Thursday, August 14, 2003

Who Let The Worms In?

There's nothing more annoying that getting a song stuck in your head and not being able to get rid of it. I for one was recently infected with a case of the horrific Neil Diamond audio turd "America" (On the boats and on the planes/ They're coming to America/ Today!), which pretty much ruined my whole day. Damn you, The Jazz Singer!

Scientists have nicknamed them "earworms". The "ear" part is obvious, the "worm" part having to do with the parasitic way they take up residence in your brain, resisting even the best efforts to dislodge it. The researchers found that 98% of us at one time or another have gotten a tune stuck on the brain, some of the more common offenders being "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men, Queen's "We Will Rock You" and the jingle for Kit-Kat candy bars ("Gimme a break").

A slightly older, but more detailed article on the phenomenon can be found here.

By the way, I've found that infecting someone else with your musical pox will often clear it out of your own head. So what earworms have bugged you?(via Bifurcated Rivets)

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