25 Crazy Cases Of Mass Hysteria

Posted by , Updated on May 9, 2017

The mind has tremendous power over the body. Under certain stressful conditions, our brains can create flu-like symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, rashes, or vomiting. We’d like to think it’s a virus, but it’s really just our minds. Well, cramming all that anxiety into one place can ignite a wave of mass hysteria and make people do bizarre and crazy things. Here are 25 Crazy Cases Of Mass Hysteria.


Meissen "Trembling Disease"

1599px-Albrechtsburg_Meissen_bei_NachtSource: https://books.google.com/

In 1905, a reported 237 children showed symptoms of what they called “Trembling Disease” in Meissen, Germany. Like most victims of mass hysteria, there was no evidence of flu-like symptoms or a virus, but twitching and seizures were common.


June Bug Epidemic

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In a North Carolina textile mill, several workers showed symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Because June bugs were all over the mill, the workers started believing they caused the illness. More and more workers showed signs of the symptoms as time went on, but when the CDC got involved and investigated, they determined it was mass hysteria. There are no illnesses contracted by June bugs.



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Koro is an anxiety induced psychological condition where men believe their penis is shrinking into their body, disappearing all-together. In 1967, hundreds of men in Singapore believed this was happening to them, and they rushed to the hospital. The men went to odd extremes to make sure it wouldn’t happen.


Sri Lanka School Hysteria

1600px-School_in_Badulla_DistrictSource: http://www.lankauniversity-news.com/

In 2012, 1,900 students in over 15 schools were treated for symptoms including rashes, vomiting, and vertigo, among other things. Five teachers were also treated. However, authorities racked it up to mass hysteria due to children enduring these symptoms a little while earlier.


Halifax Slasher

1599px-Printers_malletSource: http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Said to wield a mallet and bright buckles on his shoes, the Halifax Slasher terrorized the city of Halifax in 1938. Except, he didn’t exist. The incidents occurred over the month of November starting with a couple of women claiming to be attacked. The incidents continued at such a rate that Scotland Yard got involved, setting up investigations, and putting the town on watch. Investigators discovered most of the people claiming to be attacked did the injuries to themselves and the whole thing was summed up to mass hysteria.

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