Yup. Earworms. I know you’ve been afflicted, and more than once too. Don’t be ashamed, you’re amongst friends. You can admit it.
Earworm is the term used for those songs that get stuck in your head, playing over and over, and driving you crazy. According to that wikipedia link, women and men are equally affected by earworms, although in women they last longer and we find them more irritating.
(Yes, I know there are some of you who wish to make some comment about the annoyance threshold of women and how unsurprised you are. You know where the comments are, knock yourself out )
Naturally, I went to youtube to find a
really annoying clip to put here in order to give you all an earworm for the day.
In doing so I found this utterly brilliant mashup of some of the worst earworm offenders of 2012 (by DJ Earworm of course). It includes Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Psy, Gotye, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, One Direction, and that bloody whistle from Flo Rida among others.
Some of them are songs which have been on high rotation on my own ipod (definitely not One Direction though, you gotta draw the line somewhere) and have taken up wormy residence in my brain for varying amounts of time.
The prompt for this post was a television report noting that a technique has been developed for removing these catchy, yet massively annoying, things. Apparently solving an anagram will do something to your brain to circumvent its evil hold on your mind.
I suspect that all it will really do is free up more space in there for the next earworm to get its catchy little tentacles in there….
Ok. Share, people. What is the most annoying earworm (old or new) that you know?
Alternatively, share your best anagram! I couldn’t think of one of my own. Since watching that clip all I have in my head now is a snippet of One Direction …..“You don’t know, oh oh…..” Aaargh!