Medical and psychological explanations of bewitchment
Medical explanations of bewitchment, especially as exhibited during the Salem witch trials but in other witch-hunts as well, have emerged because it is not widely believed today that symptoms of those...
Day After Christmas Mall Violence Mysteriously Breaks Out In Dozens Of Locations Across The U.S.
Police are investigating a string of fights in malls across the country during on of the busiest shopping days of the year. There were reports of fights in m...
Watch As Pokemon Go Causes Stampede In Taiwan
People were waiting for the traffic signal to turn green, no one had any action. Everyone suddenly surged as a stampede developed in the quest for Snorlax!
Mass Psychogenic Illness
Mass psychogenic illness (MPI), also called mass sociogenic illness or just sociogenic illness, is "the rapid spread of illness signs and symptoms affecting members of a cohesive group, originating fr...
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria — other names include collective hysteria, group hysteria, or collective obsessional behavior — in sociology and psychology refers to collective delusions of threats to society that spr...
Hysterical contagion
Hysterical contagion occurs when a group of people show signs of a physical problem or illness, when in reality there are psychological and social forces at work. Hysterical contagion is a strong for...
Dancing mania
Dancing mania (also known as dancing plague, choreomania, St John's Dance and, historically, St. Vitus' Dance) was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 1...
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New York Conspiracy of 1741
The Conspiracy of 1741, also known as the Negro Plot of 1741 or the Slave Insurrection of 1741, was a supposed plot by slaves and poor whites in the British colony of New York in 1741 to revolt and le...
Little Rascals day care sexual abuse trial
The Little Rascals Day Care Center was a day care in Edenton, in the U.S. state of North Carolina where, from 1989 to 1995, there were arrests, charges and trials of seven people associated with the d...
Paul and Shirley Eberle
Paul R. Eberle and Shirley Eberle are American authors. Paul Eberle is a former writer for the Los Angeles Free Press.
In the 1970s, the Eberles published a pornography publication called Finger. ...
Fells Acres Day Care Center
Fells Acres Day Care Center was located in Malden, Massachusetts, in the United States and was part of the day care sex abuse hysteria of the 1980s. Violet Amirault (1923–1997) opened the facility in ...
Morangos com Açúcar
Morangos com Açúcar (Strawberries with Sugar in Portuguese, distributed internationally as Sweet Strawberries) was a Portuguese teen drama. It was broadcast daily on the Portuguese TV station TVI betw...
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Mass fainting in Tanzania
Mass fainting in Tanzania is a common phenomenon of mass hysteria that is experienced by junior school girls in Tanzania. In September 2008, 20 girls at a school in Tabora started fainting while takin...
Hindu milk miracle
The Hindu milk miracle was a phenomenon, considered by many Hindus as a miracle, which started on 21 September 1995, in which statues of the Hindu deity Ganesha allegedly "drank" milk offerings. It at...
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Wenatchee sex ring
The Wenatchee child abuse prosecutions in Wenatchee, Washington, USA, also known as the "Wenatchee Witch Hunt", that occurred in 1994 and 1995, are examples of the child sex-ring hysteria that was pre...
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon (also known as the "Anesthetic Prowler", Friz, the "Phantom Anesthetist", the "Mad Gasser of Roanoke", or simply the "Mad Gasser") was the name given to the person or people ...
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Sociogenic illness
Mass psychogenic illness (MPI), also called mass sociogenic illness or just sociogenic illness, is "the rapid spread of illness signs and symptoms affecting members of a cohesive group, originating fr...
Dancing Plague of 1518
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. Around 400 people took to dancing for ...
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia
Miracle Chapati
The Miracle Chapati or Chapati Jesus is a chapati, or flat unleavened bread, roughly eight centimeters in diameter with, what believers claim, is an image of Christ miraculously burnt on it. The chapa...
Miracle Chapati - Wikipedia
Emotional contagion
Emotional contagion is the tendency for two individuals to emotionally converge. One view developed by Elaine Hatfield et al. is that this can be done through automatic mimicry and synchronization of ...
Outreau trial
The Outreau trial was a 2004 criminal trial in northern France on various counts of sexual abuse against children. The trial and the appeal trial revealed that the main witness for the prosecution, co...
Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis
Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis (born 30 March 1958) is a former Christchurch child care worker who has been at the centre of one of New Zealand's most enduring judicial controversies. In June 1993 Ellis wa...
Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis - Wikipedia
Angels of Mons
The Angels of Mons is a popular legend about a group of angels who supposedly protected members of the British Army in the Battle of Mons at the outset of World War I.
On 22–23 August 1914, the fi...
The War of the Worlds (radio)
"The War of the Worlds" is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired ...
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Monkey-man of Delhi
The Monkey Man of New Delhi is a monster which was reported roaming Delhi in mid-2001.In May 2001, reports began to circulate in the Indian capital New Delhi of a strange monkey-like creature that was...
McMartin preschool trial
The McMartin preschool trial was a day care sexual abuse case of the 1980s. Members of the McMartin family, who operated a preschool in California, were charged with numerous acts of sexual abuse of c...
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Gerald Amirault
Gerald A. "Tooky" Amirault (born March 1, 1954) is an American falsely convicted in 1986 of child sexual abuse of eight children at the Fells Acres Day Care Center in Malden, Massachusetts, run by his...
Abigail Faulkner
Abigail (Dane) Faulkner (October 13, 1652 – February 5, 1730) was an American woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692. In the frenzy that followed, Faulkner’s sister El...
Michelangelo (computer virus)
The Michelangelo virus is a computer virus first discovered in 4 February 1991 in Australia. The virus was designed to infect DOS systems, but did not engage the operating system or make any OS calls....
Genital retraction syndrome
Koro is a culture-specific syndrome in which an individual has an overpowering belief that his or her genitals (e.g., penis or female nipples) are retracting and will disappear, despite the lack of an...