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Man gets beat up, becomes a genius

Tacoma, Wash. - Being a genius isn't something that happens overnight, but for one man, that's exactly what happened.

Jason Padgett wasn't always a mathematical genius, but after a night outside a bar in 2002, he became one.

Padgett was leaving a bar in Tacoma when he was jumped from behind by two men trying to steal his wallet. He was hit in the back of the head and knocked unconscious.

According to doctors, Padgett suffered a serious concussion and some kidney damage. Padgett realized that injured kidneys weren't the only change he underwent.

He became suffering from PTSD and developed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder due to his injuries. He hid in his home for three years because he could not handle the changes he was going through.

Padgett said that he started seeing things as pixels, as if life was being presented as a grid. So, he started to draw the lines that he saw in fractals, the kind of pictures mathematicians would understand.

Padgett saw professionals who showed him that his brain injury from the beating in 2002 had given him the ability to understand complex math concepts, even without formal training.

Padgett co-authored a book "Struck by Genius" that chronicles his journey from furniture salesman to math genius, all started from being beaten outside a bar.

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