TEN RUMORS THAT CAUSED MASS PANIC

Bananas and SARS

 

In 2007 a Chinese text message rumor began circulating that bananas could give you SARS.  This was a particularly sensitive time to the subject as the disease was in mass fright all over the world as it was being attributed a modern day bubonic plague.  The banana industry crumbled under the rumor by up to ninety percent and lost 2.6 million dollars a day as producers of the fruit went bankrupt.  Chinese media

A firefighter walks past trees on fire during a wildfire in Tabuyo del Monte near Leon, Spain, on Tuesday August 21, 2012. Some 500 soldiers have been deployed to help battle a wildfire authorities believe was started intentionally and which has burned 80 sq. kilometers (30. sq. miles) in northern Spain. (AP Photo/Pedro Armestre)


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