No Laughing Matter

Cataplexy, is a condition suffered since childhood by Claire Scott of Jersey, UK. The condition causes her to drop off to sleep when laughing. She recently dropped off after her 5 year old told her a joke. Just wait till that kid is a teen, " Let me tell mom a joke and we can sneak out."
     Posted By: patty - Wed May 25, 2011

Wow, I have heard of sleeping sickness but not this. Not in humans anyway, but I remember a story about some kind of sheep that fall over when frightened. Interesting.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/25/11 at 09:31 PM
Not sheep Patty, they are goats. And they do fall over in a dead faint when surprised or frightened.

But the oddest malady I have ever heard of was from a woman I sat next to on an airplane flight. She was sneezing about every 15 to 20 seconds followed by a rather loud moan of pleasure. As we got to talking she eventually told me that she had a very rare condition that caused her to have an orgasm every time she sneezed. I asked her if she was taking anything for it and she replied"yes, black pepper". 😉
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 05/25/11 at 11:14 PM
:lol: rotflmao! You got me Yogi, I was not expecting that.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/25/11 at 11:48 PM
The goats don't "faint" their muscles lock up.

And I was about to call "snopes" on you, Yogi, for that sneezing story.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/26/11 at 10:54 AM

You are correct, while they are called "fainting goats" they actually don't faint. They just topple over or have their knees buckle and it looks like they fainted, thus the name.

Here is some info from this WEB SITE

Fast Facts About Fainting Goats!
Fainting goats are also called myotonic goats, due to their myotonic gene.

Fainting goats have a variety of names including: scare goats, myotonic goats, stiff-legged goats, or nervous goats.

They originally came from Nova Scotia but they were first recorded in history, from Marshall County, TN, back in the 1880s.

A man named, Tinsley moved to Marshall County, Tennessee bringing four goats and a cow. His goats showed nervous, strange, tendencies. When they became startled, their leg muscles would, temporarily, become rigid causing them to lose their balance and fall over!

 When myotonia, (stiffening of the muscles) sets in, they may not, completely, loose their balance and fall over. Their knees may just buckle, instead.

When placed in extreme stress or fear, their epinephrine and cortisol, (fight or flight hormones), cause increased muscle tension. Myotonia, actually, helps build more muscle!
They do not loose conscious, are not having a seizure, and their central nervous system is fine. Their muscles just tighten up and relax. This startled condition only lasts for about ten to fifteen seconds, then they are up and running again!

These goat breeds were almost extinct by the 1980s but are now thriving throughout the world. Marshall County, Tennessee is named the “cradle” of the Myotonic goat. They have lived here for decades.

Keep in mind that just because a goat faints does not mean it is a "Tennessee fainting goat". Know their other characteristics.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 05/26/11 at 11:22 AM
@Expat again

There is actually a disorder where sneezing and orgasm are related. but it is not a female disorder, it is male. And it works the other way around, the orgasm brings on a sneezing session.

Here is a LINK to a site that explains it.

But wouldn't it be nice if it was that easy. I bet the price of black pepper would skyrocket. 😉
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 05/26/11 at 11:39 AM
A sense of humor is both healing and freeing Steve, you should get one.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/28/11 at 08:37 PM
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