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[–] el_em_en_oh 7 points 293 points (+300|-7) ago 

I'm not touchng this one... (here's an upgoat for you, as I'm fairly certain this will get plenty of down's...)

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[–] Dashippy 20 points 104 points (+124|-20) ago 

"Plenty of downs"...I see what you did there.

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[–] 1982 8 points 54 points (+62|-8) ago 

Yes everyone did. That was the joke.

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[–] Schrodingers_Spy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Don't let that extra gene get you down

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[–] pretor 12 points 1 points (+13|-12) ago 

Not funny ..... But funny :)

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[–] jerry 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

And that will get plenty of up's. At least, you got my up

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[–] Dereliction 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Is that because you'll toss it like a surprisingly heavy lunch table?

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[–] JJEvil 16 points 142 points (+158|-16) ago 

Why don't you tell us. Why ARE you so strong?

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[–] 12_Years_A_Toucan 10 points 23 points (+33|-10) ago 

#rekt

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[–] voat-simulator 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

He used all those points on STR instead of INT.

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[–] el_em_en_oh 8 points 3 points (+11|-8) ago 

HA!

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[–] Dashippy 2 points 59 points (+61|-2) ago 

"Retard Strength is a slang term used to express similarities between the strength of a mentally retarded human being and that of a non retarded human being. The general opinion of people is that mentally retarded people are stronger then normal human beings,but the fact has never been proven. exp. Todd "the retard" used his retard strength to plow the field.

Also. Retard strength comes from when a metaly retarded person hugs, wrestles, or plays with someone. They will do many physical activities with excessive force because they don't understand. Retards hug hard. "

That's what I got when I looked this up. Basically they don't know their own strength, and how much strength they should use.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

I do see what you're saying about them overdoing the playfighting or hugging in the way puppies bite too hard and in the sense they simply don't understand fully the idea and what's supposed to be happening yes.

Now having said that I should say this kid demonstrated some seriously powerful strength with a table and while nobody was standing around with testing equipment there were men who've done some labour jobs and coaching and weightlifting all agreeing that was a little too scary. It has been discussed how many of us might be needed IF he ever went into a full-scale tard attack and needed to be held down. One thing noted was that while on the surface you could think the boy was just a little chubby - in fact, he really was surprisingly thick across the sloped shoulders. Its not "BodyBuilder" muscles but just plain thick thick muscle density sort of brawny size.

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[–] ForgotMyName 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

As I've observed, you've basically got two limitations to strength in every day applications - pain and will.

As you found out, pain is actually a really powerful limiter. Our brain prevents us from destroying ourselves, partly by feeling pain when we try to overexert our muscles. But in fight or flight type scenarios, you release adrenaline which retards your feeling of pain and you can do a lot more. You may hurt yourself in the process, but the objective is to survive.

With will, how badly do you want to perform some action? I think a big part of retard strength is that they don't have different limits for this part. I'm going to roughhouse with kids much differently than I would a friend and much differently than I would fight a stranger. I think retards just go all-in, all the time. Imagine exerting 100% effort to do everything. Not only would you end up being pretty strong, you'd be scary strong to anyone thinking you're just going in for a normal hug, handshake, etc.

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[–] ShitArchon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Same with an autistic kid I met. He insisted on hugging and hugged very hard. He wasn't even that low-functioning.

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[–] DaBeetus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

metaly retarded

is that when someone tries to tell you that Limp Bizkit is metal?

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[–] JJEvil 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You looked it up on Urban Dictionary, didn't you?

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[–] Dashippy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Answers.com, who may have just copied it from Urban Dictionary.

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[–] l23r 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

When the fat Downs kid in my gradeschool tried to choke me out, I'm pretty sure he was aware of how much strength he should be exerting around my neck. I forgot how I broke free, but I do remember him coming at me a few times, as well as other kids. I moved, so I don't really know what happened with him.

When I moved, there was a neighbourhood friend of mine who had that condition, and he didn't hug harder than anyone else - though he was able to push his 3 wheel bike while dragging along two shopping carts full of kids behind him, so I guess he was strong. Overall, he was pretty normal, apart from being slow and falling for more pranks than the average kid.

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[–] wolflink009 0 points 33 points (+33|-0) ago 

This is actually fairly interesting if there is any truth to this. I know that out bodies hold back our true strength because we would basically tear apart our muscles if we used it all time. Maybe having mental defects can somewhat turn this off?

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[–] wolflink009 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

TIL retards are super saiyans.

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[–] taco 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My aunt had downs and she was very strong. She also had an insanely high pain tolerance. So high that when she was a kid, she fell and shattered her knee cap. She limped from the backyard inside and her mother realized she was hurt. The girl didn't shed one tear!

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[–] Norge 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Adrenaline also increases bloodflow and opens up the airways though, which is unsustainable. Lack of pain might very well boost strength, but only marginally I'd guess.

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[–] jerry 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

I cant offer explanation, but i can assure anyone with any shadow of a doubt, tard strength is fascinatingly real.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

are you okay now or were the injuries permanent?

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[–] jerry 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

You'd have to ask piglet at Cinderella's crystal palace in Disney World. It was his arm that got shoved into his mouth, i only got to watch from a far while trying not to piss myself laughing.

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[–] ShitArchon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Case in point: a guy I know who worked at the prison said the exact same thing. You see it with both Down's and low-functioning autism.

The question is, do they have the damaged-muscle aftereffects like OP described? I have never heard of them being weaker in the aftermath.

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[–] jerry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Its just one of those mysterious wonders of life. I wish there was some scientific studies on tard strength, and whether or not that strength can be harnessed to serve the greater good of society in some way.

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[–] Jesus_H_Hitler 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I want to start a metal band full of retards and call it this.

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[–] im_philbo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

When you Tour, Can I have the support Slot with my band, System of a Downs?

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[–] aakaakaak 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

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[–] TH0UGHTP0LICE 1 points 68 points (+69|-1) ago 

Try to take one's chocolate milk and see what happens

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[–] inyourfacedunk 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

My take on this (sorry to respond so seriously to a quality joke).

Be a young teen and try to take chocolate milk from an adult. That's basically what it is. Most people with down syndrome are older than everyone else in their school. Usually by a few years. Now take this physical maturity and give it the mind of an 8 year old. Super strength tantrums.

This is where I think the retard strength idea comes from. As a kid, you see someone with down syndrome performing feats of strength you couldn't perform. You assume they are the same age as you because high school. You think they must be strong as fuck simply because they are stronger than you. In reality, they are stronger because their bodies are older.

Put most 14 year old kids against most 18 year old kids and you'll see the 18 year olds are far more powerful. There are exceptions, but the average 18 year old will be stronger than the average 14 year old.

I could be totally wrong though.

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[–] Devieus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

They may be less fit, but maybe they have an issue with inhibition, firing all pistons all the time, which even if it's a lower force output may result in higher than expected output.

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[–] taco 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This sounds correct. I've known a few people with downs (anecdotal, I know) and they were all very flexible and the very strong.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Thanks for that and I think that's worth looking at. What I do wonder though is if thats some average but doesn't take into account that at specific times they may be capable of much more strength at some given moment?

But to that article I can definitely see why retarded kids would show all those problems because it does seem many of them do not enjoy exercise and given the chance will become jello-eating couch potatoes (as in behavior not appearance) and so I can imagine many have dreadfully weakened and even nearing 'atrophy' in some strength areas.

good find thanks!

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[–] fat_is_not_benign 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Its because they put all of their skill points on strength rather than intelligence.

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