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  • There was a study in Russia of a man (left unnamed, referred to as Mr. X in the study) who had hyperthymesia, meaning he was born without the ability to forget anything. Phone numbers, bank accounts, scripts and books, snippets of conversation, emotions both good and bad, sensations both good and bad... well, you get the picture. He was almost normal until his mid-20s, when the information overload started getting to him. He died of suicide at the age of 32.
    • Jill Price is famous for having the same ability as the man above. Initially, the ability to remember everything in your life sounds tremendously useful. Teacher gives a lecture? Hey, no problem, you remember it! Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Jill's ability, as with most people who have this, is autobiographical memory only. She can remember that on X date thirty years before she was sitting in a high-school class at 10:15 AM listening to a lecture on history. But she can't remember the lecture itself, she only remembers where she was, what she was doing, what she was wearing, etc. — autobiographical information. Actual useful information? No.
  • Cells in the body, for various reasons, can only divide a certain number of times; this is essentially why we age. But some cells are blessed with the ability to keep dividing forever! The downside? Well, they're called cancer cells.
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    • Henrietta Lacks found a way to live forever — as a spreading strain of immortal human cells! Now the HeLa cells are seen as more of a nuisance since they're apparently all over the place — and they like to corrupt other samples of other cells.
      • And note that even the 'found' part was much less cheerful than it sounds. Namely, Lacks got cancer, doctors took her cells for diagnosis, but ended up using them for extensive biological testing- without her permission. She died in poverty (of cancer), without ever knowing that her cell line was being used all around the world, often used to help develop very profitable drugs. To this day, her family is fighting for a share of the profit.
  • Al Yageneh went from one storefront to a nationwide franchise when his delicious soups were featured in an episode of Seinfeld. Unfortunately, because of that same episode, Al Yageneh will forever be known as the Soup Nazi. It's apparently turned him into a semi-recluse.
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  • Being famous in general can become this, especially if it's for bad reasons. See Celebrity Is Overrated.
  • People with the rare condition CIPA: Congenital Insensibility to Pain with Anhidrosis, which essentially takes the form of a complete loss of the sense of touch. Can't feel heat or cold, aren't even slowed down by sucking chest wounds, pretty awesome crimefighting power right? Well, it would be if they also had a healing factor to go with it. As is, they risk permanently destroying their bodies at any time because they don't even notice it's hurt. Or that their hand is sizzling on the grill at the moment. Or that they haven't eaten in 5 days. Or that they need to pee. On a hot day, they may pass out or even die because their body doesn't figure it should be sweating.
    • There's an article on the NYT about a girl with CIPA. Imagine having a child who's chewed off part of her own tongue, or runs on broken ankles, or sits covered in biting ants. There's then an anecdote from an adult woman with CIPA whose pelvis shattered during childbirth and was bleeding internally, and only felt a kind of stiffness.
    • Because of their lack of pain response, people with this condition also have reduced reflexes. One patient with CIPA, known as "Ms. C", mentioned that not only did she have no memory of experiencing pain, but she also had no memory of sneezing or coughing. Ever.
  • Blood type O–: the universal donor, the Infinity Plus One Blood of medicine. With it, one can donate blood to anyone (barring the presence of extremely rare additional factors). Oh, and your body is only capable of receiving O– blood, nothing else, so hospitals can barely use the stuff in transfusions because they have to save it for O– patients. There is a small surplus of O– blood, thanks to generous O– donors who give more frequently and not so generous donors who realize it sells for more.
    • On the other hand, blood plasma inverts the recipient/donor relationship. O– blood plasma can only be donated to other O– people and O– people can take blood plasma of any type. AB+ blood plasma becomes the universal donor and also can only take blood plasma from other AB+ donors. It's good to donate blood whatever your blood type is!
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  • Savant syndrome, in some cases. The most notable case being Kim Peek (the "real-life" basis for the Rain Man).
  • Having absolute pitch has a few downsides, leading some people to regard it like this. One twentieth-century musicologist actually tried to get rid of it, by playing the developments of Beethoven piano sonatas over and over in all possible keys.
    • Relative pitch really helps when it comes to singing, especially from memory. However, if somebody else is singing even slightly off key, it quickly becomes annoying.
  • Lizzie Velasquez is a woman who suffers from a rare disease called neonatal progeroid syndrome (NPS). She consumes as much as 8,000 calories a day, yet is still extremely thin at only 56 lbs (25.4 kg or 4 stone).
