Meet the Accidental Genius

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In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome. The brain trauma opened his eyes to an entirely new world—one filled with patterns and strobes, like a stop-motion film. This is a fascinating story into the hidden power of the mind and one man’s inspiring tale of courage and personal triumph. The Acquired Savant is a film by Thomas Petersen.

This Great Big Film was made in collaboration with our friends at CNN Films. It is one of 12 short films that we will be releasing throughout the year. Stay tuned for more!



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The only man in the world to ever get some sense knocked into him.

Author — BaKeDCrAcKer

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He got punched to another dimension. Now he can see the fabric of space.

Author — Pim Willemsma

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Doctor: he have a concussion and a bleeding kidney
Also doctor: send him home

Author — Arkib Ilmu

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"So I got my ass kicked and basically unlocked my mind"

Joe Rogan: But have you ever tried DMT?

Author — David Wade

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This is basically when Squidward hit his head and turned into a model.

Author — Paco Sanderson

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I tried this so I could pass my math finals. I can’t move my fingers now


*edit:* I failed my finals

Author — Pear

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Wait so the doctor just told him he had a concussion and a bleeding kidney and then sent him home???

Author — i want to bigspoon link

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I wonder if the depression sleep phase was brain regeneration. Long phases of REM sleep. Like how babies sleep in the womb while their brains grow.

Author — theapplechapel

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"If he is a genius why is he still selling futons instead of teaching?"
He did the math. Selling futons is more profitable than teaching.

Author — Rhiethreal

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Notice how he cut off his mullet when he became intelligent.

Author — Andy H

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I’m going to beat myself up to become like him

Author — egg head

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Me: dad I want to learn a skill Dad: grabs a baseball bat

Author — Humble Fish

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Why isn't he teaching STEM instead of selling futons🤔

Author — Jazz Head

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*gets hit in the head
Brain: *"its morphin time!"*

Author — Bread Leaf

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There you go everyone, the secret is out. The reason Asians are good at math is because of all those beatings from the parents 😂😂😂.

Author — Mike Yoo

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The problem is, he's still just selling mattresses.

Author — Jason Bourne

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What I got out of this: Guy gets hit in head and likes to draw lines.

Author — Brand Hark

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Him : everything is MATH
Science genius : everything is SCIENCE
Me : everything is NONSENSE

Author — Izzah's Life

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I was an accident too.
But I'm not a genius.

Author — Kuchi - 口

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Wait?!?! My dad has been trying to make me a genius this whole time? I get it now. Thanks dad.

Author — 0oO bOi