Sorry! Sorry, everybody! I know this was supposed to be up yesterday, but I got so caught up in the April Fools’ Day Festivities, what with all the whoopie cushions and joy buzzers and fake vomit, that I just plain overslept. Hey at least I eventually woke up! Not everybody has that luxury.
The tiny town of Kalachi, in Kazakhstan, has been in the news a bit lately. Seems it’s citizens can’t manage to stay awake. People walking down the street are zonking right out with no warning and no soft mattress to land on. And we’re not talking cat naps here. They’re sleeping hard! Two, three days straight without waking up. So far, scientists are baffled, which seems to be an emotional state that scientists have cornered the market on. Until they figure it out, it looks like the people of Kalachi are just gonna keep superslumbering their way through life.
This sort of thing has happened before, and on a much larger scale. How large? How about worldwide? From 1915 to 1926, people all around the world were diagnosed with something called encephalitis lethargica. It might as well have been called no&#@$ing clueosis, because that’s what it boiled down to. The infected were left in a near-catatonic state, drained of energy and sleeping for days at a time, and—as is their wont—scientists were baffled. The disease eventually disappeared just as suddenly as it showed up. It still pops up every now and then, but in isolated cases. Nothing like the epidemic of the early 20th century.
So what’s the deal with all the nappers? Any ideas? Come on, give it a guess! I’m betting you can get this one without my help. It’s pretty obvious if you think about it. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…