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Historians say: Vampires and werewolves are people sick of rabies

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Could the roots of all folk horror stories for werewolves and vampires come from the symptoms of a very rare disease? 

In 1855, the Brooklyn newspaper Daily Eagle reported the horrific murder of a bride by her husband.

This is happening in a rural area in France. The bride’s parents were against this marriage from the beginning. Some features in the groom’s behavior seemed very strange to them.

Unfortunately, in the end, the marriage took place as the girl’s parents became convinced that all this was exaggerated, and that, overall, this young man was not “so bad”.

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The wedding party was expected. In the evening, the newlyweds retired to their room for their first wedding night.

Soon, terrible screams of women were heard from the room, and when people broke the door and invaded the room, they saw a horrible sight: the unhappy bride lay on the bed in spasms, hardly breathing, and her breasts were torn as if she had been attacked by a wild animal.

It turns out that her own husband killed her. The man was covered with blood. He sat on the bed next to his still-living wife and chewed a piece of her flesh.

Although the girl’s relatives immediately called a doctor, the woman died of blood loss. When police arrested the killer, he shivered and behaved like a wild animal. He was taken to jail but died shortly after from an unknown cause.

This story is like a Gothic horror novel. In the 19th century, such stories were described more than once in newspapers. They are also present in folklore in earlier centuries.

There is nothing mystical in all of them, and specifically in the French case, the cause of the incident was investigated by journalists. Shortly after the murder, they realized that the groom’s unusual behavior began shortly after being strangled by a strange dog. One of the strange features of his behavior, noticed by the bride’s parents, was the fear of water and photophobia.

As you may have guessed, this terrible disease is rabies.

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Rabies, which now belongs to the category of neglected diseases in developed countries, was known to humans several thousand years ago. By then, it was already known that the victim, was mostly affected by wolves and dogs, and the infected person became “crazy” like a “wild angry beast.”

According to many historians, the werewolf legends originated on the basis of rabies cases. The behavior of patients in the later stages of the disease may be similar to that of a wild animal. According to the same legend, one can become a werewolf when bitten by an unusual wolf or other werewolf. Rabies is transmitted through saliva.

In the past centuries, Slavs have considered such behavior to be possession by evil spirits – demons. This is where the term rabies comes from. In western countries, the disease was called the from the Latin word “rabies”, which translates to “madness.”

In Europe, one of the main regions of rabies and wolf rabies is in France. Even in the 19th century, local peasants feared canine or wolf “madness” as much as fires.

They were much more afraid of rabies than cholera, typhoid fever and diphtheria, which in those years killed more people than rabies. Nothing caused such horror as someone screaming: “Crazy dog! Watch out! “. There was no cure for the disease and the bitten person died after a short while.

The rabies vaccine was only invented in the late 19th century. Previously, doctors were closely monitoring patients and trying to find a cure. It has been shown that symptoms can occur from 4 to 12 weeks after being bitten by a sick animal, and that it all starts with a slight disorder and a feeling of anxiety.

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Then, spasms, insomnia, irritability, fever, increased heart rate, salivation and shortness of breath begin to appear. Victims often have hallucinations and mental disorders.

Attempts to relieve the symptoms with narcotic drugs have failed. The doctors quickly realized that they couldn’t do much to alleviate the patient’s suffering. To this day, rabies is considered incurable when symptoms begin to manifest themselves.

Not surprisingly, centuries ago, rabies-infested humans could be considered true superpower monsters that transform from humans into animals as a result of evil sorcery.

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When, in the 19th century, this series of “horror stories” about the victims of rabies got into the Western newspapers, many accompanying absurdities were written. For example, it has been repeatedly reported that the victims of a sick dog bite themselves began to bark and growl, as if they were truly becoming an animal.

People gave “reliable recipes” for rabies. It was believed that a person could be cured if he caught the dog that had bitten him and killed it in person. Or, immediately after a bite, remove a strand of hair from the dog and squeeze the wound with it. Or, cut off the dog’s tail… (!)

Sometimes fantastic stories with pretensions to realism came up. For example, in 1886, the New York Herald described the testimony of a man who saw a victim of a rabid dog bite die. The following was written:

“A few minutes after the man’s last breath, the bluish ring on his hand, the sign of a dog bite from the Newfoundland breed, has completely … disappeared.”

According to other historians, the roots of vampire stories can also come from rabies cases. Many symptoms of rabies patients are similar to vampire traits: distorted facial features, strange sounds, aggression, attacks trying to nail blood, etc.

Other signs of vampirism that are similar to rabies are fear of sunlight and reflection in the mirror.

In addition, in the folklore of various European countries, especially in Eastern Europe, vampires do not become bats, but wolves or dogs.


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Was an Angel filmed over a house extinguished by firefighters?

Was an Angel filmed over a house extinguished by firefighters? 111

Having appeared on the network, this photo caused a lot of comments – from the fact that it really was a Guardian Angel who guarded the firefighters during work, to those who assured that all this was just an illusion, no more complicated than a cloud in the shape of a lamb.

