I'm the oldest of four kids. My family has always had a strange sense of humor. I blame my mom for making us wear silly outfits as kids, for giving us a resiliency only gained through having lived through constant teasing.

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Cori and her sister, Natalie...the early years. Cori Skall
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While my brothers are almost in a class of their own, when it comes to oddball antics, my sister and I share a special bond through our weirdness. It's almost a competition, you could say.

As adults, our strange sense of humor has led to us adopting some strange habits.

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We may look like normal, grown-up sisters...but....Cori Skall
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For instance, if I call my sister, or she calls me, and we don't pick up, we have been known to sing a jingle or two into the other person's voicemail.

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We choose these jingles from local commercials we grew up watching on TV, here in the greater Bangor area.

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The goal of this action is to infect the other person with a tune that will haunt them for the rest of the day. A perfect promotional earworm, if you will. That way, every time we end up humming the tune to ourselves, along with the frustration of having that song stuck in our heads, we can't help but feel a nostalgic longing for the old days. It also tends to put a smile on our faces, because we've annoyed one another with love.

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So here are the 5 "Classic" Maine Jingles That Always Got Stuck In Our Head

5.) Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union

"Hometown Community Spirit, Hometown Community Pride."

4.) Captain Nick's Jingle...

Pretty self-explanatory.

3.) Marden's

We freaking loved these commercials.

2.) Northern Mattress And Furniture Gallery

Remember the guy with the dogs? (In this one, they're not featured of course, but they were always hanging out on the mattresses, and I could never understand why!) Although I can never remember all of the lyrics, the ones that count come out super loud when I'm singing them!

1.) Webb's RV

This is the BEST jingle to sing and get stuck in someone's head. Trust me. She hates it because it works SO well. The Sharpest Pencil is hands down one of the most classic and recognizable local jingles around. And it's so perfect for infecting ears.

So the next time you want to really test the limits of any of your important relationships, just call your target (usually at a time you know they can't pick up) and sing one of these beauties right into their voicemail.

You're welcome, in advance.

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