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Monday, January 5, 2009

Weird Quirks

I recently read a fascinating autobiography, Born on a Blue Day, written by a young man, Daniel Tammet, with Asperger Syndrome (higher functioning autism, basically). A must read!! In it he described a strange phenomenon he also has called synesthesia. He experiences numbers and words just as we do with letters and symbols but also as shapes, colors, textures and motions. I found this so interesting. What is it that formed these connections in his brain? Then I realized that I also have a wierd "thingy" in how I perceive the months of the year. Whenever I think of the months as a whole year I see them in my brain as a sort of "Z" shape something like this
DEC NOV OCT SEPT
...................AUGUST
............JULY
.............JUNE
............MAY

..................APRIL MARCH FEB JAN

Bizzare, right?
Ya know, I think we're all a little quirky though. Please nod your head and agree with me here.LOL! I have more quirks too. Did you know that I am a sectoral heterochromiac? One of my eyes is about 1/4 brown. Apparently, this is even more unusual than have two eyes of different color. Then right below the inner corner of my eyes along the tear ducts the outer skin is not completely closed. It functions fully. Just the outer skin hasn't quite closed. Strange, eh?

4 Comments:

Rita

Sounds like a very interesting book. It's probably overkill to ask if you've read "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime." It is written from the perspective of a 15 year-old boy with Asperger's. I loved it.

Lynn

Cool to have a book written by someone who lives daily with Aspergers...gives you a whole new viewpoint and insights too...As for your quirks...I love them all, you're a great woman in my book and when did you ever find the time to study your eyes so closely ???

In short, you totally rock ! And I liked you about 10 seconds after I first talked to you LOL !

The Bullknitter

Very interesting quirks. We all have them, like missing our gluteus minimae and mediae, one ear higher than the other, etc... I'll have to read that book, I have a nephew with Asperger's.

Atkin Family

I have a crooked belly button -- it's about 1 inch to the right!!! One of my doctors brought his nurse in to show her b/c he thought it was so unusual!! Guess that explains what's wrong with me --- I'm off center b/c of my belly button. I'd love to check the book out, thanks! Q