Mass hysteria

‘Preppers’ plan for the collapse of civilization

Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse. When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon. “In an instant, anything can happen,” she told Reuters. “And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared.” Tegeler is among a growing subculture…

12 girls suffer mystery condition in NY (Updated: diagnosis)

Update on Tourette-Like Illness in Leroy LEROY, NY — Administrators in the Leroy Central School District updated parents and students about a mysterious disorder that’s affected twelve female high school students, causing them to exhibit symptoms similar to Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by involuntary motor and vocal tics. Wednesday night,…

The ‘oily man’ or orang minyak terrorizing Malaysian village [corrected]

Correction: I goofed! Thank you to commenter for pointing out this was Malaysia, not India! The ‘oily man’ strikes fear. The supernatural phenomenon purportedly terrorising Kampung Laksamana in Gombak has rallied the residents to stand together in defence of the young girls in their community. Around 40 residents all divided into groups of about five…

Creepy mass hysteria of ‘mourning’ in North Korea

Watch the Unnerving Mass Hysteria of ‘Mourning’ North Koreans. Obviously: who knows how “authentic” this footage is—the show of mourning could be entirely staged, or done for fear of reprisal, or maybe the cameraman stumbled across the only Vaclav Havel fans in all of North Korea—but there’s no real explanation for it that makes the…

It’s nearly 2012. Interest rising in the Mayan apocalypse

Mayan Prophecy For 2012 Has Believers Preparing For Catastrophe – The Huffington Post. Doomsday and catastrophic predictions related to the Mayan calendar, which hits a symbolic turning point in late December next year, are not new. They already permeate pop culture through films, songs and hundreds of books. But as the new year approaches, interest…

Don’t panic: Killer virus hype

Engineered Avian Flu Could Kill Half the World’s Humans This is the real story of a scientist who created a virus with the power to litter the Earth with billions of dead bodies. In his Netherlands laboratory, virologist Ron Fouchier was experimenting with the avian flu virus to see how it could become even more…

TheTwilight pregnancy scene – does it cause seizures or just gross you out?

Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn’ Scene Allegedly Causing Seizures …a scene in the latest installment has reportedly been causing viewers across the country to have seizures. Several instances of people saying they have developed seizures during the tense birthing scene in “Breaking Dawn: Part One” have been reported. The in-theater seizures, also known as photosensitive epilepsy, are…

Ben Radford releases new book on media-driven panics and hoaxes

My New Book ‘The Martians Have Landed!’ Now Released I’m pleased to announce that my sixth book, The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes, is now available. The book is co-authored with sociologist Robert Bartholomew (who also co-authored my first book back in 2003, Hoaxes Myths, and Manias: Why We Need…

Mass Hysteria to Blame for Cambodia Factory Faintings?

Cambodia: Is Mass Hysteria Behind Factory Faintings? – TIME. In the past three months, at least 1,200 workers at seven garment and shoe factories have reported feeling dizzy, nauseated, exhausted or short of breath, and hundreds have been briefly hospitalized. No definitive explanation has yet been given for these so-called mass faintings. One baffled reporter…