Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Recently I found myself in the painful grip of an ear worm.

One of those songs that gets into your head and refuses to leave. Where it feels as if you're locked in a room and tied to a chair, and opposite you is a speaker that is blasting the same three second snippet of a song at you over and over again.

The song in question was  classic children's song 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'.

Sharing the words should be enough for me to get the tune into your head too:

If you go down to the woods today

You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today

You'd better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain,

Because today's the day the

Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears

But where did it come from? I was sure I hadn't heard the song recently.

Not on the TV or the radio and definitely not played by choice.

Then, around a week later, I heard it.

It was coming from an ice cream van...

What does it all mean?

This little teddy bears picnic incident got me thinking.

This horrible song had wormed its way into my brain without me even realising.

I'm fairly certain what must have happened was that ice cream van was driving around somewhere near my house playing the song one day. Meanwhile, I was going about my business and heard the song off in the distance but didn't consciously realize it.

That's all it takes, apparently, for something to make its way into my subconscious.

That's kind of a scary thought...

I'm pretty sure that the ice cream van guy wasn't trying to plant this tune in my subconscious and it worked anyway.

What if someone did try to plant stuff in my subconscious? How far could they push that? Are advertisers doing it already?



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