At the end of December 2020, while extinguishing a fire in the Polish village of Maldyty, an Angel hovered over the firemen, or at least something like an Angel. This photo appeared on the Facebook page of the Maldyta fire station and generated many comments.

“This is something that was formed during the last extinguishing of the fire from the ignition of soot in the chimney in Maldyty. Write in the comments your thoughts about it,” was written under the picture on their FB page.

Poles are known to be very religious and there are plenty of people willing to comment on the picture.

Many indeed believed that the Angel oversaw the work of the firemen and, perhaps, even helped them to extinguish the fire. But there were also enough of those who believed that it was all just a random silhouette between clouds in the sky and pareidolia (illusion). The photo was taken by an unspecified person sitting in the cab of a car parked next to the burning house.

“Christians have always believed in the existence of guardian spirits. Some call them Guardian Angels. The Bible confirms their existence,” Pastor Leszek Kozheniecki told reporters, commenting on this photo.

By the way, Kozhenetskiy is a well-known Polish pastor who believes in the existence of supernatural beings.

Three years ago, he told the press that he had driven out the evil spirit that settled in his house in Turza Wielka. One of the firefighters who worked on the extinguishing of the house that night said:

“If we have this kind of protection watching over us, I am pretty calm about safety during work.”

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The skeleton of a mysterious “prehistoric beast” found in Antarctica?

The skeleton of a mysterious "prehistoric beast" found in Antarctica? 112
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Blogger MrMBB333 shared an image of a “mysterious creature.” It was discovered 80 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in a remote region of Antarctica, according to the Sun.

According to the blogger, the pictures are screenshots from the Google Earth service, which were sent to him by his subscriber and conspiracy theorist under the nickname BONKERS.

They estimate the length of the remains at 3.6-6 meters.I don’t know if it was frozen for thousands of years or appeared recently,- the blogger said.

MrMBB333 believes the skeleton belonged to a dinosaur. He came to this conclusion by examining the front and hind limbs of the creature. His subscribers are sure that these are the remains of a seal.

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A google search for seal skeleton images shows a pretty good match,- one of them wrote.

Other subscribers call the skeleton “suspicious”. They explain that “seals have no hind legs.” Another wrote that the remains belonged to an alligator or some other reptile.

In the comments, conspiracy theorists also expressed their opinion that “Antarctica is full of unexplained phenomena that may be related to ancient aliens.”

It is also believed that most of the “discoveries” made by users of Google Earth can be explained by the unusual shape of ice or other natural phenomena.

MrMBB333 uploaded his investigation video to YouTube on January 5. Since then, the video has been watched more than 200,000 times.

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150 thousand years old Metal pipes in Tibet, contradict the official history

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It is said that there is a mountain in Tibet that contains a network of special formations that extend to the nearest lake. Many researchers believe that this is an artificial pipeline system. But, strangely enough, its origin dates back to the era of the Neanderthals.

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Photo: open sources

This mountain rises about 40 km from the city of Dalingha in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. It is called Baigongshan (White Mountain). In the world, it is better known for the wonderful formations that are in its heart and wide surroundings – they are called the Baigong pipes.

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Photo: open sources

This miracle has been the subject of controversial discussions for many years. Some believe they are a natural formation, but there are many who are sure that someone built them in the distant past to drain the lake. They base their arguments on research results, but there is a catch; the mysterious aqueduct should have appeared 150 thousand years ago. Traces of settlements around the mountain are not even older than 30 thousand years. So who could build metal pipes inside an uninhabited mountain?

There are three caves at the foot of Mount Baigongshan, two of them have already collapsed and are inaccessible, but the largest of them has since been the target of many tourists who come to the area.

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Photo: open sources

The cave looks like it was artificially created by someone. Visibility is enhanced by a massive pipe about forty centimeters in diameter that sticks out of the stone.

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Photo: open sources

Another apparently hollow pipe of the same diameter ran into the cave from the top of the mountain. Another one came from the bottom of the cave somewhere below.

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Photo: open sources

At the entrance to the cave, you can see several other pipes with a diameter of 10 to 40 cm. All this gives the impression of the remains of some ancient system or mechanism. About 80 meters from the cave, Lake Toson sparkles with a large number of scattered pipes on the beach.

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Photo: open sources

They stretch from east to west and have a diameter of 2 to 4.5 cm, these archaeological finds are described by the Chinese scientist Liu-Shaolin:

The unmistakable rust color indicates that they are made of metal. And their craftsmanship showcases advanced attachment techniques. Who could have built such a complex pipe system? Only one who knew well what he was doing and why.

The version that such an engineering miracle was created by the Chinese disappears immediately. The inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom could not build something like that 150 thousand years ago. As the authors of many amazing inventions, bureaucracy became one of them. Therefore, it is simply impossible to imagine that such a large-scale and, without exaggeration, a great construction project was reflected in any ancient Chinese source. Any emperor, during whose reign this happened, would make sure that his great deed was not forgotten by descendants.

Baigong tubes are another unsolved mystery in human history. This find once again refutes the facts of the official history. Where is the true and where is the misconception? Maybe there will be people among the readers who will logically explain the origin of the ancient aqueduct.

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