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Kay Underwood, a 20-year-old girl from England, becomes temporarily paralyzed every time she has a fit of giggles. She suffers from cataplexy, a muscle weakness triggered by extreme emotions, which results in her collapsing when she laughs, although she can still retain her hearing during all instances of paralysis. (Another person with a similar condition collapses when he experiences "extreme smugness.") You'd expect that people would be understanding and sympathetic, right? One asshole woman hit her over the head after Underwood inconvenienced her by collapsing on some stairs and The Daily Mail takes pictures of her mid-giggle for their article (real nice, you guys!). Underwood says that she is currently on medication to help control her condition. [Daily Mail]

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@NefariousNewt: I am, thanks. I was mystically and suddenly struck with an extremely painful but completely harmless condition: "primary stabbing headache" also called "ice pick headaches" because they feel like you are being stabbed in the back of the head without warning and end before you know what happened. The average person gets maybe two to five a day on a bad day. I was getting them every minute to 15 seconds for two days straight and couldn't function. That scared the shit out of me.

FORTUNATELY, it's much better now and controlled.