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My gf says that there was something at the beginning of the movie that says it was a true story. .for some reason it did not register with me.

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I love that movie, but it's so painful to watch everyone slipping away and their families and doctors trying in vain to stop it.

I should add that the condition still occurs, rarely. But it is not clear if what caused the original epidemic continues to cause the occasional sporadic cases, and some believe they are not exactly the same disease.

I wish I could find that story about the last survivor of it. I wanted to say she was from Alabama but I'm not sure.

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Unreal! I did watch the movie and gonna watch it again. Didn't know this..wow!

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re: afflicted at least 2 million people worldwide from 1915 to 1926. The causitive agent was never identified, and it killed 1 million of its victims, while leaving the other 1 million in the frozen state

Not quite correct, for the sake of being anal. It is thought to have struck around 5 million. About 1.5 million died in the acute stage, around 3.5 million recovered, albeit sometimes with certain permanent motor impairments, and around 1 million were left catatonic.

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Lol

Before this thread was created, I posted this one in Happy Thoughts 2013. It brought a great response.

One of the most mysterious plagues in history is finally over.

Have you seen the movie "Awakenings" with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams? A spectacular and very sad movie, and part of the (mostly) true story of Oliver Sacks.

The patients in the movie suffered from a diseases called Encephalitis lethargica, which afflicted at least 2 million people worldwide from 1915 to 1926. The causitive agent was never identified, and it killed 1 million of its victims, while leaving the other 1 million in the frozen state seen in the movie.

The very last victim of this disease died last week. She was 90 years old. She was struck with the disease as a 3 year old in 1926, and lived for just under 87 years, in a semi-conscious frozen coma-like state. At one point, entire hospitals were built to accomodate the patients, who really just needed to be fed, bathed and dressed. Most victims had died by the 1960s, having succumbed to respiratory problems and general physical atrophy. But a few lingered on. And the very last one has finally left us.

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VA, start a new thread called Facts. I am not finding your facts fun!

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Fun fact: as of late 2014 (I'm unable to find a more up to date number) there were still 10 people left in the United States living in iron lungs, survivors of the last (1960) polio epidemic who never recovered their respiratory function.

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Actually, I read a news article about someone being stoned to death somewhere, which led to the wiki article on stoning, which included a section on religious viewpoints, which included what I just mentioned.

I just wonder who the hell thought of that. "Ok so guys - instead of burning him at the stake, let's bury him up to his waist in shit, tie his head against something so he can't move or close his mouth, and pour molten lead down his throat."

"Dude - that is so fucked up I don't even know what to say. Let's do it."

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Damn, VA, you've got an interesting reading list. I feel positively dull by comparison.

Dull Fact: Foreclosures have continued to steadily decline since the recession and last month hit an 11-year low. Somewhat interesting, slightly over half of the foreclosures started last month were on loans that originated during the "bubble years" of 2002-2006.

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Fun fact: I just learned about an execution method I've never heard of.

In the Talmud (Jewish scripture) four methods of execution are prescribed : stoning, beheading, strangulation, and.....

....pouring molten lead down the throat of the condemned person.

That last one is a new one to me, and seems pretty hardcore. It was a prescribed punishment for incest. Previously the method of "burning" was to simply throw someone onto a fire, or pile flammable materials around a restrained person and set them on fire, but this was considered an innovation because the result was less messy.

The Romans continued this as an execution method for Christians, as well as other offenses. This practice continued from time to time until at least the 17th century, when it became a punishment for drunkeness in some parts of the Middle East, and even into the 19th century as part of the disciplinary code of the Burmese army.

We humans can be pretty creative in how we brutalize one another.

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