Collective lunatic asylum

  In the spring of 1956, in the suburbs of Taipei, Taiwan, almost everyone agreed that there was a madman wandering the streets with a razor. And many people insist that this lunatic will break into the crowd and wave a razor frantically at passers-by.
  There are even rumors that know exactly the number of injured: 21 people, mainly women and children. The Taiwan police quickly responded to the citizens’ calls. In order to appease the frightened people, the police immediately mobilized police forces to detect. But when taking notes about the so-called “people stabbed by a madman’s razor”, the police discovered that the madman in people’s mouth actually did not exist. Despite this, a lot of shocking and sensational news continues to circulate in the streets.
  Some local residents firmly believed that the small wounds on the injured person’s skin were undoubtedly injured by the madman’s razor. One of the “victims” also specially showed people his wounds, which made everyone more convinced and deepened people’s sense of fear.
  At the same time, the forensic diagnosis has been stigmatized by public opinion. After the forensic doctors inspected the “victims” in the news reports, the police got results that the people did not want to believe: the police clearly recorded the case, and 5 of them made false reports and 7 were found to be wounds caused by self-harm , 8 people’s minor cuticle injuries were obviously not caused by the razor.
  Similar collective hysteria and collective delusions are not uncommon in human history. Often large-scale insanity occurs in small but very concentrated groups, because they may be under the same pressure. Therefore, collective mania and hypothesis often appear in schools, factories, train stations, and even churches.
  In the phenomenon of collective insanity, the most vulnerable group is young women. Hysteria usually spreads quickly, but it does not last long. Hysteria has different scales, different aspects, and different periods. For example, just as people always believe the words of witches when they are dead, people also believe in malicious reports on the Internet and some media when they are frightened and at a loss. These news are often not true, but people will be worried forever because of this. This is contemporary hysteria.
Nuns are crazy too

  During the Middle Ages, many girls’ parents disregarded their children’s personal will and forcibly sent them to the monastery. Most nuns find it difficult to accept a radical change in their lifestyle at first-they are restrained by long-term asceticism and engaged in heavy manual labor, and they feel depressed when they were originally timid and cowardly. In short, their mental and physical pain has nowhere to be released for a long time, which has triggered some strange events, two of which are most well-known.
  The first strange thing happened in a large monastery in France. One day, when the nuns were praying, a nun suddenly made a meow, and the other nuns also made the same meow. Soon, the “meow” sound spread throughout the monastery, and the originally silent monastery was suddenly filled with strange cat sounds. Every day that followed, the nuns would gather at a fixed time and make meowing sounds.
  Soon, this strange behavior of the nuns attracted the attention of the government. Because at the time, cats, especially black cats, were regarded as impure powers, so these nuns were also regarded as doing impure things. In order to stop the daily meowing, the local government sent soldiers to surround the monastery with weapons, and ordered the soldiers to shoot at any nun who dared to meow again. This collective mental disorder is probably a subconscious behavior of the nuns who want to unite against external mental pressure.
  Another bizarre incident occurred in a German monastery in the 15th century. A nun suddenly started to bite other nuns frantically. The bitten nun will not only “counter” the attacker, but will also attack other nuns: just like the chain reaction in the zombie movie.
  Even more surprising is that the news reached Saxony and Brandenburg, where nuns also suddenly contracted the hysteria. Later, convents in the Netherlands and Rome began to have similar cases. Regarding this incident, there is a saying that the nun had a mental breakdown due to excessive physical labor for a long time.
Dance endlessly

  In 1518, a similar hysteria occurred in Europe-dancing. It happened in the scorching sun in July, when Madame Tranfi suddenly became addicted to a cappella dance and could not extricate herself from it. She has been dancing mysterious dances on the streets of Strasbourg for 6 days. In the first week after Mrs. Tronfi started dancing, 34 people showed the same symptoms one after another. One month later, the number of people who kept dancing exceeded 400.
  The doctor thinks this is some kind of hysteria related to blood. Residents of Strasbourg tried to find a way to help these “dance hysteria” patients: a special dance floor was built for them and an orchestra was invited to accompany them. People thought that everything would be fine, but these crazy dancers did not stop dancing until August. Soon, the hot weather caused the victims of the “Plague Dance” to fall in the non-stop dancing heat wave. Some People lose consciousness and some people soon die of heart attacks. This collective insanity ended with the fall of the last dancer. According to analysis, the cause of this kind of dance hysteria was mental stress and the famine in Strasbourg at that time.
Gratuitous laughter

  It happened in a small boarding school in Kashasha Village, Tanzania. In 1962, three female students suddenly giggled. It might be because one of the girls told a joke. They suddenly started laughing, then stopped suddenly, and started laughing more than just… this kind of intermittent laugh every time The duration varies from a few minutes to several hours. This situation was recognized as an infectious disease at the time. Even quarantining sick students will not help. Children who are not infected cannot study quietly. Six weeks later, more than half of the middle and high grade students in the boarding school were infected with this hysteria. The government had to order schools to close and isolate them from the outside world.
  But just when people thought the situation was getting better, two months after the school restarted, the disease began to spread again and spread to other schools in the area. According to various sources, the duration of this “laughing hysteria” among female students ranges from 6 to 18 months. These unforgettable laughs did not make the children happy: the students often cried in pain, anxious, and even had difficulty breathing. Experts studying this matter believe that this collective mental disorder is also caused by stress, because boarding schools have strict disciplines. In addition, the country did not gain independence at the time, everyone was worried about the future, and the children’s mentality was even more vulnerable.
  In March and April 1983, in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, people suffering from the same disease began to experience symptoms of syncope. Among the 947 people who clearly felt their bodies were deteriorating, 70% were Arab girls aged 12-17. Natural disasters with unknown symptoms caused them to experience dizziness, headaches, abdominal cramps, dizziness and other vision problems. During the treatment, many infected girls recalled that there was always a strange smell similar to rotten eggs in the classroom.
  The Palestinian government quickly used “convincing” testimony to point the finger at the then hostile country Israel, accusing Israel of using chemical weapons to persecute its people. Many people also agreed that the insidious Zionists wanted to kill the children in several rural schools on the Palestinian border. In response, the Israeli media reported that the disaster was entirely the Palestinian government deliberately poisoning its own people in order to confuse the people in order to forge hatred between the two peoples.
Genital thief

  In 1990, an unusual event occurred in Nigeria-the mysterious “disappearance” of male genitalia. This bizarre event was also recorded in the chronicle of the Nigerian epidemic. Most of the victims of this hysteria are Nigerian men who are overly concerned about personal dignity. One day, in Lagos, the old capital of Nigeria and the largest port city, a Nigerian male resident suddenly felt that his lower body was “robbed” after accidental physical contact with a stranger. The news spread, and more and more men claimed that their genitals had been “stolen”. Everyone was in a panic of fear of losing their genitals. People began to frantically want to find “genital thieves”, punching and kicking anyone on the street who they thought were sneaky, and even more thought that as long as their genitals were beaten, it was enough. Recover your “lost” genitals. In fact, the genitals of these hysteria victims have not disappeared, but they still insist that this important body part that symbolizes their male dignity has been “lost.” Sometimes people who are unfortunately regarded as “genital thieves” are even beaten to death. It seems that everyone is caught in crazy obsession, including the police, judges and priests. Even when many “people arrested for theft of genitalia” were released for lack of evidence, some members of Congress and Nigerian government officials were angry about this.