Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sick Fun

Exploding Head Syndrome: Do you have it? We do! How cool is that? It's not, as some might think, the result of cognitive dissonance, but, as w/ so many syndromes, it's all in the mind, baby:

Exploding head syndrome (a.k.a. — oh, that’s the actual name?)

Well, no, I won’t suggest it. That was just a cheap literary ploy since EHS has nothing to do with Devil’s grip — or physical afflictions of any kind, for that matter. In fact, out of all the diseases on this list, it’s probably the one you’d be most likely to volunteer to contract just to be able to say you had it. According to the American Sleep Association, “Exploding head syndrome is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.” Fortunately, despite having perhaps the most violent name in medicine, “exploding head syndrome is not dangerous” and “has no elements of pain, swelling or any other physical trait associated with it.”
Really. Happens rarely, & only when we are drifting off to sleep (Which is why we seldom remember that it's happened, & therefore haven't been agonizing over it or caring much.) but we remembered/recognized it when we read about it.

Besides all the crap in our mind, can you guess the physiological syndrome we have that affects 18%-35% of the species? We bet you can't. We'll place an even larger bet on your not giving a flying fuck.


Anonymous said...

Very amusing idea

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Getting old?

M. Bouffant said...

Downward Spiral Editor:
Why yes, yes we are. Doesn't have anything to do w/ these irksome conditions, however.

M. Bouffant said...

Amusement Editor:
Yup. Cracks us up hearing the blood vessels in our brain exploding.

jim said...

Been there, heard that - but not often, thank heavens ... & yes, the brainbomb waits until I'm just drifting off to Snoozetown to detonate.

Fixer said...

I never knew there was a name for it and I thought it was just me. Amazing what you learn around here (figured I smoked too much dope or something). Now I can tell the Mrs. my head explodes 3 times a week.

M. Bouffant said...

Big Head Ed.:
We were just as amazed to find we aren't the only ones.

Is there a correlation between this & web activity? (Or sleep apnea?)