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The BBC on earworms

Post by vvv » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:38 am

Kinda a interesting story.

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Post by ubertar » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:45 pm

It's an interesting topic. Unfortunately, the article didn't shed much light on it. I've had parts of Mozart's 40th stuck in my head for the past few weeks. It's a good thing I don't mind it-- no amount of listening to it again or listening to other things has had any effect. It's not just one catchy tune-- it's a bunch of related catchy tunes flowing from one to another.

Some people see catchiness as either an inherently positive quality, or an inherently negative one; I see it as neutral.
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Post by vvv » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:35 pm

The first earworm I remember was a tune on Romper Room, went,

"It truly-ooly-ooly-is, truly-ooly-ooly-is, truly-ooly-ooly-is."

I have never recovered. :twisted:
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Post by jhharvest » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:11 pm

I never have tunes stuck in my head. I'm a bit special like that. D:

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Post by joelpatterson » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:06 pm

vvv wrote:The first earworm I remember was a tune on Romper Room, went,

"It truly-ooly-ooly-is, truly-ooly-ooly-is, truly-ooly-ooly-is."

I have never recovered. :twisted:
Huh.

I remember being devoted to Romper Room, but I don't remember that song.

Of course whoever the hell "Sheriff John" was, and his daily sing-along "Put another candle on my birthday cake, and when you do, a wish I'll ma-yake..." haunts my nightmares regularly.
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Post by vvv » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:08 pm

Oh yeah? Well I even had Romper-Stompers! :twisted:

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Post by Smitty » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:26 pm

I get them worst during mindless repetitive tasks.

I mow about 3.5 acres with a 42" cut riding mower during the temperate months, and a lot of times I get one song stuck in my head for the whole ride (3.5 hours or so). It's either moderately pleasurable or completely torturous, depending on the song.

One time I got Weird Al's "I Want a New Duck" in there during a ride (thanks to my girlfriend). I wanted to get off and drive over my own head.

I should really invest in decent cans for that, now that I'm thinking of it...
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Post by Gregg Juke » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:58 pm

"Let's have a look in the Magic Mirror. I see Vuvvy, and Joel-y, and..."

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Post by Gregg Juke » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:01 pm

>>>>I should really invest in decent cans for that, now that I'm thinking of it...<<<<

That's why I used to love mowing the huge front and back lawn at my mother-in-law's on the riding mower. It takes a bit of loud listening to over-ride that engine noise (probably should get those drummer-phones), but the peace and quiet of listening to tunes while driving a beautiful piece of machinery and nobody requesting anything else for like, 2-3 hours, is priceless.

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Post by floid » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:47 am

i was expecting a thread about, i dunno, latest iteration of swine/avian flu craze: "typically no more than half a millimeter long, these parasites provided the original inspiration for the Ceti Eels employed by Khan Noonien Singh in the second film of the Star Trek franchise. But while the dangers the real worms pose may not be nearly as dramatic...."
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Post by timcoalman » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:55 pm

I get them worst during mindless repetitive tasks.
Same here - tedium brings them out in me - and would be really severe when I was a child. Read research showing most is song based, lyrics, but only 7% or so are instrumental.

Heavy chemical use or exhaustion helps turn environmental/ambient sounds into sympathetic string arrangements and drones. I prefer these.

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Post by Nick Sevilla » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:02 pm

I got a better worm for you guys:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/1 ... 57502.html

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Post by vvv » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:15 pm

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