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26th May '16 6:00:09 AM StFan
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'''Ear Worms''' (from the German phrase ''Ohrwurm'') are those songs that weasel their way into your head like uninvited guests and then proceed to stink up the inside of your cranium by playing themselves there over. And over. And over. ''[[OverlyLongGag And over]]''. They're those songs that just ''get stuck in your head'', and no amount of screaming, pounding, protesting, and banging your head into your desk will get them out. [[Music/{{Eagles}} They will check out any time you like, but they will never leave.]] Someone infected with an Ear Worm may find themselves prone to bursting out into the song in inappropriate places, tugging at their ears in fury, and can end up [[CloudCuckoolander distracted in the middle of conversation (or other important activities)]] by the continuous snatches of song wavering between their ears. And it's only a matter of time before, like [[Film/{{Scanners}} Darryl Revok]], they drill a hole in their forehead [[BrainBleach to let the voices out]].

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'''Ear Worms''' "Ear Worms" (from the German phrase ''Ohrwurm'') are those songs that weasel their way into your head like uninvited guests and then proceed to stink up the inside of your cranium by playing themselves there over. And over. And over. ''[[OverlyLongGag And over]]''. They're those songs that just ''get stuck in your head'', and no amount of screaming, pounding, protesting, and banging your head into your desk will get them out. [[Music/{{Eagles}} They will check out any time you like, but they will never leave.]] Someone infected with an Ear Worm may find themselves prone to bursting out into the song in inappropriate places, tugging at their ears in fury, and can end up [[CloudCuckoolander distracted in the middle of conversation (or other important activities)]] by the continuous snatches of song wavering between their ears. And it's only a matter of time before, like [[Film/{{Scanners}} Darryl Revok]], they drill a hole in their forehead [[BrainBleach to let the voices out]].



* Tom Tommorrow's ''ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld'' once introduced a superhero named Anagram Man, but for the purposes of this entry we must take note of his sidekick, [[http://archive.salon.com/comics/tomo/1998/07/17tomo.html/ Song-In-Your-Head Boy.]]

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* Tom Tommorrow's ''ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld'' once introduced introduces a superhero named Anagram Man, but for the purposes of this entry we must take note of his sidekick, [[http://archive.salon.com/comics/tomo/1998/07/17tomo.html/ Song-In-Your-Head Boy.]]



-->'''Cyan:''' (''humming away'') Hey, do you hear it too?\\
'''Nemi:''' (''visibly straining'') No! I'm hearing "'''Raining Blood'''" by Music/{{Slayer}}! Louder, and louder and '''louder'''!

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-->'''Cyan:''' (''humming away'') ''[humming away]'' Hey, do you hear it too?\\
'''Nemi:''' (''visibly straining'') ''[visibly straining]'' No! I'm hearing "'''Raining Blood'''" by Music/{{Slayer}}! Louder, and louder and '''louder'''!



* -->''Patient:'' "Doctor, doctor! I keep getting these two songs stuck in my head: ''The Green, Green Grass of Home'' and ''Delilah''!"
--> ''Doctor:'' "Oh, you've got Music/TomJones syndrome."
--> ''Patient:'' "Is that rare?"
-->''Doctor:'' "It's Not Unusual."

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* -->''Patient:'' "Doctor, You can find a few. For example:
-->'''Patient:''' Doctor,
doctor! I keep getting these two songs stuck in my head: ''The "The Green, Green Grass of Home'' Home" and ''Delilah''!"
--> ''Doctor:'' "Oh,
"Delilah"!\\
'''Doctor:''' Oh,
you've got Music/TomJones syndrome."
--> ''Patient:'' "Is
\\
'''Patient:''' Is
that rare?"
-->''Doctor:'' "It's
rare?\\
'''Doctor:''' It's
Not Unusual."



* The concept is used in an episode of French TV series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': Myth/KingArthur can't get out of his head a song he heard from a minstrel ("À la volette", a traditional children's song). He spends most of the episode getting distracted and trying to get the melody out of his head (even interrupting a council to sing it out loud). Ironically, the series was so popular that the song itself became once more well-known and remains a prime example of the Ear Worm in France.

