Lots of debate last week during the Oscar Pistorius trial around the defence team focussing on the possibility that witnesses could have mistaken the sound of a cricket bat striking the toilet door with that of gunshots. Many people (including myself) were convinced that you simply couldn’t confused the two sounds since a gunshot was very distinct. Well some American guy decided to test and compare the noises and the results are rather surprising. He conducted the test at a gun range and recorded the two sounds over 180 meters, the approximate distance witnessess were from the home of Oscar Pistorious.
Have a listen.
Would you have been able to tell the difference if he didn’t tell you before hand which sound was which?
Granted he didn’t duplicate circumstances like time of night, weather and the fact that the estate where Oscar and witnessess live includes buildings etc. but still, that was definitely not a clear and distinct difference between the two noises.