  • Brooke Greenberg may hold the secret to immortality, or the very least how aging works. She has stayed the same physical and mental age for years. That age? 9 months to 1 year old. Unfortunately, she passed away on October 23, 2013, but due to a disease unrelated to her age (actually it's semi-related, but it's because it affects all toddlers biologically 9 months to a year old).
  • There are genetic conditions which result in increased muscle mass in comparison to the general public. The downside? Your heart and lungs do not scale accordingly, putting constant increased stress on them, which guarantees a shorter life expectancy.
  • Many animals experience this. Cheetahs are a particular example: They are extremely fast and agile but give up virtually all their endurance and physical toughness, so while it's relatively easy for them to catch a meal, keeping it is problematic. And they have to eat a LOT.
    • Conversely, anacondas and other large constrictors can swallow prey as big as they are, and go for months without eating. The catch? They need that downtime in order to regenerate their stomach lining, which tears itself apart with ulcers trying to digest its meal before it starts rotting inside the snake.
    • Flying is generally considered awesome. Unfortunately for the birds, this requires extensive adaptation with hollow, fragile bones, extensive lungs, and a hyperactive diet to fuel everything (sparrows are said to eat twenty-five times their own weight each day). They literally have no room for anything else but flying. Birds who have lost flying ability have not been known to have re-gained it.
    • Some species of lizards and bugs can breaking off their tails or limbs if they find themselves grabbed by predators to make a quick escape, safe in the knowledge that the limb will regrow in time. A few species of scorpions have this trait with their tails, but once they break off their tail, it will never grow back. The issues that arise afterward are twofold: not only does the lack of a tail rob a scorpion of its defenses and ability to hunt for food, but it also robs them of their ability to defecate, due to the tail also forming the end of their digestive tract. Those scorpions who manage to survive being hunted after losing their tails are doomed to die in a matter months from extreme constipation.
    • Male peacocks get a double-dose of this trope. On one hand, their bright, extravagant plumage is what helps them attract mates. On the other hand, it makes them clumsy fliers and unlikely to escape predators that are also drawn to their plumage. But on the third hand, predators are more drawn to the male than the bland-colored female, allowing her to raise the chicks in peace and thus keep the species alive.
  • Synesthesia. This is when peoples' senses are linked in intricate ways, like seeing a different colour every time you hear a different sound or associating a certain emotion with a number. The variations are possibly endless. Sounds cool at first, but it can also be negative. For example, you might taste chocolate every time you saw the colour brown, but what if you associated it with poop instead?
    • Even if you do associate the colour brown with chocolate, you have to remember not everyone likes chocolate so that could be a negative experience, probably not as bad as poop, but...
    • It is usually helpful for remembering things, but there are times when it can work against you. For example, let's say that 3 and 4 are both shades of green, and since they are consecutive numbers they also appear in similar positions relative to other numbers. Remembering sequences containing these numbers is difficult because you are used to remembering numbers by their colour and position, so the ways in which non-synesthetes remember things are unintuitive. This puts you at a disadvantage compared to a normal person.
    • For a milder example, sometimes graphemes such as letters and numbers are assigned different colours, but the colours rarely correspond to how a grapheme-colour synesthete sees them. This makes the letters/numbers appear overwhelmingly wrong in a way that can't be explained, like a sort of mild Sensory Abuse. Ironically, this situation often occurs on sites explaining synesthesia. It's also not uncommon for synesthetes to get into unresolvable arguments about the way they perceive things where each side is absolutely convinced that they are right but has no way of proving it.
  • Louis Gossett Jr. said his Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (for An Officer and a Gentleman) ended up being this. Sure, an Oscar is a wonderful achievement for an actor, but Gossett said that it put him in acting limbo, since smaller productions didn't think they could afford him (since he's an Oscar winner) and big productions didn't think he could carry a movie on his own (since he won for Supporting Actor). A lot of Best Supporting Actor/Actress winners have trouble finding work afterward.
  • Sir Alec Guinness's work in A New Hope. He was perhaps the only person associated with the film, aside from George Lucas, who actually thought the film would be successful, but he never imagined it would become one of the biggest movies of all time, overshadowing the entire rest of his career to the point where he ended up equated in the popular consciousness exclusively with the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was not happy about that bit.
