Cashews come from a fruit!
The cashew fruit
is very rarely seen in grocery stores because its skin is very delicate so it's hard to transport. Cashews, however, are ubiquitous and popular because of their tastiness and distinct shape
is someone eating a cashew fruit and pondering the cashew underneath. And here
is how the cashew nut is processed by the Peace Corps Ghana Cashew Initiative. This fellow
will tell you how to grow a cashew tree. Cashew fruits protect their precious nut well so be careful if you start from scratch.
To kick off (in the U.S.) the long Memorial Day weekend (traditionally the unofficial start of summer!) the Boston Globe presents an interactive chart of iconic songs of summer from each of the last 100 years!
No word yet on the 2014 earworm to be.
Did you know that the Mister Softee jingle has words?
And sheet music?
You've probably seen videos by Jonti Picking, AKA Weebl
. He's the guy behind such Internet legends as Badger Badger Badger
, Look At My Horse
, and Kenya
, and his knack for combining catchy music with absurd words and animations has resulted in an extensive library
of earworm songs. There's Magical Trevor
, who's shown up time
). He has songs about other animals, like crabs
and baby baboons
. (My favorite video of his is Owls
by a wide margin.) He also writes about real people, like Stephen Fry
and Patrick Moore
Sometimes you want to be somber, or serious, or just enjoy some peace and quiet. And in some of those instances, you get jazz that nobody asked for
. Jazz that just won't die. [more inside]
made a video updating
the original MTV classic by the Buggles
for her final project in "E-Learning and Digital Cultures" #edcmooc
a free open course offered this spring on Coursera
. [warning earwormy]
DJ Earworm has released his annual "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 most popular songs according to Billboard's charts: Shine Brighter
. [more inside]
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
→ [WHO'S NEXT?]
→ [more inside]
, the first video from the fantastic Dutch musician Junkie XL
's new album Synthesized
, is a deadpan love letter to the cheesy music videos of the late '80s, early '90s. [more inside]
houses a library of 1,515 songs from TV and Radio ads
, and that’s how my jingle earworm
attached. Pretty soon I’d discovered that Barry Manilow used to include a bit he called "Our VSM" (short for our "Very Strange Medley" of songs he’s composed for commercials)
in each of his concerts. (Weezer’s a big fan
. That’s where it struck me personally how insidously omnipresent
these songs were (and are). Pretty soon, the earworm took over
. So, I figure, what better way to get rid of a tune stuck in your head than to share it with the rest of the world? So, here goes — I am prepared for your curses. | "A" is for Apple, "J" is for Jacks • And They Call It... Charlie! • Break Me Off a Piece of that Kit Kat Bar ... [more inside]
Following the March 2011 earthquake
in Japan, commercials largely disappeared from television. To fill space between the news reports and lists of missing people, the Ad Council of Japan
put together a number of PSAs. Since there were only five or ten of them, the PSAs played thousands of times
over the course of a few months, searing themselves into the memory of the Japanese public. Most were typical messages about common courtesy
, listening to your kids
, and international support
. But one PSA in particular
quickly took on a life of its own, instantly being mashed up with a classic Japanese TV trope: Robot Transformation Sequences
! [more inside]
Quincy Jones sat in the Tenafly, New Jersey den of 16-year-old vocal student Lesley Gore, playing demo after demo
, looking for the right song to cut for her first record. Out of over 200 tapes, Jones and Gore had moved only one to the "maybe" pile, and so that song, It's My Party
, was recorded on March 30, 1963 in a Manhattan studio. After the session Mercury president Irving Green warned Gore not to get her hopes up, but Gore gratefully told him that it had been a great experience anyway, and it was okay if he didn't want to release it. However, later that evening Jones learned that Phil Spector had just recorded
"It's My Party" for The Crystals
, so Jones rushed back to the studio to press 100 test copies of the single and immediately mailed them to key radio stations across the country. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
