Mass hysteria

Hints of ‘End of World’ Panic in Russia and abroad

Mayan ‘End of World’ Stirs Panic in Russia and Elsewhere – NYTimes.com. There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones. Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In…

Cult mass suicide averted in Brazil

Last week, police received information that a cult was preparing for a mass suicide by poisoning, including their children holed up inside a house near Teresina, Piaui, Brazil. The story unfolded… Fears of Mass Suicide in Brazil as Doomsday Cult Barricades Itself Awaiting the End of the World Today Brazilian police fear a mass suicide…

The debate over electromagnetic hypersensitivity grows

The Canadian National Post has a feature on the phenomena of Wi-fi illnesses. Wi-Fi safety: The debate over wireless technology continues National Post. Every week now, Dr. Riina Bray sees two or three new patients with a similar array of ailments and ends up blaming the same, controversial cause. Suffering from stabbing headaches, “brain fog,”…

A rash of flesh eating incidents sparks CDC clarification: Zombies don’t exist

Zombie Apocalypse: CDC Denies Existence Of Zombies Despite Cannibal Incidents. The horrific face-eating arrest in Miami and several other seemingly subhuman acts has many people wondering what’s behind this flesh-munching wave of terror. A zombie apocalypse, however, is not what we should be worried about, at least according to the federal government. Over the years the…

Afghan school poisonings show hallmark of mass hysteria

Fear in the classrooms: is the Taliban poisoning Afghanistan’s schoolgirls? – Asia – World – The Independent. Hundreds of Afghan schoolchildren have been admitted to hospital in the past six weeks after falling victim to what appears to be six separate major poison attacks. Three alleged attacks have occurred in northern Takhar province in the…

What happened with mystery package in Florida that made one person ill?

Orlando postal worker says mysterious package from Yemen made him ill A postal worker says a mysterious leaking package from Yemen has left him seriously ill, and while some of his colleagues confirm his account of what happened at an Orlando sorting facility 15 months ago, the U.S. Postal Service denies the package ever existed.…

Bring in a vampire, get a reward. Anybody? Anybody?

‘Vampires’ turn villages ghost towns in Tamil Nadu As bizarre as it may sound, the villagers believe blood-sucking vampires (Ratha Kaatteri) have been attacking their cattle and could harm them as well. For some strange reason, the cattle have been dying one after the other. The villagers have painted holy namam signs outside homes and…

Grease Devil panic was mass hysteria

Last summer, panic over the Grease Devil sparked riots in Sri Lanka Similarly the “oily man” phenomena of Malaysia made people guarded and nervous. A new study by doctors who examined supposed victims of Grease Devils report that it really was mass hysteria, not a real creature. Grease yakas a big hoax conclude forensic experts…

Family experiences fleet-footed figure in Surrey – Spring Heeled Jack? (Updated)

Terrified Banstead family confronted by ‘dark figure’ on bypass (From Surrey Comet). A taxi ride home on Valentine’s night turned into a nightmare when a family were confronted by a terrifying apparition that looked and moved like the legendary Spring Heeled Jack. Scott Martin and his family were travelling home by taxi from Stoneleigh on…

Brockovich gets involved in the New York mystery illness case

Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette’s-like tics Erin Brockovich is on the case! The environmental activist, made famous by the 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts as the crusading single mom, tells USA TODAY she is investigating the case of more than a dozen teens from one upstate New York school plagued by mysterious, Tourette’s-like symptoms.…