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Jun. 8th, 2009

100 beats per minute is the rhythm of life. When performing CPR, 100 beats per minute is the ideal target rhythm to sustain bodily functions until help arrives. Slower, and blood doesn't reach the brain quickly enough to ensure brain function. Faster, and there isn't enough time for the heart to fill with blood for it to be circulated resulting in more-or-less the same result: oxygen depletion. Death.

It turns out, if you ask a person to recall a song, they almost always do so at its original tempo, so an effort was made to find a popular song with a tempo of 100 beats per minute, a song embedded deeply enough in the public consciousness that it didn't need to be taught.

"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees has a tempo of 100 beats per minute.

And because awesome coincidences seem to come in pairs, so does "Another One Bites the Dust."

(via RadioLab. I was going to node this, but somebody beat me to it.)

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mkb_technologie
Jun. 9th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
So is this Stock Aitken and Waterman 12" I just got at the record store. There is probably a lot of music at just that tempo.
beccamonkey
Jun. 10th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
that's pretty cool. I think "crazy" by gnarls barkley is as well. but I'm guessing.
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