Saturday, April 14, 2012
Panic In The Streets
It's been said that many of the stories surrounding the events of the broadcast are exaggerated but you can't deny the effect it had on people. Most of the time mass hysteria presents in people like an illness. It spreads in almost the same way too. An interesting one that I read about in that same article was called the "Strawberries with Sugar virus". It occurred in 2006 and happened when 300 or more students contracted the symptoms of a disease that had affected the school in a popular teen program called...you guessed it Strawberries with Sugar. That's the English translation of the Portuguese title of the show. The kids actually reported symptoms of rashes, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. It forced schools to close and was later ruled as a case of mass hysteria.
There are many other examples of mass hysteria all more interesting to read than the next. It's amazing how people get caught up in the things, and it's not really that hard to believe.