There’s only one person known to have it. Her story is here.
Her symptoms? A preternatural memory.
Give her any date, and she can
recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred . . .
[She] remembers trivial details as clearly as major events. Asked what happened on Aug 16, 1977, she knew that Elvis Presley had died, but she also knew that a California tax initiative passed on June 6 of the following year, and a plane crashed in Chicago on May 25 of the next year, and so forth. Some may have had a personal meaning for her, but some did not.
She’s not an idiot savant. She’s a “fully functioning person.”
Now–isn’t this typical!–she’s been kidnapped by scientists and is being held in a lab where they’re preparing to run a series of MRIs . . . ha ha ha, just kidding about the kidnapping part. She’s volunteered to be studied. We guess.
(I wonder if her mother ate a lot of eggs.)
Update: First link broken, is now fixed!
[tags] Hyperthymestic syndrome [/tags]