Wednesday November 14, 2001
A new research study suggests that speed users are better off obeying a motto of sex, drugs... and silence. Especially if the users happen to listen to Prodigy.
According to NME.com, a doctor at the University Of Cambridge has been conducting tests to determine how speed users reacted to loud music in a club. And as several mice will attest, the results aren't very promising.
The researchers injected 40 mice with speed before playing Prodigy at deafening levels. Seven of the mice died. The mice were then exposed to Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor (which, according to Dr. Jenny Morton, has the same amount of white noise and silence as Prodigy). Another four died.
The same music was then played for the placebo group of mice, who were injected with salt water instead of methamphetamines (because god knows, mice fall prey to mass hysteria as much as the next human). Ironically, these lucky little fellows just responded by falling asleep, while their hopped-up comrades ran around in a rodent-style frenzy.
The study, which was originally reported in New Scientist magazine, found that the response was related to the pulsating quality of the music.
And if death wasn't enough of a threat for our little rodent friends, the combination of loud music and speed also caused the stoned mice more brain damage than either element on its own.
"It seems that listening to pulsating music strengthens the toxic effects of methamphetamines," Morton told New Scientist.