It is widely claimed that at any party, there will naturally be a lull in the conversation every seven minutes.

On TV, this lull always happens just when someone raises their voice to be heard by exactly one person in spite of the crowd or background noise, when they say something private, highly insulting, or incredibly bizarre (or all three). HilarityEnsues.

Another version occurs not with speech, but with music. Somebody will be talking rather loudly to be heard over music, and the music will stop (or the person they're speaking to will remove their headphones) right when the person hits a screaming volume.

Sometimes results in an OrphanedPunchline.


[[folder: Anime ]]
* A variation happens in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' as Dutch and the gang try to sneak away from a gunfight without being noticed. Unfortunately, Revy gets into an argument with the bartender on the way out and loudly insults him... at the exact moment everyone stops shooting.

[[folder: Comics ]]
* The idiot hero ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' is trying to tell to his best friend that he masturbates a lot. Their conversation is drowned by a near TV, until someone switches to a less loud channel, while Rat-Man says "I masturbate like a Cossack greyhound!". Later, his best friends refuse to shake his hand...

[[folder: Fanfiction ]]
* In ''[[ Harry Potter and the Champion's Champion]]'' the Hogwarts Great Hall goes silent just as Madame Pomfrey shouts that Professor Trelawney's medical complaint wasn't ''really'' morning sickness.
-->'''Madam Pomfrey:''' She was suffering from nausea caused by seeing Ron Weasley's arse.
* In ''[[ Harry Potter, Unexpected Animagus]]'' Fred and George reveal that they accidentally mentioned Harry's "enormous penis" during a pirate radio broadcast of First Task commentary. The Great Hall goes mostly quiet just in time for his response.
-->'''Harry:''' Come on, guys! It's not that big. It's only eight maybe nine inches at most!
* The ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[ Name Drop]]'' has a variant, where Plagg tries to hold a conversation with Adrien in the bathroom over the sound of running water.
-->'''Plagg''': You know for all we talk about "curses" and "bad luck" you don't exactly take steps to improve your standing, kid. I know this is ''rich'' coming from me but at ''some point'' you need to take responsibility.
-->'''Adrien''': What?
-->'''Plagg''': I said you should try harder to get to know this girl instead of just gawking at her and kissing her hand like a moron!
-->'''Adrien''': I can't hear you!
-->'''Plagg''': If it's okay to eat all the cheese in the fridge, say what!
-->'''Adrien''': What?
-->'''Plagg''': I said Ladybug's real identity is that Marinette girl and you're a big jackass for not realizing it on your own! (''Slowly realises that the bathtub stopped filling a few moments before.'')
-->'''Adrien''': Wh...what?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fic ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', Kim and Shego emerge from the mine where Kim had been trapped... engaged in a passionate kiss in front of a [[MediaScrum gaggle of reporters]]. Ron, realizing that he has to do something before Kim freaks out or Shego starts [[HandBlast lobbing plasma]], disguises his voice and yells "Is it true Shego's vagina tastes like mint?" just as there is a momentary lull in the reporters' shouted questions. The question is so outrageous that it [[ShamingTheMob embarrasses the reporters into silence]] and so absurd that it derails Kim's panic at being outed.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In the 2005 film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', during the flashback to the party where Arthur and Trillian met, Arthur is criticizing the other party-goers for not recognizing her costume (Charles Darwin), and ends up blurting out "All these people are idiots!" during a Seven Minute Lull when the [[RecordNeedleScratch record player gets bumped]].
* Happens twice to Janice of Franchise/TheMuppets: once in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', and once in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''. Both times discussing nudity.
* In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'', Patrick says during a loud song at a club:
-->'''Patrick''': I was watching you out there, before. I've (music stops) never seen you look so sexy.
* In ''[[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids Honey We Shrunk Ourselves]]'', the mother yells to overcome the noise of a nearby construction crew. The noise stops just as she's yelling about one of the kids having clean underwear, much to his embarrassment.
* Happens twice in the movie ''Film/{{Dick}}''; the first time at the roller rink when Arlene yells "I love Dick!!" during the lull, and later outside when Betsy yells "You can't let Dick control your life" during a moment of silence.
* PlayedForDrama in the 1930 film ''Film/TheBigHouse''. A group of convicts planning a GreatEscape are passing some guns and ammunition to each other while intoning the Lord's Prayer in the prison chapel. As the prayer comes to an end, one of them accidentally drops a bullet on the stone floor, [[SoMuchForStealth causing them all to tense up]].
* In the 1985 action-comedy ''Gotcha!'', the protagonist is griping to his best friend how he's still a virgin during a college lecture, saying "I can't seem to get laid!" right on the lull. The teacher smirks and informs him that "every dog has his day."

