The Bizarre Case of the Woman Who Saw Dragons Everywhere

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Recently, a group of neuroscientists examined a woman who complained of an unusual ailment. The people around her kept turning into dragons.


The fifty-something woman said the problem had been plaguing her for most of her life, and eventually prevented her from holding a job. When people turned into dragons, she reported, their faces turned "black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright yellow, green, blue, or red."

A group of researchers who examined her later wrote in a paper:

She saw similar dragon-like faces drifting towards her many times a day from the walls, electrical sockets, or the computer screen, in both the presence and absence of face-like patterns, and at night she saw many dragon-like faces in the dark.


The blogger Neuroskeptic notes that the basis of her condition is basically "a mystery" — doctors found no brain abnormalities after doing multiple tests. But she did eventually recover slightly after going on an "anti-dementia medication." The dragon sightings became mild enough that she's held a job for over 3 years now.

Read the full scientific paper in the Lancet.

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