SAN JOSE – A new Stanford University study found that a local dad’s cellphone ringtone was louder than a jet engine during takeoff.
Researchers said Rick Terry’s ringtone, a monophonic rendition of the main riff to George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone,” could reach up to 175 decibels.
“Being within 50 yards of his ringtone without ear protection can cause significant hearing loss,” said Dr. Anne Garrett. “Which is amazing considering it takes him an average of six-and-a-half rings to answer it.”
Garrett’s team observed that the addition of a belt clip could increase the phone’s loudness as high as 190 decibels, roughly the equivalent of a grenade blast.
“While we’ve determined that his cellphone is one of the loudest handheld devices known to man, research still must be done into its visible features,” said Garrett. “We believe his phone’s font size may be one of the only man-made objects that can be seen from space.”
Falconetti contributed reporting.