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(NBC News)   Researchers claim they have figured out how to get earworms out of your head. Subby thinks their findings are B-A-N-A-N-A-S   (bodyodd.nbcnews.com) divider line 85
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2013-01-03 09:07:49 AM
Won't you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby...
 
2013-01-03 09:21:14 AM
I dreamed a dream in times gone by when hope was high and life woth living....
 
2013-01-03 09:37:55 AM
A-G-L-E-T Don't forget it
 
2013-01-03 09:53:15 AM
Why are earworms (usually) really, really awful songs? I'm listening to some Dio this morning. Catchy, good hooks, and it rawks. No, that won't be stuck in my head later.

Billy, don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life...
 
2013-01-03 09:54:24 AM
I am immune to earworms. Or, it never really bothers me.

I am not opposed to helping others experience the phenomenon, though.

*hums jeopardy theme song*
 
2013-01-03 10:03:01 AM
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2013-01-03 10:05:18 AM
And here I thought earworms were actual worms in your ear. I figured the article would be about pouring gasoline or something into your ear. I am highly disappointed.
 
2013-01-03 10:10:12 AM
We need to put an end to earworms, for society's sake.

Sometimes life is like a hurricane, even here in Farkburg. There are so many distractions, like racecars, lasers, and even aeroplanes vying for your attention in the modern world, and these songs are just another thing that can ruin your focus. If we can solve the mystery of why certain songs stay with us, that would let us rewrite our personal histories.

And you need to stay focused nowadays. What if there was danger right behind you, or a stranger stalking you? And you didn't even notice because some stupid song was in your head? When it seems you're heading for that final curtain, you need to take control of your thoughts, that's for certain.

If you can do that, you'll find that the worst situations become successes.

/Woo-hoo.
 
2013-01-03 10:10:20 AM
Thanks for a Fark thread a little bit ago I have had this stuck in my head since before Christmas...
 
2013-01-03 10:18:53 AM
My own personal earworm bleach is a cure probably worse than the disease--it involves two performances that do not exist.

Step One:
Imagine, if you will, Gilbert Gottfried "singing" the tune "Feelin' Groovy."

If still concious and earworm has not been removed:

Step Two:
Imagine Gilbert Gottfried and Rosanne Barr singing "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" as a duet.

You now have a worse problem than the original earworm, but a change is something, right?
 
2013-01-03 11:01:20 AM
One of the shorts on the latest Rifftrax DVD has an earworm so annoyingly addictive it stayed in my head for two full weeks. This article reminded me of it. Fark you, subby.

/Look for quality, freshness, and FLAY-vor...
 
2013-01-03 11:08:15 AM
Som-bah-dee-ee. Som-bah-dee-ee. Now you're just somebody that I used to know.


/millions of peaches
/peaches for free
 
2013-01-03 11:26:54 AM

RandomAxe: Best mundane way to banish them, based on actual testing, is, yes, to find an earworm you don't hate and then use that to displace ones you do.



AC/DC works for me. Opening riff of "For Those About to Rock" is repeating in my head right now.

I don't understand about earworms. I have music running through my head from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep. I even wake up in the middle of the night with music going. It doesn't bother me because I don't know what it's like to not have music playing in the background.

I always thought this was normal; I only found out about the age of 30 that people don't have music running through their head all the time. My sisters are the same way, and thought it was normal, too, until I told them.
 
2013-01-03 11:39:22 AM
i0.kym-cdn.com

please make it stop
 
2013-01-03 11:53:15 AM
I just change the song.

SsAaFfEeTtYy

Works for me.

/haven't figured out how to get rid of that one though
//dance if you want to
 
2013-01-03 12:04:28 PM
Sometimes an earworm spins me right round, baby, right round like a record, baby, right round round round.
 
2013-01-03 12:25:19 PM

eKonk: Did subby say.... Ba-na-na?

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That is pure awesome...thank you!
 
2013-01-03 12:38:09 PM
Eight, sir; seven, sir;
Six, sir; five, sir;
Four, sir; three, sir;
Two, sir; one!
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tension, apprehension,
And dissension have begun.
 
2013-01-03 12:38:12 PM

Wade_Wilson: We need to put an end to earworms, for society's sake.

Sometimes life is like a hurricane, even here in Farkburg. There are so many distractions, like racecars, lasers, and even aeroplanes vying for your attention in the modern world, and these songs are just another thing that can ruin your focus. If we can solve the mystery of why certain songs stay with us, that would let us rewrite our personal histories.

And you need to stay focused nowadays. What if there was danger right behind you, or a stranger stalking you? And you didn't even notice because some stupid song was in your head? When it seems you're heading for that final curtain, you need to take control of your thoughts, that's for certain.

If you can do that, you'll find that the worst situations become successes.

/Woo-hoo.


You Magnificent Bastard.  I've had that song stuck in my head for a week now.
 
2013-01-03 12:46:38 PM
Came for "Night Gallery - The Caterpillar", left satisfied. Thanks, Milos Hattrick
 
2013-01-03 12:48:57 PM
reading this thread is blasting a new earworm into my brain every second or so. it's like twisting the knob on an old-school car stereo...
 
2013-01-03 12:52:12 PM

Primitive Screwhead: FTA: For those of you who had Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in your head

[[ffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....!]


