Laughing disease

Living in a society where more and more people commit suicide as a result of depression or are killed due to stress induced diseases, laughing ourselves to death (literally) seems like a pretty good option. Of course, it’s not as wonderful as it sounds.


‘Hahaha this is so funny, I can’t stop laughing’
…to be continued even after life

Laughing disease or Kuru is a very rare untreatable neurological condition caused by an infectious agent which is responsible for the eruption of some microscopic holes in the brain tissue. The symptoms are similar to those caused by the alcohol abuse: uncontrollable laughter, shivering and disequilibrium of the body. These ‘drunken’ symptoms are the reason why many of the early cases of those affected by Kuru weren’t taken seriously, being believed to be just intoxicated by alcohol.

Fortunately for us Kuru can only be transmitted if cannibalism behaviour is involved. One of the best known and most demographically significant outbursts of the laughing disease occurred among the people part of the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea, known for their controversial practices.

If you want to learn more about the disease I would highly recommend you to watch the documentary ‘Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery’ (1), which uses a less conventional perspective than the medicine books and challenges the morals of both the tribe mentioned earlier and the modern society we are part of.

Source: (1)

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4 Responses to Laughing disease

  1. sillme says:

    So it had been more simple for FBI to make Hannibal Lecter laugh, rather to face him directly?

    • medics999 says:

      I think that this would have been the only way to protect the rest of the world from him, but I’m not sure how efficient it would’ve been in making him reveal anything.

      • sillme says:

        Well he was a psychopath, suffered from OCD, I think that he was at some level a narcissist; and finallly he enjoyed well cooked human organs and meet. (in my opinion)

      • medics999 says:

        I agree with the fact that he was narcissistic, but I also believe that the events in his childhood are essential for the analysis of his psychological portrait.

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