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Top 10 Famous HISTORIC FIGURES Who Suffered Horrifying DISEASES

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Sometimes, history is gross. Really gross. Especially where diseases are concerned. We’ve all heard of the nasty stuff the past could serve up for our ancestors. What we might not know is just how many famous historic figures got walloped with these awful diseases. From the utterly weird to the utterly terrifying to the simply disgusting, it turns out being famous in Ye Olde Times was nothing more than one long string of disgusting incidents, one after the other. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 DISEASES With Unexpected BENEFITS https://youtu.be/_sNi87iFF4o?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnLyDzDNeyvA6ZKu5_jMYMip Top 10 UNUSUAL People With EXTRA BODY PARTS https://youtu.be/XEQc_h9K1r8?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnLyDzDNeyvA6ZKu5_jMYMip Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-famous-historic-figures-who-suffered-horrifying-diseases.php Coming up: 10. Edgar Allan Poe Died of Rabies 9. Beethoven was Born with Syphilis 8. Tutankhamun Looked Like an Inbred Yokel 7. Samuel Johnson Probably Had Tourette Syndrome 6. H.P. Lovecraft’s Weird Cold Aversion 5. Darwin’s Whole Life was One Big Puke-a-thon 4. Julius Caesar Had Endless Strokes 3. Lenin’s Brain was Turning to Stone 2. Akhenaten Probably Suffered a Hormone Disorder 1. King Herod Had Some of the Nastiest Ailments in History Source/Further reading: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/?no-ist http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-medical-mysteries-20160123-story.html http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/28/how-historys-medical-mysteries-offer-a-prescription-for-the-present/ http://www.history.com/news/7-historical-figures-posthumously-diagnosed-with-illnesses http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/28/how-historys-medical-mysteries-offer-a-prescription-for-the-present/ http://www.history.com/news/7-historical-figures-posthumously-diagnosed-with-illnesses http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/28/how-historys-medical-mysteries-offer-a-prescription-for-the-present/ http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-01/pharaoh%E2%80%99s-feminine-figure-explained http://www.rejectionofpascalswager.net/herod.html https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Sacrifice_07_aztec.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Codex_laud-decapitation_05_aztec.jpg https://natgeoeducationblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/plosskull.jpg http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/e34f65585f53bfd0d3595831a449dadc http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/severedhands.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Limestone_trial_piece_of_hands._From_Amarna%2C_Egypt._Reign_of_Akhenaten%2C_late_18th_Dynasty._The_Petrie_Museum_of_Egyptian_Archaeology%2C_UCL%2C_London.jpg/1280px-Limestone_trial_piece_of_hands._From_Amarna%2C_Egypt._Reign_of_Akhenaten%2C_late_18th_Dynasty._The_Petrie_Museum_of_Egyptian_Archaeology%2C_UCL%2C_London.jpg http://cdn.biblicalarchaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/hands2.jpg?x10423 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/1_fenghuang_ancient_town_hunan_china.jpg/1280px-1_fenghuang_ancient_town_hunan_china.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/80skulls.jpg http://img05.deviantart.net/16d7/i/2015/246/4/7/the_xia_dynasty_by_dracarysdrekkar7-d988f6a.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fd/Kent_UK_location_map.svg/2000px-Kent_UK_location_map.svg.png https://balkancelts.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pit-3666-north.jpg?w=640&h=473 https://balkancelts.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/galatia-illust.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/sacrificeplace.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/sacrificeplace.jpg https://assets.fastcompany.com/image/upload/w_1280,f_auto,q_60,fl_lossy/fc/1280-ouverture-de-la-bouche.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Aztec-Human-Sacrifices.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Area_central_del_Acolhuacan.JPG https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Acolhuacan.jpeg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Dust_Bowl_-_Dallas%2C_South_Dakota_1936.jpg
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Patrick Bruneau (22 hours ago)
Akhenaten was an Alien. Everybody knows that.
Kaylin Langevin (1 day ago)
Darwin sounds like Diverticulitis or Crohn's Disease.
Karl Bergen (1 day ago)
Herod is a complex character. I wonder if he had hereditary insanity that affected him later in life.
Matthew Trzcinski (1 day ago)
Darwin ate his way through the fauna of South America. Hard to tell what parasites he might have eaten. The prevailing idea is Chanas disease.