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* The concept is used in an episode of French TV series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': Myth/KingArthur can't get out of his head a song he heard from a minstrel ("À la volette", a traditional children's song). He spends most of the episode getting distracted and trying to get the melody out of his head (even interrupting a council to sing it out loud). Ironically, the series was is so popular that the song itself became once more well-known and remains a prime example of the Ear Worm in France.



-->'''Jasmine:''' Please excuse me. (''place hand on Ryouga's hand'')\\
'''Narrator:''' (''while clipshow of ''Abaranger'' goes on'') Jasmine is an [=ESPer=]. Whoever she touches, Jasmine recaps his memories.\\
'''Jasmine:''' Seems true for now. I have my doubts for them though -- (''walks to the camera'') -- ''[[DancingTheme Aba-Aba-Aba-Aba-Abaranger!]]''\\

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-->'''Jasmine:''' Please excuse me. (''place ''[place hand on Ryouga's hand'')\\
hand]''\\
'''Narrator:''' (''while ''[while clipshow of ''Abaranger'' goes on'') on]'' Jasmine is an [=ESPer=]. Whoever she touches, Jasmine recaps his memories.\\
'''Jasmine:''' Seems true for now. I have my doubts for them though -- (''walks ''[walks to the camera'') camera]'' -- ''[[DancingTheme Aba-Aba-Aba-Aba-Abaranger!]]''\\



Out of your head, out of your head''\\
(''then later, after it's [[OverlyLongGag gone on a bit...]]'')\\
''The only way to get this song\\

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Out of your head, out of your head''\\
(''then
head\\
[then
later, after it's [[OverlyLongGag gone on a bit...]]'')\\
''The
]]]\\
The
only way to get this song\\



(''cue GilliganCut to Marshall ''and'' Ted enthusiastically singing along'')

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(''cue ''[cue GilliganCut to Marshall ''and'' Ted enthusiastically singing along'')along]''



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': 3rd Edition has a bard spell called "Insidious Rhythm" that consists on a catchy, silly tune that stay stuck in the mind of the target. This imposes a penalty on all activities involving reflection and concentration, and can even make a spellcaster flub his incantations.



--->'''Cinema Snob:''' Now shall we all collectively go find power drills in order to get this fucking song out of our heads? (''short song extract'') Yeah, I think that will be a pretty fucking good idea!

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--->'''Cinema Snob:''' Now shall we all collectively go find power drills in order to get this fucking song out of our heads? (''short ''[short song extract'') extract]'' Yeah, I think that will be a pretty fucking good idea!



(''stops singing'')\\

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(''stops singing'')\\''[stops singing]''\\



-->'''Grumpy:''' Look, Share. I know how to fix a lot of things. A broken bike, a busted window, but a song that makes a bear float in the air? (''chuckles'') That's a new one. I'm just glad I didn't listen to it myself.

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-->'''Grumpy:''' Look, Share. I know how to fix a lot of things. A broken bike, a busted window, but a song that makes a bear float in the air? (''chuckles'') ''[chuckles]'' That's a new one. I'm just glad I didn't listen to it myself.



--> '''Lord Dominator:''' Ahhhhh''hh!'' ''Stupid catchy tune!!''

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--> '''Lord -->'''Lord Dominator:''' Ahhhhh''hh!'' ''Stupid catchy tune!!''
20th May '16 7:06:28 PM LancelotG
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'''s MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey" ends when its finale number "You're The Greatest" is interrupted by [[BigBad Lord Dominator]] shooting at the protagonists and yelling at them to stop singing. The ColdTag depicts her singing the song intermittently as she goes about her day.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'''s MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey" ends when its finale number "You're The Greatest" is interrupted by [[BigBad Lord Dominator]] shooting at the protagonists and yelling at them to stop singing. The ColdTag cold tag depicts her singing the song intermittently as she goes about her day.
20th May '16 7:05:59 PM LancelotG
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--> '''Lord Dominator:''' ''Stupid catchy song!!''

