Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine were a group of lumberjacks in the 19th century who suffered a rare disorder which caused them to startle extremely easily, often described as an “uncontrollable leap.” Some affected individuals exhibited automatic or “forced” obedience after a startle response during which they automatically respond to simple commands such as jump, run or hit.

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