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.
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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
'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.
While Tutankhamun's elongated skull could've been caused by head binding for aesthetic purposes, it can also be congenital. My cousin has an elongated head that is the result of hydrocephalus while in the womb (there is also acquired hydrocephalus which can occur in childhood or adulthood, usually caused by injury or illness, and can be treated successfully). He's also brain damaged from the pressure the fluid placed on his brain, as well as epileptic and autistic. His head resembles the heads of those who practiced head binding.
My school librarian had Tourette's syndrome where she'd shout "Woo!" Whilst we as students understood and didn't mock her, you couldn't help but jump sometimes when you're quietly studying and the silence is broken by a loud "Woo!"
Two comments: As for Akhenaten, he may have been a morphydite and had both male and female body parts. And for King Hared, people today may not believe he commanded the slaughter of the innocents, but I have one word for him after hearing how he died---KARMA.
I really appreciate how tactful you are. And no jokes. I'm taken aback when someone says "hope you enjoyed this video" when its about murdered children, for instance. "Interesting" is indeed an appropriate term.
even after ancient egypt european royal families did not realize inbreeding causes rare, terrible diseases to show in offspring. also; why was lovecraft so worried about inter-racial coupling? it had already been happening for 200 years at that point.
There's another theory on Poe. In his time there were people who would kidnap you and make you change your clothes and would force you to vote a certain way and then they would dump you somewhere. He was found dumped and in a stupor. Not saying this happened to him but it's a theory
Wow. I knew all those other facts surrounding Poe’s death. He and Dickens are two of my favorite poets. But rabies, of all things, what a horrific way to go. In humans, it causes an aversion to water, so no matter how thirsty you are, you are unable to drink due to your brain causing you to genuinely believe you will drown.
The elongated skull of Tutankhamun was the result of binding the skull from birth to create exactly this result. It was usually the upper class that practiced this, making the lower class think it was natural. (From a documentary on the subject.)
I'm not a doctor but I live with chronic illnesses one is Gastroparisis. I do believe this may be what Darwin had. As those are the same symptoms that had me desperate for a diagnosis. I'm still nauseated daily and have abdominal pain after eating I do have times when it gets so bad I can't control the nausea and I have horrible vomiting spells. Sometimes I completely go without food to avoid the pain or vomiting. This is with the aid of several meds I take 3 different meds for nausea/vomiting, one to calm the acid and a digestive enzyme to help break down food. I even had surgery to widen the end of my stomach so it can empty faster. So the food doesn't sit in my stomach too long and rot causing the nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately it hasn't helped much.
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