Six months ago, Lisa Alamia underwent jaw surgery, which resulted in nerve damage that led to a condition known as foreign accent syndrome. That disease is exactly what it sounds like: people instantly have a foreign accent following nerve damage or head trauma. Alamia, who lives in Texas and was raised there, woke up with a British accent. She's never even been to England; in fact, she has only left the United States once for a mission trip to Mexico.
Fewer than 100 people worldwide have been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome over the last century, and Alamia's neurologist still isn't sure what caused her accent to emerge. The best part is that even her three kids thought she was faking it at first:
Her accent has everyone gobsmacked, and she insists that she isn't off her trolley.