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You may have an earworm and not even know it


The earworm; many of us have had it and not even realized it, and it can be contagious.

But before you go rushing off to the doctor for a test you should know what it is.

It's a song that gets stuck in your head that never seems to go away. Sometimes not even tuning in another song can purge it, and if that does work you may just be replacing that CD in your brain.

Let's dissect the earworm.

You're not even listening to the radio and suddenly, there it is: that song that gets stuck in your head. It's an earworm.

"Have you ever had an earworm?" I asked Daisy Valle.

"No," she replied, a bit disgusted.

"Are you sure?" I queried.

"I'm positive. I think I would notice," she pointed out.

"No, not that I know of," Ruth Barajas stated.

"Never have," said Alan Cole.

"Never," said Lori Cole.

"Are you sure?" I asked them.

"I hope I'm sure," Lori replied.

I'm not sure who coined such a disgusting term for it, but I don't torture them long. I tell them what it is.

"I thought it was more of a medical condition," Daisy said.

"Well it can be but we're not getting into that," I said.

"That's an earworm, huh? Oh well okay," stated Ruth.

"Oh, well I've definitely had that then," admitted Lori.

Sometimes a song just randomly pops in your head, but why? Studies have shown it's about association. If you're listening to a song, perhaps for the first time, and you, say for instance, spot a big bass mailbox, you could "hear" that song next time you see a big bass mailbox, or maybe just see the word "bass". It's all about pathway connections in the brain.

At Rosewood Recording Studios they hope to grow a highly contagious earworm.

"That is the goal: what can we write today that is going to connect with people in a way that they cannot forget," recording engineer Drew Hall said.

It's not an easy thing to do. There are only thirteen notes to deal with.

"So are there any songs that get stuck in your head?" Drew asked me.

"Yes. I can't get it out of my head," I replied.

"Well what is it?" he asked again.

"The song." I tried to clarify.

"What?" Drew queried.

"Not what, I can't get it out of my head."

"You can't get it out of your head?"


"Can't get it your of your head?"

"I can't."

"Oh, no, no, no." Drew added.

It's hard to say what song it will be. Lori Cole revealed her latest earworm was from Willy Wonka. It's her ringtone.

"So you're feeding your worm." I concluded.

"Yes, I guess I am," she laughed.

The professionals at Rosewood Studios say the best way to get rid of earworms is talk radio.

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