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Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the co-stan-za dept.

Music 219

Hugh Pickens writes writes "Richard Gray reports that scientists have found a way to help anyone plagued by those annoying tunes that lodge themselves inside our heads and repeat on an endless loop — when snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain. The solution can be to solve some tricky anagrams to force the intrusive music out of your working memory allowing the music to be replaced with other more amenable thoughts. 'The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,' says Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington University who conducted the research. 'If you are cognitively engaged, it limits the ability of intrusive songs to enter your head.' Hyman says that the problem, called involuntary memory retrieval, is that something we can do automatically like driving or walking means you are not using all of your cognitive resource, so there is plenty of space left for that internal jukebox to start playing. Dr Vicky Williamson, a music psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, says that the most likely songs to get stuck are those that are easy to hum along to or sing and found that that Lady Gaga was the most common artist to get stuck in people's heads, with four of her catchy pop songs being the most likely to become earworms – Alejandro, Bad Romance, Just Dance and Paparazzi. Other surveys have reported Abba songs such as Waterloo, Changes by David Bowie or the Beatles' Hey Jude."

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no subject (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273797)

great ... now i got Hey Jude stuck in my head

Re:no subject (5, Funny)

halltk1983 (855209) | about 2 years ago | (#43273843)

Yeah, listing the most common songs to get stuck in someone's head has to be one of more effective trolls to hit the front page in a while.

Re:no subject (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274385)

At least they didn't list that "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard" song. :)

Oblig ELO (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274447)

Midnight on the water,
I saw the ocean's daughter
walking on a wave's chicane
Staring as she called my name, and...

yes, it's a song about earworms.

Now, if the GP were trolling he'd find a far more annoying song than hey Jude.

Re:no subject (1)

ninlilizi (2759613) | about 2 years ago | (#43274651)

Fortunately I am rendered immune by never having heard a single song or artist that was listed.

Re:no subject (5, Funny)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 2 years ago | (#43273869)

"Its a small world after all, It's a small world after all...

You're welcome.

Re:no subject (4, Funny)

Bucc5062 (856482) | about 2 years ago | (#43273923)

You sir, make Lex Luthor seem nice.

Re:no subject (4, Funny)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#43274339)

Where is the "+1 Evil" mod when I need it...

Re:no subject (2)

Petron (1771156) | about 2 years ago | (#43274531)

8 6 7 5 3 o 9

Re:no subject (1)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about 2 years ago | (#43274585)

That doesn't TRULY stick unless you know the verses. - then it becomes the Tactical Nuclear Weapon of Head-songs...

Allow me to demonstrate

It's a small world after all, It's a small world after all, It's a small world after all, It's a small, small word.

It a world of laughter, a world of tears. It's a world of hope and a world of fears. There's so much that we share, and it's time we're aware. It's a small world after all.

It's a small world after all, It's a small world after all, It's a small world after all, It's a small, small word.


Now.... You're Welcome.

Re:no subject (5, Insightful)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 years ago | (#43274665)

Obviously not enough Slashdotters have had children...

This is the song that never ends,
It just goes on and on my friend.
Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because...

Credits to the late, great Sherri Lewis

Re:no subject (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 2 years ago | (#43274707)

Hey, I just read your post
And this is crazy
But here's my number
So call me maybe.

It's a Small World After All (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274119)

there, feel better?

Re:no subject (1)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 2 years ago | (#43274389)

Oh, yeah? Well, you're now breathing manually.

Re:no subject (2)

sycodon (149926) | about 2 years ago | (#43274663)

A little pr0n will clear out the head pronto.

Tactical Nuclear Memes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273811)

"It's Friday, Friday..."

Sorry about that.

Re:Tactical Nuclear Memes (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 years ago | (#43274055)

I could get extra evil here by mentioning the Marie Osmond version of the song "Paper Roses", but that would be so wrong to do to people...

