In this case, taken from the pages of Listverse, there was an incident involving an entire marching band. How's that for creepy?
The Hollinwell Incident
Photo via the Birmingham Mail
On July 13, 1986, students gathered on the Hollinwell Showground in England’s Kirkby-in-Ashfield for a marching band competition. Witnesses reported that suddenly, hundreds of students fell silent, and nearly 300 of them collapsed. One victim was a three-month-old baby.
The students would describe the same symptoms—burning eyes and throat, nausea, headaches, and stomach cramps. By the time it was over, 259 would be taken to the hospital, and the event was given an ominous name: All Fall Down.
Decades later, it is still unclear what caused the mass collapse of marching band performers. Some claim it was mass hysteria, while others point to the possibility that a pesticide sprayed on the field was responsible for the students’ collapse, but nothing has ever been confirmed.
All I can say is that whatever caused this incident was pretty serious. How could it be faked when one of the victims was an infant? Strange to say the least!
Coffee out on the patio this morning, but be ready to move inside if the rain comes back.