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Medical Mysteries of Music

Taylor Swift is giving her most hardcore fans amnesia (and some are wearing adult diapers because they don’t want to miss a moment of the concert).

Ever have one of those nights where you think you had a good time but can’t remember a single thing? How about a night like that without ingesting anything mind-altering?

A number of Taylor Swift fans who attended a show on her current Eras tour report not being able to remember a damn thing about what they saw. This seems to be a rare condition called “post-concert amnesia.” It’s a real thing.

The Daily Mail has this:

Neuroscientist Dr Dean Burnett, honorary research associate at Cardiff University, said: ‘If you’re at a concert of someone you love, surrounded by thousands of very excited other people, listening to music you’ve got established emotional links to, that’s going to be a lot of emotion happening to you at one time.

‘As well as being exhausting for the brain, it’s going to mean all the things you experience will have a high emotional quality, which means nothing “stands out”, and that’s important if you want to retrieve a memory later.’

The emotional overload prevents the brain from forming proper memories. All you have to do to stop this is calm down and maybe scream a little less.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reports on fans who are wearing adult diapers so they can stay for the whole show without having to take a bathroom break. I quote rom a woman named Caylee: “The diaper rash and trench foot was worth this moment of Taylor Swift looking right at us!”

This woman TikTok’d her preparation.

@madelinedolaway Most durable 😩 #taylorswift #erastour #diapers #forbes ♬ original sound – user3547902119361

And then there’s this woman.

@ilovejalepenochips #glendaletstheerastour #erastourtaylorswift #taylorswift ♬ our song sped up – songs !

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