- Sleepy Hollow in Kazakhstan: Villagers suffer from unknown brain-affecting disease (RT, Dec 14, 2014):
Every tenth villager of Kazakhstan’s Kalachi has unexpectedly fallen asleep in broad daylight – some unable to wake up for several days. Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle remains unsolved.
Over 600 residents of Kalachi village in Kazakhstan’s north may have never read Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or watched the popular American TV series or film – but they do refer to their homeland as “Sleepy Hollow,” as everyone here is scared of an indiscriminate illness that has no cure.
People in Kalachi have been suffering from the “sleep epidemic” – as they call it – for the past couple of years. Everyone in the village has a family member or a friend who’s fallen asleep for no apparent reason, with over 100 people having experienced it by now – some more than once – according to locals. Continue reading »