mass hysteria

  • We're All Going to Be Killed by Giant Hornets

    After getting stung by one of these monster hornets the size of a small mouse, a toxin dissolves your skin at the sting site, leading to searing pain, and, in the likely event that you’re stung 30 or more times, anaphylactic shock and kidney failure.

  • Beat Hysterics: Diagnosing the Great Dance Plague of 1518

    When Frau Troffea took to furiously dancing in the middle of a road in Strasbourg, France, in the summer of 1518, no one would join her. In a time of widespread hand wringing, confusion and fear over women succumbing to the cultish clutches of demonic...