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--> '''Lord Dominator:''' Ahhhhh''hh!'' ''Stupid catchy song!!''tune!!''
20th May '16 7:05:11 PM LancelotG
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'''s MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey" ends when its finale number "You're The Greatest" is interrupted by [[BigBad Lord Dominator]] shooting at the protagonists and yelling at them to stop singing. The ColdTag depicts her singing the song intermittently as she goes about her day.
--> '''Lord Dominator:''' ''Stupid catchy song!!''
26th Apr '16 4:40:44 PM DavidDelony
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Also, unless it seems to have been posted with the copyright holder's blessing (look for one of those little marks like "director video" or "contains content from") or songs released under free license (e.g. Creative Commons), it probably shouldn't be linked here -- it's very likely to be taken down. And also, for US users, [[OfferVoidInNebraska the rest of the world may not see what you do]]. Links to video game soundtracks and demoscene productions are OK most of the time, though.

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Also, unless it seems to have been posted with the copyright holder's blessing (look for one of those little marks like "director video" or "contains content from") or songs released under free license (e.g. Creative Commons), it probably shouldn't be linked here -- it's very likely to be taken down. And also, for US users, [[OfferVoidInNebraska [[NoExportForYou the rest of the world may not see what you do]]. Links to video game soundtracks and demoscene productions are OK most of the time, though.
2nd Apr '16 12:13:24 PM Firestorm17
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* In one of her latter ''[=SERRATed=] Edge'' novels, one of Mercedes Lackey's protagonists manages to ''take down an entire group of psychics'' with the sheer Ear Worm potential of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. Apparently, the fact that the band's songs are both A) incredibly catchy, and B) so nonsensical that you actually have to focus on the lyrics to keep up makes them a [[PsychicStatic perfect block]] for any [[MindRape Mind Rapage]]. It definitely didn't help that Unseleighe psychics have absolutely NoSenseOfHumor, little comprehension of allegory, and the imaginations of lead bricks. They went positively ''insane'' trying to figure out what the hell the hero was thinking about.

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* In one of her latter the ''[=SERRATed=] Edge'' novels, one of Mercedes Lackey's protagonists novel ''Chrome Circle'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, the protagonist Tannim manages to ''take down an entire group of psychics'' with the sheer Ear Worm potential of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. Apparently, the fact that the band's songs are both A) incredibly catchy, and B) so nonsensical that you actually have to focus on the lyrics to keep up makes them a [[PsychicStatic perfect block]] for any [[MindRape Mind Rapage]]. It definitely didn't help that Unseleighe psychics have absolutely NoSenseOfHumor, little comprehension of allegory, and the imaginations of lead bricks. They went positively ''insane'' trying to figure out what the hell the hero Tannim was thinking about.
27th Mar '16 7:40:45 PM MCE
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* "Doctor, doctor! I keep getting these two songs stuck in my head: ''The Green, Green Grass of Home'' and ''Delilah''!" "Oh, you've got Music/TomJones syndrome. ''It's Not Unusual''."

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* -->''Patient:'' "Doctor, doctor! I keep getting these two songs stuck in my head: ''The Green, Green Grass of Home'' and ''Delilah''!" ''Delilah''!"
--> ''Doctor:''
"Oh, you've got Music/TomJones syndrome. ''It's syndrome."
--> ''Patient:'' "Is that rare?"
-->''Doctor:'' "It's
Not Unusual''.Unusual."
19th Mar '16 3:00:59 PM Twentington
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* EarWorm/NationalAnthems

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* ** EarWorm/Music0To9
** EarWorm/MusicABC
** EarWorm/MusicDEF
** EarWorm/MusicGHI
** EarWorm/MusicJKL
** EarWorm/MusicMNO
** EarWorm/MusicPQR
** EarWorm/MusicST
** EarWorm/MusicUVW
** EarWorm/MusicXYZ (Also contains the unsorted examples.)
**
EarWorm/NationalAnthems
9th Mar '16 2:53:13 PM Milarqui
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7274734/6/Saying-No Saying No]]'', Kreacher and Dobby take turns in "teaching" the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dark Torso]] a few of these songs. Eventually, it spreads to Hogwarts, driving Hermione nuts.
24th Feb '16 9:26:14 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6238824/16/The-Sorting-Hat-s-Stand The Sorting Hat's Stand]]'' a miscalculation in a prank spell which was supposed to affect only Slytherin House eventually results in the ''entire school'' singing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am'' for the eight hundred and sixty-fourth time.
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