Everyone You Know Is Getting Ebola

In a stunning example of the kind of mass hysteria Americans are known for (I see you with the devil, Goody Cyrus), a Harvard poll has found that one fourth of Americans believe that Ebola is alive and well and coming for them as you read this. In fact, you'd better lock your doors, because many believe it can fly… » 8/25/14 6:10pm 8/25/14 6:10pm

Pizza Chains Are Secretly Packing Their Food with MSG

Last night on my walk home, I noticed a huge neon sign in the window of my local pizzeria that read, "NO MSG." Huh, I thought. Is that a thing? I'd never known I was supposed to worry about MSG in my pizza—although, to be fair, I don't worry about MSG in anything, at all, ever—but apparently it was a big enough issue… » 3/27/14 5:30pm 3/27/14 5:30pm

Maggie Gyllenhall Offers Insight Into What Makes a Sex Scene Good

Maggie Gyllenhaal was interviewed by the New York Times about her role in the new movie Hysteria, and when asked why sex scenes are so difficult to tackle in a film, she said it's all about the reality of it: » 4/26/12 9:45pm 4/26/12 9:45pm

Hysteria Trailer: The History Of The Vibrator

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett star in Hysteria, a movie set in Victorian London. More interestingly, it's about the invention of the vibrator. Dancy plays a young doctor struggling to establish himself in the medical world until he's invited to join a women's practice that specializes in curing… » 8/17/11 4:15pm 8/17/11 4:15pm

Can You Literally Knock Some Sense Into People?

We've often wondered: does a smart slap help someone "snap out of it"— or is it just unnecessarily violent? Luckily, someone's answered just that! » 11/19/10 11:17am 11/19/10 11:17am

I-Dosing Is The Dumbest New Drug You've Never Heard Of

In their neverending quest to get high in stupid ways, kids today are apparently turning to I-dosing, in which sounds played over the Internet supposedly function like drugs. Cue the hysteria! » 7/16/10 4:45pm 7/16/10 4:45pm

Mad, Bad & Sad: History Of Female Mental Illness Turns Into Indictment…

From force-feeding to tooth removal to stomach surgery, mental patients throughout history — many of them women — have endured some pretty horrific therapies. In Mad, Bad & Sad, Lisa Appignanesi questions whether modern treatments are much better. » 9/09/09 3:40pm 9/09/09 3:40pm

Freudian Slips: The History Of Male Hysteria

Why was hysteria mostly diagnosed in women? According to a new book, Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness, it's because dudes having mental problems was considered totally gay. » 4/17/09 12:30pm 4/17/09 12:30pm

Who's Afraid Of The Badly-Dressed Princess?

Rabblerouser/Celebrity Big Brother contestant Germaine Greer is lashing out at the late Princess Diana for no apparent reason (well, except for all that gratuitous dog and pony show-ing about the 10-year anniversary of her death) calling the royal icon "slow", "devious" and "disturbingly neurotic." Disturbingly… » 7/27/07 6:00pm 7/27/07 6:00pm