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.
eKonk: Did subby say.... Ba-na-na?[s3.vidimg.popscreen.com image 480x360]
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.
Primitive Screwhead: FTA: For those of you who had Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in your head[[ffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....!]
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?
Summoner101: I've found some songs never end, they keep going on and on my friends.
Summoner101: Relevant:[imgs.xkcd.com image 573x158]
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.
Sgygus: Hiccups can also be stopped by an act of will ... with a little more effort than shutting down earworms.
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.
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