March 15, 2006

now that's what I call history

From our good friends at the Woot Blog comes this little gem called Vickipedia . Which posts excerpts from the 1888 Chambers's Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge. I especially liked this post on HYSTE'RIA.

Hysteria is a very troublesome affection to deal with, because it is very readily induced by example, or, as Dr. Watson terms it, is propagable by moral contagion. If, in a hospital ward or in a factory where many young women are congregated, one girl goes off in a fit, all the others who may happen to have a hysterical tendency will probably follow her example. In such cases, a decided order that the next girl who is attacked shall be treated with the actual cautery, or even with the cold affusion, will often have a marvelous effect in checking the spread of the disorder.

Right now the PC police are twitching without knowing why.

Posted by Pete at March 15, 2006 06:38 AM | TrackBack

So basically, if the old lady flips a bitch, just burn her with something or throw a bucket of cold water on her and it's all good?

Hm. That advice will come in handy, I'm sure, as I begin my wedded life.

I'll try it out and let you know what kind of results I get.

Posted by: shank at March 15, 2006 08:08 AM

I anxiously await your report, shank, because I'M certainly not going there myself! :)

Posted by: Rev. Mike at March 15, 2006 09:44 AM

It would make a great reality tv series...

Posted by: Pete at March 15, 2006 07:20 PM

I had an old pocket dictionary, since fallen apart, which was just recent enough as to mention that what we now call the N-word might be considered derogatory.

Posted by: triticale at March 17, 2006 10:22 PM