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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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weepingwell (6 days ago)
The dates on Poe's tombstone are wrong...
Clarice Aust (8 days 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 (9 days ago)
Hi simon......
Elitist Trash (10 days ago)
How tf did Caesar accomplish so much while suffering from so many strokes?
bite me (12 days ago)
You said Wang. Lol
Louise Haley (15 days ago)
How about England’s King George III (who suffered from porphyria) and King Henry VIII (who suffered from practically everything else).
Kirstie Pop (16 days ago)
I think the elongated skull of king tut is from head binding, not inbreeding. or...OR....aliens.
Ylva Rasmussen (17 days ago)
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.
Ylva Rasmussen (17 days ago)
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!"
Ylva Rasmussen (17 days ago)
Why are you pronouncing Tutankhamun like that?
Allycat g (19 days ago)
What is with his pronunciation of Tutankhamen....... never heard is said like that before. 😳
5:14 when your heart's frozen, your core body temperature is very delicate
littlebit (19 days ago)
Gangrene of the pervy parts! Didnt know that was possible. Eek!
clara roselyn (19 days ago)
CDO (20 days ago)
Simon, your videos are really interesting and informative but the pronunciation of many of the names are so way off makes my head hurt. Please get some help and advice before you speak them.
Randel Smith (21 days ago)
too much slang and humor I think. A more objective delivery without commentary would lend to credibility.
AJ Duke (21 days ago)
Did he say Poe died in 1849?
Marie Duran (23 days ago)
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.
Dezeray Keena (24 days ago)
Hp Lovecraft low-key look like Mark Zuckerberg
Keith Campbell (1 month ago)
Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't the royals of england suffer from inbreeding as well.
Skye Cutting (1 month ago)
“The death of Edgar Allan Poe in 1849–” *picture of his tombstone pops up, saying he was BORN in 1849 and DIED in 1875* Soooooo he died at birth and someone else impersonated him until 1875?
Glenda Richardson (1 month ago)
I hope you do more of these.This video was very informative.
N Neichan (1 month ago)
TIAs are not debilitating strokes.
Molly Brooks (1 month ago)
I myself have CVS and gastroparesis. The mix has made me quite ill on and off but luckily the right diet helps and certain supplements can control CVS nowadays. Poor Darwin.
Emma Horn (1 month ago)
Yea and press the like button "girls"..so mysogenic
Memes Dreams (1 month ago)
At 7:25 you can see Joseph Stalin
Ela Vee (2 months ago)
Where was Henry the 8th? Riddled with syphilis.
Literatura BDSM (2 months ago)
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.
Migrainey Joe (2 months ago)
Several medical interventions come to mind for Darwin and I am not a doctor. I am a patient with chronic nausea, malnutrition problems, and vomiting. Doctors treat all of these well for me.
Rebekka Hay (2 months ago)
Tut-Ankh-Amun, emphasis on the last syllable of the last word, not Toot-Tank-Aman :)))
bi and proud (2 months ago)
That thing about Tutankhamen his mummy had a caved in skull they said he might have fallen or been murdered his prehistoric cane might have snapped and he fell.
Shaun Elliott (2 months ago)
#2. If you find his "Mummy" she probably won't diss her son.
Shaun Elliott (2 months ago)
Darwin and me,and they still don't know how to cure it.
The truth Has spoken (2 months ago)
I don’t like this dude
veggiesaremurder (2 months ago)
"No one could ever find his mummy." Oh, you.
I Am Tammy-Sue (2 months ago)
Every pronunciation during the Tut section is adorable!
Old Man (2 months ago)
So a communist’s brain turned to stone...huh.
MissLilyputt (3 months ago)
I don’t know why the repeated use of the word yokel to refer to Tutankhamun is so funny but it is.
Smitty the Cat (3 months ago)
Akhenaten looking at the bas relief sculpture of him, looks like the oldest hermaphrodite in the history of ever.
GECKman88 (3 months ago)
It's "Toot-en-kar-mon" not "tet-anchor-moon"
princesstamika (3 months ago)
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.
Jacaso Asheland (3 months ago)
its pronounced "Toot in common"
brinbrin62 62200 (3 months ago)
H P Lovecraft did nothing wrong.
Robert Mitchel (3 months ago)
too tank khoomin hahaha your accent, or inability to read language, is hilarious
Robert Mitchel (3 months ago)
whats with that Poe tombstone? its clearly wrong, i read it and freaked out lol POE DIED AT 26??!!!!!!
Ingrid Dubbel (3 months ago)
I thought it was undetermined what killed Poe. Given his lifestyle there are myriad theories.
Zoë Denman-Wagner (3 months ago)
History is bueatiful...
frank hargreaves (3 months ago)
Poe's rabies came from being bitten by Nancy Pelosi.
frank hargreaves (2 months ago)
Thank you. +Knecht Thedots
Knecht Thedots (2 months ago)
frank hargreaves Funniest comment on this thread!! Take a bow, sir!!!
frank hargreaves (2 months ago)
Thank you! +The truth Has spoken
The truth Has spoken (2 months ago)
frank hargreaves hahahahahahaha best comment!!!
Stephenie Tsundere San (3 months ago)
Actually according to an autopsy that was done on Beethoven it was believed that he had pagets disease
Linda Lawrence (3 months ago)
Decaying wang. Lmao. I love how you Express things. I feel really sorry for the poor man though.
jimeno726 (3 months ago)
With all these Egyptian monarchs being so messed up, I wonder if they were the “true rulers” of the empire or simply figure heads.
