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On witchcraft and mass psychogenic illness.

Because she is N’s best friend’s grandmother, I recently had the pleasure of meeting the researcher who first proposed that the Salem witchcraft trials were inspired by ergot poisoning… 1,305 more words

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Ergot in Wheat: A Brief Summary


We have seen a lot of ergot in the panhandle of Nebraska this year and we have been getting a lot of questions about it.  767 more words

Farmer Coop

St. Vitus' Plauge; Or; The Truth Behind Disney Song and Dance Numbers

Between the 14th and 17th century, a rather unique plague repeatedly struck Europe: St. Vitus’ Plague. It’s also known as the Dancing Plague or dancing mania. 312 more words


The Mystery of English Sweating Sickness

It’s easy to imagine how hard it must be to diagnose an ancient disease from bones alone. Many illness leave no trace on the skeleton, and soft tissues are rarely preserved, so in most cases it is impossible to even say that an animal or prehistoric human was sick at the time of their death, much less what they died of. 1,993 more words


The Fungus Man - Retardo Culo Strikes Again!

Excerpt from The Fungus Man

“Jim, meet Doc Handley. Doc, meet Jim Jefferson,”

Thus did Manny introduced me to Doc, who extended his right hand to grip mine like a vise. 1,063 more words

David Arthur Walters

Pocket Full of Rye

In a New England town one cold February morning in 1692, a girl began to bark at her father, screaming and convulsing about the room. Later, that girl’s cousin also began to show similar trembling and screaming fits. 819 more words