Posted by: Gregoryno6 | May 26, 2012

With apologies to El Campeador

… who sent me the link to this story several weeks ago, of a man who came out of a concussion with the ability to draw fractal images.

I’ve got a little skill with fractals myself. But my talent is several orders of magnitude below that of Jason Padgett.

You’re really got to hand it to him…

Quantum Hand, by Jason Padgett.

The medicos and scientifiicers have learnt this much from scans of the Padgett brain post-beating:

A scan of Padgett’s brain showed damage that was forcing his brain to overcompensate in certain areas that most people don’t have access to, Brogaard explained. The result was Padgett was now an acquired savant, meaning brilliant in a specific area.

These a-bump-on-the-head-changed-my-life stories are apparently becoming more common. Reminds me of a joke kit from years ago – the DIY Family Breakup Kit. The premise was that all the really great artists and successful people were all coming from broken homes – anyone who grew up with two loving parents under the same roof was therefore doomed to wage slavery and terminal mediocrity. So, screw up your mum and dad’s marriage, get screwed up yourself as a result and voila! Genius, fame and riches were bound to follow.

Will people start whacking themselves over the head with planks to emulate Jason’s transformation? It might not be such a good idea. Those bumps on the head can have unexpected consequences.


  1. LMFAO. Yeah, of the two choices, I’d rather be the Pathag, or however you spell the damn thing.

    Swishy Chrissie, has put a whole new meaning to the phrase..’just a little around the ears, please’.

    OH and never, ever say such concerning your talent, good fellow.

  2. Word of caution however..don’t let Chrissie, see your adaptation of this one, elsewise, well, you know..

    • “Let’s wax away all that unwanted body hair!” That’s how it would begin…

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