Mike Donovan (3 months ago)
Dr. Samuel Johnson had Turret's Syndrome? He couldn't help it.
standrew (3 months ago)
I'm glad that King Herod suffered, it serves him right!
Jessica Walbright (3 months ago)
Tutankhamen is NOT pronounced toot-tank-a-moon! It is toot-un-com-un! For sure this is just a mistaken pronunciation issue and not from his accent. Right? 😬. Oah,the things that drive me crazy!
searchlight17 (4 months ago)
This video should be titled--Some new theories on how famous people...
Larry Stevens (4 months ago)
All Tut needs is a red MAGA hat.
Dr. Rich (4 months ago)
Medically speaking, no one has ever survived rabies. (One woman in the 1800's does not survive medical scrutiny)☠☠
Ellen Ripley (4 months ago)
The wide hips and all is called Klinefelter syndrome. The serial killer Bobby jo Long had this condition.
Heru- deshet (4 months ago)
Guess Herod suffered for his crime in the worst way while he was alive. Imagine if he continues like that in the after life.
Heru- deshet (4 months ago)
Lenin also had a heart of stone.
Heru- deshet (4 months ago)
"Two Tank Ah Min". Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Diane Patrick (4 months ago)
The new pronunciation of King Tut’s name is ridiculous. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Christbepraised (4 months ago)
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
RubeeRoja (4 months ago)
Too-tain-kah-moon ......come on, Simon.😏😔🙄
Dennis Maher (4 months ago)
If the is a system called TALKING TO FAST Then this guy has it.
Greg Derozier (4 months ago)
You still don’t get the facts correct!
roadtrain5910 (4 months ago)
simon turn around theres edgars tomstone 1849-1875
Interesting and disgusting. Keep 'em coming.
Jessica Galvin (4 months ago)
Simon, I love your content, but I noticed you said several words strangely throughout your videos. I don’t know if they are mispronounced or of they’re just British versions.
Donna Guziak (5 months ago)
While he might have been born with syphilis, Beethoven actually more likely died from lead poisoning. There is a book titled *Beethoven's Hair* that details this.
ferociousgumby (5 months ago)
I hope no one with disabilities is watching this and seeing their condition called "horrifying" and "disgusting".
gaberiel sterling (5 months ago)
Simon's comments, again, are peppered with errors.
Christine Still (5 months ago)
Love the very funny & clever LIVE narration. You've got a solid fan. Thanks.
kathryn Williams (5 months ago)
Darwin probably had gastroparesis. The symptoms fit perfectly...
Foxiepaws ACAnderson (5 months ago)
Aversion to the cold is a symptom of opiate addiction.
BRUTUALTRUTH (5 months ago)
You pronounce Tutankhamen rather strange! Not even the academics pronounce it that way and do research unlike your parrot-sounding facts-we-already-know soundings.
Adam Baxter (5 months ago)
Is it possible that Darwin might've actually had chronic pancreatitis? Very similar symptoms.
Amil Agarwal (5 months ago)
I thought that it was Samuel L jackson
Ashley Hughes (5 months ago)
Sounds like Darwin had a hiatal hernia.
marti-grecia Odalyz (5 months ago)
"oh no, not dear Akh! i am now disillusioned and broken-hearted" - writes Nefertiti, his warrior pharaoh queen!
Meagan Bundy (5 months ago)
Lovecraft had Raynaud's. My husband has it. It causes migraines, decreased blood flow to the extremities, and a few other issues. I've never heard of fainting though.
Sensi Star (5 months ago)
I recon Herod had more than just kidney failure......
You are awesome! Where did you get your education?
Faith Iyahen (6 months ago)
nabil chowdhury (6 months ago)
Julius Caesar died a painful death. He was killed by getting stabbed by senators not trained killers like Roman soldiers or Praetorians. That’s y he got stabbed 22 times in order to die.
MsJenn1985 (6 months ago)
Why do you pronounce Tutankhamen so incorrectly??
R. Wright (6 months ago)
Darwin could have been lactose intolerent. I developed it later in my adulthood. Symptoms sounds familar to me.
Jenna White (6 months ago)
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.
Kathy Fettig (6 months ago)
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.)
0 YodelingPickle (6 months ago)
Am i the only one who thinks lovecraft looks kinda like mark zuckerberg
Suzette Sanborn (6 months ago)
Its my understanding of cyclic vomiting happens for no reason it just happens every day all the time regardless of food or drink.
Suzette Sanborn (6 months ago)
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.
Rebecca Nokes (6 months ago)
Too-tank-a-moon 😄
M.C CheddarBox (6 months ago)
I absoulty love these videos!
Toni Love (6 months ago)
TOOT-EN- CAR-MOON anyone whos been alive since he was named can pronounce it really?
The Phantom Safety Pin (6 months ago)
"HP Lovecraft was a really odd dude." Nah, what was your first clue? :P
Rachel Orlando (6 months ago)
Josephus was known for his less-than-strict adherence to the truth.
Richard Kindle (6 months ago)
You gained a subscriber thank you
Richard Kindle (6 months ago)
Great video love to gain knowledge
1killeragogo (6 months ago)
Dude looks like a lady lol :)

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