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Woman is able to 'taste' people's names


Posted on Thursday, 7 February, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments

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A woman with synaesthesia has been bombarded with requests from people asking her to 'taste' their names.
Julie McDowall from Glasgow, Scotland is able to perceive a person's name as a physical taste thanks to a rare brain condition that causes two or more of her senses to automatically join together.

"I have a neurological condition, synaesthesia, which sounds serious but is actually quite funny," she said. "It means that when I hear a word, I can automatically taste something."

"Sometimes I can get a sensation or an image, but mostly it's just a taste."

"Other people have different versions of synaesthesia where they hear music or see colors but with me I am assaulted by tastes and strange images."

For example, the name Brian tastes like shredded coconut, while Graham tastes like cold stew. John has the unfortunate taste of a leathery button, while Danielle tastes distinctly like spaghetti hoops.

Wendy's taste resembles watered-down orange juice while Jesus tastes like Maltesers.

Julie's unique ability has recently prompted countless requests for name 'tasting' on social media.

"It is really entertaining, especially when I'm with [my sister] Jen and we can compare names and laugh at the strange tastes and images which are thrown up," she said.



Source: BBC News | Comments (10)

Tags: Synaesthesia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and then on 6 February, 2019, 22:33
Yup... barking...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cat_From_Hell on 6 February, 2019, 23:11
Read a book about synaesthesia once called "Born on a blue day", really interesting actually. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks on 7 February, 2019, 0:04
The sensory overload must be off the charts. Worse yet, a great many of the example tastes given were absolutely gross. I'd be retching all over the place.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Captain Risky on 7 February, 2019, 1:54
Donald - Rubber duck dipped in vinegar. My question is did she actually try to eat a rubber duck or is she referring to over cooked duck? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible on 7 February, 2019, 19:39
Trump: "What taste do have in your mouth when you hear my name?" Lady: "S***"
Comment icon #6 Posted by Michelle on 7 February, 2019, 19:43
TDS brings Trump into another totally unrelated thread. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by DingoLingo on 8 February, 2019, 1:22
I have a friend that tastes in colors..  listening to him while he cooks is interesting.. it needs more brown.. there is to much orange..    so on and so forth..   
Comment icon #8 Posted by Nnicolette on 8 February, 2019, 4:58
You know eating psilocybins causes synesthesia that everyone can experience.
Comment icon #9 Posted by spartan max2 on 8 February, 2019, 5:03
This is why we can't have nice things lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by ShadowBoy86x on 8 February, 2019, 13:01
Oh come on, so sick of the usa and their trump issues. Vote him out next year and shut the **** up. But then you guys will just b**** about the next one like usual. 


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