Re:Tactical Nuclear Memes (1)

cusco (717999) | about 2 years ago | (#43274179)

Or the Jackson 5's 'ABC'. Damn. Now I have to RTFA so that I can get that one out of my head . . .

Re:Tactical Nuclear Memes (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#43274459)

I could get extra evil here by mentioning the Marie Osmond version of the song "Paper Roses", but that would be so wrong to do to people...

Or the Jackson 5's 'ABC'. Damn. Now I have to RTFA so that I can get that one out of my head . . .

I'm quite gratified to have no idea what either of you are talking about. :D Now all I need to do is resist the urge to Google...

Re:Tactical Nuclear Memes (3, Funny)

cusco (717999) | about 2 years ago | (#43274591)

Yeah, it dates from the old days, when Michael Jackson was still black.

Re:Tactical Nuclear Memes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274153)

It's Summertime and you know what that means. Gonna head down to the beach, gonna do some beachy things. It's Summertime, it feels just right. Gonna gather all my friends and we'll party through the night.

It's Summertime luh-uh-loving. It's loving in the Summertime. It's Summertime luh-uh-loving. Oh baby, why can't you be mine?

It's Summertime and I just can't wait. Gonna call you on the phone, gonna take you on a date. It's Summertime and I hope you like steak. Gonna take you to a restaurant, and eat it at the lake.


It's Summertime and when dinner's done. Gonna take you to the club, gonna dance and have some fun. It's Summertime and when the end is near. Gonna put you very close. Whisper, "let's get out of here".

Nope (4, Funny)

neminem (561346) | about 2 years ago | (#43273819)

I'm at work right now. I should be programming. Instead, I'm being distracted with Springtime for Hitler (from The Producers) driving me crazy all morning. Get it out!

(Ok, yes, also I'm writing tests, which are boring, so his hypothesis probably *is* right: I could drive that song out if I were working on something that actually engaged my brain and made me want to devote all my brainpower to it.)

Re:Nope (4, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 2 years ago | (#43274089)

Whenever you're doing a boring task, just think of the Benny Hill theme song [youtube.com] and things go at twice their normal speed! Sometimes you're even chased by girls in bikinis while you're doing it! It's like magic!

Re:Nope (1)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about 2 years ago | (#43274669)

The William Tell Overture will work for that purpose too. (the twice speed part, not he bikini-babe part)

Ever since they used it on the intro to The Lone Ranger, as the hero sped across the countryside on horseback, that song has run through my head whenever I'm in a hurry.

Although, I could probably use more bikini-babes in my life.... I'll have to try THAT one next time...

Re:Nope (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 2 years ago | (#43274097)

I'm at work right now. I should be programming. Instead, I'm being distracted with Springtime for Hitler (from The Producers) driving me crazy all morning. Get it out!

Would you prefer Will Ferrel's rendition of Haben Sie Gehurt Das Deustche Band?

I've known a solution for this for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273835)

You just have to sing a song to yourself that is equally "catchy" but worn out... at least worn out for you.

My wife and I use "Popeye the Sailor Man" but my brother and his wife (musicians) use "Baby Elephant Walk" since they can vamp that ad eternam.

Re:I've known a solution for this for years (2)

Phrogman (80473) | about 2 years ago | (#43273953)

I have this in its most extreme form :(

I am quite serious when I say that if I hum another tune to clear my head - the other tune becomes the new earworm stuck in my head. Almost any music I hear can result in another snippet stuck in my head. I spend probably 60% of my waking hours with some annoying thing stuck in my head. Worse yet I tap them out with my fingers or hum them outloud. It can often be nothing more than the same 2-4 bars of a song without the lyrics - off and on for say 10 hours. Every time I think its gone it will show up again a few hours later.

I do not generally listen to music at all these days, but I may have to take up Sudoku or something, sigh :P

Re:I've known a solution for this for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274281)

Aw Snap.. AW SNAP! come to my macaroni party then we'll take a nap..

Aw Snap.. AW SNAP! come to my macaroni party then we'll take a nap..

