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The Tonopah Plague

Plagues have always been with us. Here's an instance from 1905.

What was this exotic mystery germ? The answer is here.


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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 26, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Regionalism, 1900's, Diseases

Wrong Way

Frozen poop pills?!? Yes, that is what they are using to treat Clostridium difficile, or C diff, a bacteria that when over abundant in the bowel causes debilitating diarrhea. Samples of feces from a healthy donor with a good bacterial balance in the bowel are put in capsules that are acid resistant and frozen. The capsule is acid resistant so it will not dissolve before carrying the good bacteria to the intestines where it is needed. It is frozen to make it easier for the patient to swallow. The treatment has been very successful and that is great, but I have one word for the Doctors involved: suppositories!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Oct 12, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Diseases, Disease, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 27, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Military, PSA's, Diseases

VD Is for Everybody

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 06, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: PSA's, 1960's, Diseases, Genitals

Tin Miners Don’t Get Pimples!

Sure, they had to work in hot, stifling conditions. They frequently suffered from bronchitis, silicosis, TB and rheumatism. Rock falls, flooding, and arsenic poisoning were constant dangers. (Arsenic being a by-product of tin mining). But they didn't get pimples. So life was good.
[info about the dangers of tin mining from]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 18, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: 1950's, Diseases, Skin and Skin Conditions

Rabies By Organ Transplant

Rabies, once called hydrophobia due to the afflicted's aversion to water in later stages of the disease, is very rare and easily treated today. If the patient is diagnosed and treated quickly that is. Unfortunately for a Maryland native he contracted the disease through a kidney transplant and no one had a clue till it was to late to save him. Other recipients of organs from the same donor are being given rabies treatment as a safety measure as are caregivers and family of the man who died. Definitely not something you hear about every day, thank goodness!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Mar 16, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Diseases

Wallace Rossall, the “Upside Down Boy”


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Poor Wallace Rossall. With his "twisted insides" he was obviously doomed to an early death.

But maybe not!

If this death record pertains to our Wallace--correct birth date; still living in California at time of death--then he lived to the decent age of 65 or 66.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 16, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Body, Diseases, Stomach, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, 1930's

Anti-fart Underwear

From what I can determine, these appear to be a real product. The ass-essments of WU readers are welcome.

The company's homepage.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 11, 2012 | Comments (16)
Category: Flatulence, Underwear, Diseases



A salve made from turpentine? The same stuff you clean your paint brushes with? A wonder drug! And apparently, it cured colds, burns, and so much more!



You say you wish you could get your hands on some of this miraculous stuff? The Russians still make it! Follow the Amazon links below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Comments (15)
Category: Health, Hygiene, Medicine, 1920's, Russia, Diseases

Woman coughs out lung

A case report in the New England Journal of Medicine describes a woman who coughed so hard that she pushed her lung out through her ribs. That's got to be painful.

According to, violent coughing can also result in collapsed lungs, ruptured spleens, and eyeballs coming out of their sockets. Lovely!

This hits close to home for me because my wife occasionally suffers from an intense cough. She may go for several years without any problems, but when "The Cough" (as we call it) returns, it's always pretty bad. And it usually takes several months for it to go away. Thankfully it's been a while since she last had The Cough. (knock on wood).
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 06, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Diseases, Medicine
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