So much this.

I had a facebook friend post this pic:

i.imm.io

... and i had that song stuck in my head for days.


RandomAxe
: Best mundane way to banish them, based on actual testing, is, yes, to find an earworm you don't hate and then use that to displace ones you do.

I came up with a theory in high school that hearing a song and then having it interrupted has something to do with it. It's like your mind wants to fill in the blanks or something so it keeps playing the chorus. So, even better, find a song you like, get into it, then stop it part way through.
 
2013-01-03 01:10:18 PM
It also helps if you do some quick exercise or something to get your heart beating faster. I've noticed that almost always the tempo of whichever song I have running through my head corresponds with my heart rate.
 
2013-01-03 01:35:05 PM

RandomAxe: Thread is amusing, but that article was crap. I don't know Ira Hyman from a hole in the wall, but he doesn't seem to have read much on this subject. Research over the last twenty years has shown the neurological underpinnings of earworms -- you can see them in fMRI scans.

Basically, the issue is cognitive compartmentalization. You may think you hate that tune, but part of your brain loves it and is looping it even when it's below the level of your consciousness. When your conscious mind is 'quiet' enough, all of a sudden you can hear that idiot part of your brain playing that tape over and over again obsessively.

Best mundane way to banish them, based on actual testing, is, yes, to find an earworm you don't hate and then use that to displace ones you do.

Thank you for sharing that. (Sincerity, not snark.) I'd kind of intuited this some years ago, when I discovered that Pulp's "Common People" had the power to "unstick" just about any other song in my head. It's great to hear that this doesn't mean that I'm crazy, or, at least, that (in this regard) I'm crazy in a way that neuroscience fully comprehends. Anybody else have an "unsticking song"? If so, what?

 
2013-01-03 02:13:11 PM

Summoner101: I've found some songs never end, they keep going on and on my friends.


That is actually how I get rid of ear worms.
I just let that song go through my head because it doesn't bother me in the least.
Soon the earworm is gone.
And Lambchop goes away easily too.
 
2013-01-03 03:36:32 PM
High-Level Medical Advice:

2 songs will always kick out an ear worm and will themselves go away pretty quickly. I have called these songs the "Hunter Songs".

Song #1: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

Song #2: Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden

There may be others, but I've been using those two successfully on myself and other people for years now.
 
2013-01-03 03:39:54 PM
Conjunction junction, what's your function?

/Old school
//literally
 
2013-01-03 04:25:32 PM

Summoner101: Relevant:

[imgs.xkcd.com image 573x158]


That image needs "Hey Jude" hanging off the last "na" too.
 
2013-01-03 04:51:23 PM

Zombalupagus: Primitive Screwhead: FTA: For those of you who had Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in your head

[[ffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....!]

So much this.

I had a facebook friend post this pic:

... and i had that song stuck in my head for days.


That song IS a virus!
I've tried to fight it out with songs from every genre, it beats them all.
Like a cold you have to rest, relax and let it leave on its own.
 
2013-01-03 10:58:20 PM
When I saw this headline, I had the No Doubt song "Hella Good" stuck in my head. This earworm is of such magnitude that even subby could not get it out of my mind.
 
2013-01-03 11:42:01 PM
Hiccups can also be stopped by an act of will ... with a little more effort than shutting down earworms.
 
2013-01-04 01:17:42 AM

Sgygus: Hiccups can also be stopped by an act of will ... with a little more effort than shutting down earworms.


I had hiccups for 3 days once. By the second day I thought I was going to murder someone. By the third day I just wanted to die.
 
2013-01-04 06:43:29 AM
Sorry to hear that, Zombalupagus.  If your condition was medical rather than your garden variety case of hiccups, I can't say that you could stop that with "an act of will".  Earworms (for me at least) have a simple on/off switch.  Hiccups, I can hit the "off" switch, but something - shall we say external - often hits "on" switch again.  With strong hiccups, it might take me several hics before I am able to smother them.  You sound like you had something more than strong hiccups.

I don't believe one person in this thread took my suggestion seriously (or perhaps they actually like having earworms), but I think it is easier to learn to stop them than, for instance, it is to learn to how to catch a ball.
 
2013-01-04 11:34:51 AM
My solution is the spider man theme song. Any time I get an earworm, I try to recall the words and tune to the spider man theme song, which for some reason I always have trouble recalling. So by the time I get to "....catches thieves, just like flies..." I've forgotten the original earworm, replaced by the spider man song... which I then promptly forget.
 
2013-01-04 11:42:55 AM

HailRobonia: My solution is the spider man theme song. Any time I get an earworm, I try to recall the words and tune to the spider man theme song, which for some reason I always have trouble recalling. So by the time I get to "....catches thieves, just like flies..." I've forgotten the original earworm, replaced by the spider man song... which I then promptly forget.


Here ya go.

Spiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out!
Here comes the Spiderman.

Is he strong?
Listen bud,
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread
Take a look overhead
Hey, there
There goes the Spiderman.

In the chill of night
At the scene of a crime
Like a streak of light
He arrives just in time.

Spiderman, Spiderman
Friendly neighborhood Spiderman
Wealth and fame
He's ingnored
Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up
Whenever there's a hang up
You'll find the Spider man.

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/
 
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