today’s photo is from the archives… november 2007. i wanted to have something to look at, but what i wanted to post about is something i listened to on the way to work today: KCRW’s good food podcast.
in the july 4th podcast, there is a discussion of a condition called word taste (aka lexical-gustatory) synesthesia. people who have this very rare type of synesthesia actually experience the taste of food when they say, hear, read, or sometimes just think about certain words. my first thought was a tinge of jealousy, because if i could control what the flavors were, this would be wonderful! unfortunately, people affected by the condition can’t control it… i can’t even imagine the onslaught. the bit about having a friend who tastes of earwax is pretty unfortunate.
listen to the interview! the interview begins at 49:00. i suggest subscribing to KCRW’s good food podcast even if you aren’t a resident of southern california… i’m not, but i enjoy hearing about what’s in season out there, and i always learn something from the interviews! it’s free through itunes.
i first heard about synesthesia from a documentary about daniel tammet, the guy who was able to recite the digits of pi to 22,542 places, from memory. his type of synesthesia causes him to experience numbers as a landscape of colors — recalling the scene allows him to recall the numbers. if you love nerds and find neurological conditions fascinating, i suggest seeing the documentary (the title can be found on the wiki page – click his name above).