Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Five years in prison for noise pollution

One of these news of the absurd type of stories, where a former Barcelona bar owner is convicted of noise pollution and sentenced to five years in jail.

Holy crap. Noise pollution? In Spain!? What's next, jail time for bears shitting in the woods?

The hilarious (well maybe not for the owner) part was that the noise levels were measured to be a whole 43.7 decibels. Enough to cause severe psychological problems (as claimed by the neighbors)?

Here's a table to help you out:

50 dBA Refrigerator at 1 m distance, bird twitter outside at 15 m distance
45 dBA Noise of normal living; talking, or radio in the background
43.7 dBA Go to jail for five years
40 dBA Distraction when learning or concentration is possible
35 dBA Very quiet room fan at low speed at 1 m distance
25 dBA Sound of breathing at 1 m distance
0 dBA Auditory threshold

Does this mean five years in the big house for my neighbors with the annoying yapping dog?

I wish.

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