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The Week contest - arithmetic agony
People with math anxiety feel actual pain when forced to do difficult numerical problems, according to a study that scanned their brains with MRI machines. Please come up with a medical name for the pain felt by math haters.
 
According to new research, "math anxiety" should be treated just like a phobia such as fear of heights.
According to new research, "math anxiety" should be treated just like a phobia such as fear of heights.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Last week's question: People with math anxiety feel actual pain when forced to do difficult numerical problems, according to a study that scanned their brains with MRI machines. Please come up with a medical name for the pain felt by math haters. 

RESULTS:

 

THE WINNER: Fibromyalgebra
Peter Huefner, New York, NY

SECOND PLACE: Trig-anosis
Zollie Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

THIRD PLACE: Sine Flu
Clay Stephenson, Alpharetta, GA

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Inflamed rhomboids
Rich Sigerist, Ventura, CA

Post Mathematic Test Disorder
Randy Seys, Mankato, MN

Algebralgia
Denis Lohman, Devon, PA

Arithmia
Janine Witte, New Hope, PA

Arithmasick
Matt Holway, Durham, NC

Ouchebra
Chris Siegel, Lewiston, NY

Addition Deficit Disorder
Paul Binder, Bellevue, WA

Abacussion
Susan Silver, New York, NY

Pythagoras' Revenge
Matt Schneider, Georgetown, SC

Pythagony Theorem
David Hall, Pittsfield, MA

Pi-graine
David M. McCoy, Madison, WI

Minusitis
Michael Cassidy, Medway, MA

Acute Triangulitis
Richard Creason, New Cumberland, PA

Proof Ache
Rick Morrow, Venice, FL

Percentile Dysfunction
Charles & Mary Parry, Catonsville, MD

Add-noids
Molly Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

Arithma Tics
Jan Roelofs, Palmetto bay, FL

Mono-Euclid-osis
Ginny Lord, Oconomowoc, WI

X-ema
Anne Thiessen, Catonsville, MD

Atrigmatism
Lauren Samuels, Hasnville, TN

Irritable Binomial Syndrome
Angela James, Westminster, MD

Arithitis
Barry Cutler, Palm Desert, CA

Chronic Obstructive Calculitis
Theresa Rosenfeld, New York, NY

Multiply Scareosis
Bill Clow, Woodstock, IL

Digit-itis
Ellen Hoitsma, Baltimore, MD

Quadratic Fever
Sam Yoder, Portland, OR

Minus Infection
Roman G. Jarosh, Queensbury, NY

Multiply Sclerosis
Jim Topper, Turtle Creek, PA

Add Nauseum
Larry Leise, Cary, NC

Mathochism
Joel Slutsky, Alstead, NH

Square Root Canal
Tom Heider, Warners, NY

History Major Syndrome
Terrence Dunn, Temple, TXVV

 

 

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