Google Adsense has served up some odd things through Gmail before including bed-wetting clothing and feminine care products.Â Today I was served up an ad for Topamax, an anti-convulsant.Â Is there something in my mailing pattern or search trends to indicate I’m epileptic?
I made the following joke today through a long strain of association.
Q: What did the epileptic get at the restaurant instead of the soup?Continue reading
Over the summer Andy Clarke, OSR’s MI-5 liaison mentioned that the term ‘brainstorm ‘ wasn’t used in the UK as proper term was ‘thought shower’ as to not offend epileptics.Â Anyway, in 2005 a survey of charities and mental health workers found that the vast majority (93%) found the term inoffensive, once again showing the legendary senses of humor of epileptics.Â Thinking that the offensiveness of brainstorm had been manufactured I was delighted to find the following foot note in Oliver Sacks new book Musicophilia:
“Victorian physicians used the vivid term ‘brainstorms’ to apply not only to epilepsies but to migraines, hallucinations, tics, nightmares, manias, and excitements of all kinds.” (Sacks, 74)