Re:I've known a solution for this for years (1)

flymolo (28723) | about 2 years ago | (#43274073)

I do a similar thing. I sing a song I know all of. When a song gets stuck in my head the whole song doesn't get suck in my head, a minute at most does. If you can sing through a whole song it tends not to get stuck because it's too long.

Re:I've known a solution for this for years (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#43274595)

...my brother and his wife (musicians) use "Baby Elephant Walk" since they can vamp that ad eternam.

I think War's "Low Rider" works particularly well for this. All my friends know the Low Rider... ;)

Re:I've known a solution for this for years (2)

Erbo (384) | about 2 years ago | (#43274781)

I use the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" for this purpose:

When I'm a-walkin', I strut my stuff, and I'm so strung out,
I'm high as a kite, I just might stop to check you out,
Let me go on, like a blister in the sun,
Let me go on, big hands I know you're the one

Just block it with your hosts file (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273839)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.


apk on 4chan [4chan.org]




That was amazing. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073


My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161


Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579


put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023


Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259


He's done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone in the "do it right and set up a firewall" crowd ever could. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357


Can I have some of what you're on? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587


this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565


oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479


I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339


Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251


As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357


It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229


Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603


$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289


Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429


And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247


Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673


I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187


Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781


golfclap - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827


The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389


DNS cube? - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493


KUDOS valiant AC. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777


Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171


You made my day, thanks! - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469


Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381


truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795


It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209


Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175


APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137


You got that right. I think. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239


Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377


ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251


I miss Dr Bob. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027


Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951


Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273


That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107


I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345


1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599


What? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673


I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832905


It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251


er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313


performance art - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847089


it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097


Seems more like an apk parody. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661


That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101


Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41868923


Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711


I can has summary? - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327


I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41868133


If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41869409


DAFUQ I just look at? - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869085


Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353


We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://bsd.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305


Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939965


Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972783


Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977


Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521


In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119


You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683


"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425


I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495


Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445


Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43048291


Best. Troll. Ever. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811


I like monkeys. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505


This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263


lul wut? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43057839


I admire this guy's persistence. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797


It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881


Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893


Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383


I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271


^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371


I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565


The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221


AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215


Don't hate the player, hate the game. - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43110679


If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215


">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363


No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855


The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115361


Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431


Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225


YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143


I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987


Can I be in your quote list? - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531


Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177


+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479


Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509


APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145


Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43242417


I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913


You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43242373


oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231


"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097


"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219


"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481


Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533


you have a point - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823


I do admire that level of dedication. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765


[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533


I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411


I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593


Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957


Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013


Happy now - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43237239


Professional. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255143


I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029


extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855


You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043


Holy shit - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576121&cid=43260311


this is a perfect example - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578157&cid=43265127


You're my personal hero. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43260747


Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975


Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43262495


Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993


Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883


PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029


I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325


PROOF apk is a liar! - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578279&cid=43265249


I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578301&cid=43265657


Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578229&cid=43265767


Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875


Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3554655&cid=43209619


[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42701491


You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3580251&cid=43270359


Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.


Disproof of all apk's statements:


* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

Re:Just block it with your hosts file (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273941)

man you're wicked with that CTRL+V. What mad skillz you have!!

Re:Just block it with your hosts file (4, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 2 years ago | (#43274165)

I hope you get William Shatner's "Rocket Man" stuck in your head for weeks.

First post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273841)

Can't get it out of my head...

Anecdotal Evidence (4, Interesting)

regular_guy (1979018) | about 2 years ago | (#43273847)

Though I don't listen to pop music, I've found it often to be quite invasive. But I have easily gotten it out of my head by actually singing it, might be some sort of internal thought process that needs to be executed. But again, just some guy's anecdote.

Re:Anecdotal Evidence (2)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 2 years ago | (#43274071)

Yeah this solution was known for years.

It's so fscking easy, nobody seems to notice it:
1. The song is looping, because it's something that loops, duh;
2. By engaging cognition into it, one can extend the loop and thus break past the trigger that keeps it looping.

