Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mosquito Tone

We had some friends over for dinner last night, people that we don't see as often as they should. During the evening one told us that his new office is close to a high school and sometimes the teenagers hang out in their parking lot at lunch. He laughed and said that he might get one of the noise-makers for chasing off teens. Roland and I did not know what he was talking about and he said that there was a high-pitch tone that people over 35 can't hear. You can buy a device that makes that tone and it gets on the teens' nerves and they leave.

Brian and Gary snickered. Then they told us that that tone is a very popular ring tone, call the "mosquito" tone. See, almost all the teachers are too old to hear it. When the teachers seem on the young side they will take the phone up and say they think it is broken and ask, "Can you hear anything?" And almost all the teachers say no.

Also most of the teachers, like us, have no idea that this ring tone exists. Someone's phone goes off in class, all the kids look around and the teacher has no idea what is going on.

I just thought you would like to know.


  1. Anonymous3:53 PM

    LOL! When I heard about that technology being used to deter youngsters from loitering around businesses and the like, my first reaction was to sympathize for the affected teens.

    I had never thought that this technology could be used for the very opposite purposes!

    and right now I have the urge to find if I can still hear the tone.. I could last year.. guess I just want to make sure I can still think of myself as young ;-)

  2. oooh, its the reverse of a dog fence, eh?

  3. Hehe, that's my ringtone for my moms' calls.


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