Drifting in and out of consciousness (oxfordhacker) wrote,
Drifting in and out of consciousness

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I have voices in my head. Mostly voices from indie-alternative music of the nineties. I refer, of course, to my mental iPod, a capricious device with wildly varying playlist and volume. It's normally playing something, normally just a track I've heard recently or an old favourite, but occasionally it's one that was brought to mind in some other way. Working out how it was brought to mind can end up pretty non-linear, but it's a game that I enjoy, and which I thought I'd share with you. See how you do with the following, all genuine examples of earworms I have suffered, ranked from (relatively) easy to fucking ridiculous. Google is only cheating a bit, because though it'll make the the first few pretty trivial, I suspect that 5-7 are nigh impossible if you're not actually me. Hell, I found it damn hard to work out some of the associations. I've screened comments, so you can post your guesses (or just request the answers) without seeing anyone else's. I'll let you know how you do...

  1. While shopping for a new curtain rail (i.e. watching tinyjo shop for a new curtain rail) I found myself muttering "Got a letter from the government the other day, opened it and read it, it said they were suckers". What is our new curtain rail made of?

  2. On the way home from the vet's, I realised I was singing "'Hey!' said the devil, when I met her at the roundabout." What sort of patient had arrived as we were leaving?

  3. I went to the kitchen in work to grab a snack, and returned singing "A few times I've been around that track, so it's not just gonna happen like that". What snack was I holding?

  4. Whenever my lovely ex-boss talked about spending time with her family, I'd end up singing "Oooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?" In which county do her parents live?

  5. I was reading 'Time and Again', about a man who time-travels back to New York of the 1880s. The narrator was marveling at how inhabitants of the modern world don't realise how quickly and profoundly some aspects of city life have changed. I soundtracked this (rather trite) revelation with "These days everybody wanna talk like they got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish". What particular aspect of life in the city was being considered at the time?

  6. The other day I fixed an Access query by explicitly casting a variable using a Visual Basic conversion function. For the rest of the afternoon I was singing "I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles, I asked Timothy Leary, But he couldn't help me either". What variable type was I converting to?

  7. I occasionally find myself singing 'The Sharif, he don't like it' when using Windows XP. What have I right-clicked to prompt this?

  8. Bonus roleplaying round
  9. Having fought some wild boars, our party met their owner, who explained that she was on her way back from having them 'serviced' when they went crazy and ran off. The conversation ran as follows:
    "So they were actually wild sows, then?"
    "Unless she's a really incompetent pig farmer."
    Naturally, I started singing "I've got something to put in you, I've got something to put in you." What was the (cleverly modified) chorus of this song?

  10. When a party member falls in combat and you're not sure whether or not they're beyond help, it's good form to give them a shot of a healing wand anyway. Naturally this leads to a rousing chorus of "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride". What's the next line?

If you're now singing any of the above, my work here is done. If you have any similar examples please post them, if only to assure me that you suffer as I do. Surely it's not unusual?

ETA: Answers are now here.
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