For the second year in a row, DJ Earworm has created a mashup video, "Party on the Floor
" of all fifteen artists who performed at Capital FM’s 2011 Summertime Ball
at London's Wembley Stadium on June 12th. The video premiered during the concert. His official website
has more videos and free, downloadable MP3's. Last year's remix: Like, OMG Baby
. (His year-end pop-mashups: previously on Metafilter.) [more inside]
At long last, Wikileaks gets a catchy theme song: "Who the f**k is Wikileaks
" by "Chicken Soup (Boney M
Goes Club)", a new project from veteran producer Frank Farian
, the man behind Boney M and Milli Vanilli
Warning: the song contains repeated use of the "F"-word, and the video contains images of the "anonymous" mask. [more inside]
When Starcraft and Justin Beiber collide
. [more inside]
San Francisco-based DJ Earworm is best known for his end-of-year "United State of Pop" Billboard top 25 mashups: 2007
. But in the "off season" he continues to mash popular songs into fun concotions. His latest, "Like, OMG Baby"
is a reinvention
of Justin Bieber's "Baby
," and was shown at Wembley Stadium in London for Capital FM’s 2010 Summertime Ball
, where all fifteen of the artists featured on the track performed on June 6th. His official website
has videos and free, downloadable MP3's. [more inside]
One Hen. One Hen, Two Ducks
. One Hen, Two Ducks, Three Squawking Geese
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it (YouTube video).
It's a song people get obsessed with. Such as this Time writer
from 1941. And Kevin Murphy
from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The video seems to recognize the fact by literally having its singers (the King's Men
; no, not the ones who did "Louie, Louie") driven mad by the song. [more inside]
I's a Baby Baboon
, with a bassoon on the moon. Flash Friday Weebl's!
does it again - Like last year, he's made a year-end mashup and accompanying video
featuring the top 25 hits of the year (as calculated by Billboard
). Can you name most of the songs included? Are you more or less hip than last year? [more inside]
Jozin z bazin Mladek & Banjo Band
, worth waiting to 2:00. "The song
is about this monster Jozin who lives in the swamps somewhere in Moravia
and eats only people from Prague - the city snobs." [more inside]
Here we have a virulent earworm
(with a high language-independent sing-along quotient) from early 80's Hungary. Over here we have a site for constructing catastrophic webcam karaoke
Maim That Tune
"Are you plagued by Stuck Tune Syndrome? Do you have a song stuck in your head you just can't get out? Take heart friend, for your suffering is over. The Maimograph Machine, through complex analysis and calculation, will find an even catchier tune to counter-act the one you already have."
I shall now have to kill myself.
Worst. Flash. Christmas Card. Evah.
[WMP streaming video; Real Player stream here.
] At first, this music video from The Bees
[Flash site] seems like a quick, harmless Friday diversion. Not for me, though. For me, it’s rapidly becoming a truly painful earworm, and worse: is there such a thing as an “eyeworm?”
The Logical Song.
Supertramp. From the trademark album "Breakfast in America": the saxophone was recorded with a STC 4038 in the bell and a U87 a couple of feet away for an overall sound. Here are the lyrics.
Use this to sing along with (Midi File).
Download the tune onto your cellphone here (Mp3).
The famous Wurlitzer Piano opener (Mp3). My earworm work for the day is done, muahahahah
12 oddest Christmas hits... ever!
Almost December, the stores are playing the usual Xmas compilations (already) so I propose a change to the usual "Rockin around the Christmas Tree".
Which ear worm
do you want?
It's official: 98% of people have had songs stuck in their heads.
What about the other 2%? They don't have to contend with top offenders like the Mister Softee song, "Whoomp, There It Is" or "It's A Small World After All" ringing in their ears for hours.
Sometimes, the very worst songs get stuck in one's head
. I am ashamed to admit that right now it's a bit of europuff from the comely Kylie Minogue, Your Disco Needs You
. But that isn't nearly as bad as an unfortunate friend of mine who couldn't stop whistling the Horst Wessel Lied
after seeing a documentary about Nazi Germany. When does a guilty pleasure become, well, too