Fun Fact Friday – 17th July 2015

Fun Fact Friday – 17th July 2015

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Eat Me, Drink Me

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is better know under his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

One of Carroll’s most famous works is ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, published back in 1865.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Two of the most famous scenes in the story are the ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ parts, in which Alice drinks a bottle of potion and is shrunk to just ten inches tall, then she eats a piece of cake and grows so big that her head hits the ceiling.

It is deemed, that Lewis Carroll got the inspiration for these two segments of the plot from his own experiences.

He is thought to have had the rare neurological disorder, called – Dysmetropsia, even though the condition wasn’t discovered until 1955, 57 years after Carroll’s death, as he suffered from the symptoms of the disorder.

The condition causes hallucinations and for the suffer to visualise objects either larger or smaller than they actually are, and/or to become confused about the size and shape of their bodies.

The syndrome is known as Todd’s Syndrome after the Psychiatrist John Todd who discovered it, however, it is more commonly known as ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’ (AIWS), after the events in the book.

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