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The real reason Mary Ingalls went blind

Was not scarlet fever, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 7208/08/2013

I read all of the "Little House" books as a child. Thank you for clarifying.

by Anonymousreply 102/05/2013

I knew that bitch was a liar.

by Anonymousreply 202/05/2013

They couldn't very well say that it was syphilis, could they? CHILDREN read those books.

by Anonymousreply 302/05/2013

Where is the "BREAKING!" tag on this threat title?

by Anonymousreply 402/05/2013

Most people had syphillis in the pioneer days. I am not being insulting, and it is not a moral judgment. It's just a fact.

Sailors brought in it and carried it to both coasts. Since brothels were commonplace, men would give it to their unsuspecting wives. This is one reason why so many children died before the age of five.

by Anonymousreply 502/05/2013

If there was ever a need for the BREAKING title, this was it. Way to drop the ball OP.

by Anonymousreply 602/05/2013

You mean it wasn't from self-abuse?

by Anonymousreply 702/05/2013

Nellie Oleson gave me herpes!

by Anonymousreply 902/05/2013

If the Ingalls family had been riddled with syphilis I doubt they would have withstood the rigors of frontier life very long.

by Anonymousreply 1002/05/2013

Where in the article does it say she had syphilis?

by Anonymousreply 1102/05/2013

I'd heard that the real reason was that Melissa Gilbert's mother swung the shitbra once on the set and hit the wrong kid.

by Anonymousreply 1202/05/2013

So Dr Baker couldn't help her?

by Anonymousreply 1302/05/2013

How very interesting.

I recall seeing a "Who Do You Think You Are" or some other Celeb Geneology show wherein the celebrity found out his ancestors lost several children and a few others went blind. he was told that more than likely they all had Syphillis. It was just soooo common back then and it could be carried from the Mom to the kids.

Um... but did y'all read this,

[quote]"I was in my pediatrics rotation. We were talking about scarlet fever, and I said, 'Oh, scarlet fever makes you go blind. Mary Ingalls went blind from it,'" recalls Tarini, who is now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. My supervisor said, "I don't think so."

My. God.

This person was in medical postion/school and they cited A child's fiction [italic]as a source of medical knowledge. [/italic]

This is what is wrong with our fucking country.

by Anonymousreply 1402/05/2013

Having tackled this LHOP mystery, researchers are free to address another Mary related incident. I refer of course to TV Mary allowing Mrs. Garvey to use her baby as a battering ram during a fire.....

by Anonymousreply 1502/05/2013

I grew up on a farm and read all the Little House books because I related to them. A few years ago I read her West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915, really enjoying it. I also read a collection of her newspaper pieces published in rural SW Missouri.

by Anonymousreply 1602/05/2013

Too much oxygen.

by Anonymousreply 1702/05/2013

At least she didn't have eclampsia!

by Anonymousreply 1802/05/2013

Laura Ingalls lived for freaking ever. She died at 90 in 1957.

No syphilis for her!

by Anonymousreply 1902/05/2013

What about Helen Keller? She was said to have gone blind as a toddler due to scarlet fever.

by Anonymousreply 2002/05/2013

R21, Helen was a ho who used to cruise downtown Tuscumbia, AL at the age of three.

by Anonymousreply 2102/05/2013

Laura's husband was rather handsome. Look at those eyes and lips!

by Anonymousreply 2202/05/2013

When I clicked on it I thought the article was going to say blindness was caused by being mean.

'Cuz, you know, a lot of people say she was mean.

by Anonymousreply 2302/05/2013

She couldn't stop whacking off.

by Anonymousreply 2402/05/2013

The real Almanzo was better looking than Dean Butler.

by Anonymousreply 2502/05/2013

I need to compare that photo with another Wilder we were talking about on here. Similar facial structure and it appears close to the same nose.


by Anonymousreply 2602/05/2013

The real Pa Ingalls would have been hot without that dam beard. What was up with that? The Ingalls were hearty stock. A lot of them lived up into their 90s.

by Anonymousreply 2702/05/2013

I swear I read the headline as "The real reason MARTY Ingalls went blind" and thought maybe Mother was right!

by Anonymousreply 2802/05/2013

I read book this summer ("The Wilder Life") and the Laura Ingalls books are the motivation for repugs/Sarah Palin types. Laura was very anti-government (against the New Deal and social programs of any kind) and falsely claimed in her books that the government never helped her family when the author provides numerous examples of where they did receive help. Her daughter, Rose Wilder, went on to found the Libertarian party.

Anyway, I'm not surprised that the scarlet fever/blindness story is bullshit because there were numerous examples where Rose changed things to make them sound more interesting or just changed the overall chain of events.

by Anonymousreply 2902/05/2013

In what world is meningoencephalitis the same as syphilis?

by Anonymousreply 3102/05/2013

Nels! That Ingalls girl told a lie!

by Anonymousreply 3202/05/2013

That is the usual case R32.

by Anonymousreply 3302/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 3402/05/2013

Pa, Pa, stop following me to the outhouse. I told you we're out of lube.

by Anonymousreply 3508/04/2013

Karen Grassle beat Blythe Danner for the role of Caroline Ingalls in the final audition.