  • For some people, never having to sleep may sound like a sweet deal: imagine everything that you could accomplish if you didn't have to go to bed for a third of every day. Unfortunately, as anyone with insomnia can tell you, you really kinda need to sleep; going without sleep for a full 24 hours can lead to cognitive impairment equivalent to being shit-faced drunk, and staying up for even longer than that can lead to muscle spasms, headaches, and nightmarish hallucinations. And then there's fatal insomnia, a very rare prion disorder that makes it so you can Never Sleep Again, even if you wanted to! Without sleep, the body and mind both begin to break down slowly and painfully, with symptoms growing increasingly worse and sufferers dying within a year of onset.
  • As anyone with hypersensitivity will tell you: Super Senses = Sensory Overload = this trope. Sensitive hearing, in particular, can make it very difficult to sleep.
  • A lot of people with extremely high IQs or general intelligence suffer from depression because they don't have anybody on their level to talk to. This was first noted by intelligence researcher Leta Hollingworth, and he coined the concept of communication range - a range of IQ where meaningful communication is possible, and it is +/- 30 points to each direction. It doesn't sound too bad - unless you realize that if your IQ is over 150, your communication range is 120 to 180, restricting the number of people with which you can have any meaningful conversation to less than 8% of the society. On IQ 120 it would be 90 to 150 - enough to cover more than 80% of the society - and having IQ of 150 provides no real advantages over having IQ 120.
    • Gifted children are especially vulnerable to this trope since they seem to be in a sort of lose-lose situation. Either they are encouraged to stimulate their intellectual capacities (meaning that they have to skip entire years of school and go directly to University at an early age, meaning they have to be in a completely foreign environment for them) or they are kept in their school year (which, while benefits them due to the fact that they can interact with children their age, can cause them to be problematic, since they are sitting in a class learning things they already know).
      • There's also the tendency of gifted kids to grow into extreme motivation problems. They don't usually have to work very hard in school because the material is easy, and are rarely rewarded proportionally for it because they can't do better than "perfect" and "perfect" is their "average". This means that if they ever do find something difficult, they feel like failures because they're supposed to be smart enough to handle anything, or get put under such pressure to succeed that they run themselves ragged just to avoid the punishment that comes from being less than perfect. This usually ends with the gifted kid growing into an adult who shuts down when something doesn't come easily, either because they feel like a failure and are too ashamed to continue, or because they've been doing perfectly all their lives and have nothing to show for it except being eligible to be expected to be perfect somewhere else.
      • This is, unfortunately, the fate of a lot of gifted students in school. They're so good they never have to work for those A's or the praise, and as a consequence, they never learn how to work hard for what they want or how to handle failure or rejection. Once they get thrust out of school, either into the real world where hard work and handling failure are invaluable necessities, or into college and university where gifted students are the norm, they find themselves overwhelmed, unable to cope, and struggling immensely without the skills to handle it.
  • A rare genetic condition called Urbach-Wiethe disease can, in some cases, cause damage to the amygdala, dampening or removing the victim's ability to feel fear. Which, on top of all the dermatological and neurological problems caused by Urbach-Wiethe diease, means you're not afraid of anything... including things that could be potentially dangerous. And even then, Urbach-Wiethe disease sufferers do have one weakness in their otherwise unfailing lack of fear: when exposed to higher-than-normal levels of carbon dioxide, those with the disease reported feeling nigh-crippling terror. Imagine living your entire life without fear, then experiencing it when exposed to high levels of CO2, the sensation being completely foreign and, thus, all the more harrowing!
  • Having a job that involves frequent travel. On the one hand, being able to visit all sorts of other places and having your employer pay for it all sounds great...but this also will uproot you from home and your family quite a bit, makes scheduling your social life far more complicated and can make real vacations less enjoyable.
  • Some theorists of international relations have coined the term "resource curse". Sure, having a lot of natural resources (oil, gas, ores, you name it) may seem a huge advantage for a country, but it often leads to instability or fighting within the country over how to divide up the profits. And even where it doesn't, it has often lead to Crippling Overspecialization. Venezuela's export are over 90% crude oil. That's good news if oil hovers at $100 a barrel, but what if oil drops to $30 a barrel? And even the countries that avoid all this can still fall victim to what economists call the Dutch disease.
  • Buxom may be better in fiction, but in real life, it comes with a slew of a downsides including back pain, uncomfortable and expensive brassieres, difficulty finding comfortable clothes, excessive sweat, painful tugging at the chest during motion, not being able to lay on your belly (forget about back sun bathing or getting a normal back massage), etc. That doesn't stop many women from desiring bigger breasts anyway as logic tends to take a backseat to sexuality.
