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Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:12 PM

This list of reasons for admission to a "lunatic asylum" in the 1800s








Some of these pairings, like bad habits and political excitement and fever and loss of lawsuit are weird. Apparently people could be thrown in an asylum for anything back then.

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Reply This list of reasons for admission to a "lunatic asylum" in the 1800s (Original post)
octoberlib Dec 2018 OP
Lochloosa Dec 2018 #1
Docreed2003 Dec 2018 #8
doc03 Dec 2018 #11
Lochloosa Dec 2018 #14
LakeSuperiorView Dec 2018 #15
dewsgirl Dec 2018 #2
dflprincess Dec 2018 #3
Harker Dec 2018 #5
Mister Ed Dec 2018 #6
dalton99a Dec 2018 #4
Harker Dec 2018 #7
ProudLib72 Dec 2018 #9
obamanut2012 Dec 2018 #10
dflprincess Dec 2018 #12
oberliner Dec 2018 #13
MrScorpio Dec 2018 #16
doc03 Dec 2018 #17
FakeNoose Dec 2018 #18
Blaukraut Dec 2018 #19

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:37 PM

1. Masturbation for 30 years? I'm done ..

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:05 PM

8. Looks like that's most of the dudes here on DU!

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:18 PM

11. Also says suppression of masterbation

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Response to doc03 (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:29 PM

14. WTF is that?

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:33 PM

15. Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:39 PM

2. Rumor of husband murder, this whole list is straght up insane.

30 years of masturbation. Super weird.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:46 PM

3. Deranged masturbation?

I know I'm stereotyping but wouldn't that cover most adolescent boys?

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:53 PM

5. Suppose they're reading a novel

at the time? That might warrant a padded cell.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:54 PM

6. I also see "Suppressed Masturbation" on the list.

So it looks as though you can't win, no matter what.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:48 PM

4. Ok, it's your "time of life" to go to the asylum

Looks like Donald Trump could qualify under a bunch of them

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 08:57 PM

7. Uh oh.

I worked for nearly a year at a Salvation Army thrift store.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:09 PM

9. Gathering in the head means meningitis

Looked it up. Wow! Who knew a prolonged stay in the loony bin could cure a bacterial infection?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:13 PM

10. These are actually reasons for WOMEN

Who could be tossed in by their husbands or sons just because, and often were.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:19 PM

12. No, I think it's unisex though a lot of the items on the list would only apply to women

but I doubt if "Fell from horse in war" would have applied to many females of that era.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:26 PM

13. Here's the fact check on this from Snopes

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:37 PM

16. "Bloody Flux" is a winner.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:53 PM

17. Parents are cousins? Pretty much everyone

in WV could be put away.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 11:18 PM

18. That's a West Virginia area code - 304

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 11:25 PM

19. So pretty much anything other than breathe (normally) got you committed n/t

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