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.

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*Smashes head into wall*

"Yeah, it's big brain time!"

Author — Dylan Brodie

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Becomes genius, opens a furniture store.

Author — Rusty Shackleford

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remember when Patrick ran off a cliff and became smart for half an episode
ring a bell?

Author — Lord Floofus of Woofenstein III

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Let's hope those guys at the bar have produced many geniuses over the years.

Author — 51516

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

Author — Andy H

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When I was young I decided to go to medical school. At the entrance exam, we were asked to rearrange the letters P N E I S and form the name of an important human body part which is most useful when erect. Those who answered SPINE are doctors today, while the rest are on youtube.
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Author — Robert Paden

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What if this guy invents time travel and he goes back in time to beat himself up so he invents time travel

Author — Sweeps

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"Everything is math"

Stops watching

lays down




Wait I am doing math

Author — Naruto Nine tails

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Gets beat up by bullies? I think I know why nerds are smart?

Author — Oscar Villarreal

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

Author — BaKeDCrAcKer

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"Sleeping for 3 days and wakeing up to make myself go back to sleep" i felt that and been there.

Author — PAUL MARTINEZ LMT

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Body: *Gets beat up"
Brain: " I'm gonna do what they call a pro gamer moment"

Author — Burnt Percentage

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Can somebody hate on me and hit and abuse me in public pls? My math grade is not that good

Author — Mini Fanum

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Parents: you'll never get anywhere banging your head againts a wall.
Me: Hold my bricks

Author — Nappypuff

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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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Accidentally watched this on his 17th anniversary of his attack

Author — SlenderFox

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those guys "beat the sense" into him?

Author — Hollow Moon

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He protecc

He attacc
But most

Hey get smack and learn math

Author — Ggpp Llaa

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Are we just gonna ignore how this all happened on Friday 13?

Author — Rena Whitlock

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Him: *gets hit and becomes a genius*


Me: *trips and isn't able to study anymore*

Author — s u n f l o w e r