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Posted by edkarch on Saturday, January 16, 2010

The ear worm is an interesting subject of study. The term itself is from the German "ohrwurm". The term has been around for a while, Mark Twain used it in one of his stories, and I did find a classic music reference to the worm from 18th century. Some people are driven nuts by the music others seem to either ignore it or actually like it. Myself I like the company. I use it to learn tunes by actually listening to the tune many times then let the ear worm take over for a couple of days. The worm may turn during the night and you wake with a different tune in your head.   It usually just takes one measure to re-tune your worm. There is a site reporting on earworm research used mostly for finding ways to sell you more stuff. They treat the frendly fellow as some kind of enemy to be destroyed or used for a doorway into the part of your brain that handles your wallet.  Just stay out of my head and leave my pet ear worm alone.

3 comments on “Ohrwurm”

fiddlebarb Says:
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @3:32:06 PM

So that is what over takes me when I am at work and all of a sudden a tune just pops into my head. It is all because of the ohrwurm. Thanks for the post, I myself enjoy the company too, especially when it is a hetic night at work helps me not to focus on the choas going on around me ;-)

mudbug Says:
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @2:59:13 AM

Yeah, usually I'll prefer my personal "head radio" to the majority of commercial stations. And no static or commercials!

bj Says:
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @4:19:46 AM

I have a permanent cure for those followers of Ed Bernays. Blow up you TV, throw away the Papers . . . oh, thanks Earworm, I LOVE John Prine!

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