably Inserting Them Wrong

Earplugs: You're Probably Inserting Them Wrong

Do you engage in any really loud summer activities, like chainsawing, monster truck rallies, or vacuuming a library? If you do, Consumer Reports Health wants you to know that not only should you be wearing earplugs, you’re probably inserting them wrong.

Couple Paints "FU FAA" On Roof To Protest Jet Noise

Couple Paints "FU FAA" On Roof To Protest Jet Noise

Fed up with a change in flight patterns that made them sleep in bed at night with earplugs, one Philly couple decided to paint “FUCK YOU FAA. NO FLY ZONE” and a symbol for “no planes” on the top of their roof. Note: in real life, it says “fuck” but the newspaper photoshopped it to just say “FU.” Homeowner Michael Hall said they had tried to lodge complaints with the FAA noise-complaint hotline over 20 times, but whenever they called, an answering machines would apologize for not being able to take their message as the mailbox was full.

Kids Don’t Realize Phones Have Vibrate Feature

Kids Don’t Realize Phones Have Vibrate Feature

A British paper is claiming that some no good punks have figured out a way to make their mobile phones inaudible to adults.