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Science determines catchiest hit song of all time

What makes that earworm an earworm? Musicologists at the University of Amsterdam recently set out to find out, collecting data from 12,000 participants who listened to a random selection from 1,000 hit singles in the UK dating back to the 1940s.

The results were unveiled at the Manchester Science Festival over the weekend. While it took most participants an average of 5 seconds to identify a song, the 17 most popular were all detectable in less than 3 seconds, with the top song—1996 hit “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls—averaging just 2.29 seconds, reports the Independent.

“Very strong melodic hooks seem to be the most memorable for people,” the lead researcher said. The interactive game Hooked on Music is online for now, reports the BBC, so see how you compare to the top 10:

  1. Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
  2. Lou Bega, “Mambo No 5”
  3. Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”
  4. Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”
  5. ABBA, “SOS”
  6. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Woman”
  7. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
  8. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
  9. The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me”
  10. Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

Click for the full list of 20—Gaga appears again.

This article originally appeared on Newser: Scientific Study Determines Catchiest Hit Song Ever

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True Elegance and Beauty

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly – class.  I hope and believe had they lived today they would be the same elegant women they were in their era.  In a world with Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus twerking, will we ever see a scene of such elegance and beauty again:

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Before Lady Gaga, Before Madonna – Peggy Moffitt

Even today, many of these styles would be avant garde and Peggy Moffitt wore them in the 1960’s, yep, fifty years ago when men dressed like the movie Men-in-black, the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, and America was trying to catch up with the Soviets in the space race.  Most important was the Summer of ’63, at least personally, because I was born…

An homage to Peggy Moffitt

1960s:Peggy Moffitt

“Peggy Moffitt (born 1940) was during the 1960s a premier model. She developed a signature style that featured heavy, Kabuki-like makeup and an asymmetrical hair cut.”

– Wikipedia

As a warning for young folks, the following Wikipedia post has a topless shot of Peggy. Not sure why they did that out of all her pictures, but it has good information on her.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Moffitt

 

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When You Feel Old…

I once saw a picture of Mother Teresa, it was in black and white and her face was covered in wrinkles.  The caption said, “How old would you think you are if you did not know how old you were?”  I used to think that people got older and became old people inside.  For the most part, that does not seem to be the case.  Most of my contemporaries and I are starting to have aches and pains, be slower, give up some sports and generally feel the wear and tear, and yet inside, we are very much the same.  It seems like we are in a time bubble where our shell ages but our core stays young.  I used to feel like I was 17 inside until I reached about 40.  Now that I am 48, I feel maybe 23.  I love to play video games, talk smack, play poker and basketball, chill with the friends, hang with the wife and the dogs.  Nothing seems to have changed.  Yet I look in the mirror and some old guy looks back at me with wrinkles and graying hair.

I think we all have this Dorian Grey thing going where we ignore the passage of time and still feel young until something reminds us, our own hidden portrait, of how old we are and how brief life can be.  One is talking to my son or daughter.  They are now 24 and 27 respectively.  How the heck am I old enough to have adult kids?  When did that happen?  I remember when I was growing up my parents listened to 50s music, and I liked it, but it sounded ancient.  I grew up listening to 80s music.  I know it is 30 years old now, but it still sounds fresh to me.  It must sound like old fogey music to kids today.  I am listening to parent music…and it used to be kid music…  I know of Rhianna, Adele, Lady Gaga, Usher, and so forth.  It’s not like I live in a cave, but my music still calls to me.

I listen to talk radio more than music.  I admit it.  I would rather read a book than read on a Kindle, though I have both.  I watch old movies that came out while I was younger, and everything looks so old, the buildings, the cars, the clothing.  I shout out at the screen – but I was alive then, and everything was modern back then.  What happened?  I remember thinking I would never see the year 2000, it was so far in the future.  Now it is 12 years in the past.  I watch old sci-fi movies that have robots taking over our space bases in 2004.  I guess they were wrong about that.

Last week I found out that the pain in my legs and hips is not from arthritis after all.  I have asceptic necrosis.  It is most likely caused by the steroids I was given for asthma earlier in life.  I meet with the surgeon in two days, but the only treatment I know of is hip replacment.  Everyone is telling me, hey it’s routine now, they do them all the time.  I would probably tell someone the same thing.  The problem is, I am 23 inside.  I don’t understand how I could possibly need a hip replacement.  Those are for old people aren’t they?  I am still in denial.  I have put off calling for the second and third opinions because it still surreal for me.  It seems like a lot of bone to be taken out and replaced with plastic and metal.

I once joked that when we are young and have to go to the hospital, we always say, “Wow, I sure am glad to get out of the hospital, glad I don’t have to go back.”  And…as we age, we go to the hospital and it is more like, “I wonder when I will have to go back…”  Aging kind of sucks all the way around, but the alternative – dying young – does not seem to have that much going for it either.  I will continue to be young at heart and try to ignore the fact that time flies by and my body is bearing nearly five decades of abuse now.  Hopefully, the surgery and recovery will go well, so I can be back to my self-delusions quickly.  🙂

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