Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fact of the Day: Dancing Plague

While dancing has been part of nearly every human culture ever known, there have been several cases of many people (mainly from the 14th-17th centuries) dancing erratically for unreasonable amounts of time. In what is now modern-day France, a group of about 400 people started dancing in the streets without rest for days. Many of them died from heart attack, exhaustion, and stroke. 

22 comments:

  1. I think that dancing is very good exercise and a lot of fun, but like everything, in moderation!

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  2. Had no idea regarding that in France. Guess once they got going, they didn't know when to stop. Tragic ending for some..

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  3. This craze went on in the Depression years - Marathon dances for money.
    I am sure I saw a movie about it - quite a good movie starring Jane Fonda.
    Just looked it up - "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
    Well worth watching to see what desperation will make you do.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  4. If you stop dancing you die? Speed for the 14th century

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  5. wow, that is crazy!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  7. I can remember dance contests where the winner was the last couple standing. Not sure they went on for days though.

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  8. Interesting. I don't dance so this sounds rather bizarre.

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  9. Haha... at least they die doing something fun!

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  10. I wonder what got into those people.

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  11. Really? I didn't know this fact from France!!! This sounds totally crazy, Adam! :D

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  12. It's awful! Why they didn't stop to dance if felt bad? hm

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  13. It's awful! Why they didn't stop to dance if felt bad? hm

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  14. That is really strange. After reading your post here, I switched over to the Wikipedia article on Dancing mania; I wonder what caused it.

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