So here we are, looking at the n-th rediscovery, posted on /.

Re:Anecdotal Evidence (5, Insightful)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about 2 years ago | (#43274149)

For me, if the song is looping, I just need to finish the song, then the loop is broken.
Just listen to the whole song and the loop is broken.

Re:Anecdotal Evidence (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | about 2 years ago | (#43274769)

Sounds like a concept for a Japanese horror movie...

Thanks! (1)

dirk (87083) | about 2 years ago | (#43273899)

Now I have the worst mashup ever stuck in head!

Re:Thanks! (2)

MickLinux (579158) | about 2 years ago | (#43274273)

The reason why the suggested solution doesn't work for anyone on slashdot is that it sequires you to think, even a little bit. and, of course, this IS slashdot.

Great now lady gaga is stuck in my head (1)

Laxori666 (748529) | about 2 years ago | (#43273903)

After reading those song titles of Lady Gaga's, I started humming them, and now I can't get them out! Reading an article about removing earworms leads to earworm. Epic fail! Guess I should go do some anagrams.

Summertime Song (2)

bhcompy (1877290) | about 2 years ago | (#43273917)

Better watch out for Summertime Song. That dude is dangerous

Even injured? (5, Insightful)

thereitis (2355426) | about 2 years ago | (#43273927)

Mountaineer Joe Simpson famously reported being bothered by a song he hated – Brown Girl in the Ring by Boney M – as he lay injured on a glacier in Peru. Fearing he might die, the tune played endlessly in his head, he later recalled.

I would have thought being injured and fearing for your life would be enough to drive a song out of your mind, but apparently not! Though I wonder if shock might bring on this sort of "looping" in your mind, focusing on something else as a form of escapism.

Re:Even injured? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274519)

I'm thinking it was more that it took several days for him to crawl out and it was towards the end - when he was at the very limits of his endurance and very dehydrated, basically delirious, that the song sort of took over in his brain. Watch the fantastic documentary "Touching the Void" base on his book about the whole experience.

Sorry, now back to your regularly scheduled /. comments.

Timely topic (1)

Wokan (14062) | about 2 years ago | (#43273967)

I'm trying to drive out an annoying TV theme song right now by listening to Pandora until I find a song I'd rather have stuck in my head.

Re:Timely topic (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 2 years ago | (#43274109)

Exactly. Just listen to more songs.

867-5309 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273971)


Great! Please help me get rid of this one: (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 years ago | (#43273973)

Dumb ways to die [youtube.com] . It's been stuck in my head for about a week now...

Re:Great! Please help me get rid of this one: (5, Informative)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 2 years ago | (#43274207)

This [youtube.com] should do the trick.

Re:Great! Please help me get rid of this one: (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 years ago | (#43274343)

Gaaaa! You bastard! I didn't see that coming and you got me!

Talk about the cure being worse than the disease...

Re:Great! Please help me get rid of this one: (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 2 years ago | (#43274397)

Well, you did ask...

Tetris on the Gameboy music (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273975)

Worst fried brain tune ever.

My cure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43273981)

I just start thinking about a classic cover song [youtube.com] for a minute or two. Catchy enough to get rid of whatever was stuck in my head, annoying enough to be forgotten moments later.

Cure for Song stuck in your head (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274017)

Hum "Girl from Ipanema". That song will get ANY other song out of your head, and "Girl from Ipanema" won't stay in your head either.

ole reliable (1)

spidkit (992102) | about 2 years ago | (#43274039)

"Rain drops keep falling on my head"... I play that and the earworm is gone.

