The Week contest: Homework pain
This week's question: An exasperated mother in China suffered a heart attack after repeatedly — and unsuccessfully — attempting to help her 9-year-old understand his math homework; she was rushed to the hospital and subsequently recovered. Please come up with a medical term to describe a homework-induced health crisis that a parent might suffer.
THE WINNER: "Arrhythmetic"
Cork Marcheschi, Pacifica, California
SECOND PLACE: "Fibromyalgebra"
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
THIRD PLACE: "Low-grade fever"
Michael H. Keedy, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Thomas Mistele, Flemington, New Jersey
Corinne Duerkop, Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin
"A B C-eizure"
Robert Theriault, Longview, Washington
"Reading, Writing, Arrhythmia"
Catherine Pomiecko, Natick, Massachusetts
Barb Leonard, Warrenville, Illinois
Megan McLachlan, Appleton, Wisconsin
"Strife of pi"
Robert Taub, Tacoma, Washington
"Irritable vowel syndrome"
Ivan Kershner, Salem, South Carolina
Jim Collins, Huntington, Indiani
Barbara Farkas, Chicago
"The fear of all sums"
Ernie Hanson, Madison, Wisconsin
"Dead poets anxiety"
Paul McFadden, Hampton, New Hampshire