I got from Jorge Guitart on the SUNY Buffalo poetry list.
>---------- Forwarded message ---------- > > >THE DREADED H.C.E. BRUINBLAST >> >> Babinski_Edfirstname.lastname@example.org writes: >> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; name="Oh great. This is JUST what I need to read!" >> > Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit >> > >> > : >MOSCOW - >> > : > >> > : >Doctors are blaming a rare electrical embalance in the brain for the >> > : >bizarre death of a chess player whose head literally exploded in the >> > : >middle of a championship game! >> > : > >> > : >No one else was hurt in the fatal explosion but four players and three >> > : >officials at the Moscow Candidate Masters' Chess Championships were >> > : >sprayed with blood and brain matter when Nicolai Titov's head suddenly >> > : >blew apart. Experts say he suffered from a condition called >> > : >Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis or HCE. >> > : > >> > : >"He was in deep concentration with his eyes focussed on the board," says >> > : >Titov's opponent, Vladimir Dobrynin. "All of a sudden his hands flew to >> > : >his temples and he screamed in pain. Everyone looked up from their games, >> > : >startled by the noise. Then, as if someone had put a bomb in his cranium, >> > : >his head popped like a firecracker." >> > : > >> > : >Incredibly, Titov's is not the first case in which a person's head >> > : >spontaneously exploded. Five people are known to have died of HCE in the >> > : >last 25 years. The most recent death occurred just three years ago in >> > : >1991, when European psychic Barbara Nicole's skull burst. Miss Nicole's >> > : >story was reported by newspapers worldwide, including WWN. "HCE is an >> > : >extremely rare physical imbalance," said Dr. Anatoly Martinenko, famed >> > : >neurologist and expert on the human brain who did the autopsy on the >> > : >brilliant chess expert. >> > : > >> > : >"It is a condition in which the circuits of the brain become overloaded >> > : >by the body's own electricity. The explosions happen during periods of >> > : >intense mental activity when lots of current is surging through the >> > : >brain. Victims are highly intelligent people with great powers of >> > : >concentration. Both Miss Nicole and Mr. Titov were intense people who >> > : >tended to keep those cerebral circuits overloaded. In a way it could be >> > : >said they were literally too smart for their own good." >> > : > >> > : >Although Dr. Martinenko says there are probably many undiagnosed cases, >> > : >he hastens to add that very few people will die from HCE. "Most people >> > : >who have it will never know. At this point, medical science still doesn't >> > : >know much about HCE. And since fatalities are so rare it will probably be >> > : >years before research money becomes available." >> > : > >> > : >In the meantime, the doctor urges people to take it easy and not think >> > : >too hard for long periods of time. "Take frequesnt relaxation breaks when >> > : >you're doing things that take lots of mental focus," he recommends. >> > : > >> > : >HOW TO TELL IF YOUR HEAD'S ABOUT TO BLOW UP: >> > : > >> > : >Although HCE is very rare, it can kill. Dr. Martinenko says knowing you >> > : >have the condition can greatly improve your odds of surviving it. A "yes" >> > : >answer to any three of the following seven questions could mean you have >> > : >HCE: >> > : > >> > : >1. Does your head sometimes ache when you think too hard? (Head pain can >> > : >indicate overloaded brain circuits.) >> > : > >> > : >2. Do you ever hear a faint ringing or humming sound in your ears? (It >> > : >could be the sound of electricity in the skull cavity.) >> > : > >> > : >3. Do you sometimes find yourself unable to get a thought out of your >> > : >head? (This is a possible sign of too much electrical activity in the >> > : >cerebral cortex.) >> > : > >> > : >4. Do you spend more than five hours a day reading, balancing your >> > : >checkbook, or other thoughtful activity? (A common symptom of HCE is a >> > : >tendency to over-use the brain.) >> > : > >> > : >5. When you get angry or frustrated do you feel pressure in your temples? >> > : >(Friends of people who died of HCE say the victims often complained of >> > : >head pressure in times of strong emotion). >> > : > >> > : >6. Do you ever overeat on ice cream, doughnuts, and other sweets? (A >> > : >craving for sugar is typical of people with too much electrical pressure >> > : >in the cranium.) >> > : > >> > : >7. Do you tend to analyze yourself too much? (HCE sufferers are often >> > : >introspective, "over-thinking" their lives.) >> .- >>>>>>>8. Do you spend more than 4 hours a day trying to find new meanings > in " u.p.UP" or in "atoms and ifs"?> > >mark the twy > > >-- > >
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