<center><table border=4 bordercolor=blue cellspacing=0 cellpadding=2><tr><td><center><font face=verdana size=2 color=dodgerblue>In both the article of Muzak and the one on Dr Pepper Cecil says that there are down times in the day around 10:30 AM and 3 PM, or 10:30, 2:30, and 4:30. Anyone else noticing something strange here? </table>
I don’t know about the “Musak” article, but the Dr Pepper column was a mailbag answer that Cecil didn’t write: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mdrpepper.html Can someone provide a link for the Musak article?
Okay, so Cecil did write the Muzak one.
What’s so strange? People’s daily rhythms vary from person to person, and it’s not too surprising for researchers do arrive at different values, especially since they can only give averages. And I’d assume that the findings also vary with countries, climates, weather, season, culture, occupations, habits, and what have you.
So I guess the best that these studies can tell us is that ups and downs do exist. We can decide for ourselves when we need a Dr Pepper (I prefer coffee), but we don’t have that option with Muzak. Too bad.