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March 24, 2013


Get that tune out of your head - scientists find how to get rid of earworms

ADVISORY: Scary Lady Gaga photo.

(Thanks to Mark Schlesinger and Rob Simbeck)


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I woke up with a Barry Manilow earworm ("I Write the Songs"), but I'm not sure I want to get rid of that, as the replacement earworm ("I am Stuck on Bandaids...") seems somehow worse. Then I Googled it. Mr. Manilow wrote *both* of these songs.

*snork* @ 'Dr. Hyman' - kinda sounds like a broken


I tink that's "Call me Maybe" not "Baby". Unless, Jespen wrote more than one song.

If this thing works, I smell Nobel, baby!

* * earwig alert * *

'Hyman the mood for love'....

I always used "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Zevon as my earworm killer.

Insidious, Dave. First you give us a book of supremely bad earworms, then write novels we have to buy to get them out of our heads. Sadist capitalism.

When I get an ear worm I read or knit. Knit,knit fo fit. Banana fanna fo fit. Fi fo fo fit, knit. I was watching something on the National Geographic Channel and you know, it really is a small world after all. Bwahahahaha.

*snork* @ Loud, and Cindy too.

And I notice that She Loves You is so infectious that it appears twice on the boffins' list. Maybe they need to do an Agra Man.

" It's a Small World " masks anything.

Humming 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' works every time.

Forgot the Lumberjack Song by Monty Python....

99 bottles of beer on the wall....

The only thing that works for me is to compose a parody of the thing in question. Sometimes it takes days, but when I get it down, twist its arm, and give it a thorough mocking, it usually goes away -- usually.

I have found the sure-fire cure for a song stuck in your head (earworm). Just recall the theme for Hawaii Five O. Really. It blows any stupid, inane song looping in your head right out of the water.

Now, you might think that you would be stuck with Hawaii Five O in your head but somehow it doesn't work that way. I've been using this little trick for years. Hey, but what if the song you have looping in your head *IS* Hawaii Five O! That's easy, just recall the theme from Mission Impossible. They both have the same effect.

Lady GagGag is the most common? I think I would have to had listened to one of her "songs" for it to get stuck in my head.

Great idea Richard. " Classical Gas" which is my favorite song to play on the guitar, does it for me.

For anyone who wants to try my cure (above) there's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGby97ZrgVk

Go ahead, I dare you.

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