December 16, 2010

"A middle-aged woman known as SM blithely reaches for poisonous snakes..."

"... giggles in haunted houses and once, upon escaping the clutches of a knife-wielding man, didn’t run but calmly walked away. A rare kind of brain damage precludes her from experiencing fear of any sort...."

28 comments:

David said...

All About Eve.

Lem said...

The key is not to do things blithely.

Lincolntf said...

Heh. Dems just bailed on the Omnibus.
We win.

Mark said...

The question begged is how she's managed to survive.

wv: splaggad -- that's what I would have expected.

Sixty Grit said...
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Trooper York said...

You know I misread this post. I thought you wrote "SP" and said to myself.....oh another Sarah Palin thread.

Sixty Grit said...
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rhhardin said...

It's estrogen deficiency.

The test would be spiders.

Saint Croix said...

ooo, girl daredevil.

Saint Croix said...

if only she were blind, too

edutcher said...

Well, they've always said there's a fine line between bravery and insanity.

Now we have proof.

Revenant said...

We have such a strong sense of self, of having a distinct personality and mind independent of our physical body. It is strange to realize just how much of our "self" is pure biology.

John Stodder said...

This condition is at least well-enough known to have inspired an episode of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" about 10 years ago. The villain had this condition, and Detective Goren figured it out and played him accordingly.

chr1 said...

I heard she voted for Obama.

Methadras said...

Is the No Fear company going to hire this woman? They should or they should change their name to Destroyed Amygdala.

ironrailsironweights said...

Guaranteed she's not courageous enough to defy the pressures of modern fashion and go unshaved :(

Peter

traditionalguy said...

Revenant...Speak for your self.

madAsHell said...

Revenant -

Have you biological children?....my son is the same genius I was!

How the hell did he live through that?!?!?!

traditionalguy said...

Her DNA defect be in many in Scots-Irish, or they have a greater need to defeat something than they do to fear it. they usually explain that that Fear is a useless emotion...unless you can cause fear within your opponents.

traditionalguy said...

The Tea Party has just instilled enough fear into enough Dem Senators to stop Reid's Porkulus III. How long is it until the next election?

EDH said...

I'm thinking that this might be her.

bgates said...

The question begged is

That question may be raised (and it's a good one), but it isn't begged. Begging the question would be something like saying the reason she's not afraid of anything is that she doesn't feel fear.

Revenant said...

Revenant...Speak for your self.

Very well, traditionalguy. I apologize for suggesting you have a strong sense of self or a distinct personality. :)

William said...

Typical Obama voter.

Penny said...

EDH that made me laugh, even though the episode itself was pretty scary.

Did you happen to see the gunman's wife on TV today? She was smiling wide for the cameras while pretty much blaming the school board for her husband's actions. VERY bizarre.

Fred4Pres said...

amygdala? Is that anywhere near the medulla oblongata?

What does Mama Althouse have to say?

Juba Doobai! said...

IOW, her condition makes her a ripe candidate for a Darwin Award since she's got no fight/flight impulses.

Juba Doobai! said...

Traditional Guy, I met a black guy once; he told me his ancestry consisted of African, Comanche, Scots, Irish. Man, having read a lot of Louis L'Amour, I burbled, you have, running through you, the blood of some of the greatest fighting men in American history. Ah, said he, I didn't know that; that explains why my brothers and I are so combative. He went away quite excited at the thought of how his ancestry impacted on his behavior.