12/27/2011 12:27 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2012

Mozart Opera Helps Eat Sewage (And Other Songs With Weird Side Effects)

For all the chatter about how Mozart makes your kids smarter (false!) or how it helps with the SATs (possibly), the one thing that Mozart definitely seems to do is make sludge-eating microbes digest faster.

A sewage treatment plant in Treuenbrietzen, Germany, has experimented with different operas, playing them at high volume through loudspeakers set up around the site. "The Magic Flute" seems to work best.

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