Nom du Clavier (3 days ago)
Seth Sutech (3 days ago)
syphilis is not the french disease.... recent findings have thought that it may originate from the native populations of north america
PsyintZ (6 days ago)
If the smell of his breath was "so fetid it could strip paint," imagine what his "decaying wang" smelled like.
PsyintZ (6 days ago)
Anybody else feel like "inbred yokel" is a fairly disrespectful way of describing a former Egyptian Pharaoh? Regardless of what he looked like? Lol.
PsyintZ (6 days ago)
Pretty sure hydrophobia is an acute symptom of rabies in ALL cases, so if Poe didn't show this symptom, he probably didn't die of rabies.
Asha Brooke (13 days ago)
That tut model got cake.....
Pearl Luber (14 days ago)
Definately interesting
Gau Thier (17 days ago)
So cute!!
maryjane2276 (19 days ago)
Darwin likely had Celiac Disease. Symptoms described are what happens when ‘glutened’. 🤭🤢🤮🤮🤢🤮😣😴
Simon says.. that Edgar Allen Poe died in 1849 but the gravestone in the picture says 1875. Which is correct?!
TheShadowChesireCat (22 days ago)
Akhenhaten was Tutankhamun's dad. Tut was originally named Tutanakhen. They also suspect Pharaoh Nefereneferuaten (Tut's ruling predescessor) was Akhanaten's wife-sister/King Tut's mum, Nerfertiti. Egyptian history is really interesting.
chi uhauha (24 days ago)
Cant say Names, rivers, countries, or Eyptian Pharohs right and while I am at it, the "a" on the end or a word is pronounced "a" not "r".....
Dizzy TheDragonite (24 days ago)
Another fun fact: Karl Marx had HS (Hidradenitis suppurativa) (I have the same disorder)
John Weedon (24 days ago)
too-tan car-moon?
Dabz The Payaso (25 days ago)
Another video where Simon pronounces 25% of his script correctly 😂 love it
NTTNT JNO (29 days ago)
06:42 "Et tumor, Brute?"
IntrepidFraidyCat (29 days ago)
"Decaying wang"....wow, that's a very vivid description. 😳🤣
Joseph Izzo (29 days ago)
“...decaying wang falling apart as his flesh is eaten away...” Damn! You have some of the funniest lines! Still, your take on Nick Cage was the best! So glad you rereleased it!
Steve Kidd (1 month ago)
You said Poe died in 1849, yet his grave says 1849-1875
Sally McMurray (1 month ago)
I love how serious he is when talking about something, then makes a joke or says something about his topic that most people couldn't talk about without bursting out in laughter, yet he does it with such a straight face without cracking a smile and stays as serious as can be, which is what I love about him.
backhome54 (1 month ago)
Interesting, but I have trouble understanding your speech. Please slow it down? I don't want to miss anything. Thanks!
mamaboo cee (1 month ago)
"TOOT-an-Ka-men" king tut.
aspookyfox (1 month ago)
You misquoted the year of Poe’s death.
Paslayas (1 month ago)
Rabies? 🤔. Poor Tut looks like an 👽. Akhenaten was Tut's father by a second, or third wife. Lenin was truly interesting.
J.M. Hogue (1 month ago)
I have CVS that wasn't onset until my adulthood. No one knows what it is! Makes us look crazy :(
Dude Man (1 month ago)
For akhenaten, sounds like he was trans actually.
telepathos (1 month ago)
Edgar Allan Poe did not die of rabies. Sure, you say we can't be certain about the diagnosis, when, in fact, the notion is totally laughable to Poe scholars, such as myself. This is why I don't trust your BS. I spent the evening watching several of your videos, and found them compelling at first, until it became clear how loose you play with the facts, especially where your politics are involved. I subscribed to the channel, and now I'm unsubscribing. Stop misleading people. The truth is strange and fascinating enough. You don't have to make things up.
Wheels Lifts (1 month ago)
The wierd head shape of akhenaten and king tut isnt due to a birth defect caused by inbreeding. It is called Artificial Cranial Deformation. While they are a baby, their heads are wrapped tight with bandages, which causes it to grow differently. It's still done today in some communities in Africa. You can google it and see pictures. If you remember the crystal skull from IndianaJones, some peoples skulls actually resemble that shape.
Chris Raw (1 month ago)
Darwin probably had H-pylori
wildcatter63 (1 month ago)
Poe had been anonymously diagnosed multiple times at conferences et al during the last century and it has always come back as rabies.