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''Series/PorterhouseBlue'', an undergraduate university student goes to see a certain professor whom he has been assured is an experienced counselor for personal problems. The professor claims to be having hearing problems and hands the student a bullhorn, then encourages him to explain his situation in full. The student does so, unaware that his anguished confession of sexual obsession with his big breasted middle-aged bedder is echoing throughout the quad. From the amused reaction of the older students, it is implied that the professor isn't really deaf, he just enjoys getting students to humiliate themselves this way.
* Literary example in the first book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', where Rand shouts "Later!" to Perrin just in a lull while everybody is questioning Padan Fain about news of the problems outside.
* In Henry Green's ''Concluding'' (1948) a woman at a ball is preparing to defame a man named Rock to her colleague just as the ballroom's gramophone dies. "This Rock," she shouts over the now-quiet room, and deftly turns it into a pun about the building's foundation.
* In ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', a bird in the newly-created Narnia does this, to the great amusement of the other talking animals. Rather than scold his creations for laughing, Aslan, equally amused, informs the bird that he has become the first joke.
* In ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara The Sorceress]]'' Polgara waits before she enters a room, knowing that a lull in the conversation will come eventually and timing her entrance to that. When the lull doesn't come soon enough for her taste, she asks her mother to give her a hand (it makes sense in context).
* In the spy novel ''Harry's Game'', two intelligence officers in a Belfast restaurant are discussing the undercover operation involving the protagonist, when a lull occurs in the band music. They quickly stop talking, but not before an IRA sympathizer hears some of their conversation.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Played with on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' during a game of Scenes From a Hat where the scene was "Things you don't want to be shouting at a party when the loud music suddenly stops."
-->'''Wayne Brady:''' I HAD A SEX CHANGE!
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Norm is forced to shout over construction noises, but the audience still can't hear what he's saying until the construction pauses just as he shouts, "The world's biggest ass!"
* Likewise, in an episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'', the conversation lulls at a gallery opening on cue every time someone says "I'm out," prompting applause from the audience at the unintentional DoubleEntendre.
** In another ''Will and Grace'' episode, Grace is talking to Karen at the opera. Grace is speaking loudly to be heard over the soprano; the music fades to silence in time for Grace's last word, "homos!" to echo several times through the silent theater.
* ''Series/FatherTed'': "Chirpy Burpy Cheep Sheep" - Ted makes a dramatic entrance to the King of the Sheep tournament. As he announces to all assembled the identity of the saboteurs, the audience mutter among themselves; as they finish, a man is clearly heard to say "Fuckin' hell!" (swearing, apart from "feck" and "bollocks", never otherwise appeared in ''Father Ted'').
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted is on a blind date at an unbearably loud dance club. After realising that his date is just nodding along politely and can't really hear a thing he's saying, he starts saying random silly things for the fun of it -- then the music cuts out just in time for him to yell "I'm wetting my pants!" in her face.
** Later during the same episode, the club plays a different song with enough space during each beat that Barney and Marshall can talk during each lull.
* In the long running Mexican SitCom ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' this happens very often, with everybody arguing until Profesor Jirafales or some authority figure makes everybody shut up[[note]] "Silencio. ¡Silencio! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ¡¡¡SI-LEN-CIO!!!]]"[[/note]], and only the naive Chavo still talks, ''always'' saying something insulting towards the authority person (such as referring to Profesor Jirafales as "Maestro Longaniza", as Don Ramón aften does).
