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I have voices in my head — “earworms” of songs from 1970s TV commercials and show themes. How is it that we were designed to have old jingles play infinite loops in our brains? Last month it was the 1970s Burger King commercial: “Hold the pickles hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us … have it your way.”

Recently the theme from the 1960s western “Have Gun Will Travel” popped into my head and wouldn’t leave:

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