    • This Cracked.com article, written by a woman with breast hypertrophy (she had size-JJ breasts, the size of an adult's head each), details all the health problems her condition caused her, plus the horrific Slut-Shaming she received as a middle schooler. She ended up getting a breast reduction at age 12 and never regretted it.
  • Having a long schlong is pretty desirable, if you can get past the discomfort of keeping it in your pants, having to deal with the occasional unwanted Raging Stiffie and the common difficulty of lying down on your stomach, and that is if a large penis is even properly functional, because since the body can only provide so much blood, beyond a certain size the penis can no longer get erect in a way that it's meant to... thus making sex very difficult, if not downright impossible (as fitting into a partner can also become an issue). And yet, male enhancement is still going strong.
  • To men who may not know any better, priapism sounds like a good illness to have. After all, who wouldn't want wood that just won't quit? The answer to that question is "no one whatsoever"; after a few hours, erections begin to hurt a lot. Worse still, the lack of oxygen to penile tissue from prolonged retention of deoxygenated blood can ultimately lead to erectile dysfunction. And that is to say nothing of some of the treatments needed to relieve priapism...
  • Winning the lottery. On one hand, you and your family have won a large enough sum of money to have you set for life. On the other hand, your taxes spike up quickly, and a lot of trust issues are had with people you were once close with or even just knew, all because there's that prospect of money in the way. Some lottery winners have had some real horror stories over this, and some of the damage can be self-inflicted if a person doesn't have an idea of how to properly use all that money.
  • Certain teams consider leading a stage race in cycling, especially a Grand Tour, early on can be this a rider on said team is a contender for the win. While your rider is leading the race and is in the position you want to be in when the race is over, your team is expected to do a lot of work in the front of the pack, while the other teams can stay in cover for the wind. The teams with serious contenders usually don't mind leaving the jersey to a non-threatening rider for that reason, and non-threatening riders usually don't mind the jersey either, as it provides sponsor exposure for their teams. Some say that Phonak tried this during the 2006 edition of Tour de France, allowing the breakaway to gain almost 30 minutes on the pack and allowing Oscar Pereiro to take the yellownote . Pereiro ended up winning the race after Phonak captain Floyd Landis got busted for doping. In 2009, Astana seemed fine having the yellow jersey on Rinaldo Nocentini of AG2R for some stages as well.
  • Many kinds of drugs have properties that enhance the human body: steroids can aid in muscle growth, methamphetamine can give you energy to spare, alcohol can help you relax, and so forth. Unfortunately, there is a reason many declare that Drugs Are Bad: improper use can result in addiction and nasty side effects. Steroids can play havoc on your body and make you prone to "roid rage", and meth can play havoc on your mind, as can alcohol.
  • Alecia Faith Pennington was born to a conservative family on a large rural property in Texas. Her parents specifically avoided creating any paper trail for the family with the goal of avoiding government involvement: children were born at home, home-schooled, and rarely visited the nearest town. At 17 Faith decided to join society at large to discover that due to her parents' efforts to keep her off the grid, she had no birth certificate or social security number. She was unable to go to school, get a job, apply for a driver's license, or even open a bank account.
  • Solar panels have been getting better and cheaper at an enormous rate in at recent years. It's a wonder why people aren't buying more of them. Well, turns out a big reason consumers won't invest in them is that they know solar panels become obsolete so quickly. Sure, you could buy a solar panel or you could save and wait five years and get a much better one.
    • A few other technologies have also succumbed to "solar syndrome" like VR headsets and 3D printers. Potential buyers and investors see the potential and utility of both technologies but have little faith in any one brand or model because (slightly) better versions are coming out at a constant rate. Quad copter drones experienced something similar for years until development hit a snag and people became reasonably confident their drones wouldn't be quickly made obsolete.
  • A non-human example: the Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most famous fighter aircraft of World War Two. It was fast and exceptionally agile, partly on account of its high degree of engine torque, which meant you could easily roll it. Not surprisingly, when Britain was suffering from night air raids from the Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force developed a night-fighter variant of the Spitfire, which basically involved painting it black. It turned out to be a crappy night-fighter, precisely because it was so agile. Because night-fighter pilots couldn't see the horizon and had to rely on their not entirely satisfactory instruments, it was very difficult to keep a Spitfire under steady flight in night conditions; if you rolled it, which it would do at the drop of a hat, it was harder to get it back into level flight because you couldn't instantly tell which way up you were. It was easily outclassed as a night-fighter by the much less glamorous Boulton Paul Defiant, which had been a not very good day fighter because it was relatively slow and clumsy, but which turned out to be a great night-fighter because it more or less wanted to fly in a straight line, and also because it was equipped with a turret, which enabled it to creep up on formations of German bombers and shoot them down from beneath.
