The best ways to die

Keep dancing. Not always the best advice.

Ever get that thing where you can’t stop laughing? In 1962 in Tanganyika, hundreds of people were afflicted by the giggles. It started with some schoolgirls and quickly spread through the town. Months later, schools were closed, and people were experiencing pain and fainting as a result of these ‘laughter attacks’. As a magician I want people to enjoy my gags but not get ill from them! It did make me think of this, though:

 

There have been other weird epidemics too. You know when you get the urge to dance? Be careful, it can be fatal.. Nowhere near as fun as it sounds,¬†The 1518 Dancing Plague¬†affected hundreds of people in Strasbourg and is¬†still unexplained. More and more people felt the urge to strut their stuff, and the doctors of the time thought the cure was more dancing! Sadly many died of exhaustion. Something to think about next time you’re out on the town.

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