He may have won top regional and state science-fair honors,
but probably at least some of his friends aren't talking to him.

Sixteen-year-old David Merrill, a student at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk,
Va., thought that the loud sounds of hard-rock music must have a bad effect on its
devoted fans and came up with a way to test that damage.

Merrill got 72 mice and divided them into three groups: one to test a mouse's response
to hard rock, another to the music of Mozart and a control group that wouldn't listen to
any music at all, rock or classical.

The young vivisectionist got all the mice accustomed to living in aquariums in his
basement, then started playing music 10 hours a day.

Merrill put each mouse through a maze three times a week that originally had taken
the mice an average of 10 minutes to complete.

Over time, the 24 control-group mice managed to cut about 5
minutes from their maze-completion time
.

The Mozart-listening mice cut their time back 8-and-a-half minutes.


But the hard-rock mice added 20 minutes to their time,
making their average maze-running time 300 percent more than their
original average.

Need we say more? Well maybe we do.
Merrill told the Associated Press that he'd attempted the experiment the year before,
allowing mice in the different groups to live together.
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"I had to cut my project short because
all the hard-rock mice killed each other,"
Merrill said.

"None of the classical mice did that."
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