  • Having high-end headphones may seem like an obvious blessing, but sound issues such as dynamic compression and the inherent drawbacks of lossy sound file formats such as MP3 and OGG become more apparent when you use such headphones, particularly if you also have music with better dynamic range or in lossless formats such as WAV and FLAC. You'll still have better audio experienced than with $10 drugstore headphones using the same sources, but the variations in quality will stand out more.
  • The gay male dating app Scruff has a "Global Men" feature that shows off handsome guys from all over the world. And if a moderator likes your picture, you too can be a Global Man, and you'll receive profile visits and messages from countless beautiful men...who almost all live thousands of miles away, so you're unlikely to actually meet any of them in person. So instead of making you feel sexy and putting you in contact with a world of men, it just becomes annoying after awhile. In fact, one feature of Premium membership is to remove yourself from the global listings.
  • People with Sickle-Cell Disease possess a greater resistance to Malaria, as the Plasmodium needs red blood cells to propagate their numbers. Of course, that still means you have Sickle-Cell Disease and all the painful and debilitating symptoms that come with it. However, having one allele of Sickle-Cell Disease and one healthy one means you're healthy and you get a certain immunity against Malaria. The only downside is that you may pass on the Sickle-Cell allele to your offspring and if the other parent also has one, your child might get Sickle-Cell Disease. There's a reason the Sickle-Cell allele is rather common in Africa but rare in Europe.
  • Looking young for one's age is often seen as a mark of beauty and great physical shape, and something that warrants a compliment. Unfortunately, that same physical youthfulness may also lead to people not taking the person seriously because youthfulness also implies naivete and lack of wisdom in the eyes of many.
    • Some medical conditions can slow the aging process, such as Turner syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality whose sufferers look younger than they may actually be. Unfortunately, this also comes with a wide array of other nasty symptoms, from hearing loss to physical deformities, from infertility to heart disorders.
  • The old curse "May you live in interesting times" is supposed to imply this. Unlike the XKCD example listed in Cursed with Awesome, an "interesting" life doesn't always mean a fun or fulfilling one. As one quote on the internet put it:
    Me in history class: Wow, humanity has been through some fascinating times! I wonder if I’ll ever live through major historical events!
    Me now: NO NO NO NO NO I WANT TO GET OFF THIS RIDE
  • Those with higher platelet count in their blood has thicker blood than average, allowing wounds to seal quickly like a very downplayed Healing Factor. However, such rapid coagulation also increases the chance of heart attacks and other arterial problems in later ages.
  • Plastic is rated to take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose. This would be great...for plastics that will be in use for that long. Plastic that ends up in landfills often tends to travel off to places of nature, where animals will mistake them for food, eat them, and subsequently die a horrible death, or end up in the ocean and disrupt oceanic ecosystems.
  • Wish you could be as big as André the Giant or Big Show? You could be with acromegaly, a condition in which your body continuously produces growth hormones well into adulthood and beyond. Unfortunately, all those hormones play havoc on the human body, leading to nasty symptoms that range from headaches to vision problems, from liver fibrosis to diabetes, all the way up to cancer. This condition ultimately resulted in Andre's death due to heart failure, and could've also ended the Big Show's life if not for a surgery he had as a teenager to stop the constant flow of growth hormones.
    • Even without the side effects, being a very large person has all sorts of other downsides; difficulty in buying clothes and shoes, fitting into cars and public transit, hitting your head on doorways, or even going to sleep, because your feet stick off the end of the bed.
  • The benefits of nuclear power plants are numerous: nuclear power sources are more efficient than fossil fuels, and less polluting thanks to the lack of toxic by-products being belched into the air. Such power, however, is not easy to maintain and requires all those working in nuclear power plants to remain constantly vigilant. The slightest mishap can lead to a meltdown that can render the plant and the surrounding area highly toxic with radiation. This can happen due to human error, as was the case with Chernobyl in 1986; or due to an act of nature, as was the case with Tohoku in 2011.
