I remember when I was little my parents brought home for me the loveliest puppy. It was golden with a black ear, really really small and very playful. We all loved it for a couple of hours…when he started to get comfortable, went for a poop then stick his nose in it, have a bite and run cheerful, to spread its last smelly meal all over the place. Then the love was gone… until we taught our little buddy some basic manners.
What reminded me of this story was a condition I read about recently, a condition which only manifests amongst individuals (and dogs) living in the Artic Circle. Piblokto also known as arctic hysteria is believed to be a culture-bound syndrome which strikes during winter. There is no consensus to the explanation why this condition is only common among Eskimo people, but scientists take into consideration a serious of numerous reasons like the unfriendly winter conditions, the close relationship with the other members in the society or the overdose of vitamin A. The breakdowns of arctic hysteria don’t last more than a few minutes and they are usually followed by amnesia. During the attacks, the person suffering from arctic hysteria goes absolutely mental… they shout uncontrollably, run naked (bear in mind the temperature there can go as low as -50 Celsius degrees) and for some reason eat their own poop (this is why it reminded me of my dog). At that temperature, I reckon they’ve got to be quick!