Re:ole reliable (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274269)

And taking the "ole reliable" advice in the process as your "never going to stop the rain by complaining". Getting sounds and/or motions stuck in people's heads has been an "ole reliable" way of marketing as well. Jingles, Burma Shave signs, movies with such things as Bing and Bob's game of patty cake in the old "Road To" movies, songs and routines from the "Beach" movies etc, all leading to repeat business. Every time these days I hear of many areas of research another old reliable adage comes to mind "follow the money". To research how to get it out, it helps to know how you get it there. Your method of getting blocking it with another tune stuck in your head is how to take down the competition, replace one jingle with another. So, who is paying for it and what's the odds of finding out something not already worked out?

And yes, I realize my examples show my age, but am sure everyone can come up with their own, but please, do it off my lawn! I don't want to have to use a pooper scooper for the crap.

Just listen to the song (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274061)

I just listen to the song stuck in my head through speakers or whatever, and it goes away. Where's my grant money?

Heeyyyy! Sexy Laadehh! Wop Wop wop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274085)

You're welcome.

Catchy tunes (4, Funny)

Chemisor (97276) | about 2 years ago | (#43274101)

Obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com]

Re:Catchy tunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274387)

Obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com]

Make It Better [xkcd.com]

Re:Catchy tunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274399)

...She's got the look!

Even easier (and older) fix (5, Insightful)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 years ago | (#43274117)

There was a similar study long ago not dealing with how to get the song out alone, but also what the cause of the song being stuck was. The majority of cases tended to be related to the brain not being able to remember or work out a part of the song. That study also gave the easiest remedy to the issue: Listen to the song from start to finish without interruption. In a majority of their test cases, the playing of the song jogged the memory and filled in the gaps allowing the brain to move on to other things.

Re:Even easier (and older) fix (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274763)

Notice: If you post anonymously do not expect a reply.

If im posting anonymously, why would I expect a reply? My reply is not for you to read, its to the rest of us.

That includes this reply.

The power of the TV side... (1)

RKThoadan (89437) | about 2 years ago | (#43274123)

The only song there I even recognize is Hey Jude, and it doesn't ever get stuck in my head.

I don't think any of those have the same power as TV show themes do. I can get anything from the Facts of Life to Thundercats to the Knight Rider theme stuck easier than anything else, as well as several Phineas and Ferb songs.

I'm not sure that even those can compete with the dark power unleashed by Friday's announcement of the remastered Duck Tales game. Odds are good that was an evil plot to study the effects of getting the same song stuck in millions of peoples heads at the same time.

Re:The power of the TV side... (4, Interesting)

cusco (717999) | about 2 years ago | (#43274571)

I've spent a lot of time on hold waiting for tech support over the years. The absolute worst was a vendor who had a CD with the theme songs for nine different sitcoms. Spent over an hour and a half one day listening to the theme from Friends, Mad About You, The Simpsons, etc.

The best ever was when I called Symantec about fifteen years ago. Their 'Muzak on hold' machine had broken and someone had run out to their car in the parking lot and brought in their Sony Discman to plug into the phone system. The CD in the player was Bill Cosby's 'Wonderfulness' album. By the time tech support finally picked up the phone I was in a pretty good mood. Only good experience I ever had with Symantec tech support.

Imperial march (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274135)

Humming Imperial march has always worked for me.

I have another perspective on these findings (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 2 years ago | (#43274147)

It means that if a kid at school, or a white collar worker claims to have a song stuck in their head; it means that they are slacking off at school/work.

Re:I have another perspective on these findings (1)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | about 2 years ago | (#43274383)

or they are doing something that is not enough of a mental challenge like it mentions in TFS. oh wait, this is /. people don't read TFS or TFA.

The best way to get a bad song out of your head... (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | about 2 years ago | (#43274181)

...is to think of one that's even worse.
Works every time, until you hit the bottom.
For me it's either an airhead singing about the end of a work week, or a giant imaginary purple dinosaur singing about how he can't stick to a single lover.

