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Tanganyika laughter epidemic

Tanganyika laughter epidemic
The Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962 was an outbreak of mass hysteria – or mass psychogenic illness (MPI) – rumored to have occurred in or near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) near the border of Kenya.[1] The laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18.[2][3] Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected. After the school was closed and the students were sent home, the epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village that was home to several of the girls.[4] In April and May, 217 people had laughing attacks in the village, most of them being school children and young adults. The school from which the epidemic sprang was sued; the children and parents transmitted it to the surrounding area. See also[edit] Related:  EnigmeMysteriesDivertisment

No Globes: Miniature power plant spews a cloud of black pollution when shaken This limited edition snow globe titled “No Globes” was designed by UK-based collective Dorothy to protest the construction of coal-fired power stations back in 2009. Instead of the usual happy snow globe scene with pristine white snow particles, there’s a power plant spewing a cloud of black pollution. Via Who Killed Bambi Dancing Plague of 1518 Engraving of Hendrik Hondius portrays three women affected by the plague. Work based on original drawing by Peter Brueghel, who supposedly witnessed a subsequent outbreak in 1564 in Flanders The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Events[edit] The outbreak began in July 1518, when a woman, Frau Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg.[1] This lasted somewhere between four to six days. Historical documents, including "physician notes, cathedral sermons, local and regional chronicles, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council" are clear that the victims danced.[1] It is not known why these people danced, some even to their deaths. See also[edit] References[edit] Further reading[edit] Backman, Eugene Louis (1977) [1952]. External links[edit] "Dancing death" by John Waller.

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Witches of Cornwall Macabre evidence of age-old spells surfaces in an archaeologist's front yard Archaeologist Jacqui Wood holds a fragment of a cauldron unearthed from a buried spring-fed pool near her home. This and other artifacts she has found point to a long history of ritual and witchcraft. (Manuel Cohen) Over the centuries, many in the British Isles have appealed to witches in times of need--to cure a toothache, concoct a love potion, or curse a neighbor. Wood's home is in the hamlet of Saveock Water in Cornwall, a county tucked in the far southwest corner of the country. When I visit Saveock Water it is raining, which adds to its unearthly atmosphere. Wood was excited but busy with other projects and left the find undisturbed for a few years. While digging a hole for another project, Wood discovered a late Mesolithic clay platform in her field. But as Wood and her team excavated the platform over the next few seasons, unusual features began to emerge. More unusual finds came in 2005. Share

Sailing stones Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. Tracks from these sliding rocks have been observed and studied in various locations, including Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nevada,[1] and most notably Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, where the number and length of tracks are notable. At Racetrack Playa, these tracks have been studied since the early 1900s, yet the origins of stone movement are not confirmed[2] and remain the subject of research for which several hypotheses[3] exist. The stones move only every two or three years and most tracks develop over three or four years. Trails differ in both direction and length. Description[edit] Tracks are sometimes non-linear. The Racetrack’s stones speckle the playa floor, predominately in the southern portion. And in some hypotheses: ice floes Research history[edit] See also[edit]

Voynich manuscript The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum on which it is written has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance.[1][2] The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912.[3] Some of the pages are missing, but about 240 remain. The Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II.[4] No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The Voynich manuscript was donated by Hans P. Description[edit] Codicology[edit] The manuscript measures 23.5 by 16.2 by 5 centimetres (9.3 by 6.4 by 2.0 in), with hundreds of vellum pages collected into eighteen quires. Text[edit] A page showing characteristics of the text Illustrations[edit]

Bărbaţii vor dispărea ca specie Detalii Categorie: Articole Afirmaţia aparţine profesorului Jenny Graves care este de părere că indivizii de sex masculin se îndreaptă spre dispariţie. Profesorul Graves este unul dintre cei mai influenţi oameni de ştiinţă din Australia şi este convinsă că bătălia dintre cele două sexe va fi câştigată, în cel mai definitiv mod, de către indivizii de sex feminin. Conform teoriei doamnei profesor Graves, cromozomul X conţine în jur de 1.000 de gene sănătoase. Femeile au doi cromozomi X pe când bărbaţii au doar un cromozom X şi unul Y. Teoria a fost făcută la Academia de Ştiinţe din Australia, în expunere, profesorul Graves a descris genele rămase pe cromozomul Y ca fiind în cea mai mare parte "resturi şi gunoi". Este întradevăr o veste proastă. Alţi oameni de ştiinţă sunt de părere că acest fenomen se produce în rafale, nefiind vorba de o descompunere constantă. Dacă declaraţia doamnei profesor a fost făcută cu cinism, cu compasiune sau cu zâmbetul pe buze, nu ştim.

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