by Anonymousreply 3608/04/2013

Shirley Jones

by Anonymousreply 3708/04/2013

Michael Landon didn't wear underwear. His bulge can plainly be seen in a few episodes. I can see why he had all those kids. The missus must have been begging for that bacon.

by Anonymousreply 3808/04/2013

I told Melissa Sue if she didn't stop it, she'd go blind.

by Anonymousreply 3908/04/2013

Katherine MacGregor WAS the show. That woman was fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 4008/04/2013

I heard that she got it from a toilet seat!

by Anonymousreply 4108/04/2013

Marty Ingalls is blind? Shirley Jones must be devastated.

by Anonymousreply 4208/04/2013

So, maybe now someone can explain why paw had all that hair on his palms?

by Anonymousreply 4308/04/2013

I read the Little House books as a child. Pa would move the family further West, whenever there was a sound of another man's hammer and nails. He probably instilled in his daughters the values of self-reliance and a real fear of government encroachment or regulations.

With 2 very healthy parents and just 3 kids, it was possible to survive in those days by hunting and farming, baring any real tragedy. Likewise schooling beyond reading and writing and basic math wasn't really all that necessary for their limited lifestyle. Use of a gun was crucial.

I'm not surprised Laura's daughter advocated an anti-governmental stance. Today most live in a totally different world, very unlike the norms of struggling to survive on a small family farm. Why would the same limited education and governmental involvement be acceptable?

by Anonymousreply 4408/04/2013

Laura also had lots of "help" from Rose in writing all the LH books.

by Anonymousreply 4508/04/2013

Pa bought her an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

by Anonymousreply 4608/04/2013

Scarlet fever is A LOT more palatable than syphilis. So Mary's blind husband gave her syphilis, huh?

by Anonymousreply 4708/04/2013

No, R47. She met her blind husband at the blind school after the syphilis blinded her.

I think Pa infected Ma and Ma passed it on when she birthed Mary.

by Anonymousreply 4808/04/2013

R47, Mary had poor vision as a child and slowly became blind. Ma told her younger sister, Laura, that she would have to be "the eyes" for Mary. Interesting that none of the other girls were apparently affected by syphilis.

Rose was the only grandchild, and she did not reproduce.

by Anonymousreply 4908/04/2013

Rose was the only grandchild of Ma and Pa Ingalls? Didn't Ma and Pa have four or five kids?

by Anonymousreply 5008/04/2013

R50, Pa and Ma had 4 daughters, one granddaughter and no great-grandchildren. One of the other daughters married a widower with 2 kids, but I don't think that that counts.

by Anonymousreply 5108/04/2013

Almanzo Wilder had big dick face. And those lips!!

by Anonymousreply 5208/04/2013

"In what world is meningoencephalitis the same as syphilis?"

Meningoencephalitis is not synonymous with syphilis. Ticks can cause it. The West Nile virus can cause it. Mumps can cause it, although with mumps it's usually a mild case.

By the way, Mary Ingalls never married. So there was no husband and no baby burned alive in a fire.

by Anonymousreply 5308/04/2013

I am really impressed by two things on this thread:

1. R14 posted exactly the same thought I had in my head, almost verbatim. 2. Several posters have spelled Oleson correctly.

It always bothered me that it was summertime all the time in Walnut Grove...rarely did they have any cold weather unless it was a very special Christmas episode, and even then snow was really rare. Apparently some of the set structures are still there on location. I read somewhere that Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman also shot at that same set.

by Anonymousreply 5408/04/2013

Wow. It's unusual for a family who had 4 living children to die out in two generations. So much for Pa's self-reliance. It didn't get his DNA replicated into the gene pool for future generations.

by Anonymousreply 5508/04/2013

Best scene EVER was when Alice Garvey banged the baby against the window. Classic tv.

by Anonymousreply 5608/04/2013

Was Melissa Sue really such a bitch? I just can't see it.

by Anonymousreply 5708/04/2013

r56 That scene is right up there with the pirot clown rape

by Anonymousreply 5808/04/2013

And I bet her Pa didn't even die of "liver cancer."

by Anonymousreply 5908/04/2013

Rose Wilder Lane did have a son, but he died shortly after birth.

by Anonymousreply 6008/05/2013

Pa was selfish, always moving them further away from civilisation. If he'd stayed in Wisconsin maybe more of them would have survived and thrived instead of burning out in two generations.

by Anonymousreply 6108/05/2013

I read the title as MARTY Ingalls, and felt so sorry for him and Shirley.

by Anonymousreply 6208/05/2013

I heard that Mary had a very bad flatulence problem. That's probably why they shipped her off to the blind school in Iowa.

by Anonymousreply 6308/05/2013

Why did that beyotch get Radames fired?

by Anonymousreply 6408/05/2013

Pa was probably Bipolar. If you read the books, there's a lot of craziness right under the surface.

by Anonymousreply 6508/05/2013

Ma seemed like a real cunty bitch in the books.

by Anonymousreply 6608/05/2013

I feel bad for blind people, it must be so hard for them to masturbate!

by Anonymousreply 6708/05/2013

I gotta go the outhouse Pa

by Anonymousreply 6808/05/2013

Does anyone thing Pa had the hots for Laura? They were extraordinarily close.

by Anonymousreply 6908/07/2013

Well, Laura WAS the hottest one by far.

by Anonymousreply 7008/07/2013

Laura was a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 7108/08/2013
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