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August 12, 2003


NYT on 1952's "Great Smog

NYT on 1952's "Great Smog of London", in which coal-generated smog descended on the city and killed 4,000 people in a week due to respiratory difficulties.

Elsewhere in Science Times, a report on 'ear worms' -- songs you can't get out of your head. Among other revelations in the article: Brooklyn has limited the playing of the Mr. Softee jingle. Some other common parasitic tunes: the Kit-Kat jingle ("Gimme a break"), "Who Let the Dogs Out," Queen's "We Will Rock You," the theme to "Mission: Impossible," "Y.M.C.A.," "Whoomp, There It Is," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "It's A Small World After All."

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