Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis

In the pursuit of new material to plagiarize ... er, use for CPM, I happened upon a condition known as HCE, Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis.

Its a condition in which the circuits of the brain become overloaded by the body's own electricity. There've been quite a few cases where the head actually explodes, and in particular a Mr. Nikolai Titov (chess player) whose head befell this fate.

We chess enthusiasts must be at an increased risk of HCE due to the enormous stress and activity we encounter during a 4 or 5 hour and sometimes longer game. Have a look at the list below to see if you're at risk.

Is your head about to explode?

Although HCE is very rare, it can kill. 

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:

1. 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.)

2. Do you ever hear a faint ringing or humming sound in your ears? (It could be the sound of electricity in the skull cavity.)

3. Do you tend to analyse yourself too much? (HCE sufferers are often introspective, "over-thinking" their lives.)

4. 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.)

5. 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.)

6. 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.)

7. Does your head sometimes ache when you think too hard? (Head pain can indicate overloaded brain circuits.)

I suffer from No4 in a bad way :-)) I show signs of having all of the above symptoms. I've often thought that my head was going to pop, only to find my belt was way too tight for my rotund physique!