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"It's the longest note ever!"

First off, thank you for your overwhelming absence of bug reports on the poll script. We'll take that as a sign that it seems to work okay. Expect a source code release next week, while Doug continues to toil on getting the postcard server ready for public consumption.

Happy birthday...

To Emily Ann Johnson, born March 16, 2000 at 6:45pm CST. Aunt Katrin looks forward to meeting you soon.

K-Tel, eat your heart out

The poll results are in, and every other song in the world combined just barely beat out ABBA for the glorious title of King of Earworms. If that doesn't say something, I don't know what will.

From the email you've sent, the artists who get stuck in our heads are a diverse lot, all the way from George Gershwin to Adam Ant, Willie Nelson to Rick Moranis, Stan Marsh to Eric Cartman. Here's a partial list of the songs you mentioned. Arrange them as you see fit, and please, support your local music store. Unless it's evil, in which case you probably shouldn't.

  • "Love Shack".
  • "King of Spain".
  • "Stand and Deliver" by Adam Ant.
  • That one song from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", you know the one. Not that it matters which because the merest mention of Katrin's high school musical forces her to remember the entire score.
  • Several songs from the South Park movie that we will not mention by name, which is as good as mentioning them by name if you've seen the movie
  • "The Girl from Ipanema", courtesy of fellow cartoonist and drunken goatherd jon rosenberg.
  • Are you still reading this list? Tell us.
  • "Iko Iko", a song which has been covered by everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Buckwheat Zydeco to Warren Zevon; we nominate the Cyndi Lauper version as the official one for earworming purposes.
  • "Whip It", for are we not men?
  • "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" by Willie Nelson, whose official web site is hosted at our old ISP. We are now officially three degrees of Kevin Bacon from every NASCAR fan in the world.
  • "Jungle Boogie" and "Joy" by NVN Nation.
  • "Rhapsody in Blue", by George Gershwin.
  • "The Name Game", which is guaranteed to be hilarious when you are intoxicated, especially if you are around the kind of person who shouts "Do Chuck! Do Chuck!" after every line.

As for what's stuck in our ears, we had an imaginary interviewer (complete with a hat with a card saying PRESS stuck in the brim) ask both of us this question, and here's what we had to say....

Kat: "My earworm of late has been 'Blue Collar Suicide' by the Refreshments, on their album that they inadvertently named after my cat. I hate when web pages mention obscure music and order readers to buy it and listen to it, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Buy the album."

Doug: "Music, response. Music, response. Music that triggers some kind of response. Please, for the love of all that's holy, kill me."

Today's new and exciting poll question: what is the most annoying free web page provider? Be sure to tell us how glad you are that we pay for our own web space at polls@waitingforbob.com.

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