Saturday, January 28, 2006


Mr. Pudding asked, ""What is a meme?" and then proceeded to tag me with one. It's a good thing he didn't ask my Landlady. She is wont to tell you something along the lines of, "It's a piece of information transferred from one person to another," and then give you example after example of notorious internet memes. These memes often strike the Landlady as much funnier than they actually are for the simple reason that by the time the memes gets to her, they're on their way out of popularity.

I, however, am of a more scholarly mind. For example, I have devoted much study to the meme subgenre called an Earworm, which is a song you can't get out of your head, even if you hate it. A month ago,the blogger Defective Yeti demonstrated just how powerful an Earworm can be. He risked everything, even his marriage, to pass along an Earworm so revoltingly powerful that even more terrible things would have happened had he remained silent.

What is your favorite Earworm? What is your least-favorite Earworm? I already know that Lady Hearteater has "Electric Avenue" stuck in her head. For over a year now, the Landlady has taken great delight in singing and dancing to a Romanian disco song that drives the Landlord up the wall. The cruelty never ends.

An earworm with the ending of I've Seen All Good People by Yes stuck in its head (or tail).

P.S. I'm up early on a Saturday morning (7 AM PST) because I'm on my way to the Land of Make-Believe. Updates will be posted later.


Yorkshire Pudding said...

Thank you Professor Brad for educating me about memes and now earworms. One earworm that I tend to whistle every Friday when I'm leaving the high school where I work is the theme tune to the British prisoner of war film, "The Great Escape". It seems somehow appropriate. And it's funny how songs pop into your head from time to time. I often find myself blurting out snatches of lyrics without even thinking about them. Until you taught me about earworms, I thought i was alone in this craziness.

Brad the Gorilla said...

Mr. Pudding,
You are not alone in the craziness.