We’ve all had earworms, those pesky song fragments that get caught in our brains and just won’t go away. I had one just the other day involving the Clash’s “Rock the Casbah.” (Shit! There it is again! Aaarggh!)
Scientists are very interested in earworms because they believe these loops can tell us something out how the brain works. Others are interested in the social triggers for earworms.
If you’re prone to this phenomenon, you can now share your experience (and exasperation) at Earwormery.com, a site devoted to collecting earworm stories. So far, more than 2,500 people have contributed their experiences.