Funny syndrome as in amusing, and also funny as in peculiar.
In China, 21 years ago, Xu Denghai was admitted to a Beijing hospital
with a twisted intestine caused by an excessive amount of time spent on his
hula hooping hobby.
Taking its name from the title character in Stanley Kubrick's epic 1964 black comedy movie - a crazed weapons specialists who would jerk his hand up involuntarily at the most awkward moments, it's another name for Alien Hand Syndrome, the neurological condition in which a patient's hand or arm jerks out of control, often doing the exact opposite of what is expected.
Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
Just like Alice's magical 'drink me' potion, sufferers perceiving a bizarre growth in body parts, or the body as a whole.
In rare cases the patient may even think their body, or parts of it, are actually shrinking. As well as distorting the perception of objects, the syndrome can also distort time, sound, touch and make the ground feel sponge-like.
This sounds like a childhood excuse, but is a genuine medical phenomenon.
UHS was first diagnosed in France and can begin in childhood or occur suddenly in later life. The hair is often incredibly fine, leading to the nickname, 'spun-glass syndrome', and although it can be clean, knot free and kink free, the hair cannot be combed into any kind of order. See more on 'Bad Hair Days'.
The patient believes there are loud noises - like bomb explosions, gun
fire, or cymbals crashing, but they are only happening inside their own
Sometimes the sounds can be accompanied by the perception of bright flashes and, understandably, can cause the patient extreme shock and anxiety.
A disorder which makes a sufferer believe that a friend, partner, parent or other loved one has been replaced with an identical imposter.
Named after Joseph Capgras, a French psychiatrist who first described the disorder in 1923, the condition can be short or long term and even disturb the perception of time itself.
One of the most bizarre and rare neurological conditions, F A S is thought to be the result of damage to part of the speech centre of the brain.
Florida woman Tiffany Roberts recovered from a stroke and could only speak in a stiff English accent, and started using very English terms such as 'loo', despite never having been to England or having known many English people.
Karen Butler, a 56-year-old tax consultant from Toledo, Oregon, suffered
from FAS after dental surgery - her American twang transforming into a broad
This weird condition was noted as far back as 1786. Sufferers generate electric charges capable of shorting electronic equipment or causing lights to explode.
One recorded example of this was French girl Angelique Cotton, from Finistere in Brittany, who was said to have been able to generate massive static electricity which could attract or repel objects.
Walking Corpse Syndrome
This rare disorder sees people hold a delusional belief that they are dead or do not exist. In some cases they believe they are literally rotting away or have lost their blood or internal organs.
Not So Funny Syndrome: Chronic Lateness
Jim has been late for everything - late for work, late for football matches, late for holidays. He's left women stood waiting on a first date, turned up to meals with friends hours after he should have and even arrived for funerals long after they've begun. But now his poor timekeeping has been diagnosed as a medical condition - Chronic Lateness Syndrome.
His family still don't believe him. They think he's just making excuses. But Jim says that knowing it's a real condition and that it's not his fault has really helped him.
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