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Texas State Secrets: The Whispering Wall

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You most likely walk past it every day.

The half-circle walls in between the quad, Derrick Hall and Alkek Library seem normal at first glance. They look unassuming; what would be any different about them? However, when you crouch down with a friend at each end and speak, it sounds as if they are right next to you.

The architectural feature, known as a whispering gallery, is commonly found in cathedrals and capitol buildings. The creation of this sensation is simple: The waves cling to the circumference of the walls, allowing clear sound to be heard, even when the recipients are nowhere near one another.

The vent near the walls also has a similar sensation, creating an echoing effect when it is stood on.

What are some other secrets of Texas State? Share them with us in the comments.

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