By Eric Wendt
I’ve never liked going to the dentist. The idea of someone putting me under then poking around in my mouth fills me with dread (now I know how my date felt on prom night). But I never worried that I’d wake up after a root canal with a new accent. Apparently an Oregon woman named Karen Butler came out of a dental surgery speaking with an Irish brogue. I guess it could have been worse; she could have woken up sounding like she was from New Jersey.
According to Dental Health Magazine (they have a fuckin’ magazine?):
The woman has undergone several tests and the doctors diagnosed her with what is called “foreign accent syndrome”.
This is basically a neurological disorder that is quite rare, and which currently affects around 100 people in the entire world.
The doctors who examined Butler were quite puzzled, since this neurological disorder is generally attributed to people who suffer other kinds of brain damages such as stroke.
Some people think she’s faking it for attention. Even if she is, she deserves credit for originality. Either way, I like to imagine the rest of her life will go something like this.