Flashback: Foreign Accent Syndrome
This clip contains the first moment that Tommy learned of a rare disorder, "Foreign Accent Syndrome." It's amazing, and we caught it all on tape. Listen as Tom nearly laughs himself to death as he reports a case of a man who, after getting into a car accident, suddenly developed a French accent.
As Dave Barry might say, "We are not making this up."
You can also hear the brothers defile the French language with their dismal attempts at imagining what a post-collision conversation might sound like when one driver has spontaneously developed un accent français. [Editor's Note: Students of the French Language Strongly Cautioned; the hearing of this tape will undo the work of up to two full semesters at the Sorbonne.]
It's all just another example of Tom and Ray's long tradition of heaping shame upon their host network. After Tommy's botched reading, NPR had to ask a credible media outlet do a real story about Foreign Accent Syndrome to set the record straight.
Fun fact: Foreign Accent Syndrome now has its own celebrity victim, pop singer George Michael! Bonne Chance, George Michael, we have faith that you'll make a full recovery. And we'd like to think that Tommy's early crusade to bring awareness to this illness may have made some small difference in finding a cure.