  • Restaurants getting big-name coverage by journalists and awards can do wonders for their reputation and their revenue...but on the other hand, this can also mean a massive influx of new customers that the staff is not acclimated to, stressing them out from the abrupt increase in workloads (to say nothing of dealing with lots of rude customers), while customers (especially longtime regulars) can find themselves waiting upwards of a few hours just for a meal because tons of people, especially out-of-town tourists, had the same idea. This infamously happened to Stanich's in Oregon and was initially believed to be the reason it closed down (although later reports indicate that domestic violence played a major factor as well).
  • Purebred dogs and cats are highly coveted and valuable, but many of them suffer from an array of health problems brought on through several years, if not decades or even centuries, of inbreeding to accentuate the traits that make them sought after. Many of those traits are also linked to the health problems they suffer from: pugs, for example, are distinguished by their short and wrinkly faces, which also contributes to problems with their respiratory system, skin, and eyes.
  • Being named the location of the next Olympic Games seems like it would be a great boon to a city, with all the attention, prestige, and profit that comes with it. For some cities, however, hosting the Olympics can be one of the worst things to ever happen. In particular, Rio de Janeiro was the location of the 2016 Olympics. Afterwards, the city fell into disrepair as a result of the exorbitant costs of hosting the Olympics, compounded by violence between police and organized criminal groups, government corruption, and an outbreak of the Zika virus, to name only a few issues. The site of the games, planned to be converted into housing developments, now sits abandoned and looks like it was hit by the apocalypse.
  • Having a lot of empathy can be this, as while caring about people is a good thing empathy can be a painful thing to have at times.
  • ADHDers can occasionally fall victim to (ironically named) Hyperfocus; in which something will catch the focus of the person 100%. Helpful if that can be willingly channeled to say, studying for a test. Bad when that focus is on something menial that really could wait but the brain won't turn away from it like a really good novel that can be read when the person is driving.
  • Appearing on America's Next Top Model may sound like a sweet deal, especially winning the season, but a sad reality is that modelling agencies often hesitate or outright refuse to hire past contestants. First, agencies don't like being told who the Next Big Thing is. Second, Tyra Banks, despite her best intentions (or desire for dramatic television), tends to pick contestants who will never get work in the modelling world for one superficial reason or another: too "old" for being over 22, too "fat" for being over 115 pounds for women or 170 for men, too "short" for being under 5'7, etc. Pretty much the only season winner to find success in their home country without changing their name was Cycle 22's Nyle DiMarco, and even then, much of his post-show visibility has to do with his advocacy for the deaf and LGBT communities.
  • Having a Significant Birth Date sounds cool to people who don't have one, but in reality it's just irritating. For bigger celebrations such as Christmas and Easter your birthday gets overlooked as people try to celebrate two occasions at once. Cheapskate relatives may try to palm you off with a joint present "for your birthday as well", not taking into account that they are only giving you half of what they would give to another person over the course of a year (this also applies to New Year's Eve/Day birthdays since they are so close to Christmas). Many celebrations occur on bank holidays so there's no chance of going out somewhere to celebrate (New Year's Day is particularly bad for this, you're lucky if you can even order a takeaway). For occasions with a strong theme then people may expect the theme to determine your personality, leading to a lot of Never Heard That One Before. And then there's the confusion arising from Leap Day over when exactly you should celebrate your birthday. Overall it's usually just more convenient for people to unofficially change their birthday to a less significant day.
  • Being an adrenaline junkie. Sure, being able to do (and enjoy) things like skydiving, motocross, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, mountaineering and other extreme sports is cool, but they also are dangerous and may end up in serious injury or death. Many extreme sports practitioners have serious and often impairing injuries, especially if they have been to the sports for a long time.
  • Imagine being some poor guy who, in a dangerous situation, like having a deranged gunman pointing their weapon at them, instead of seeming to panic, actually grins, and laughs. On the one hand, the poor guy looks really brave, which actually might inspire some of the others to overcome their own fear, and take on the gunman, when in truth, they were just as scared as everyone else, and sometimes this might freak out whatever was putting them in danger in the first place. Also, on the other hand, the guy now looks like a weirdo for laughing in the face of danger, to say nothing about that grin.
    • Incidentally, something similar happened in Joker. Arthur, who has a condition where he laughs when he's experiencing certain emotions where it's heavily unfitting, does so when a woman is being harassed by three men on the train car he's on. He ends up heavily unnerving the woman to the point she changed cars (and thus removed his only potential witness), and her harassers decided to beat him up because he couldn't keep his head down when he wanted to.

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