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Go Green Death Metal Style!

July 4, 2008

My wife told me how she saw an episode of Mythbusters the other day and that I’d be interested in one of the myths they were trying to bust. They were testing out the theory that talking to your plants, or playing music near them, will help them grow. The results of the test from mythbustersresults.com is this:

Seven small greenhouses were set up on the M5 Industries roof. Four were set up with stereos playing endlessly looping recordings (as having the Mythbusters actually talk to the plants could contaminate the samples with their expelled carbon dioxide): Two of negative speech, two of positive speech (Kari and Scottie each made one positive and one negative soundtrack), a fifth with classical music and a sixth with intense death metal music. A seventh greenhouse, used as a control sample, had no stereo. The greenhouses with the recordings of speech grew better than the control, regardless of whether such talk was kind or angry. The plants in the greenhouse with the recording of classical music grew better, while the plants in the greenhouse with the recording of intense death metal grew best of all.

There you have it folks, death metal is the new green! I was a bit astonished, but being a death metal fan myself I was quite pleased with the results. Put away the Bach and Beethoven, turn up some Suffocation or Mortal Decay and watch those plants grow, grow, grow!

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