By: Jeff Freeman
Re: Brain Explosion
: How To Tell If Your Head's About To Blow Up
: From the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS, May 24, 1994
: MOSCOW-- Doctors are blaming a rare electrical imbalance in the brain
: for the bizarre death of a chess player whose head literally exploded
: in the middle of a championship game!
: No one else was hurt in the fatal explosion but four players and three
: officials at the Moscow Candidate Masters' Chess Championships were
: sprayed with blood and brain matter when Nikolai Titov's head suddenly
: blew apart. Experts say he suffered from a condition called
: Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis or HCE.
: "He was deep in concentration with his eyes focused on the board," says
: Titov's opponent, Vladimir Dobrynin. "All of a sudden his hands flew to
: his temples and he screamed in pain. Everyone looked up from their
: games, startled by the noise. Then, as if someone had put a bomb in his
: cranium, his head popped like a firecracker."
: Incredibly, Titiov's is not the first case in which a person's head has
: spontaneously exploded. Five people are known to have died of HCE in
: the last 25 years. The most recent death occurred just three years ago
: in 1991, when European psychic Barbara Nicole's skull burst. Miss
: Nicole's story was reported by newspapers worldwide, including WWN.
: "HCE is an extremely rare physical imbalance," said Dr. Anatoly
: Martinenko, famed neurologist and expert on the human brain who did the
: autopsy on the brilliant chess expert. "It is a condition in which the
: circuits of the brain become overloaded by the body's own electricity.
: The explosions happen during periods of intense mental activity when
: lots of current is surging through the brain. Victims are highly
: intelligent people with great powers of concentration. Both Miss Nicole
: and Mr. Titov were intense people who tended to keep those cerebral
: circuits overloaded. In a way it could be said they were literally too
: smart for their own good."
: Although Dr. Martinenko says there are probably many undiagnosed cases,
: he hastens to add that very few people will die from HCE. "Most people
: who have it will never know. At this point, medical science still
: doesn't know much about HCE. And since fatalities are so rare it will
: probably be years before research money becomes available."
: In the meantime, the doctor urges people to take it easy and not think
: too hard for long periods of time. "Take frequent relaxation breaks
: when you're doing things that take lots of mental focus," he recommends.
: Although HCE is very rare, it can kill. Dr. Martinenko says knowing you
: have the condition can greatly improve your odds of surviving it. A
: "yes" answer to any three of the following seven questions could mean
: that you have HCE:
: Does your head sometimes ache when you think too hard? (Head pain
: can indicate overloaded brain circuits.)
: Do you ever hear a faint ringing or humming sound in your ears? (It
: could be the sound of electricity in the skull cavity.)
: Do you sometimes find yourself unable to get a thought out of your
: head? (This is a possible sign of too much electrical activity in the
: cerebral cortex.)
: Do you spend more than five hours a day reading, balancing your
: checkbook, or other thoughtful activity? (A common symptom of HCE is a
: tendency to over-use the brain.)
: When you get angry or frustrated do you feel pressure in your
: temples? (Friends of people who died of HCE say the victims often
: complained of head pressure in times of strong emotion.)
: Do you ever overeat on ice cream, doughnuts and other sweets? (A
: craving for sugar is typical of people with too much electrical pressure
: in the cranium.)
: Do you tend to analyze yourself too much? (HCE sufferers are often
: introspective, "over-thinking" their lives.)
I believe it. It was in a newspaper, after all.