Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Dangerous Medical Student Prank 2




I already created here an article concerning medical student prank. And now I found another Philippine urban legend. This time I am very sure where the story started to spread.

I included in the previous article a foreign version - the Baughman version. Actually our's is completely similar to it.



Legend



I'll present first the foreign version.

[Baughman, 1945:]

Foreign Version[2]

This story took place in a hospital which was quite near Bowell, and concerned a nurse, called Jane in the story. For some reason Jane was unable to get along with the other nurses in the hospital, and was constantly quarreling with people. They purposely did things to annoy her because they felt she deserved it. One night after Jane had been particularly trying, they decided to do something particularly unpleasant. One of the nurses on surgery duty agreed to bring an arm which had been amputated that day to Jane's room and slip it in her bed after she was asleep. They knew this would frighten her, but they thought perhaps it might force her to be more agreeable in the future.

The arm was carefully and quietly put in the bed and Jane did not wake up. The next morning she did not appear, and no sound came from her room. The nurses, thinking she might be sick, went to investigate. They opened the door slowly and saw Jane sitting on the bed. Her hair, which had been black, was now completely white, and she was gnawing on the arm, making low gurgling noises all the while.


Here's our own tale:[1]

A group of medical students were bored and so they tried to think of ways of livening things up. Eventually one had the idea of "borrowing" a human foot from the dissecting laboratory and putting it in his girlfriend's bed as a joke. She was also a medical student staying at the same hall of residence. The students "obtained" a human foot, went up to the girl's room and put it in her bed. They thought it would be fun to hear her reactions so they hid around the corner and waited for her to come home.

The student who had the key realized that he had left it in the door. However, before he could remove it the girl arrived back and, not thinking, unlocked the door with the key that was in the lock, took it in with her and locked the door on the other side.

A few moments later they heard her screaming and crying out. They ran to the door and tried to open it but it was locked. They shouted to her that it was alright but she continued screaming hysterically. At this point they decided to break down the door. However, it took them a while and they were relieved when the screaming subsided.

Finally, when they broke in and turned on the lights, they were horrified at what they found. The girl was sitting in the corner of the room with a glazed expression on her face eating the human foot. The practical joke had backfired and they had driven her mad.




Information



As you notice both are identical. They share the same genre and even the way how those medical students put the victim in madness. However, for me ours is much unfortunate. If it really happened, I wanted to know what the boyfriend did next. I wanted to see his remorse after what he and his buddies did.

Anyway, I just thought, the victim is also a medical student. Right? Then why is she very scared seeing a piece of human cadaver if she, herself, as a med used to dissect human body. If it really did happen, then probably there's something wrong with her. Or maybe, in a paranormal perspective, she saw something inside aside from the cut human foot. Or in a believable side, the girlfriend is still a freshman, when they are not yet used to handle corpses.

According to Snope.com[2]:
'Undoubtedly, some of these stories are true and the events as described did indeed happen at least a couple of times. However, it should be pointed out that most of these stories have long since passed into the realm of lore, with each new class of medical students being told this prank or that was played out right in this very medical school just last term.'


I agree, the said urban legend possibly happened in real life, especially the prank isn't that hard to do. Then just spread to the public acting like a kwentong barbero.

Sources:
[1] True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 4. 2004. Gianna Maniego et al. PSICOM Publishing Inc. ISBN 971-8995-99-4
[2] http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/cadaver.asp

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Unknown Disease



People are enamored with inexplicable things. Mystery - that's the usual topic of some conversations, and the most interesting headline of a tabloid newspaper. This creates a big impact to human mind. It stimulates a person's imagination and ability to explain. They tend to believe in an information that's more incredible and peculiar than believing in a fact.

Maybe one best example is Pres. John F. Kennedy's death. There are many conspiracy theories in the whole incident. People love the thought that there are photos of mysterious individuals which might have a huge role on the scene. They instead believe in the theories behind the mysterious personalities than in a simple theory that the president's death was actually caused by human error.

Anyway, that's enough for an introduction of this article. There's this rumor in Pangasinan which scared the citizens of the province and even the people in the urban cities. It was said that a mysterious unknown flesh-eating disease was spreading all over the province. This story was featured in TV news and was finally concluded only as a hoax.



Story



This rumor became an instant hit in social networking sites. Some fan pages started requesting a prayer from their followers.

The main origin of the news was the Monday night report of the ABS-CBN news program "Bandila". They reported that an alleged 'unknown flesh-eating disease' was causing the two Pangasinenses' sickness which made them look like a decaying corpse. One was in Villasis, the other was in Santa Barbara. The reporter appears to be wearing a doctor's attire while interviewing. The reporter also said that the disease was slowly spreading in the said province. They theorized leprosy, skin allergy, lupus, and psoriasis. They also mentioned that one of the patients had worms coming out from the wounds. The hush tag #prayforpangasinan trended in Twitter after the news was broadcast.[1][2]

Actually, the female patient was first reported last year (2013) in GMA through their 'GMA Kapuso Foundation'. They helped the 21-year-old woman identify and treat the disease she got.[3]

Then after that, the netizens started connecting the said misleading news to a prophecy. Before I tell you the prophecy, just a reminder, I'm not suggesting that the prophet isn't genuine or should I say a false prophet. It will be your opinion if you believe he is or not.

Anyway, in April 2013, an Indian prophet named Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, founder of Jesus Ministries, prophesized that a 'grievous disease that consumes flesh of men and will pierce through the bones will spread all over the world' and it will begin in Pangasinan, Philippines. A video of Bro. Vincent Selvakumar who translated the prophesy was circulating in the internet.[4]

The prophet also foretold the Bohol earthquake, which happened in October 2013, and the Typhoon Yolanda, which came in November of the same year.[4]



Here's what he actually said[4]:

"The Lord says there is a place called PANGASINAN. The Lord says it is in the northernmost part in your land. From there a grievous disease will spread all over the world. That will consume the flesh of men; all their upper (outer) skin will begin to decay. It will pierce through the bones. The fear of this disease will spread all over the world. The Lord said that this (disease) will begin from the Philippines.” “This will then spread to CEBU.”


They claimed that his prophesies will be fulfilled if the people of the Philippines will not repent.



The Disease



The female patient was diagnosed by a dermatologist to have Pyoderma gangrenosum. The skin disease really resembles Leprosy, however the two are different. But according to Department of Health, it was leprosy. Dr. Grace Beltran opposed because DOH didn't really made an actual biopsy.

The Pyoderma grangrenosum is a kind of condition that causes soft body tissues to become necrotic, causing deep ulcers which usually occurs on the legs.[5] According to Beltran, the one who diagnosed and treated the woman, the skin disease was very rare, and it is not contagious as what was reported. She added that the disease may be related to internal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.[6]

The male patient was said to have a Psoriasis, according to DOH. But because he didn't allowed to undergo a biopsy, Beltran only speculated that he as well had a pyoderma.[3]

Sources:
[1] http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/529278-pangasinan-prophecy-flesh-eating-disease-outbreak-in-philippines-province-a-hoax/
[2] http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/580549/mysterious-flesh-eating-disease-in-pangasinan-a-hoax-health-exec#ixzz2uZs2NqDi
[3] http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/350191/news/nation/pangasinan-woman-s-skin-disease-very-rare-but-curable-dermatologist
[4] http://www.localpulse.net/technology/prophecy-sadhu-sundar-selvaraj-pangasinan-philippines-goes-viral-207/
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyoderma_gangrenosum
[6] http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/350075/news/regions/skin-disease-case-in-pangasinan-not-leprosy-says-doc

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