From one of my favorite sites, Book of Odds, comes an interesting article about Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), a very rare case of a person’s accent or language skills changing suddenly due to head trauma, strokes or even severe migraines. 

The stories are disturbing and somewhat amusing to those not affected — a Croatian girl waking up from a coma no longer able to speak in her native tongue but able to speak fluently in a language she had only just started to study, or someone from England waking up to speak with a French accent.

How does this relate to healthy travel? you might ask.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to trigger these changes on command when arriving at a destination?  Of course, this is a stretch even for someone who believes in the vast potential of stem cell research. 

Book of Odds estimates the chances of suffering from FAS in a given year are approximately 1 in 6 billion, so for now, intrepid travelers should rely on the growing number of translation applications, tools or guides designed for smart phones.  Which ones have you used, and how did they work?

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About The Author

Andrew Orr, Jr. serves as a Special Projects Director. Andy is responsible for taking the product development lead for certain large products being launched, including HTH Mobile and HTH Appointment Scheduling. Andy has an extensive entrepreneurial and technical background. He has served as HTH IT Director in the past as well as president of a number of entrepreneurial businesses. Andy earned his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University.

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