Friday, December 6, 2019

Kissing a Letter Leads to Scarlet Fever (1885) – Poisoned Candy Dropped by German Airplanes (WWI)



Manilla Bulletin [Philippines]
5 December 2019

PNP: No abduction of students in Iloilo



Iloilo City—[…] “There is no truth to reports about a group of men abducting Iloilo schoolchildren, harvesting the latter’s internal organs, and selling these to clients in Metro Manila,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). […] One particular text message even attributed the message to the police station of San Jose, the provincial capital of Antique province. The text purportedly claimed that a white van with plate number VXM-351 and a green van with plate number XMM-507 were used to abduct children and young teenage girls. […]

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“A Poisonous Kiss.” Marengo Republican-News, Marengo, Illinois, 6 Nov 1885. “A little girl in Watertown, N.Y., dying of scarlet fever, wished to send a kiss by letter to a former little playmate residing in another part of the State. She kissed the letter and had it sent. The little girl who received the letter very naturally kissed it also, on reading the message. From that kiss she caught the fever and also died.”


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Taras Young, “Hun-identified flying objects,” Fortean Times 384 (Oct. 2019), 56-7. An article on the belief that German airplanes dropped poisoned sweets and booby-trapped toys over Europe during WWI. Reports of items suspected of having been dropped from German planes continued in WWII.