I love music — all kinds of music. I’m also a big fan of mnemonic devices. (Any one remember Roy G. Biv?) So when I heard this report on the news this morning, I had to smile. Researchers at the University of Illinois knew that people doing CPR commonly do the chest compressions too slowly. The ideal rate is 100 compressions per minute. It turns out that the Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” is 103 beats per minute — and doctors and students who heard the song did the compressions at the correct rate. It’s an easy song to remember and the title fits the situation, so perhaps this will be a good musical mnemonic device.

I do see one drawback. What if you panic and use the wrong Bee Gees song? “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” really wouldn’t work out.

(I realize this has nothing to do with genealogy or history. This falls under the “whatever else crosses my mind” category :-) )

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