NYC PSA Tells the Kids to Turn Down That Damn Racket

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By Patrick Coffee Comment

Today in Get Off My Lawn news, the New York City Health Department released a PSA offering subway riders and others a subtle twist on the classic “turn down that damn racket!” complaint: do it now or you’ll lose your hearing.

Via Gothamist, the city tells us that we shouldn’t listen to anything at too high a volume in order to drown out the insufferable noise around us, because “Loud sounds, including media played at high volume, can injure the delicate hair-like cells of the inner ear.”

This is not a bad idea, but it is a lame pun—and the concept of “hair-like cells” in our inner ear makes us think of that unnamed great uncle who has real hair growing out of his. We also prefer a more passive-aggressive variation on the “kids and their rock and roll” beef:

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