An Example of Why Scientists May Never Figure Out the Human Brain

2008 June 29

Out of completely fucking NOWHERE, the Friends theme song popped into my head and wouldn’t GET THE FUCK OUT. Yes, the Friends theme song. You know what I’m talking about. In fact, I hope you hear it in your head right now.

I’ll be there for youuuuuu
When the rain starts to fall
I’ll be there for youuuuuu
Cause you’re there for me tooooooooooooo

That will take at least 15 minutes to shake off. I hope you suffer like I did. Only thing is, I had no impetus, absolutely no reason, to have such a horrible thing happen to me. I was minding my own business, taking a dip in the pool after doing some honest hard work, and my brain was apparently pissed.

I can’t even remember the last time I heard the song, yet in my head I could hear it loud and clear, as if I had been watching Friends re-runs for the past 10 years every day, when the reality is the complete opposite. I know a commercial for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia spoofed that water fountain crap, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t use the song. So where did the song come from? What could possibly trigger such an occurrence?

How the brain is wired is one of the biggest questions in science nowadays, and something like this serves to illuminate why. How could such a random thing be quanitified? Jumping into cold water –> Friends theme song? Maybe because they’re both kinda painful? That’s the only possible connection I can think of. It’s incomprehensible stuff like this that no A.I. program will be able to duplicate — at least not for a long, long time.

On a side and final note, I’ve heard numerous people say how the American version The Office is basically Friends all over again. Now, I think Season 2 of The Office is one of the best seasons of television I’ve seen, so it’s hard for me to accept the comparison, no matter how shitty it gets and how much relationship drama they come up with. But I did watch Friends when I was a pre-teen, and I remembered *gasp* liking it. I am tempted to watch the first couple of seasons just for research purposes to see if it’s actually good. Purely scientific, I swear.

Damn it, why did that song have to pop into my head uninvited? Look at what I just wrote.

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  • honest_ape

    The Office has not dropped in quality. I will not accept that. Period.

    But that’s a little off topic.

    When I get a song in my head, I make up words that sound similar. Don’t know why, but it’s just something I do. For example, the Friends theme sounds like this in my head:

    I’ll eat hair for you,
    When grenades start to fall
    I’ll eat hair for you,
    You’d eat hair for me toooo

    Also, there’s this exceeeedingly annoying commercial for Subway where they repeat the lyrics “Five. Five Dollar. Five Dollar Footlong” over and over and over in a horrible sing-song voice. It gets in my brain and won’t leave, and makes me sick. The lyrics that repeat in my head are this:

    Fire. Fire power. Fire power Football

    There are many other examples I could give you. I know the actual lyrics, but the ones repeating in my head are the made up ones. Weird, right?

  • CajoleJuice

    You should get that checked out.

  • Bachy

    I have the same problem as you do, but I always get the song “It’s raining men” when I am pumping myself up in the gym.

  • Slinger

    my wife owns a few Friends seasons on DVD, and I will admit, seasons 3-5 are pretty damn funny. The first season is bad, I think. But the seasons after 5 get sucky as well.

    The Office is NOT similar to Friends, at all.

  • eduldescillowl

    Thanks for the post