The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder is a rare ailment in which a person, when

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startled, will “jump, twitch, flail their limbs and obey commands given suddenly, even if it means hurting themselves or a loved one.”   The disorder was first observed in 1878 among lumberjacks in Maine but has been reported also among factory workers in Malaysia and Siberia. Some believe it results from a genetic mutation that blocks the calming of the central nervous system (but could be merely psychological, from the stress of working in close quarters).