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24th Apr '18 5:29:48 AM gothelittle
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*** On the other hand, a person with grapheme-color synesthesia may have delays in picking out certain letters (and have a childhood frustration with alphabet refrigerator magnets) if the letters are depicted in the "wrong" color.
23rd Feb '18 1:37:58 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lisbeth Salander is a combination of TheRainman, DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].

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* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lisbeth Salander is a combination of TheRainman, DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, to have UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, ruthlessness and flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. independence. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with an incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, upbringing, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day modern Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].system as an orphan with an AmbiguousDisorder.
22nd Feb '18 1:38:59 PM cwf123
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* Creator/ChristianFrates, is able to make videos and tons of voice work as well as a photographic memory with near perfect recall. For example, the first time he saw WesternAnimation/Shrek2 was at May 21st, 2004 at the Hanover Mall with his father.
16th Jan '18 8:31:18 AM Sakubara
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** In his review of the game, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] pointed out how common this trope is in horror, and suspects Alma of ''F.E.A.R.'' and Cheryl of ''Silent Hill'' of being examples as well.

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** In his review of the game, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] pointed out how common this trope is in horror, and suspects Alma of ''F.E.A.R.'' and Cheryl of ''Silent Hill'' of being examples as well.well (although these are just [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guesses]] that are currently unconfirmed).
7th Jan '18 1:52:53 AM Fireblood
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss Daniel Tammet]], who unlike most savants "learned enough social skills to function in society" and (most intriguing for scientists) can actually describe his mental state. In the linked documentary ("The Boy With The Incredible Brain" in the UK and [[CulturalTranslation "Brain Man"]] in the US), he recites pi to 500 places and even meets the real Rainman and counts cards in Vegas. spoiler: He gets a ''[[UpToEleven triple Black Jack]]'' when he splits what would've been three 7s. Incredibly, he claims that when doing complex arithmetic all he's doing is describing the "landscapes" created by his synesthesia.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss Daniel Tammet]], who unlike most savants "learned enough social skills to function in society" and (most intriguing for scientists) can actually describe his mental state. In the linked documentary ("The Boy With The Incredible Brain" in the UK and [[CulturalTranslation "Brain Man"]] in the US), he recites pi to 500 places and even meets the real Rainman and counts cards in Vegas. spoiler: He Spoiler: he gets a ''[[UpToEleven triple Black Jack]]'' when he splits what would've been three 7s. Incredibly, he claims that when doing complex arithmetic all he's doing is describing the "landscapes" created by his synesthesia.



* Neurologist Oliver Sacks met autistic twins who would later become the inspiration for the Rainman character. Instead of just being good at counting, however, they could, as they described, ''see'' primes. The toothpick scene in Rainman was actually taken from a similar incident in real life, but with matches. After seing the matches fall, the twins instantly count to 111, then say 37 three times, which Sacks noted is a prime number, and that 3 * 37 = 111. Sacks recorded another incident where he would communicate with the twins by using primes, as part of a game they developed between the two. Unfortunately, they were both "treated" to operate without each other to fufill a role in society, which Sacks noted took away everything unique and special about them. Sacks's entire documentation of the twins can be found in the book ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat]]''.
** Sacks himself suffers from prosopagnosia (face blindness), and as of 2010 lost vision in his right eye, which may help him relate to his patients.

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* Neurologist Oliver Sacks met autistic twins who would later become the inspiration for the Rainman character. Instead of just being good at counting, however, they could, as they described, ''see'' primes. The toothpick scene in Rainman was actually taken from a similar incident in real life, but with matches. After seing the matches fall, the twins instantly count to 111, then say 37 three times, which Sacks noted is a prime number, and that 3 * 37 = 111. Sacks recorded another incident where he would communicate with the twins by using primes, as part of a game they developed between the two. Unfortunately, they were both "treated" to operate without each other to fufill fulfill a role in society, which Sacks noted took away everything unique and special about them. Sacks's entire documentation of the twins can be found in the book ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat]]''.
** Sacks himself suffers suffered from prosopagnosia (face blindness), and as of 2010 lost vision in his right eye, which may might help him relate to his patients.



* In one of his books, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould describes a young man named Jesse who's a Savant: He would be considered intellectual disabled in nearly every area of development, except that he has incredible instictive skill with day-date calculation. Give him any date in the future or past, and he can instantly tell you what day of the week it was/will be. At the end, Gould reveals that Jesse is [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming his own son]]]].

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* In one of his books, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould describes a young man named Jesse who's a Savant: He he would be considered intellectual disabled in nearly every area of development, except that he has incredible instictive skill with day-date calculation. Give him any date in the future or past, and he can instantly tell you what day of the week it was/will be. At the end, Gould reveals that Jesse is [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming his own son]]]].
11th Oct '17 6:39:23 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Film/RainMan'' is, naturally, the TropeNamer.

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* ''Film/RainMan'' is, naturally, the TropeNamer.TropeNamer, being severely mentally impaired but having superhuman counting abilities.
25th Jul '17 1:08:00 PM Larkmarn
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* Brian from ''WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist'' happens to be one. He has an eidetic memory and had 100% in all his maths exams.
8th Jul '17 1:38:28 PM nombretomado
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** Which nobody ever did: November 3rd, 1957 was a Sunday, according to both Linux' cal(1) function and TheOtherWiki.

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** Which nobody ever did: November 3rd, 1957 was a Sunday, according to both Linux' cal(1) function and TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
23rd Jun '17 12:07:58 AM rjd1922
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-> ''"...Amy pulls her weight by having the power to heal [the player], create cones of silence and telekinetically blast things aside. Obviously. I'd be rather put out if she didn't. In horror circles, small, mute, autistic girls are second in power only to [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] listening to people fucking."''

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-> ''"...Amy pulls her weight by having the power to heal [the player], create cones of silence and telekinetically blast things aside. Obviously. I'd be rather put out if she didn't. In horror circles, small, mute, autistic girls are second in power only to [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] [[DeathBySex listening to people fucking.fucking]]."''
30th May '17 7:09:57 PM nombretomado
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** "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" -- Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer at Mr. Burns' casino, and two men resembling Charlie and Raymond Babbit from ''RainMan'' are at the blackjack table. Homer is impressed by Raymond's card-counting abilities ... until "Raymond" hears a roulette wheel spinning and starts mimicking the opening spiel of ''WheelOfFortune''; Homer tries to restrain "Raymond", who begins to panic and beat the palm of his hand against his head... after which Homer begins to do the same!

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** "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" -- Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer at Mr. Burns' casino, and two men resembling Charlie and Raymond Babbit from ''RainMan'' are at the blackjack table. Homer is impressed by Raymond's card-counting abilities ... until "Raymond" hears a roulette wheel spinning and starts mimicking the opening spiel of ''WheelOfFortune''; ''Series/WheelOfFortune''; Homer tries to restrain "Raymond", who begins to panic and beat the palm of his hand against his head... after which Homer begins to do the same!
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