LABOR: Everybody's Doing It

In the land now called Germany there appeared some six centuries ago a curious and fearsome phenomenon. Suddenly and inexplicably large crowds began to dance in the streets with furious abandon, screaming, writhing, foaming at the mouth. The mania spread from city to city, new victims being inspired by sight of wandering sufferers, until most of Central and Northern Europe was a howling, leaping pandemonium. Uncontrollable, the dancers heeded no barriers, dashed out their brains against stone walls, pranced off bridges. Those caught in time were turned over to priests for...

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