Stephen Fry pops a balloon in the world's loudest and quietest rooms

And yes, he is unbearably charming doing it. Fun begins around the 23:20 mark.

Anechoic chambers are where sounds go to die. They're bonkers. And while the hemi-anechoic chamber that Fry visits isn't quite as silent as, say, the maddeningly noiseless chamber at Orfield Labs in Minnesota – which is said to induce hallucinations as a result of sensory deprivation – it's still pretty damn quiet.

ht Erin!

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QI is basically the only thing on the BBC worth watching, which is a bit shitty when it costs £140 a year. Just make it a subscription service already.