-->"Se me chispoteo."
** Subverted in at least one episode, when after a similar situation happens, it ends with El Chavo saying "And now I'm not sayin' anything".
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** "The Doctor Is Out". Frasier and Niles have walked into a gay bar looking for someone they believe is gay. Loud music is playing, and Niles feels more and more uncomfortable, especially knowing that Daphne expects him home soon - so he pleads with Frasier to give it up and leave, and just as the music stops, he yells, "I'm begging you, please take me home!"
** In another episode, there is construction in Frasier's apartment. Daphne and one of the construction workers are struggling to have a conversation. There's a lull just in time for everyone to hear Daphne say, ''"I said I don't want to go out with you!"''
* In a late episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Mike Hannigan takes Phoebe to a hockey game for their one-year anniversary. Straining to get her voice heard by Mike over the roar of the crowd, Phoebe yells out "You're so smart, and generous, and you're AMAZING in bed!" Guess at what point the crowd died down.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GaryAndMike'', the titular duo is at a punk gig, Gary tries to tell Mike that "This band sucks, let's go", with predictable results.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
** George approaching his time of the month and wanting to "Bang the granny" out of any woman he can find.
** Used again as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext malfunctioning rape alarm]] is shut off just in time for Tom to yell 'WE'RE BOTH WEREWOLVES!' for the entire street to hear. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded by Hal's response]]
--->'''Hal''' How depressingly predictable.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUK'', David Brent gets caught in the middle of a (lame) dirty joke in the Seven Minute Lull at the end of "The Party."
* Happens in ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' when the stereo is unplugged just when Janae is telling Darren that they should come clean to Libby about their kiss.
* In an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', the lull happens just as Mork tells Mindy "...and you look great naked."
* One of PennJillette's trick is a double magic trick with another magician, the two of them simultaneously asking separate audience members to draw a card and not show it. They both talk [[MotorMouth really fast]] over each other's lines and when the other one stops, he leaves Penn to deliver the perfectly audible line "... while traveling through vinegar", bereft of any context.
* This happened in the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit, "[[ Family Dinner]]". Creator/WillFerrell plays a beleaguered father shouting to be heard over his bickering family at the dinner table. They would always stop abruptly just as he shouted [[MundaneMadeAwesome something unimpressive]] in an attempt to assert his authority, such as "I'm a division manager!" or "I drive a Dodge Stratus!"
* ''Series/{{MASH}}''
** In one episode where everyone thinks that Trapper is going back to the States due to an ulcer, the camp is throwing him a "farewell" party. At one point Hawkeye gives a heartfelt speech about how they'll all miss him as a friend and colleague, and in the ensuing silence, a drunken Colonel Blake is overheard trying to pick up a nurse in a corner of the room.
** Inverted in another episode. Hawkeye is telling a joke to two women as they leave the officer's club and comes to the punchline right when a jet passes by overhead and blanks out what he was saying.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Frustrated with an impending lawsuit, his nagging boss, and worsening PTSD following a vicious attack, Mark Greene's is trying to talk to a deaf, elderly woman about her husband's condition and growing even more frustrated because she can't understand him. He finally gets fed up and screams at her that her husband is terminally ill, just as everyone else in the waiting area and the nurse's station shuts up, leaving him thoroughly humiliated by his behavior.

