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    A question about how the mind works

    This is serious and I hope we can stay on topic. I was out hiking in Big Bend today with a friend and for no reason on earth that I can imagine, I started singing a commercial tune from the 1950's. I have never smoked, chewed or dipped, but I sang out with "Bull Of The Wood...Chewing Tobacco". If you have never heard the commercial on the radio the words will mean little. The 'Bull of the Woods' is in a deep resonant voice and then the 'Chewing Tobacco' is in a higher, softer voice. Where does such come from? No, I don't really remember what I had for breakfast, but I remember a radio ad from 60 years ago out of the clear blue? How does this amazing thing we call a mind work?
    Ten years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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    It COULD be a "BRAIN THING"; maybe the "Bull of the Woods" commercial was DEEPLY engrained in YOUR cellular memory, like data stored in a computer, and SOMETHING triggered "access"; resulting in you singing it again. Your hike seems to be a "clue"; you were outdoor, with a friend.

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    Your memory bank is full. Hit control-alt-delete to reboot to 1970
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    Maybe an environmental sound or combination of sounds, something spoken, a bird call, branches breaking, the wind, etc, sounded off in a way that subconsciously triggered the memory of that song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_dirt View Post
    Maybe an environmental sound or combination of sounds, something spoken, a bird call, branches breaking, the wind, etc, sounded off in a way that subconsciously triggered the memory of that song.
    AGREE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_dirt View Post
    Maybe an environmental sound or combination of sounds, something spoken, a bird call, branches breaking, the wind, etc, sounded off in a way that subconsciously triggered the memory of that song.
    "breaking the wind"...just struck me funny, ha,ha

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    I don't think that anyone totally understands how the brain works.

    I have noticed with older relatives that they remember things from 60 years ago, better that an hour ago. Of course who would know......so it could be an act...
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    Quote Originally Posted by speter42 View Post
    "breaking the wind"...just struck me funny, ha,ha
    THAT too, I reckon...

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    Sometimes I hear a song, or smell a smell, or the wisp of a breeze takes me to another long ago place in my life. I feel ecstatic for a few moments as I'm back in that special time.

    If they figure out how to induce that, and make it last... I'd spend a little more time there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.B. View Post
    Sometimes I hear a song, or smell a smell, or the wisp of a breeze takes me to another long ago place in my life. I feel ecstatic for a few moments as I'm back in that special time.

    If they figure out how to induce that, and make it last... I'd spend a little more time there.
    NEVER heard of such being MORE than a "fleeting moment"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Maven View Post
    I don't think that anyone totally understands how the brain works.

    I have noticed with older relatives that they remember things from 60 years ago, better that an hour ago. Of course who would know......so it could be an act...
    Trust me, it is not an act. I can be in one room and get up to get something and forget what it is before I get there.
    Ten years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_dirt View Post
    Maybe an environmental sound or combination of sounds, something spoken, a bird call, branches breaking, the wind, etc, sounded off in a way that subconsciously triggered the memory of that song.
    I admit to any such possibility. I have spent a number of years out hiking in National Parks and other such places, yet I never thought of that jingle before. It is hard to describe if you never heard the ad back in the day. I cannot imagine what hit me at that moment, but obviously something did.
    Ten years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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    GrizLeeBear, you definantly got some engrams working in that brain 'o yours.
    Is this the commercial yous is reffering to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat-tekker-cat View Post
    GrizLeeBear, you definantly got some engrams working in that brain 'o yours.
    Is this the commercial yous is reffering to?

    Good heavens! Where did you find that? I know...The Internet. Ha! Now I'll be singing it for a week.

    In truth, I remember it as a radio ad on AM radio. It was just the words, "Bull of the woods" and then "Chewing Tobacco".

    Thank you.
    Ten years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizLeeBear View Post
    Good heavens! Where did you find that? I know...The Internet. Ha! Now I'll be singing it for a week.

    In truth, I remember it as a radio ad on AM radio. It was just the words, "Bull of the woods" and then "Chewing Tobacco".

    Thank you.
    Have NEVER seen it... THANKS!

 

 
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