Re:The best way to get a bad song out of your head (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274525)

What's bad is when the song makes you hungry for a tunafish sandwich. [youtube.com]

More... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274183)

So, bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Re:More... (2)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 years ago | (#43274729)

So my, my this here Anakin guy
May be Vader some day later
Now he's just a small fry
He left his toys, kissed his mommy goodbye
Saying soon I'm gonna be a Jedi
Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi

Interesting... (1)

houbou (1097327) | about 2 years ago | (#43274189)

That could be the way to fixing up people who keep being fixated on issues, regarless whether it's a tune or some form of OCD..

My solution (1)

verifine (685231) | about 2 years ago | (#43274203)

My approach is to play music softly in the background. At work we have private offices, as opposed to being a cube farm, and what it takes for me is to have the music just loud enough to keep something else from looping constantly, and it's not loud enough to bother my coworkers. The experience is that the annoying tune[s] have no way to start playing, so they don't loop.

For me, a song playing in my head is very distracting, to the point I can't get other work done. Seems like every time I get in the shower some song will start playing and it takes until I'm out and the hair dryer is going that it disappears. Wait, this means I have a disability, woo hoo!!! If it isn't tinitis, it's music in my head. Where's that number for the disability office?

Mr. Heatmiser/Snowmiser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274211)

This song has been in my head off and on since this Christmas. Merry Christmas to all you others who now have it in your head!

A Better Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274219)

Why don't we just get rid of Lady Gaga?

At any given time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274225)

...the urge to sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight is just a whim away...

She Loves You so catchy it gets stuck twice (4, Funny)

devjoe (88696) | about 2 years ago | (#43274247)

From the article:

Some of the easiest songs to get stuck in your head (as used by the researchers)
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Call me Baby – Carly Rae Jepsen.
Single Ladies – Beyoncé
She Loves You – The Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
She Loves You – The Beatles
SOS – Rihanna
You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift

Apparently She Loves You is such a catchy song that it gets stuck in your head twice.

Scientists? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274255)

Music psychologist?


How does he get funded?

So tell me ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#43274263)

... how to get this [youtube.com] out of my head.

[Thanks a lot, Nurse Ratched.]

About unwanted tunes. (4, Funny)

kurt555gs (309278) | about 2 years ago | (#43274297)

A gut goes to the doctor and says he has " She's a Lady " playing over and over and over in his head. The doctor says, you may be suffering from Tom Jones disease. The guy asks, is that common? The doctor reply's, well, It's Not Unusual .......

Ok I will mess with your head. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274357)

Try to remember these themes in order, they do not have lyrics so there is no guide other than what you hear in your head.

The Entertainer
Smoke On The Water ( As a guitar teacher this is my nightmare riff )
Also sprach Zarathustra
Theme from Route 66

So you see sometimes thinking about multiple themes can clear all the other crap out especially when you get to obscure themes that you try to remember from a long time ago. Lyrics can confuse but instrumental music can clear your mind as it reaches memory spaces that are different from vocal memory.

It might be interesting to observe which memory pathways are used for purely musical memory and if they are different from those triggered by a song lyric.

Re:Ok I will mess with your head. (1)

iplayfast (166447) | about 2 years ago | (#43274623)

God no!, You think having one song stuck in your head is bad, having 5 or 6 is a terrible!

A Better Theory (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274375)

I have a better theory as to why songs get stuck in your head. If the song ends before it resolves (or if it never resolves) it will get stuck in your head. Think about when songs get stuck in your head - it is almost always when you did not hear the end (i.e., the resolution) of the song. A song you hate comes on the radio, so you quickly change the channel. You hear a snippet in an elevator. You find yourself humming the song you hear over the PA system in a store because you left before it was finished.

Someone else posted a response earlier that "It's a Small World" was a likely candidate. That song ends on a major fifth note, meaning it does not resolve (it should end on a first to resolve). In other words, if played in the key of C, it ends on a G. If it ended on a C, it would resolve. Another song that does not resolve is the theme song to Billy Hatcher. Either way - if the song does not resolve, it will get stuck in your head.

Another person posted that singing the song to completion would drive it out. This also confirms my assertion.