Ryan Watterson (1 month ago)
Brilliant i am your best pupil joking
Caitlin Jenner (1 month ago)
Btw I’m British but most of us aren’t twats and say tootankamun. We say it normally not like what tf he’s doing
spikeycat81 (1 month ago)
Oh holy crap, do not Google what affected King Herod. Bleehh
John Hardin (1 month ago)
Those Pharoahs a weren't human.
Kataform (2 months ago)
2:48 -- Ok Internet -- which is right?? "two-tanker-moon" or "tut-in-common"?
Vernon Roche (2 months ago)
The way he pronounces “Tutankhamen” is... unique. It’s Tuut-en-khaah-min Not Tu-Tanka-moon.
Dallas DautermanDallas (1 month ago)
Vernon Roche British pronunciation Ol' Chap
CatsForTheCatGod (2 months ago)
So he had.... Julius Seizures?
Bronwyn Gavin (2 months ago)
I thought Poe died of Syphilis.
Rich Affinito (2 months ago)
A girl i work with has cyclical vomit syndrome. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks before they could figure out what it was. They put her on a VERY limited diet and she still steuggles to hold that stuff down. I feel terrible for her. It seems awful.
kaleigh💖💖 (2 months ago)
an "inbred yokel".... somebody come get they man
Evan Fields (2 months ago)
Syphilis, they all had syphilis.
Mikhail Alexandrovich (2 months ago)
Danny Vacon (2 months ago)
Tu TANK a min?
Jordan (2 months ago)
Why is he pronouncing Tutankhamun so weirdly..?
Whitney S (2 months ago)
"Akhenaten likely came from the same line as Tutankahmun." Yeah, fathers are generally related to their biological sons.
Chadmon Jackson (2 months ago)
Edomites in Egypt inbreed to white out history of the Israelites
Michelle Roberts (2 months ago)
Love these videos 🌷
Bre S (2 months ago)
H.P. Lovecraft probably had Raynauds Syndrome/Disease
Shaun House (2 months ago)
Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) is generally believed to be Tutankhamun's (originally Tutankhaten) father.
R (2 months ago)
Sounds like Lovecraft's body was trying to hybernate itself when he got cold.
Rachel McClellan (2 months ago)
Darwin sounds like he had Gastroparesis instead of CVS
Rachel McClellan (24 days ago)
@Tracy Rowe I have it too... it doesn't affect every patient the exact same way, just sounded similar to myself
Tracy Rowe (25 days ago)
I have gastro paresis. It doesn't do that
Zenas Starchild (2 months ago)
Some think the killing of the innocents didn't happen is just another way to say most people think killing of the innocents did happen.
Eryn McKenzie (2 months ago)
Emperorwolf 999 (2 months ago)
lovecraft was cold blooded, i guess?
no no (2 months ago)
You say so many words with such a strange intonation it's hard to tell what you mean at first.
Rebekah Bridges-Tervydis (2 months ago)
Of course Poe died of Rabies! He was visited by a Raven!
Maeve McCann (3 months ago)
Too tanka moon. I’ve always said. toot an kamoon
HardcorePeanut (3 months ago)
cBearTv (3 months ago)
❓❓❓❓DARWIN .... Sounds like Pancreatiis a to me... Chronic and acute.... It's not nice!!!...??? ❓❓❓
Kim20ization (3 months ago)
its pronounced tut tan kah man not two tank a moon !!!!
The Curious Mind (3 months ago)
WHY AM I JUST NOW SUGGESTED THIS IN APRIL 2019!? Btw, no Poe wasn't suffering from rabies. Baltimore, Maryland will just do that to you! Lol Richmond, VA didn't help to begin with. Jk, I love it here in VA
Shelley M101 (3 months ago)
Fun stuff huh? :-)
Quita Clark (3 months ago)
Adam Gardiner (3 months ago)
Tombstone: born 1849 died 1875 Simon: died 1849 Ooooopsy.
