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Man becomes genius after head injury

Bar Fight Turns College Dropout Into Math Genius

This sounds like the premise of a superhero movie: A college dropout suffered a serious head injury after being mugged -- and came out a genius.

43-year-old Jason Padgett was knocked unconscious by two men in 2002 after leaving a karaoke bar near his home.

At the time, he was a 31-year-old community college dropout and raising a daughter.

He had absolutely NO interest in academics, let alone numbers -- unless it had something to do with his bar tab.

Today, he's much different. Scientists say the damage he suffered after his attack forced his brain to overcompensate in areas most people aren't able to access -- something called 'acquired ­savant syndrome.'

Now, he's able to see complex geometric shapes in everyday life.

According to the New York Post, Padgett 'is one of a few people in the world who can draw approximations of fractals, the repeating geometric patterns that are building blocks of everything in the known universe, by hand.'

The Post also notes that, in Padgett's eyes, 'tree leaves outside his window are evidence of Pythagoras' Theorem. The arc that light makes when it bounces off his car proves the power of Pi.'

He also told the Post that when he pours cream into his coffee, he 'watches the cream stirred into the brew. The perfect spiral is an important shape to me. It's a fractal. Suddenly, it's not just my morning cup of joe, it's geometry speaking to me.'

He eventually came to the conclusion that circles don't exist: '... the circle I saw was subdivided by light rays, and I realized each ray was really a representation of Pi. ... It was like a bomb went off in my mind. In a matter of minutes, I was no longer just a receiver of geometric imagery or a researcher; I was a theorist.'

There are only 40 people in the world with Padgett's condition.

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ectullis April 22 2014 at 4:53 PM

So why aren't all football plyersa geniuses?

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Robert April 22 2014 at 7:10 PM

Only thing I got when I was knocked out was a concussion.

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Don Byrd April 22 2014 at 7:11 PM

Two videos at once - can't turn them off...if I mute my sound it comes back on if I try to scroll to simply read this article.TERIBLE TECH SERVICE...AOL YOU SUCK!

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The Canoli King Don Byrd April 22 2014 at 7:22 PM

I have the same problem.what the hell is going on?

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Roger The Canoli King April 22 2014 at 8:11 PM


The only service company worse is Time Warner. I have to put up with both of these two UGH!

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Joan April 22 2014 at 7:11 PM

Now I have a headache!

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asdas April 22 2014 at 7:16 PM

Stop putting this stupid videos up. There is one video playing for every single tab on the slideshow. This is why AOL is the laughing stock of the internet. Get it together.

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Joy April 22 2014 at 7:18 PM

You guys at AOL, you've got technical difficulties. I solved it by turning my sound off.

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capitalentinc1 April 22 2014 at 7:19 PM

That condition plus a dollar ought to get him a cup of coffee

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Buddy Maxwell capitalentinc1 April 22 2014 at 8:13 PM

Einstein was called a genius with an IQ of 165, but had difficulty tying his own shoes!

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wb7ptr Buddy Maxwell April 22 2014 at 9:08 PM

Sometimes geniuses really excel at one or two things (like Math and Physics in his case) and suck at the rest. Einstein was known for getting lost in his own home town too.

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Rhonda April 22 2014 at 7:21 PM

I guess you could say, he had some sense knocked into that head of his! LOL

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petersenboatman April 22 2014 at 7:43 PM

Really AOL, open a link to a story & multiple videos run over one another. Poor job, need some help in IT ?

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MiLadyDre petersenboatman April 22 2014 at 7:49 PM

OK thought it was just my browser going nuts. Glad to know its AOL f'n up lol. smh

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wb7ptr petersenboatman April 22 2014 at 9:07 PM

I saw that. Sounded like about three videos running at the same time. AOL … get your filmmakers at it. They screwed up the editing or streaming i think!

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bonitoking61 April 22 2014 at 7:51 PM

So, can we now knock someone in the head if they are stupid?

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