Chicken pot chicken pot chicken pot pie...

emw

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...also known as annoying association. Let me explain. There was an episode of Just Shoot Me where Maya's brother was pretending to be slow so that he would be doted on by his family. In that episode he says the phrase "chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie" a few times in a very annoying manner.

Now I've seen that episode one time. I've seen the show maybe 10 times. Yet every time I actually eat chicken pot pie (which I did last night) that phrase runs through my head.

How does this happen? Anyone else care to share annoying things that stick in your head for no reason?
 

Blue Velvet

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emw said:
Anyone else care to share annoying things that stick in your head for no reason?
It's always some annoying song you hear on the radio that you can't just shake from your mind...

Language is a virus.
 

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emw said:
There was an episode of Just Shoot Me where Maya's brother was pretending to be slow so that he would be doted on by his family. In that episode he says the phrase "chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie" a few times in a very annoying manner.
I remember that episode very well, and I, also, watched the show only sparingly. Everytime I hear the phrase "chicken pot pie", my mind does the exact same thing. And I was only 13 when I saw it.
 

blackfox

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On a broad scale, I am constantly amazed (and annoyed) that I manage to know by heart the lyrics to a multitude of songs and jingles that I don't like in the least, from some classic rock song, to Brittany Spears or NKOTB, to a toilet-cleaner advert.

Relatedly, I am somewhat amazed that even though I do not watch TV, or listen to the radio, I still seem vaguely aware of pop culture phenomenon, such as the characters of "sex and the city" or what have you.

I bow to my corporate overlords.
 

Lacero

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"This is the song that never ends... it just goes on and on and on..."
 

zelmo

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apple2991 said:
I remember that episode very well, and I, also, watched the show only sparingly. Everytime I hear the phrase "chicken pot pie", my mind does the exact same thing. And I was only 13 when I saw it.
This may be the only episode of that show that I actually watched all the way through. David Cross played the brother, and he was hysterical, as usual. Every time I hear the phrase "chicken pot pie" I think about it. I can still hear his annoying voice as it reaches the upper register on the word "pie." :p
 

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powermac666 said:
This may be the only episode of that show that I actually watched all the way through. David Cross played the brother, and he was hysterical, as usual. Every time I hear the phrase "chicken pot pie" I think about it. I can still hear his annoying voice as it reaches the upper register on the word "pie." :p
My favorite bit from that episode (besides "Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pieeeeeeee") was the part where Donny is behaving normally in front of Maya, trying to seduce her... then Elliot walks in. As Slow Donny, Donny says "My pants are tight!", then mouths "for you" so that only Maya can see it. :)

Classic episode of an otherwise ho-hum show.
 

ExoticFish

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...my friends...
...some people starting singing it not knowing what it means, but we'll continue singing it forever just because This is the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends, some people started singing it not knowing what it means, but we'll continue singing it forever just because This is the song.... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! :D
 

Blue Velvet

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gwuMACaddict said:
see! 'she's a lday' is so easy to hum and sing along too...


*singing to bluevelvet*
whoa whoa whoa, shes a laaaaaady
:D

Aaargh... stop!
Swine... :D

I'll be singing Tom Jones on the tube home tonight...
Quick! Where's my shuffle -- make the bad man go away!
 

emw

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clayjohanson said:
My favorite bit from that episode (besides "Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pieeeeeeee") was the part where Donny is behaving normally in front of Maya, trying to seduce her... then Elliot walks in. As Slow Donny, Donny says "My pants are tight!", then mouths "for you" so that only Maya can see it. :)

Classic episode of an otherwise ho-hum show.
HA HA. I had forgotten that part. Fantastic!
 

SFVCyclone

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annoying songs

I think people actually keep singing those "annoying" songs because they actually like it. Like that new song "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee, I said to my self that I didn't like it but i actually sang the words when i was bored and now that i think of it, it is a pretty cool song. Oh yeah and the chicken pot pie from marie callendars is real good, just dont know what you guys are talking about, :)
 

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cuz we are the aqua teens. make the homies say ho and the girlies wanna scream. aqua teen hunger force. number 1 in the hood, g.


how'd you like to have that going through your head for 2 straight days? welcome to my world....


my name is shake-zula, the mic rula............
 

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The reason that the chicken pot pie memory sticks with you is that you have no other important memory about it. Your brain is looking in its huge associative-memory mass storage device for anything related to whatever you are currently experiencing, and it finds nothing more interesting in the file drawer except a reference to Just Shoot Me. But don't worry. If you get food poisoning from a chicken pot pie, or meet a new friend named Joe ChickenPotPie, you'll have a new association to replace it! :)

I've noticed that once I see/hear a spoof of a movie scene or song, I can't help thinking of it when I see the real one.

Mentioning a song or singing a few bars and making it stick in some other poor victim's brain is called "song tag". It's best with well-known, simple, and highly repetitive songs. The theory, which isn't quite true, is that if you infect somebody else with the song that is stuck in your head, it'll leave your brain and stop driving you crazy.

It's fun to stay at the Y, M C A, it's fun to stay at the Y, M C A. Tag!
 

emw

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Doctor Q said:
It's fun to stay at the Y, M C A, it's fun to stay at the Y, M C A. Tag!
And I used to think you were such a nice guy... ;)

It could be worse. I have a 4 year old daughter, so things that go through my mind are songs like

Cruella DeVille, Cruella DeVille, if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will...

and

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day...

So I can really only tag some other poor sap parent who has to listen to that crap. :D
 

jsw

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I have a targeted virus that I can't pass on.

My daughter has been singing the following:

"There's a chicken in my pants, oh yeah.

There's a chicken in my pants, oh yeah.

I'm tellin' you: there's a chicken in my pants, uh uh.

I don't know how it got there but it's tickling my legs."

I have no freaking idea where this song came from, and, since it has evolved over the past couple of days, I have to conclude it's an original. It also has its own dance now.

While it was beginning to annoy me, it does have the protective effect of keeping other viral tunes out. Reading the thread, yes, I did get a bit of "whoa-oh whoa-oh whoa, she's a laaady", but it faded fast, like someone turned down the volume. Then up came "Chicken in my Pants" to take over.

If I just knew the right Euro-techno music to set it to, I could probably make millions and thus pass the virus on to you all. As it stands though, I suffer alone.
 

wdlove

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I also just had a delicious Chicken Pot Pie last Sunday at Charley's.

I often have things that run through my head, mind racing. Just like a joke, can't remember one at the moment. As mentioned, jingles from commercials are common. Which is exactly what the ad agency wants.