Jennifer Marchant (1 month ago)
jjohnston94 ohhhhh I see what you mean, the tombstone is a commemoration of the original burial site from Oct 1849 to Nov 1875, when he was moved elsewhere! 👍🏻
Jennifer Marchant (1 month ago)
Adam Gardiner I was going to comment the same!! Normally Simon is spot on so I’m going to give him a pass. 🤣
jjohnston94 (2 months ago)
I thought so, too, but the dates on the tombstone aren't his birth and death dates. They're the start and end dates of the time he was buried on that spot.
bob2nifty (3 months ago)
Gangrene of the what? that's a disease I didn't need to ever picture thanks! morning to you to Simon.... dam!
switchbladekid (3 months ago)
More gross history, please!
velvet raptor (3 months ago)
Alice Cooper's real name is Fournier. Gangrene anyone?
Lillian jacks (3 months ago)
did anyone else cringe when he bombed saying king tuts full name....
leslie smith (3 months ago)
You are pleasant to listen to and I love your videos
Sem (3 months ago)
a communist who’s brain is turning to stone? what’s new?
Ciara Calhoon (3 months ago)
You said Edgar Allen Poe died in 1849...but the picture of his tombstone behind you says he was born in 1849 and died in 1875...
Joeri U (3 months ago)
Thank you! I came here looking for this comment :)
Politifeast (3 months ago)
Getting jiggy with ur sister. 🥰
Josi (3 months ago)
I beg to differ. Poe did indeed have great difficulty drinking water during his final illness; he had previously been offered alcohol, which he adamantly refused.
Devynn Dyabolykyll (3 months ago)
I also cannot believe you don’t have King George III’s porphyria condition or Queen Victoria’s passing on of haemophilia to her royal descendants (Tsarevitch Alexei being the most famous).
Devynn Dyabolykyll (3 months ago)
His names is Tut-ANKH-Amun, ‘Beloved Son, Life of Amun.’ There are no long vowels in Egyptian: the first name is pronounced ‘tut’, as in rhymes with ‘mutt’. Its also not ‘a-moon’, it’s ‘amun’, like ‘amen’.
Nichelle Pasquotti (3 months ago)
What about pyloric stenosis?
valenius the kat (3 months ago)
A rotting body part? 😱
Aurelie David (4 months ago)
Im not convinced Mr Pie had rabies. Probably just got some bad moonshine.
Sadae Sashington (4 months ago)
Getting Jiggy with your Sister? .. 😖😖😖
Dave's Not here (4 months ago)
Poe died of the dt,s
Matt Fields (4 months ago)
tj ward (4 months ago)
This guy has possibly the worst vocabulary of any person I've seen on YouTube. His mispronunciation of words and names that is 7 year old would know is comical I can hardly believe that it's real
TokyoticCat (4 months ago)
Lenin's corpse looks cute
Why (4 months ago)
Now knowing that Lovecraft had migraines, I see why he wrote such weird stuff. Things can get really strange when awake with them and sleeping is a whole new level of strange.
John Takolander (4 months ago)
About Lenin: There was the assassinatin attempt by the social revolutinary Fanny Kaplan. They had the nasty habit of treating their bullets with hunan excrement and a bullet lodged in Lenin`s neck caused probably a chronic infection and so also a cerebral arteritis.
Amanda Rickert (4 months ago)
I've never heard king tuts name pronounced this way before. I wish people knew a little about the people they do these lists about...
Bree_999 (4 months ago)
“Privy parts”
Rebekah Bridges-Tervydis (4 months ago)
Darwin sounds like a really bad case of gastroporesis.
Tracy Rowe (25 days ago)
I have gastro paresis. Basically, the vagus nerve is atrophied, meaning food takes much longer to digest. Sometimes days. I have never vomited from it at all, nevermind vomiting as extreme as Darwin's.
zach wilfong (4 months ago)
That is not how you say king tuts full name.... you butchered it you British idiot.
Birdy Wirdy (5 months ago)
Sounds like Darwin had stomach ulcers, bad ones lol
weepingwell (5 months ago)
The dates on Poe's tombstone are wrong...
Clarice Aust (5 months ago)
'Sounds like Herod got his just desserts for slaughtering all those baby boys.....and, if it is in the bible, it DID happen. Don't underestimate The Book - it has metaphysical properties most people are ignorant of.
del trotts (5 months ago)
Hi simon......
Elitist Trash (5 months ago)
How tf did Caesar accomplish so much while suffering from so many strokes?
bite me (5 months ago)
You said Wang. Lol
Louise Haley (5 months ago)
How about England’s King George III (who suffered from porphyria) and King Henry VIII (who suffered from practically everything else).

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