In 1954, an Irishman, after taking “a good swig” from a beer bottle…

In 1954, an Irishman, after taking “a good swig” from a beer bottle, saw leprechauns all over the place. Unfortunately, the beer bottle contained not beer but a highly poisonous industrial chemical. He realized his mistake at once, drunk salt water and got some of it up. Nevertheless he was “deeply inebriated” and went into coma for 36 hours. Coming out of the coma he had paranoid delusions. That night he awoke in delirium and saw that the ward was its usual length, but only was about two feet high. “In response to my cries, a little nurse 12 inches high ran to my bed. I told her I was afraid, so she tried to reassure me and went away to get a hot drink. While she was away, other nurses came to bedside and were later followed by a doctor. They were all about 12 inches tall. I recognized all of them as the nurses and doctor I had seen before. The only other person besides myself who seemed the normal size was a patient in the bed next to mine. I was terribly afraid while all this was going on. They changed my shirt and gave me an injection. The next morning everything went back to its usual size.” Today, this disorienting neurological condition is known as Alice in Wonderland syndrome or lilliputian hallucinations.

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Dale Decker, a 37-year-old from Wisconsin, slipped a disc and now suffers

Dale Decker, a 37-year-old from Wisconsin, slipped a disc and now suffers from Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome. He orgasms 100 times a day. It would be a fantastic problem to have, were it not for the fact that he experiences involuntary, crippling orgasms so often that he can barely leave his house — much less work.

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The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late…

The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late Middle Ages in which the sufferers believed themselves to be made out of glass and likely to shatter into pieces. One famous early sufferer was King Charles VI of France who refused to allow others to touch him and wore protective clothing to prevent himself from “shattering”. To maintain a perfectly serene environment he required all the windows in his palace to remain shut and that anyone who approached him to do so on tip-toe.

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