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Rock Music vs. Mozart

David Merrell, a 17-year-old high school senior from Suffolk, Virginia, conducted a science project that compared the effects of rock music verses Classical music on mice. He presented his interesting findings at the February 7, 1998, symposium, "Towards a New Renaissance Through Classical Education." 

David separated mice into three groups. One group (the control group) listened to no music at all. One group listened to Heavy Metal rock music 10 hours a day. One group listened to Mozart 10 hours a day. Then the mice were run through a maze. Over a 4-week period, here's what he found: 

  • The group that listened to no music cut their time through the maze by about in half. All the mice took about 10 minutes to get through the maze to begin with. The control group, by the end of the 4 weeks, was making it through in about 5 minutes. 
  • The group of mice that listened to Classical music cut their time in running the maze by 8 and ˝ minutes! They improved from 10 minutes to 1 and ˝ minutes. 
  • The Heavy Metal group did not fare as well. Their time through the maze increased by 20 minutes—from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. 

    The point is that it matters what is influencing us—at least, if these lab mice are any indication. It's important that we put ourselves under the influence of the church and the Bible if we want to grow spiritually.

    Reference: Marianna Wertz, "Why Classical Music is Key to Education" ("Music, Mice & Mazes: 'The Classic/Rock Run'"), schillerinstitute.org

  • Money in the Mattress

    In June of 2009 a Tel Aviv woman thought she’d do something nice for her elderly mother: buy her a new mattress. She woke up early to get a good deal. Then she lugged the new mattress upstairs, and the old one downsta... [Read More]

    Reference: Shira Medding, "Tel Aviv search for mattress containing $1M life savings," cnn.com (6-10-09)

    The Seven Wonders of the World

    The Seven Wonders of the World (or the Ancient World) is a list of seven man-made wonders (built between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 476) that the ancients compiled:

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza—a 13 acre, 450 foot high ro... [Read More]

    Reference: Caroline Taggart, I Used to Know That: stuff you forgot from school (Reader’s Digest, 2009), p. 166; The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," pp. 325-328

  • Crab Tank

    Dr. Ben Carson, who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, became a famed neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins in spite of growing up in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Detroit. Dr. Carson related how... [Read More]