I suggested this to my daughter as a science fair project, and we tested it. We made two versions of the same song, each two minutes long. In the earworm version, it repeated after a couple of phrases of the song were played, but before it resolved. In the second, it played all the phrases in the song, including the resolution. We had people listen to one of these songs while they sorted an Uno deck, then asked them about 20 questions. Most of the questions were designed to throw them off and not know what the experiment was about, but the last two were "Do you have a song stuck in your head?" and "If so, what song?" It took a couple of minutes to get to those questions, and we felt that would be long enough to know if the song were stuck or not. The person asking the questions did not know which song they had listened to, so we were at least attempting to make the tests double blind.

The results were stark - five of the eight people who listened to the earworm version got the song stuck in their head. None of the other eight did. Sixteen is not a large sample set, but that was how many people we could round up to torture before her project was due.

Re:A Better Theory (2)

jomegat (706411) | about 2 years ago | (#43274453)

Oops - didn't mean to post that anonymously. That's my post. Really.


jrmcc (703725) | about 2 years ago | (#43274381)

That'll fix you.

Easy to handle without external influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274469)

This is how: "play" the tune on purpose, each note as well as you can, of what's playing. Then stop.

It will no longer play automatically.

You got there in the first place by creating an automaticity which causes it to then play by "itself". To blow automaticities do it yourself fully aware, willingly of course, with the full intention to do what the automaticity does. It will blow.

At least works great for me.

tv commercials. (1)

AngelFrog (1742434) | about 2 years ago | (#43274481)

the most insidious (on purpose) form of this HAS to be tv and radio jingles. I have had the meowmix song stuck in my head i don't even have cats! Those things are designed to get stuck in your head so you are still listening to the damned commercials even when the tv is off. Also two i sometime start humming at work are Dr Demento's fish heads and that circus theme song you hear every time a circus is depicted on tv what is the name of that thing anyway.

Re:tv commercials. (1)

cusco (717999) | about 2 years ago | (#43274705)

When the phenomenon was first being studied back in the '70s they called them "Pepsi's", because the Pepsi Cola commercials were famous for doing that.

It's worse with Aspergers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274487)

I know everybody gets a tune stuck in their head from time to time. Try having music running through your head *all* the time. Constantly. When you're working, reading, walking, thinking, eating, trying to sleep ... ALL. THE. TIME.

I always thought this was normal until I found out I had aspergers (which also explained a lot of other oddities with me)

Needless to say, thread just about made my brain explode.

I have another system. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274557)

A different song.


Meditation (3, Interesting)

Grampa John (1817948) | about 2 years ago | (#43274565)

I was plagued by bad songs stuck in my head until I took up meditation many years ago. Learning to focus clears your mind. No anagrams needed. Watching your breathing is enough.

Ha! (5, Funny)

carrier lost (222597) | about 2 years ago | (#43274567)

One of my (so far unused) fake headlines:

"Music 'Stuck in Head' is Theft, According to RIAA Chief"

oppa gangnam style (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274573)

gangnam style

Solution here! (1)

planckscale (579258) | about 2 years ago | (#43274575)

Ok so once I heard a way to stop the song going in your head is to end the song in your head with a big huge finale ending (complete with fireworks and encore if you want to go big). Then right after that start a different tune in your mind of any other song you know. This has worked pretty well for me

The way I get them out (1)

iplayfast (166447) | about 2 years ago | (#43274593)

Is to play them on the piano. Once played my brain can move on to other things. It's like nudge nudge, it goes like this.... try it out... nudge nudge... it goes like this .. try it out...... and so on, until it is satisfied.

I've had a song in my head for days (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#43274639)

The old "Hockey Night in Canada" theme, once unofficially considered Canada's second national anthem.

create silence inside yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274727)

replacing noise with noise is not really a solution. It's more difficult but better to learn to create silence inside ourselves.

Waterloo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#43274747)

Really? It was always Mama Mia or the Inspector Gadget theme song for me..

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