Friday, April 1, 2011

It all makes sense!

If you have ever approached me suddenly, come up towards me from out-of-sight (or even from a foot away), casually said my name while I was doing something may be aware that I'll jump. Or screetch. And in really special unique cases, slap (sorry Marcus). At my (awesome) job, you get the responsibility of once a month being the front-desk back-up. I clicked around on the internet for a few minutes to check the news while I waited for the vaccumm to stop so I could begin some calls, and I came across this gem of an article below. Please note this particular section:

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine: You really don't want to prank these guys on April Fools' Day. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine is an extremely rare neuropsychiatric disorder that causes an exaggerated startle reaction. Something as small as an unexpected poke in the ribs can cause sufferers to jump, scream, flail their arms, hit or throw things, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

I'm not self-diagnosing, but I do have a scapegoat now for when I get easily startled.

Please excuse me while I print this for my office door...


  1. Hilarious! I will now make sure to take a few giant steps back whenever I poke you. Be aware that I am calling you tonight. Your phone may ring suddenly...