1. The desire to be more like Robert Downey Jr.
2. Having a tremendous Man-Crush on Robert Downey Jr.
Sean: "I'm kind of worried about Declan, he's gotten three tattoos this week and I think he's doing hard drugs- still, I respect and admire him."
Johnny: "Yeah, his Downey Syndrome has been acting up pretty bad lately."
A condition caused by living, or being raised, in Downey
, CA. Sufferers who grew up in Downey and have since moved away will experience profound feelings of unsubstantiated nostalgia about their childhood home and may suffer from the delusion that Downey is a great place to live; while the afflicted who currently reside in Downey will display extreme frustration, confusion and despair, interspersed with periods of complete denial ("I'm probably going to move to Orange County
next year.") Those who grew up in Downey and still live there are the most severely affected as they continually battle conflicting feelings of sentimentality and condemnation.
Symptoms include: a tendency to inadvertently blurt, "Go Bears!" or "Go Ducks!" (depending on whether they attended, Warren High School
or Downey High School
) whenever the word Downey is used, regardless of the context ("Did you want to go see the new Robert Downey, Jr. movie?" "Go Bears!" "No, Iron Man."); an inability to control the impulse to compare all foods to that served at El Taco; an inexplicable need to mention that Karen Carpenter
was also from Downey (followed by deep shame at their lack of control and anxie...