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
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
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’.
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.
'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.
Yes, intermarriage was a way of strengthening political alliances and conserving power and wealth. Most royalty families are related to each other. Hemophilia, an inherited condition passed from mother to children first started with Queen Victoria and is now widespread through the European royals.
I believe old money families also intermarry in order to keep the wealth in the family.
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
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