[[folder: Music ]]
* The Music/{{Eminem}} song "Just Lose It" includes the lines: "And it's cool if you let one go/ Nobody's gonna know, who'd hear it?/ Give a little "poot poot", it's OK! [Music Stops - Fart Sound plays]/ Oops my CD just skipped/ And everyone just heard you let one rip"
* Website/CollegeHumor's "Awkward Rap" references this.
* Music/ReelBigFish has one of these during the "Tyler Jones Breakdown" when Aaron declares "This is the part of the show where we talk over each other." At the end Scott is the only one left speaking as he lampshades the entire event, stating that the audience wouldn't understand anything they were saying but it would still [[ "be maybe kinda funny."]]
* Music/{{Creed}} has one of these in the middle of "Signs", with the implication being that when they claim "This is not about sex!", all people hear is the word "sex".

[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin, quite rightly, says that these are one of those moments that seems to last forever. He provides an example: being at a party where the conversation is so loud that you have to shout to be heard by the person standing next to you.
--> ''"Right! Right! I know! I know! So what I'm gonna do is, '''I'm gonna get my TESTICLES LAMINATED'''!"''

[[folder: Theater ]]
* Happens at the end of Act Two of ''Theatre/NoisesOff'', when stage manager Poppy tries to have a serious conversation with her director and former lover Lloyd. Since they're backstage she tries talking to him in a whisper, until she gets frustrated by his attempts to brush her off and shouts "Well I'm sorry, but you've got to hear ''[[spoiler: BECAUSE I'M PREGNANT!!!]]''" just as the scene being played onstage ends.
* In one play of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy ''Theatre/TheNormanConquests'', ''Living Together'', KavorkaMan Norman is having a drunken phone conversation with his wife, Ruth, while Ruth's brother, Reg, is trying to explain the overcomplicated rules of his board game idea to his wife Sarah, his sister Annie, and her would-be boyfriend Tom. The conversation lulls happen just as Norman forgets to keep his voice down, leading to such outbursts as, "I SAID YOU ARE A SELFISH BITCH!", and "LOVE!? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LOVE?!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Can happen on a particular Persuasive failure in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon''. If you're at a party and choose to argue with the Jovial Contrarian...
-->After he dismisses, overrules and quibbles your every reasonable point you decide to give unreason a go and indulge in a brief tirade that unfortunately coincides with a break in the music.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* Exploited by Sam Starfall in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', who deliberately sets up both the noise and the lull for, [[ well...]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Farnsworth Parabox": While massive rumbling occurs in the background, Leela tries to turn Fry down for a date: "I can't go out tonight because..." (rumbling stops) "I have sweaty boot rash!"
-->'''Amy:''' "No fluh! Why do you think that I'm sitting over here in the stink-free zone?"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub": During the Seven Minute Lull, Stan's dad Randy accidentally confesses he and Kyle's dad Gerald watched each other masturbate in the hot tub.
* Happens in an episode of the ''WebAnimation/{{Waterman}}'' animated series - There's flash back to a party at an art gallery and the lull comes just as Waterman says, "Rectum? Damn near herpes!" Everyone stays dead silent. Thinking their silence is an indication they didn't hear the punchline, Waterman repeats himself, and as he does so the view pulls out to reveal that he and the pair he's talking to are standing next to a piece consisting of a microphone and a number of stadium bullhorns, which have been broadcasting his every word to the entire gallery anyway. Then he realizes he botched the punchline.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "The Ticket Master": Twilight's friends all start arguing at once over who gets the extra ticket to the Gala, and eventually Twilight [[BigShutUp yells at them to be quiet.]] They all shut up except for Pinkie Pie, who blurts out "...and then I said 'Oatmeal? Are you crazy?!'" before realizing what's going on.
** Happens again in "One Bad Apple" when the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to tell Applejack that they booby trapped their float during a noisy parade.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Ill", Jane wants to ask Daria whether she wants to get a burger, but the music is too loud. She ends up yelling "GET! BURGER!" just when the music quiets down.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* On an early episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', John Sessions told the following anecdote:
--> The late, lamented, and great Sir John Gielgud was directing a young actor in the West End once, and the young actor was pausing a lot, as young actors tend to do. And Gielgud said to him, "Oh, stop. No, no. No, you must never pause. Never pause in the West End. I paused many, many years ago, and during the silence, I heard a voice from the third row go, 'Oh, you hideous beast! You've just come all over my umbrella!'"
* Courtesy of [[ Texts from Last Night:]]
--> Of course the bar would go completely silent right as I yell out "I don't have AIDS"
* Leonard Bernstein told an anecdote in which he conducted ''The Rite of Spring''. At a certain point in the score, very loud music suddenly breaks off and at that moment in the concert he could hear an elderly woman in the audience telling another: "...but ''I'' prefer lard."
* A woman told a story on herself, claimed to be true, which she submitted to a magazine article. She and a small group of friends were going to a party where they didn't quite fit in with most of the people and felt socially anxious. To cope, they agreed to tell each other classic children's stories so they could appear to be in conversation. She was telling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The room went silent on, "Somebody's been sleeping in my bed!"