I never knew thinking was a bad thing..
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    Member Adrian S's Avatar
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    I never knew thinking was a bad thing..

    This is an excerpt from a website i stumbled on whilst reading through a chess mailing list.. apparently it IS true..

    "Doctors are blaming a rare electrical imbalance 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 Nikolai Titov's head suddenly blewapart.
    Experts say he suffered from a condition called Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis
    or HCE.

    "He was deep in concentration with his eyes focused 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, Titiov's is not the first case in which a person's head has
    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 frequent relaxation breaks when you're
    doing things that take lots of mental focus," he recommends.

    (As a public service, WWN added a sidebar titled HOW TO TELL IF YOUR

    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 that 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
    (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.)"


    Maybe forcing kids to do lots of study isn't such a good idea

    Adrian S

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    I'm sorry, I can't believe that.

    I'm involved in the investigation of some pretty bizarre stuff of the biological kind, but that story is a little too bizarre, even for me.

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    The thinking person's days are numbered! No more thoughtfullness.

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    watch out for the thought police!!

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