Robert E. Bartholomew
Robert Bartholomew teaches history at Botany Down Secondary College in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of The Untold History of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster (December 2012) by SUNY Press. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The famous “Mansi photo” of the Lake Champlain monster has been held up for decades as strong proof for cryptozoology—the so-called best evidence for the existence of a hidden animal. Yet, newly uncovered documents reveal troubling questions about the photo and the circumstances surrounding it.
‘Mystery Illness’ in Western New York: Is Social Networking Spreading Mass Hysteria?
The recent outbreak of twitching, facial tics, and garbled speech—symptoms of a form of conversion disorder—at a school in Western New York may signal a growing trend in the United States.
Mass Hysteria at Starpoint High
Though mass hysteria is alive and well in the twenty-first century, it remains an unpopular diagnosis.
Tsunami Rumors Cause Ongoing Waves of Fear
Months after the receding waters from the tsunami of December 26, 2004, rumors of more killer waves continue to disrupt lives.
Medieval dance frenzies have long been regarded as a classic example of stress-induced mental disorder...
The ‘War of the Worlds’ panic happened sixty years ago, but its lessons are as relevant today as back then.
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