Friday, September 28, 2007

Czech Teenager Wakes Up From Crash Speaking Perfect English

As further evidence that the average human mind possesses incredible latent abilities, a Czech speedway driver who was recently knocked unconscious in a crash was reported to have come out of his coma with a previously unknown ability to speak perfect and fluid English. 18-year-old Matej Kus was unconscious for about 45 minutes after the accident, but when he woke up he conversed fluidly in English with paramedics. Perhaps even more oddly, he spoke in a clear English accent. The teenager had just recently begun to study the language and his friends and teammates describe his previous language skills as "basic at best".

Peter Waite, who works for Kus's team, the Berwick Bandits, said, "I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was in a really clear English accent, no dialect or anything. Whatever happened in the crash must have rearranged things in his head."

Kus had some English language training prior to the incident, but those who knew him well say it couldn't possibly account for his instantaneous and perfect command of the language."Before his crash Matej's use of the English language was broken, to put it mildly.

He was only just making a start on improving it and struggled to be understood, but was keen to learn," explained Waite. "Yet here we were at the ambulance door listening to Matej talking to the medical staff in perfect English. Matej didn't have a clue who or where he was when he came round. He didn't even know he was Czech. It was unbelievable to hear him talk in unbroken English.

"Kus strange and sudden ability eventually disappeared as he recovered. Presently, he cannot remember the accident itself nor the following two days. But he says after hearing what happened, he is now very interested in studying English.He told the Daily Mail, through an interpreter: "It's unbelievable that I was speaking English like that, especially without an accent. Hopefully I can pick English up over the winter for the start of next season so I'll be able to speak it without someone having to hit me over the head first. There must be plenty of the English language in my subconscious so hopefully I'll be able to pick it up quickly next time.

"The type of phenomena experienced by Kus is rare, but not unheard of. Usually in concurrence with some sort of brain trauma, or disorder, several notable cases exist where individuals were inexplicably able to use savant-like abilities to make incredible mental calculations or perform stunning feats of memory. In some cases, the new ability was a permanent "improvement" on the individual's otherwise normal mental capacity.

Such was the case for Orlando Serrell, who did not possess any unusual skills until he was struck by a baseball on the left side of his head on August 17, 1979 when he was ten years old. Serrell suffered from a long headache, but after the headache ended, Orlando inexplicably had the ability to perform calculations of amazing complexity. He can also recall details of his life, like the weather, where he was, and what he was doing every day since the day his head was struck.

Mind expert Allan Snyder of the University of Sydney and director of Center for the Mind, is certain that all people possess incredible latent abilities, but only some are able to express them through "malfunctions" of overriding brain functions whether through brain trauma or certain forms of autism."They are exceptional in that they can tap in and somehow we can't. They have privileged access," explained Snyder.Snyder is currently involved in research to find a way to safely (as in no baseball bat involved) activate these "savant" abilities without compromising normal brain functioning.

Posted by Rebecca Sato

*Note: The average Daily Galaxy reader tends to be on the more intelligent side, but just in case you're the one idiot who's reading this-please do not injure your head in an attempt to gain a new ability! Since this phenomenon is incredibly rare, you are much, much more likely to sustain brain damage than you are to unlock a new mental skill.

There could be several explanations for this: A past life as an Englishman or a temporary walk in that had previously been English. The mind is very complex so there could be many reasons but those two come to my mind - Aileen

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