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Ouch. Cool and creepy, but...ouch.

Fresh Air had an interview with Hugh Laurie this week.  I only caught the last half, but the whole thing is available online and I aim to catch up later.  Terry Gross is an interesting interviewer; I will listen to interviews of people I'm not specifically interested in, just to see where the conversation goes.  But I'd listen to a Hugh Laurie interview regardless, if only to explore the difference between his real voice and his House voice.

Apparently, Mr. Laurie has a habit of inducing cramps in his leg and foot.  I'm not sure why; maybe they said in the first half of the show...I got the impression that it wasn't just method acting for House.  Maybe it's just because.

He mentioned that there's a refractory period:  once he's induced a cramp, he has to wait a while before he can induce another.  Or, as he put it, "only four bites of the cherry" in a day.

I have not yet checked to see if women have a similar limitation.  ;-)

A potential practical application occurs to me:  would it be possible to induce cramping before a marathon or other activity, in order to avoid cramps mid-race?

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